Semester Study Abroad

Yonsei Underwood International College

Yonsei University, founded in 1885, is the oldest private university in Korea and one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Asia. Yonsei was started by Christian missionaries as “a place of learning founded on Christian principles of truth and freedom, fostering individuals who will contribute to Korea and humankind.” The university consists of 22 colleges and 18 graduate schools. An estimated 27,000 undergraduate students make up Yonsei, with about 13% of them being international.

Yale-NUS students will be directly under the Underwood International College (UIC). Founded in 2006, UIC is the first and only liberal arts college in Korea. It houses 1,300 students, of which about 350 (27%) are international students from 47 countries. Much like Yale-NUS, UIC marries the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small school with the resources of a world-class research university.

Number of Spots for Yale-NUS Students per semester: 2-4

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Fields of Study

Yale-NUS students can take almost any Yonsei class, including UIC Common Curriculum, KLI, College of Business & Economics, etc. All courses will follow the school’s pedagogical mission that is centered on three core values: creative and critical thinking, democratic citizenship, and global leadership. The most updated course catalog may be found here.

Language of Instruction

Students can take courses in English and Korean, with Korean language courses being possible as well.

Full Course Load (Required Number of Credits)

14 credits

Students are required to take the full course load at the host institution, which will be equivalent to 20 MCs upon successful completion of credit transfer procedures back at Yale-NUS College.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: Sept. – Dec.

Spring semester: Mar. – Jun.

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CAP Requirement


If you are interested in studying abroad at this institution and currently have a CAP below 3.5, please contact a member of the CIPE International Programmes team.

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Graham Link
Executive, International Programmes

Contact with questions about study abroad programmes.