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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll, Exchange Program Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: No
College: College of Arts & Letters, First Year of Studies Language of Instruction: English, Korean
Class Level While Abroad: Sophomore or Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Special Opportunities: Other Opportunities Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: None
Program Information:
Seoul Banner

The capital city of Seoul is South Korea’s cultural and educational heart, as well as its political and economic epicenter. Located in the northwest corner of South Korea, Seoul is a mega-modern and appealingly ancient city. The central area is the most important for both sightseeing and accommodation, with Mt. Namsan forming the southern perimeter, and tourists and shoppers are well at home in Itaewon, south of Mt. Namsan. The Han River winds through the city, splitting it in two. The Gangnam-gu area on the south bank is Seoul's most exclusive neighborhood, but on the whole, the southern areas have less interest to the traveler than the historic northern neighborhoods. The border with North Korea is about 40km (25mi) from the city center.

Program Dates*
Fall Semester: Late August through mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-February through mid-June

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Students will participate in the Study Abroad at Yonsei (SAY) Exchange
  • Yonsei University was first established in 1885 by Christian missionaries and is the oldest private university in Korea. Its mission is to educate leaders who will contribute to humanity in the spirit of truth and freedom.
  • The main campus is ensconced in a spacious, picturesque and natural setting located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul's metropolitan downtown.
  • Yonsei has 3,500 eminent faculty members who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines. There are 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world. It has a student body of over 28,000 undergraduates and postgraduates.
  • At the undergraduate level, courses available to exchange students include:
    • Liberal Arts, Commerce and Economics, Business, Science, Engineering, Life System, Theology, Social Science, Human Ecology, Sciences in Education, Underwood International College, and Korean Language
      • Business/economics courses are restricted to business/economics majors only.
    • Most of Korean-taught college courses are also available to international exchange and visiting students who are fluent in Korean.
    • Courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Music, Law, and MBA are not available
  • Every semester, Yonsei opens about 200 to 250 English-taught undergraduate courses for the international exchange and visiting students with the allowance of about 5 seats for each course.
Study Abroad compiles a database of previously offered approved courses and how these courses can be used in the Notre Dame curriculum by departmental designation and number. Students should use this resource in addition to the Browse Classes feature in NOVO when searching for NDUS course equivalents. Additionally, students can refer to Yonsei University’s website to review recent semester course offerings. Final course offerings are generally not available until closer to departure, and all courses are subject to change.

  • See fact sheet above for eligibility considerations
  • Students interested in applying for this program should be independent and possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments.
Housing and Meals
SK Global House & International House offer both single rooms (SK Global House only) and double rooms (both Houses). The International House offers shared bathrooms on each floor, while the SK Global House offers private bathrooms attached to each room.

Additionally, each House has a study room, lounge, and laundry room. International House also has a seminar room and kitchenette on each floor, and SK Global House has a music room, multi-functional room, and a common kitchen in B3 floor. Common facilities are shared by residents of either House.

Both Houses include air conditioning and heating, a single bed with linens (duvet, bed sheet, pillow, pillow case, etc.), closet, desk, desk lamp, chair, bookcase, and window shade. SK Global House single rooms and International House double rooms also have a small refrigerator. LAN connection is available, but the LAN cable must be purchased by the resident.

There is no meal plan included, but students will receive a monthly living allowance to offset food costs. The amount of this living allowance is confirmed prior to departure and regularly reviewed.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.