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W&M Semester- Yonsei University (Assisted Enrollment)
Seoul, Korea, South
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Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Molly DeStafney (
 Program Type:
WM Sponsored Semester
 Language of Instruction:
English, Korean
 Host Institution:
Yonsei University
 Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Description:

Yonsei Univeristy is the oldest and most comprehensive university in South Korea and was first established in 1885 by Christian missionaries. Its stated mission is to educate leaders who will contribute to humanity in the spirit of "truth and freedom." Yonsei offers courses in 114 Departments in 23 Colleges. The primary language of instruction at Yonsei is Korean, but there are numerous English-taught courses open to visiting students. Yonsei's Underwood International College teaches all its courses in English, and departments throughout the university offer varying numbers of classes in English within their disciplines. Students proficient in Korean may choose courses from the full university catalogue.  Please note, 3 Yonsei credits are equivalent to 3 W&M credits.
Yonsei is located on a 240-acre campus in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It is a large, metropolitan city of over 10 million people that is also home to a rich and traditional culture represented in ancient palaces, temples, pagodas, and gardens. The Seoul National Capital Area includes four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeokgung Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Seoul is a hub for land travel throughout South Korea and nearby Incheon International Airport offers express bus and rail (AREX) services to Seoul.

The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and Yonsei University allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition to W&M while taking classes at Yonsei. The exchange program is best for VA in-state residents. Students not chosen for the exchange program have the option of assisted enrollment. Assisted enrollment requires W&M students to pay tuition to Yonsei. Out-of-state students often find assisted enrollment the best option. All W&M students pay housing, meals and fees on-site in Seoul.

Host Institution:
Yonsei University

Fall Semester (August—December)
Spring Semester (February—June)
Academic Year (September—June)

Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 1
Academic Year : March 15

Second Semester Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
Seniors must receive approval from Committee on Degrees
2.5 GPA

Language Requirement:

Course Information:
Students may choose from broad offerings taught in English; those proficient in Korean may choose classes from the full curriculum.

Academic Credits:
All courses except for those in history must be pre- or post-approved; history courses will be automatically approved as HIST 299.  Grades will not be posted on transcript or be included in GPA calculations. Credits will appear as transfer credits on W&M transcripts.

Program Fees:
Exchange: W&M tuition paid to W&M.
Assisted Enrollment: Tuition paid to Yonsei.

Housing, Meals and Fees:
Room and board paid on site in Seoul. A $75 application fee, $200 off-campus fee  and insurance fee of approximately $34 per month apply to all students, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office.

The Reves Center advisor for the Yonsei University exchange program is Caylie Zidwick ( For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/15/2016 03/25/2016 TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/15/2016 03/25/2016 TBA TBA
 NOTE: 1. Applications are first reviewed by the Reves Center, and students nominated for the exchange or assisted enrollment programs are notified. Application materials are then sent to the school abroad (and the school abroad often requests additional materials at this time). When the school abroad completes their application review, students are then notified of the final acceptance decision. This timeline varies greatly from school to school. In rare cases a student nominated by the Reves Center will not be selected by the school abroad to attend their university; the Reves Center would then explore further options for the student. 2. Any start and end dates listed are to serve as a guide for general planning, but specific dates are subject to change and may not include mandatory orientation programs or exams. Contact your host university for the most accurate dates.