International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)


Program Title Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with Yonsei University
Location Seoul, Korea
Host Website ISEP: Yonsei University
Eligibility Previous study of Korean language is not required but is highly recommended. Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one Asian area studies course is required before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Application Pitzer College general application and the forms required by the university
Program Dates Fall semester: Late August to late December
Spring semester: Early February to late June
Full year: Late August to late June
Required Courses In addition to language, participants are expected to one course while abroad that includes content on Korean history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language A Korean language class is required of Pitzer students.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser.
Course Options Through its International Division of Underwood International College (IUC), Yonsei offers undergraduate Korean and East Asian studies courses taught in English, with intensive Korean language instruction. Most of the departments at the university are open to students who are proficient in Korean. Visit the ISEP website shown above, select ‘Academics’ and follow the Hints for Researching Courses.
Credit Possible Students must take the equivalent of a full course load at the university to equal four course credits at Pitzer. Credit amounts vary for each class so students may be enrolled in anywhere from 4 to 6 classes. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students are housed in double-occupancy rooms on campus depending on room availability. Students receive either a cafeteria plan for 19 meals per week or a stipend to purchase meals.
Advising Notes Chance of placement by ISEP is good.