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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Summer I
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  • Restrictions: ODU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Program Type: Affiliated Program Provider
Maximum Credits Earned: 9 Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English, Korean Click here for a definition of this term Area(s) of Study: Asian Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Economics, English, Foreign Language - Other, History, International Business, International Studies, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Click here for a definition of this term Estimated Cost of Attendance: $5,001 - $8,000
Program Description:


Summer in Korea

Yonsei International Summer School

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Seoul, Yonsei is situated on a large and wooded campus. The university was founded in 1885 and is the oldest in Korea.Yonsei prides itself on the diversity of its student body, noting a mix of economic backgrounds and political and religious affiliations.

The Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) opened its doors in 1985 and since then, YISS has become an integral part of campus life based on a unique blend of Korean and global cultures. YISS continues to grow and evolve, accommodating the needs of a rapidly changing student body and meeting the challenges of a fast-paced global society.


The summer program has courses  interest in the arts, culture, and humanities while also offering cutting-edge classes in management and economics, global issues, history and social sciences, and science and technology. A new course subject – The Korean Wave: Hallyu – is both for returning students of Korean descent and for equally savvy cultural entrepreneurs.


Students at Yonsei generally enroll in English-language courses in the areas of East Asian Studies (Anthropology, Art, History, Literature, Sociology), International Relations (Communications, Education, Politics, Sociology), and International Business (Economics, Finance, Management, Technology). Korean language study is also offered at all levels.


The credit earned at Yonsei will be recorded on the Old Dominion transcript as transfer credit provided that a passing grade at the host university is earned. Advance planning with academic advisors and completion of a transfer credit evaluation prior to the start of your program ensures that these credits are applied toward graduation and degree requirements. Students will work with faculty advisors at Old Dominion to select courses which will yield two or three lecture courses (6-9 credits).


Students in South Korea have the opportunity to observe both the traditions and architecture of the nation's rich 5,000 year history, as well as some of the effects of this century's rapid change. The ancient capitals of Paekshe, Shilla, and Kyongju offer open-air museums with excavated tombs, Buddhist temples, and other monuments to Korea's Golden Age. Students who wish to examine some of the tensions of living in a divided land can visit the city of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone. The university campus is also a vivid laboratory for observing the politics of the nation.

The city of Seoul itself is the center of Korean government and industry. All government offices are located within the city, as are the headquarters of major corporations such as Hyundai, Samsung, and Goldstar. Seoul offers a wealth of museums and palaces to explore and is definitely the heart of South Korea. Over 25% of the Korean population and 40% of Korean college students live in the city. In addition to the historic attractions already listed, there are also numerous art galleries, and music and drama festivals. Yonsei is located in the Shinchon area, which is home to three other universities, so there is always something to do!

For more information: see Yonsei's Facebook page.


Yonsei arranges for approximately 400 spaces for summer school students at on-campus housing facilities, International House I(International House) and II(SK Global House). They are both located very close to the New Millennium Hall, where most classes will be held and the Yonsei International Summer School main office is located. Therefore, residents would enjoy their living experience within convenient and comfortable environment and global community network.

Due to a limited number of rooms, we strongly recommend you to apply for the on-campus housing as soon as you are admitted. However, if you fail to get a room or want to stay in off-campus housing, you can refer to the Yonsei International Summer School housing page for more information. Please be advised that the Yonsei International Summer School will not arrange off-campus housing for students.

Yonsei International Summer School Housing Homepage:


The Yonsei International Summer School is a six-week program that typically runs from mid June through mid-August.


Old Dominion students may be eligible for summer financial aid to use on a summer abroad. You will work with your study abroad and financial aid advisors to develop a budget for this experience.

A summer at Yonsei University is estimated to cost $6,255. The following table shows an estimate of the costs that will be paid directly to Old Dominion.

Tuition $3300*
Study Abroad Fee $300
Health Insurance $90
Total $3690
*NOTE: $3,300 is the cost based on current exchange rates and is subject to change.

The following table shows an estimate of additional costs that are your responsibility. ODU will not bill you for these costs.
Books $150
Room & Board $700
US Passport $135
Student Visa $80
Airfare $1500
Total $2565


This program is currently not accepting applications.