·        Study at Yonsei University, South Korea’s top private university, and learn from top international and local faculty while living among a diverse international student body.

·        Students can choose between a four- or six-week program at Yonsei International Summer School Program, and choose to take two or three courses. Popular subjects include Korean Language, Korean Studies, East Asian Studies, Business, and Social Sciences.

·        Located in the wooded hills of western Seoul, Yonsei University is only 10 minutes by bus or subway to the downtown area, the fashion-filled city center that sparkles with both modern innovation and ancient cultural tradition.

·        Enjoy a variety of Korean cuisine and experience lively festivals, performances, and folk museums.


Optional Extracurricular Activities: 
YISS participants can join weekly activity classes to experience more of South Korean culture. Past experiences include K-Pop dance instruction and Taekwondo. Registration is free, but the activities may require additional materials for a fee. For summer 2021, in-person options may be limited.

Optional Cultural Experiences:
On Fridays, YISS students may join optional organized opportunities like a Seoul City tour, Korean Folk Villiage Tour, Boryeong Mud festival and DMZ tour. Availability and options may be limited by COVID restrictions. Some activities may require an additional fee, the average price is 50,000 KRW. For summer 2021, most activities will be offered in a virtual format for free.

At this time, no multi-day excursions are planned for the 2021 program due to COVID-19 restrictions. After completing quarantine, students may explore Seoul on their own but should plan to follow local and university COVID-19 restrictions.

Optional Summer Internship:
YISS offers exclusive internship positions through companies and research centers, where students can gain practical work experience. Placements are available in corporate organizations and in research centers or organizations at Yonsei University. The YISS internship is a competitive opportunity and is not guaranteed to all YISS students. Students commit to interning 20 hours/week. Students interested in an internship should notify their ISEP Student Services Officer when completing their application. Additional cost of 200,000 KRW upon placement. 


Two-Week Quarantine Requirement
At this time, South Korea requires all international students to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. The estimated cost of quarantine is $530 for two weeks at Yonsei. ISEP recommends that all students plan to arrive two weeks prior to the program start date to complete their quarantine and advises that they should be prepared for the additional cost. We will provide further guidance when entry requirements are finalized. We encourage students to consider getting a COVID vaccine if they are eligible.

Housing and Meals:
Students will pay Yonsei University directly for their housing costs. Please plan to apply for housing immediately upon acceptance to program as housing is limited. Yonsei offers three on-campus housing options for international students, the SK Global House (double room) or the International House (double or single room). Meals are not included. Students can cook alongside other students in shared kitchen facilities or purchase low-cost meals on and near campus. Costs below are approximate based on current currency rates:


YISS Four-Week Program

June 23 – July 23, 2021


YISS Six-Week Program

June 24 – August 6, 2021

Choose between 6 or 9 U.S. Credits

$4,670 for 6 U.S. Credits

$5,570 for 9 U.S. Credits

Choose between 6 or 9 U.S. Credits

$4,670 for 6 U.S. Credits

$5,570 for 9 U.S. Credits

Choose from 3 housing options
$548 in International House Double Room

$625 for SK Global Dorm Double Rom

$915 for International House Single Room

Choose from 3 housing options

$660 in International House Double Room

$775 for SK Global Dorm Double Room

$1,045 for International House Single Room

Estimate $755 for meals

Estimated $1,315 for meals

Program Website

Course Description

Yonsei International Summer School offers English-taught classes and Korean language classes. Check Yonsei's YISS course page for a comprehensive list of courses. Students will choose to enroll in two courses (for 6 U.S. credits) or three courses (for 9 U.S. credits). Tuition fees are based on the number of credits. Please note: In 2021, some classes will be offered online, some will be offered in person, and some will be a hybrid.

Sample course offerings for both the six week and four week program are below:


Six-Week Program Courses

Additional Options Available, Please Ask your Student Services Officer for a Complete List

Arts & Humanities

Korean & East Asian Studies

Business & Economics

Social Sciences

Korean Language


Global Literature

Introduction to Korean Studies

Global Marketing Management

A New Context of Chinese Foreign Policy

Advanced Korean Language I

Biological Principles

Introduction to Art History

Korean Development

Global Supply Chain Management

Social Psychology

Advanced Korean Language II

Engineering Math: Differential Equations

World Literature: English & American Literature

Introduction to Asian Studies

International Management

Korean Politics and International Relations

Beginning Korean Language I

General Chemistry

Introduction to Computer Graphics

Contemporary Korean Culture & The Korean Wave

Economic Sociology

Introduction to International Relations

Beginning Korean Language II


World History: The Modern Era

East Asian Fiction

Financial Accounting

Introduction to Psychology

Beginning Korean Language III

Introduction to Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics


Korean American History

Strategic Management

Race and Law

Intermediate Korean Language I

Organic Chemistry


Korean Cinema

Introduction to Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics

Real Law and Order

Intermediate Korean Language II

Introduction to Statistics


Modern Korean History

International Human Resource Management

Sociology of the Family

Intermediate Korean Language III

Linear Algebra


Asian American Literature

Introduction to Corporate Finance

Understanding Sociology




East Asian Art History

Introduction to Investment Management

Legal Theory:  Law and Philosophy




Sample Four-Week Program Courses

Korea Studies

Business & Economics

Social Sciences

Korean Language

Computer Science

(Online) Covid-19 Global Impact and Korea's Perspectives


Law and Economics

Media and Society

Korean I

(Online Only)

AI & Design

Modern Korean Literature

Entrepreneurship and Management

Social Psychology


(Online Only) Introduction to Python Programming

Contemporary Korean Culture & The Korean Wave

Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Machine Learning



Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Machine Learning

Korean Economy





Website for Course Availability


(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Asian Studies Korean Studies

  • Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Management Economics

  • History

    Asian History

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Physical Sciences


  • Social Sciences

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher

Special Application Instructions

After applying through ISEP, students will also need to complete an internal application with Yonsei, apply for housing, and apply for the optional internship, if desired. If field trips are available, students are also asked to sign up for those in advance. 


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