Study Abroad Program Overview
Join other UC students, to learn and have fun as you spend the summer in Seoul at Yonsei University's International Summer School (YISS).
In this six-week summer session, choose courses in English in humanities, social sciences, management and economics, East Asian Studies and Korean Studies, all taught by international and local faculty.
No prior Korean language study is required. Many people in Seoul, especially those at Yonsei University, speak English and can provide assistance as needed.
Corporate and research internships are a select feature of this exciting summer program.
Enjoy a UC student video from summer 2015 and a blog from a summer 2016 student
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
language study is optional during the summer program.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late June to early August
Qualified students are encouraged to extend their UCEAP participation to the fall or year options at Yonsei University
UCEAP students choose their own living arrangements: live on campus in the international dormitory or arrange your own accommodations. More information on housing
Enjoy many cultural activities and excursions arranged by YISS and UCEAP. Past activities include trips to Busan and the DMZ; Korean cooking; KPOP and Nanta performances; river rafting; and sporting events. You can also volunteer with the EAP Angels teaching English at Severance Children’s hospital.
"Korea was very enriching and an amazing experience overall. The best part is meeting people from around the world and making many new friends."
-- UCEAP Participant YISS Summer 2016
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. A local faculty member, who serves as the UCEAP Liaison Officer, administers UCEAP programs at Yonsei University along with a Study Center Coordinator. They help students integrate into the culture of their host country and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, and independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Each summer Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) offers about 100 courses taught in English on many subjects, including Asian and Korean history, cultural studies, literature, business, economics, society, global and international politics, Korean language, science and technology. A number of YISS offerings are taught by visiting UC faculty who spend the summer in Seoul teaching their regular UC course.
Students take two or three YISS courses. Korean language study is recommended but not required.
A limited number of research and corporate internships are available. Information about these opportunities is on the YISS website (see link below).
Use the following resources to learn more:
"I believe the level of exposure to the Korean language is much higher here compared to UC because I am surrounded by people whose native language is Korean.
I was also able to take a law class taught by a judge in New York. Even though professors at UC specialize in law, the experience learning from an actual judge is different. He taught us how to analyze cases depending on the scenario and shared some of the cases he has had."
-- UCEAP Participant YISS Summer 2016
9 to 13.5 quarter/6 to 9 semester UC units required; two or three courses.
If you participate in an internship (research or corporate), you will only be allowed to enroll in one additional course for a total of 9 quarter/6 semester UC units.
If you receive financial aid, you may be required to take 13.5 quarter/9 semester UC units as a requirement for UC summer funding; see your campus Financial Aid Office for details.
Research and Independent Study
The YISS Korea Summer Internship Program offers research and business internships for academic credit. These are very competitive; interested participants apply through YISS. Most corporate internship providers require intermediate Korean language ability. If you apply for and are accepted into one of these opportunities, you will only be allowed to take one additional course.
Additional internship, research or independent study opportunities for academic credit are not possible in this short summer program.
Yonsei University, Seoul
Set in western Seoul on the former site of the Yi Dynasty royal palace, Yonsei University is the oldest private university and one of the most internationalized in Korea. The main quad area resembles an ivy league university with gothic stone buildings, although this traditional core is being infused with new modern architecture as the university develops.
Yonsei is one of the most selective of the Korean universities. It enrolls about 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students in a broad range of academic departments, a comprehensive graduate program, and professional schools.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Finance and business
- Communications and public relations
- Human Resources
Setting Up Your Internship
- Apply for an internship through Yonsei International Summer School by early May.
- All internships are secured prior to arrival.
- Internships are highly competitive for this program and are not guaranteed.
“I would highly recommend future students to partake in internships. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Seoul's corporate environment and take one step towards the working world. The internship has strengthened my interpersonal skills.” --Alice Kwon UCSD
- Summer internships in Korea are available through YISS’s Korea Summer Internship Program.
- The internship counts as one of your courses and is 4.5 UC quarter units.
- You are expected to intern about 20 hours per week.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Summer||6||9 - 13.5||6 - 9||$4,450||$3,800|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Predeparture expenses
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Yonsei University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: