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Last updated April, 2023

Academic Information

Language of Instruction

English and Korean

Course Information

  • Courses in English
  • PLEASE NOTE: Undergraduate Commerce courses are highly competitive, therefore if you choose Yonsei, you must be very flexible in terms of courses
  • Restricted to Music and Law students.
  • Students must have completed at least three semesters at Otago before arriving at Yonsei.

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: March-December
  • Spring Semester: February - June
  • Fall Semester: September - December
  • Yonsei academic calendar

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • Minimum course load: 9 credits
  • Maximum course load: 18 credits

Accommodation and the Cost of Living


On Campus Housing

SK Global House & International House can accommodate up to 880 students in double rooms with a mixture of Yonsei and international students. SK Global House accommodates up to 581 students and offers both single and double rooms while International House accommodates up to 232 students and offers double rooms. The international students' dormitories (Gukje Haksa) house students from all over the world in a multicultural atmosphere. The primary language used in both dormitories is English. It is conveniently located toward the East Gate, right in front of New Millennium Hall.

Estimated Cost of Living

Estimated cost of livng: US$4,400 per semester (Spring 2018)

Additional Information

Yonsei University Information

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

Yonsei University, established in 1885, is the oldest university in Korea. Its educational mission is based on principles of truth and freedom.

Yonsei is particularly fortunate to have a spacious, quiet, and well-wooded campus located just 15 minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul's metropolitan downtown. Yonsei is proud of its long history and reputation as a leading institution of higher education and most international university in Korea. The university offers a unique student culture—with the highest foreign student enrollment (43%) in Korea.

The International Yonsei Club (IYC) is composed of Yonsei students who are interested in building stronger ties between Korea and the rest of the world. IYC arranges retreats, activities, language exchanges, and forums. Since its opening in November 2002, the Global Lounge has played a central role in promoting cultural diversity on-campus.

The City of Seoul

The fifth largest city in the world, the Seoul metropolis has a population of about 10.3 million. It is a centre of finance, arts and culture, and with its low crime rate is known to be one of the safest large cities in the world. Seoul is a global city, one of the world's top ten financial and commercial centers, home to large conglomerates such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia.

There is a blend of old and new in Seoul with modern high-rises and trendy shops mixed in with ancient temples and palaces. Many interesting South Korean attractions lie close to Seoul and are ideal for tourists considering possible day trips. The Korean Folk Village is nearby and known for its traditional culture, wood carving and dancing.

Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email

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