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. 

     Live and study in Seoul’s university district, Sincheon-Hongdae, an energetic neighborhood bustling with students from Seoul’s major universities! Join them for a quick bite at a nearby cafe, browsing the boutiques, or simply checking out some of Seoul’s best street performers. ISEP students live in guaranteed housing in modern apartments with a private bedroom.

       Local ISEP Program Advisor, Brian Min, assists students in Seoul by coordinating housing, sharing events, and connecting them with each other. Yonsei University staff also support incoming students, and Yonsei Global and the Mentors Club offer lots of sightseeing and social outings for international students. 


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.

Excursions & 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.

YISS offers exclusive 20 hours/week internship positions 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. It's recommended for students to have an intermediate to high level of Korean proficiency in order to participate. Students interested in an internship should notify their ISEP Student Services Officer when completing their application. Additional cost of 200,000 KRW upon placement. 

ISEP Direct students live in guaranteed, ISEP-arranged housing in Sinchon, a bustling shopping district and student-friendly neighborhood near Yonsei University. You'll have a small, private bedroom with bed, desk, and storage inside a 3 person apartment with a shared ensuite bathroom and small kitchenette. The 15 story building features communal kitchen space, relaxation rooms, study rooms, a cinema room, a rooftop terrace, and more. The apartment building provides a chance to connect with locals and offers a range of amenities. Close to public transportation, shopping, restaurants, and more, it’s easy to enjoy all Seoul has to offer and get to class on time! ISEP Direct students may also apply for housing through Yonsei, however it is competitive and not all students are able to secure a room.

Dive into the street food culture of Seoul with local delicacies such as spicy rice cakes, Mandu (Korean dumplings), or Instagram-able Korean corn dogs. If you prefer to prepare your own meals, purchase groceries at a nearby market or grocery store and cook in your kitchenette or communal kitchen. We recommend ISEP Direct students budget approximately KRW 400,000 per month (~280 USD) for meals.

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses (4 Week program)

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses (6 week program)

Course Description

Yonsei International Summer School offers English-taught classes and Korean language classes. Check this 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.

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 3-9 credits which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 3-9 U.S. Credit Hours. Each course will be worth 3 Korean credits / 3 US credit hours.

Please note that if you use financial aid, you may be required to earn 6 US credits to be eligible for summer aid. Please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your eligibility and the requirements for using financial aid.

Please find course syllabi for 2022 Yonsei Summer classes in this folder.

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

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Rachel Brown 703-504-9994 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(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 or higher

Special Application Instructions

After applying through ISEP, students will also need to complete an internal application with Yonsei and apply for the optional internship, if desired. If field trips are available, students are also asked to sign up for those in advance. ISEP students are guaranteed off-campus housing through ISEP and will not need to apply with Yonsei University directly for housing.

Other Academic Conditions

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Some students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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