Yonsei University

Exchange Programs in Asia

About Yonsei University

Yonsei University is the oldest university in Korea. Yonsei's main campus is ensconced in a spacious, picturesque, and natural setting located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of downtown Seoul. Yonsei has 28,000 students and 3,500 faculty members, who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines. There are 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges, and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world.

Learning at Yonsei University

A wide array of coursework is taught in English each semester. Courses at Yonsei are worth 3 credits each, and students typically take five courses per semester.

Life at Yonsei University

Yonsei University occupies 250 acres in the western part of Seoul. The present campus was the site of a royal palace during the Joseon Kingdom.  It is located in the Sinchon neighborhood. With three other universities close-by, Sinchon has become the gathering place for college students in Seoul. There are many trendy restaurants, shops, cafes, and an upscale department store nearby.

The Office of International Affairs at Yonsei organizes many activities to help international students get involved on campus, including a Language Exchange for students to practice their Korean language skills and help Yonsei students practice English, a Buddy Program so that students have a Yonsei student to  show them around campus and learn about Korean culture, and a Global Lounge where international students and Korean students can relax, study, and practice their language skills. Students can also get involved in the hundreds of student clubs and societies on Yonsei's campus.


GW students can choose to live in the international dormitory on Yonsei's campus or in a homestay with a Korean family organized by the Office of International Affairs.

The SK Global House, a recently built international dormitory, has lounge space, shared kitchens, a fitness center, laundry, restaurants, coffee shops, and a convenience store on-site. Students can choose to live in a single room or share a room with another exchange or Korean student. The dormitories are conveniently located on campus and allow exchange students to become active members of the Yonsei community.

GW students apply for housing at Yonsei upon acceptance to the university and pay all housing fees directly to Yonsei.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester:               Late August to mid-December
Spring semester:           Late February to mid-June
Academic year:              Late August to mid-June



How to Apply for a GW Exchange Program

Students can begin a GW Exchange program application at anytime by searching for their program of choice on GW Passport. Students must meet with their study abroad advisor prior to the GW Exchange program deadline for their applications to be considered.  Please refer to our Advising Services page to find the appropriate study abroad advisor for your school.

YU Deadlines

Fall/Academic Year: April 1st
Spring: October 1st