International Exchanges – Korea: Yonsei University

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with Yonsei University

korea-yonsei-universityLocation: Seoul, South Korea

Host Website: ISEP Yonsei University
ISEP Yonsei

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. ISEP requires students to have a 2.75 or higher GPA. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available. Previous study of Korean language is not required but is highly recommended.

At least one Asian area studies course is strongly recommended before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will complete the ISEP Exchange application. If accepted by ISEP, students will then complete the University application.

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
Participants are required to take a full course load equivalent to four Pitzer course credits including a Korean language course and one course with content on Korean history, politics, literature or culture. In addition, students take the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

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 (15 to 16 credits) 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 writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board 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.

Additional Notes
Chance of placement by ISEP is good.