Yonsei University Summer Program

Spend 6 weeks this summer at prestigious Yonsei University! 

Explore the nearby Sinchon district, a mecca for late night shopping and dining, packed with students. Neighbouring Hongdae is the centre of Seoul's indie scene.

Key information





Program type


Application information

Application status


Summer 2020 applications

Priority deadline Jan. 8, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2021 applications

Open Fall 2020

Program details

Yonsei offers over 100 courses in the summer in the following areas:

  • Arts & Humanities: Literature, Psychology, Art History, Drama, Fashion Design, Film/Cinema, Philosophy.
  • Korean Studies, East Asian Studies, Korean: Korean Language, Korean Culture & History, Film, Economics, Politics, International Relations
  • Business & Economics: Economics, Diversity Management, Calculus, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, International Management, Finance, Statistics, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • Social Sciences: Law & Society, Psychology, Sociology, Development Studies, Political Science, International Relations
  • Science & Technology: Biochemistry, Calculus, Energy & Environment, Chemistry, Microbio, Physics, Computer Graphics, Statistics, Life Sciences

Students can choose to take either 2 or 3 courses on the summer program. 1 course = 1 UCalgary half-course (3 units).

There is also a summer research internship option that students can apply for. This will fill one class requirement, of the 2-3 courses students take on the program.

YISS runs for 6 weeks from late June to early August. 

In 2019, an optional field trip runs June 26-28, 2019, with the program starting June 29 and running to August 9, 2019.


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary for 2-3 summer courses. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

Costs for program (2019 est.):

Costs Amount in KRW
Optional Field Trip KRW 500,000
On-campus Housing KRW 860,000

Seoul cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here 


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

On campus housing is available on a first come, first served basis, and should be applied for immediately after receiving your YISS acceptance letter. Students who are not successful at the housing application or want to live off campus can consult the off campus listing to arrange their own accommodation. 

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

There are optional field trips and cultural activities for this program. See info on field trips here!

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.