Join top students from Korea and around the world at Yonsei University as you
- gain first-hand understanding of Korean society and culture,
- observe evolving South-North Korean relations with knowledge of its history,
- witness the range and impact of Korean popular culture in music, dance, fashion and media,
- begin to understand East Asian economic and political relations,
- approach your UC major with a new global perspective.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Korean language study is required each semester, unless you are fluent in Korean.
The Study Center arranges activities to assist with Korean language acquisition, including a Korean Speaking Club, tutorials, and a Language Buddy Program. The Language Buddy Program will pair you with a Yonsei University student who will be coming to UC as a reciprocity student.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to late December
mid-February to mid-June
Summer + Fall
mid-June to late December
Summer + Year
mid-June to mid-June the following year
late August to mid-June
You are encouraged to extend your EAP participation to any term.
EAP students choose their own living arrangements: on campus in an international dormitory or they can arrange their own accommodations.
Enjoy many cultural activities and excursions arranged by the Office of International Affairs and UCEAP. Examples include excursions to the DMZ, sporting events, Jeju Island and Busan; activities such as kimchi making, KPOP, NANTA, river rafting, Yonsei Festival, language exchange, and farewell party. Volunteer with the EAP Angels for children at the local hospital or teach English.
EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. A local faculty member, who serves as the EAP Liaison Officer, administers EAP 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 EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Yonsei University, Seoul
Set in western Seoul on the former site of the Yi Dynasty royal palace, Yonsei University is the oldest 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 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 at its Sinchon and Wonju campuses.
An increasing number of courses taught in English are offered in many fields, including business, economics, history, communications, Korean art history, literature, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Particularly strong courses are available in Asian studies and Korean language and literature, as well as unique courses related to North Korea.
If the language placement test shows you have adequate proficiency in Korean, you may be able to enroll in Yonsei University courses taught in Korean with the approval of the instructor and the UCEAP Liaison Officer. A high level of proficiency in reading, writing, and comprehension of university-level Korean is necessary to succeed in these courses.
Graduate students and senior undergraduates, especially business or international studies majors, may study at the Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) or in the Global MBA program at the Graduate School of Business Administration. These professional schools offer in-depth studies of such subjects as international management, trade, finance, law, and area studies. Undergraduates are limited to one graduate course.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
Minimum 21 UC quarter units/ 14 UC semester units per semester required; usually four or five courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Independent study, including internships for academic credit may be arranged in certain fields. If you are interested in independent study, prepare a proposal either before departure or shortly after arrival at the Study Center.
for a list of past internship providers.
If you are interested in an internship in Korea, explore opportunities before you arrive in Korea. Websites such as Job Korea
are good sources. Internships for qualified students may be facilitated by the EAP Study Center staff with Korean and international firms and organizations. Most sponsoring organizations require interns to have Korean and English fluency.
Preference for internships will be given to students participating in the year program and those fluent in Korean. More information on EAP-arranged internships will be provided during the EAP orientation after arrival.
You may also seek a volunteer or non-academic internship. The EAP Study Center’s volunteer club (group), EAP Angels, welcomes EAP students who are willing to volunteer for Severance Children’s Hospital School, as an English teacher, or as an adoption agency interpreter. Information will be provided at the on-site orientation in Korea.
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 + Fall||25||30||20||$10,800||$8,800|
|Summer + Year||52||51||34||$17,150||$14,850|
* Estimates do not include Non Resident 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 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at partner institution
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions or 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
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters.
* Required each semester unless fluent. Prior language study is recommended.
3.00 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
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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 EAP Office for more information: