About the University

Yonsei University is a large private research university located in Seoul, South Korea. Founded in 1885 by Christian Missionaries, it is one of the oldest universities in South Korea, and is widely regarded as the top private school in the country. It is one of the SKY universities, a historical Korean acronym used to refer to Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University, which are the three most prestigious universities in the country. Yonsei has played a unique role among Korean universities as the gateway for foreign scholars and students interested in Korean studies, language, and culture. The student body consists of 38,725 students: 26,731 undergraduate students, 11,994 graduate students, 4,518 faculty members, 6,788 staff, and 257,931 alumni. In addition to gaining academic excellence, international students are also exposed to a beautiful and culturally rich environment. Yonsei University is particularly fortunate to be situated in a spacious, quiet, and well-wooded environment near a mountain yet right in the center of Seoul's metropolitan area.

About the Exchange Program

Undergraduate students from Human Ecology may spend one semester, and in some cases, up to a year, studying at Yonsei University, in their school of Human Ecology. Yonsei has the most extensive overseas exchange network in Korea, with exchange agreements with over 610 universities worldwide, and receives over 4,000 international students. Yonsei is recognized by the global community as one of the most innovative and globalized universities. The College of Human Ecology at Yonsei combines theoretical and applied approaches to address various human concerns. Seoul is the capital of Korea and the heart of Korea's culture and education as well as politics and economics. It is home to more than ten million people, and is one of the top 10 global cities in the world. Seoul's transportation system is well integrated and efficient, boasting the world's third largest subway system and the number-one rated airport. It has the fastest internet in the world. Modern infrastructure improvements are balanced with the preservation of historical sites with well kept ancient dynastic palaces, temples, and gates.


English and Korean

Yonsei University has over 30 undergraduate Colleges spread over three campuses. Yonsei offers over 700 courses taught in English throughout its curriculum, and exchange students can easily choose among the 50+ offered each semester in the areas of Korean Studies, Politics, Science, Engineering, Business, Economics, International Trade, etc. Human Ecology students are also eligible to take courses in English at Underwood College.
The School of Human Ecology has five Departments:

  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Child & Family Studies
  • Housing & Interior Design
  • Human Environment & Design

The Spring Semester is from the beginning of March to mid-June. The Fall Semester is from the beginning of September to mid-December.


Yonsei International House is a "home-away-from home" that meets high-quality international service standards. It provides a 24-hour front desk operation and security system which insures convenience and security. Students and guests can enjoy various facilities and services within a global community network. It can accommodate up to 817 students in single and double rooms. The House is available for students from all nationalities registered at any division related to Yonsei University including undergraduate/graduate/KLI students and visiting professors to Yonsei university. The objective is to create a global environment. The main language for communication is English. It has facilities that include a communal kitchen, music room, fitness center, laundry, dry cleaning, video room, food court, 24 hour convenience store, and many other amenities.

How to apply to a Human Ecology Exchange program.

The Exchange Program Brochure Download


If you have questions about the program or would like additional information about applying, contact:

Dr. Pauline Morin
Director of Exchange Programs Human Ecology