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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Number of Credits Offered: 12-16
Language Courses Offered: Chinese - Mandarin, Japanese, Korean Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Bilateral Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Accounting, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Art and Visual Technology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Art History, Sociology, Honors, Government and International Policy, Korean, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Criminology Law and Society, Economics, Environmental Policy, Anthropology, Finance, Foreign Languages, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies, AACSB/EQUIS accredited
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: false Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program eligible for VA Benefits: No
Program Description:

Yonsei University

Seoul, South Korea

Yonsei Summer School
Yonsei University, often referred to as the Harvard of Korea, is a private research university located in the heart of Seoul, the dynamic capital city of South Korea. Founded in 1885, Yonsei now hosts nearly 30,000 students. The University offers a wide variety of coursework in English with nearly 1,000 course options. While at Yonsei, students will be exposed to a beautiful and culturally rich environment and can share special memories and experience Korean culture by participating in various Yonsei clubs and activities for international students. Yonsei's primary Sinchon campus is located in Seoul, the center of politics, culture, and the economy, where ministries, museums, palaces, theaters, and financial markets are located within close perimeters. As a leader of the IT revolution, Seoul is one of the most wired cities in the world. Technological advancement intertwines with traditional Korea culture. Only fifteen minutes away from campus, you'll be able to experience traces of the 500 year history of the Chosun Dynasty. The Sinchon area around the Yonsei campus is home to one of the most vibrant and exciting college towns in Seoul. With a rich array of facilities and activities, Sinchon creates a unique culture of its own and attracts young population from around the city and around the country.

Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.​​

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Students with Korean heritage (parent or grandparent who have or had Korean citizenship), should contact the Korean Consulate as early as possible to determine their process for applying for a visa as the process may require different or additional steps, such as, but not limited to, entering Korea with a Korean passport or renouncing their Korea citizenship. These students may still be considered Korean citizens, in which case the consulate will refuse to issue a student visa. 
As these cases are so specific to your individual situation, students of Korean heritage should discuss with their families and the Korean Embassy/consulate prior to committing to the program. 


In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • MINIMUM CREDITS: Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
    • TRANSFER STUDENTS: Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason. Yonsei also requires at least one semester of Mason grades at the time of application
  • MINIMUM GPA: Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application AND departure.

  • GRADUATING STUDENTS: Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
    Students with Korean heritage (parent or grandparent with Korean citizenship), should contact the Korean embassy as early as possible to determine their process for applying for a visa as your process may be different. These students may still be considered Korean citizens, in which case the consulate will refuse to issue a student visa. They may require students to enter Korea with a Korean passport (or renounce their Korean citizenship). As these cases are so specific to their individual situation, students of Korean heritage should discuss with their families and the Korean Embassy/consulate prior to committing to the program.  

Courses Available

The course list for each term is not finalized until 2 months before each term begins to please refer to past course lists for reference.
  • How to Navigate the Yonsei Course Catalog
  • Course Catalog Search
    • Select "Course Catalogue and Syllabus: Undergraduate & Graduate"
    • Select the appropriate semester. The course offering is not finalized until about 2 months prior to each term. As such, you will need to review previous years' offerings to see what is typically offered the term you go abroad
      • Yonsei 1st Semester = Mason Spring Semester (March - June)
      • Yonsei 2nd Semester = Mason Fall Semester (September - December)
    • Select the various areas of study to review all courses offered a particular term (Defaults to "Foundational Education(2019~)")
    • If you do not speak Korean, you can check the box "English Course Only"
    • Exchange students may be restricted from certain courses (see "Course Restrictions) below)
Students at Yonsei are able to take courses in the following faculties:
  • Liberal Arts
  • Commerce and Economics
  • Business
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Life System
  • Theology
  • Social Science
  • Human Ecology
  • Sciences in Education
  • Underwood International College
  • Korean Language (KLI)
Undergraduate course numbers range from 1000 (lower division) to 4000 (upper division).

Course Restrictions:

  • BUSINESS: Business courses are restricted to business majors only and students can take a maximum of four business courses under the School of Business and Office of International Affairs.
  • Students cannot take courses in the following courses/faculties: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Music, MBA, Law, and courses offered at the Songdo International Campus. This is subject to change.
  • In the Yonsei course catalog, some courses are restricted for exchange students. On the far-right column "Exchange" you will see either "O" which means exchange students can take that course, or an "X" which means exchange students cannot take that particular course.

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar at Yonsei is fairly similar to Mason. The Autumn semester (Semester 2 on the course catalog) runs from late August to late December and the Spring semester (Semester 1 on the course catalog) runs from late February to late June.

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits . A typical course is 3 credits. 

  • 1 Yonsei credit = 1 Mason Credit
Students should take an average of 4-5 courses. This will allow you to transfer back 12-15 credits. 

Grade Conversion

When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.

 Yonsei Grade Mason Grade
A+ A+
A- A-
B+ B
B- B-
C+ C+
C- C-
D+ D
D- D

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.


Students attending Yonsei University will reside in on campus dormitories. Single and double rooms are available. Students interested in staying in the on-campus dorms are encouraged to apply as soon as the application opens. The provision of on-campus housing is not guaranteed due to limited spaces and is distributed first-come, first-serve. Most students live at SK Global House or International House.

Students wishing to live in on-campus housing must submit a tuberculosis (TB) report upon check-in to their dorms showing that they are negative for TB. The test cannot be older than 2 months before check-in.

Program Cost

This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.

Program Payments

As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit Embassy of South Korea's website for further information.

  • Embassy of South Korea (select #4 - visa issuance) 
    • Exchange students must apply for a "D-2" student visa.
    • Students with U.S. citizenship and Korean heritage (parent or grandparent with Korean citizenship), should contact the Korean embassy as early as possible to determine their process for applying for a visa as requirements may be different.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Chris Hicks
Phone 703-993-2154

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2023 10/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2023 10/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.