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Dickinson in Korea


Seoul, Korea

Korea, known as “the land of morning calm,” has retained its own unique identity for more than 5,000 years despite its unenviable position at the crossroads of major Asian and world conflicts. Rapid industrial growth has made Korea the 10th-largest trading nation in the world and one of the world's leading importing and exporting countries.  Korea's impressive economic development has become a model for many underdeveloped countries.

Korea today presents a unique position from which to study the culture, economics and politics of all the nations of the East Asian region.  As the capital, Seoul provides an intricate mix of culture, art and history.

Yonsei University

Yonsei University occupies a large campus in the middle of Seoul, a city of 11 million people, and is only 20 minutes from the country's center of government, business and culture.  Founded in 1885, Yonsei is the oldest university in Korea and is made up of 17 colleges and 16 professional graduate schools, enrolling approximately 30,000 students.

The oldest private university in Korea, Yonsei originally was founded as a medical school and has retained its scientific roots.  Although many students study Korean language, history and culture there, the university prides itself on its goal to be among the leading scientific-research institutions in the world.

Yonsei University is truly international, fostering academic partnerships with more than 500 institutions in 60 countries.  Students studying at Yonsei will feel this international reach while they live and study alongside a diverse student body, consisting of more than 4,200 international students.

In addition to the variety of courses available, students may choose to join a number of social and sports clubs on campus, which are a great way to meet other students and become involved in the community.


The Seoul program is offered for a semester as well as for an entire academic year.  Students enroll in the Division of International Education, where courses are taught exclusively in English for both Korean and visiting international students.  Students most commonly take courses in East Asian studies, international relations, international business and Korean language.  Coursework also may be completed in English in comparative literature and culture, economics, political science and life science.  Students with sufficient Korean language skills may take courses offered by other divisions of the university.

Most students who successfully complete a semester in Seoul receive four Dickinson credits.  For the academic year, students usually are eligible to receive eight credits.

On-Site Administration
The program is administered by the Division of International Education and Exchange at Yonsei University, which provides on-site support and advisement to students.

Dickinson students studying in Seoul live in the International House at Yonsei University.  The International House can accommodate up to 240 undergraduate and graduate students in double rooms.  Students have access to shared refrigerators for keeping some perishables but take most of their meals at the nearby university cafeterias and local eateries.  Both Koreans and international students live in the International House.  The predominately spoken languages among residents are Korean and English.

Quick Facts

  Dates Program Fee* Application Deadline
Academic Year late Aug. to late June $49,860 Feb. 15
Fall late Aug. to late Dec. $24,930 Feb. 15
Spring mid-Feb. to late June $24,930 Sept. 15

* This is the program fee for 2009-2010; the program fee for 2010-2011 will correspond to on-campus tuition and fees and will be determined during spring 2010.

Program Fee Includes
• tuition and fees
• room and board
• pre-departure and on-site orientations
• allowance for academic excursions

The program fee does not include primary health insurance, airfare, passport, visa, immunizations, optional travel, personal expenses, meals and housing during vacations, books or supplies.

Special Requirements

2.8 GPA


Seoul Orientation Handbook

Seoul Student Budget Sheet

Yonsei University

For more information, contact
The Office of Global Education
Dickinson College
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Phone: (717) 245-1341

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