Study Abroad Program Overview
Join top students at Yonsei University and from around the world as you
- gain first-hand understanding of Korean society and culture,
- observe dynamic South-North Korean relations while learning its history,
- witness the global impact of Korean popular culture in music, dance, fashion and media,
- understand changing East Asian economic and political relations, and
- approach your UC major with a new global perspective.
UCEAP Scholarship: All participants of academic year-long programs will receive a $2,000 scholarship (does not include extensions).
View the UCEAP Korea video!
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
language study is required each semester unless you are fluent in Korean.
The Study Center arranges activities to assist with your language study, including a Korean Speaking Club, tutorials, and a Language Buddy Program that will pair you with a Yonsei University student who will attend UC as a reciprocity student.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-August to late December
mid-February to mid-June
Summer + Fall
late June to late December
Summer + Year
late June to mid-June the following year
mid-August to mid-June
You are encouraged to extend your UCEAP participation to a subsequent term.
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 the Office of International Affairs
and UCEAP. Examples include excursions to the DMZ, sporting events, Jeju Island and Busan; learn to make kimchi; enjoy KPOP, NANTA, river rafting, the Yonsei Festival, language exchange, and farewell party. A buddy system program helps students settle into Yonsei and become familiar with Seoul's many attractions and activities.
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, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Yonsei University courses taught in English are offered in many fields, including business, economics, history, communications, art history, literature, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Of particular note are offerings in Asian studies, Korean studies, and Korean language and literature, courses not available at all UC campuses.
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 per semester.]
With the approval of the instructor and the UCEAP Liaison Officer, you may be able to enroll in courses taught in Korean. A high level of proficiency in reading, writing, and comprehension of university-level Korean is necessary to succeed in these courses.
Use the following resources to learn more:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per semester minimum required; usually four or five courses.
Research and Independent Study
Research and independent study may be arranged for academic credit in certain fields. If you are interested in independent study, prepare a proposal either before departure or shortly after arrival at the Study Center.
You may also do volunteer service. The UCEAP Study Center’s volunteer club (group), EAP Angels, welcomes UCEAP 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.
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
- Teaching English
- Communications and public relations
- Television studio
- More opportunities
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- All internships are secured once you are on-site through our Study Center.
- You can also explore opportunities before you arrive in Korea. Websites such as Job Korea and Incruit are good sources.
"The experiences from my work abroad have surpassed all of my expectations; they have both fed my desire to work in the medical field and further whet my imagination of what else may lie ahead.” Bridget Martinez, UC Merced
Many sponsoring organizations require interns to have Korean and English fluency.
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||$9,400|
|Summer + Year||52||51||34||$17,200||$16,500|
* 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 (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at partner institution
- 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.GPA Note
: A UC minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
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: