The oldest university in Korea, Yonsei University
was established in 1885. The Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) opened its doors in 1985. This six-week dynamic program offers courses in a broad range of fields from the arts, culture, and humanities to science and technology. Experience the legendary "Yonsei Spirit" during an unforgettable summer in the heart of Seoul. You will make life-long friends, build new networks, expand and deepen your academic and cultural horizons, and experience life in one of Asia's largely undiscovered metropolises. Yonsei's main campus is ensconced in a spacious, picturesque, and natural setting located minutes from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul's metropolitan downtown.
This program is open to all Mason undergraduate students with at least a 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
At YISS, nearly 100 different courses are offered throughout the program. Subjects are divided into 7 categories: Arts & Humanities; Korean Studies; Business and Economics; Social Sciences; Korean Language; East Asian Studies; Science & Technology.
Students have the option of enrolling in two or three 3-credit courses for a total of six-nine credits during this six week program. Those selecting to apply for the internship option (see below) will only receive 3 credits.
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.
Internship Opportunities (Non-Credit)
YISS offers various internship positions exclusively for YISS students. Through various companies and research centers, students can explore and experience the real working life. The Corporate Internship offers students direct exposure to global corporate settings in the heart of Seoul, Korea. The Research Internship offers the opportunity to participate in research projects or work as an intern in research centers or organizations at Yonsei University.
Students are welcome to apply for this opportunity. However, because this is a transfer credit program, you will be unable to receive credit for the internship since it is graded pass/fail. If you choose to participate in an internship and are selected by a company, you will only receive three credits for this program.
Housing is double occupancy in on-campus dormitories.
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.
Students wishing to arrive early will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip. The field trip is June 26-June 28 (2018) and goes to Gangwon Province (Naksan Temple, Waterpark, Seorak Mt., Nami Island). The cost was 500,000 KRW (approximately $471 USD) and included accommodations, meals, transportation, and admission fees.
YISS also offers a number of optional extracurricular activities students can choose to participate in for a small fee (50,000 KRW). In 2018, these include a Seoul City Tour, a Korean Folk Village Tour, the Mud Festival, a DMZ Tour. Also offered is a Taekwando Class (fee: 30,000 KRW).
Program Cost (2020):
$3,706 (with housing)
- Application Fee
- Tuition for 6 credits in the 6 week program*
- Housing for the 6 week program*
- Pre-Departure Orientation and on-site orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
*Students interested in attending the 4 week program only (6/30/2020-7/23/2020), or taking 9 credits will need to contact the Program Administrator. Only 6 credits are available in the four week option.
- Passport fees
- Required textbooks and/or course materials
- Personal spending
- Optional excursions/activities
Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Application Deposit + First Payment + Final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
First Payment: A non-refundable First Payment of $1000 must be received by April 20. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 5. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid Application Deposit and First Payment. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
For more information on payments and financial aid:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
April 15, 2020
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 the Embassy of South Korea's website for further information.
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.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.