Yonsei University: Winter Abroad at Yonsei (WAY)
Study abroad in Seoul, South Korea’s capital. Come to a city filled with energy, where you can see traditional palaces and temples just as much as high-end shops and cafés, while hearing the latest K-Pop music. Seoul’s highly-rated mass transportation system makes it easy to get around the city and take in all this vibrant metropolis has to offer. You will be part of Yonsei University, one of Korea’s top three most prestigious universities.
Yonsei University’s Winter Abroad at Yonsei (WAY) program gives you the opportunity to learn more about Korea’s language and culture, while taking one academic course and an optional Korean Language or Taekwondo course.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
During the Winter Abroad at Yonsei (WAY) Program, you can take a minimum of 3 credits, and a maximum of 4 credits. As a 3-week program, WAY courses are highly intensive and fast-paced.
• Korean Language/Taekwondo classes meet for 60 minutes each day, four days a week (Monday ~ Thursday), for 3 weeks (15 in-class hours per course).
• All other classes meet for 150 minutes each day, five days a week (Monday ~ Friday), for 3 weeks (45 in-class hours per course).
• Course requirements include a mid-term examination, a final examination, and often a term paper, although the choice remains up to individual professors.
Review Yonsei University’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
There are two on-campus housing facilities available for Winter Abroad at Yonsei participants. SK Global House has single and double occupancy dorms, and International House has double occupancy dorms.
As the residents of both dormitories can share the residential facilities, there is little difference in terms of facility and service provided except for the location of the bathroom; a private bathroom is located inside each room of SK Global House while the bathroom facilities are centrally located on each floor of International House. Regarding the double rooms, the size of the double room in International House is a little bit larger than that of SK Global House. Also, the double room in SK Global House does not have refrigerators while International House does.
Both dormitories are located very close to the classrooms and the Office of International Affairs. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy your living experience within a convenient and comfortable environment and global community network.
On-campus housing is not guaranteed. If you are not approved for on-campus housing, Yonsei University will offer alternative off-campus options. You also have the option of arranging your own off-campus housing.
There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants.
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Winter 2018/2019 Estimate of Costs.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and exceptional freshmen in all majors, with at least a 2.5 GPA, are eligible to apply.
No previous Korean language study is required, but please note that the language course will be very fast-paced if you decide to take it.
The exciting learning environment of Winter Abroad at Yonsei continues outside the classroom with a variety of one-day excursions held on the weekends.
• DMZ Tour: a visit to the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea
• Ski Tour: a one day trip to a nearby ski resort for a crash class on skiing
• Korean Cooking Class: a half-day cooking class and a tasting session at Korean Cuisine Cultural Center
These excursions are not included in your program charge.
Trips may be cancelled if less than 10 students sign up. Details of the trip may be modified due to weather and other conditions.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
About the City
Yonsei University’s main campus is in a spacious, picturesque, and natural setting, located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul’s metropolitan downtown area. Seoul is one of the leading and rising global cities in the world. It is also home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and offers many temples and other cultural attractions.
Yonsei has 3,500 eminent faculty members who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines. There are 21 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 131 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are not required to obtain a visa in order to participate in this program.
For all other nationalities, please check with your government and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea website to determine whether you are required to obtain a visa for this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Winter: July
12/26/2019 to 01/18/2020
December 26: Dormitory Check-in
December 27: Orientation
December 28: DMZ Field Trip
January 4: Ski Trip
January 11: Korean Cooking Class Field Trip
January 17: Last Day of Classes
About the Program
Yonsei University offers a winter program at its Sinchon campus for international students who would like to enjoy the winter in Seoul. This 3-week program offers intensive morning coursework and unique afternoon Korean language and Taekwondo classes. On the weekends, you will be able to enjoy Korean winter activities, and everything else Seoul has to offer.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at Yonsei University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
Yonsei University’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.