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This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.
Remember to also visit the Participants
section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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At Yonsei International Summer School (YISS), you will take courses taught in English on a wide variety of subjects. Many courses are taught by visiting faculty, including UC faculty, so they change from summer to summer. Course information is on the Yonsei University website
The courses are added to the MyEAP course catalog
in April or May so you can see which subject areas have been assigned to the courses and if they are upper or lower division.
Korean language study is recommended but not required. Language classes are offered at six levels from beginning to advanced and concentrate on developing Korean language comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar skills. Classes are held Monday through Thursday for three hours per day.
Other classes are held Monday through Thursday with each class meeting for two hours per day.
Attendance is mandatory; if you are absent from a certain number of classes, you will receive an automatic F. In many cases, this is three absences.
- Attendance at both YISS and UCEAP mandatory orientations
- Language placement test on the first day of the program if you intend to take a language course (no makeup exams are offered). If you are a beginner, you will go to the placement exam and put your name on the exam to indicate your interest in taking beginning Korean language.
- Minimum of 9 UC quarter units (two courses); maximum of 13.5 units (three courses)
- All courses must be taken for the full units (4.5 UC quarter units); the variable unit option is not available
- If you take three courses, you may take one course on the P/NP basis. If you take only two courses, both must be taken for a letter grade, unless one is the internship course which is graded P/NP only.
- Completion of the MyEAP Study List and confirmation by the Study Center. Any changes made in your YISS course registration must also be made with the EAP Study Center either in MyEAP online or by General Petition.
YISS will start offering internships during the summer of 2013. Space is limited and the program is expected to be very competitive. The internships are 3.0 YISS units (4.5 UC quarter units) and count as one course. They are graded on the P/NP basis only. You will take one or two additional courses for a letter grade.
If you are placed in an internship, you will be expected to work 20 hours per week over the 6 weeks.
- You will receive instructions by e-mail regarding YISS course preregistration procedures about two months before departure.
- Internship results will be announced before the course registration deadline.
- Final registration takes place after arrival.
Financial Aid Minimum Unit Requirements
UCEAP allows students in the UCEAP Korea summer program to take either 9 UC quarter units (two courses) or 13.5 UC quarter units (three courses); however, the minimum unit requirement for UC summer funding varies by UC campus.
If you are a financial aid recipient, contact your UC campus financial aid advisor for your minimum unit requirement based on your individual financial aid award prior to departure. The UCEAP Study Center staff in Korea cannot advise you on financial aid matters.
If you take two courses and your financial aid award requires you to take three courses, you will be required to pay back any over-award of financial aid. This amount will vary by student.
The Study Center’s volunteer club, UCEAP Angels, welcomes UCEAP students who are willing to volunteer on a regular basis. In this club, you may volunteer with Severance Children’s Hospital School, with major police stations’ culture classes for North Korean refugees, as an English teacher, or in other activities that may be arranged. More information will be available during the UCEAP on-site orientation.
Attendance, Exams, and Grading
Seoul is a vibrant city and can be a serious distraction for students. Make sure to prioritize between academic responsibilities and extracurricular social activities.
Your work will be assessed primarily by exams, but many courses also include attendance, term papers, projects, and class presentations.
Attendance is required. If you miss a certain number of classes (usually 3), you will receive an F for the course.
Korean language courses require serious concentration and diligent study. Grading in the language courses usually is more rigorous than what you may have experienced at your UC campus.
Grades for this program are usually available in mid to late September.
Extending UCEAP Participation
Extending your UCEAP participation in Korea is possible. UCEAP encourages you to extend participation to the next term. Approval of extension is based on academic performance, the support of your UC campus department, and available space at Yonsei University.
Before departure, submit an approved Departmental and College Preliminary Approval to Extend
(DPA) form to your Campus EAP Office. Submitting the approved DPA does not obligate you to extend or guarantee extension, but the DPA will expedite the process if you decide to extend.
To extend from the Yonsei International Summer School to the fall or year programs, you must have a 3.0 GPA, must have a DPA on file with UCEAP, and must declare your intention to extend during the first two weeks of the summer program. Yonsei will not consider extensions filed after that period.
Once your extension has been approved, notification will be sent to your UC campus registrar, Financial Aid Office, and Campus EAP Office. For information about the steps you need to take with regard to finances, see the Extension of Participation
chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad
Extension for more than two semesters is not possible. You may participate in multiple summer programs.
Get acquainted with your new host city, country, and culture before you leave the U.S. Travel guides and travel-related websites, such as Lonely Planet
, are excellent resources.
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
Additional information about passports, visas, and other required documents is provided in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad
and in the UCEAP Predeparture Checklist.
Travel to Your Host Country
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Korea celebrates a number of events and festivals throughout the year. Go to Korea.net for information
Students with Disabilities
While in the Republic of Korea, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation different from what is found in the United States. ROK law mandates access to transportation, communication and public buildings for persons with disabilities, and the Korean government continues efforts to improve accessibility and accommodation for persons with disabilities.
Metro (subway) cars and buses in Seoul offer priority seating for the disabled. Most metro stations have escalators and elevators. Metro platforms include Braille inscriptions (in Korean) for the information and safety of individuals with visual disabilities. You are encouraged to contact individual bus companies and subway associations for more information. Cross walks typically have audio signals. These facilities can be found in certain places across the city, but they do not exist everywhere. Older buildings and streets are generally less accessible to individuals with disabilities.
It is important to notify UCEAP Systemwide early if you have a disability.
Yonsei International Summer School coordinates a three-day field trip around South Korea prior to the summer program. It is designed to acquaint students with historic, scenic, and modern Korea. The field trip is optional and the cost is not included in your UCEAP fees. Reservations must be made in advance. More information is provided on the Yonsei website
The Study Center offers a field trip each term. Check the UCEAP Seoul Study Center website
regularly for news and updates. The activities arranged by the Study Center are free and exclusively for UCEAP students. These field trips offer great opportunities to explore Korea and meet other UCEAP students. You have to sign up in advance for the UCEAP field trip during the designated sign-up period. It is important to check your e-mail and the UCEAP Seoul Study Center website often so you do not miss the chance to explore amazing life in Korea.
Smog and yellow dust roll into Korea from China. Click the link for more information about air quality, including air quality levels for major cities in Korea: https://www.facebook.com/americansinkorea?hc_location=timeline
Wear a mask.
With the right information - and by thinking ahead - everyone can play a part in preventing being a victim of crime. There are some strategies you can practice anywhere in the world to minimize your risks. Personal safety starts with awareness. To be alert to potential dangers and risks to your well-being, you need to be aware of what is going on in your immediate environment. The choices you make about your behavior, attire, travel, personal property, relationships, etc., can directly influence your exposure to risk.
Traffic & Transportation Safety
The threat of a border conflict between North and South Korea exists. It is against the law for South Koreans to cross the border into North Korea. Most heightened incidents between the two countries are low-level military skirmishes, often naval.
An international military force is stationed on the so-called Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), although mostly by U.S. or South Korean personnel.
UCEAP Contingency Planning
Assembly Points and Evacuation Plan
Assembly Points and Evacuation Plan
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