Education Abroad Program

The University of California Education Abroad Program offers a great opportunity for students interested in the Korean culture to study at three universities in Seoul. EAP participants may study for the fall semester or academic year at Yonsei University, Ewha Women's University, and Korea University. The program begins with a six-week summer language program. Thereafter, most students take courses taught in English in the humanities and social sciences and study Korean language. Students proficient in Korean may enroll in regular university courses taught in Korean in a wide variety of academic fields.

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Yonsei University

Founded in 1885, Yonsei is the oldest university in Korea. The main campus is located on 250 wooded acres in western Seoul on the former site of a Yi Dynasty royal palace. The main quad resembles an American East Coast university with its numerous gothic stone buildings, although this traditional core is being infused with new architecture as the university expands. The university enrolls over 35,000 students in a broad range of academic departments, a comprehensive graduate program, and professional schools.

Korean Studies Summer Program

EAP students may attend EAP's Korea Studies Summer Program at Yonsei University. The program, which is also attended by UC students going on the Korea fall and year options, offers Korean language classes at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classes concentrate on developing Korean language comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar skills. In addition to language study, during the ILP students take one or two courses taught in English on Korean history, culture, literature, business, economics, society, or politics.

Fall or Year Program

EAP students who plan to study at Yonsei for the fall semester or academic year begin the program with orientation and the Korean Studies Summer Program, described above. Orientation activities provide students with information on the university, the academic program, banking, housing, and an introduction to Korean culture.

NOTE: Students who are fully proficient in Korean and who will take most of their course work in Korean during the fall or year may request an exemption from the ILP.

Each semester, students who are not fluent in Korean continue Korean language study and take courses through Yonsei's Division of International Education and Exchange(DIEE). Language courses are semi-intensive and normally meet for two hours per day, five days per week. The average class size is 12 to 15 students. Students are placed at the appropriate language level based on mandatory written and oral placement tests administered before the first day of classes. Depending on the level, the classes emphasize oral-aural skills and systematic grammatical pattern acquisition, basic writing skills, listening comprehension, composition, and cross-cultural communication.

EAP students also take courses taught in English through DIEE. These courses have been carefully selected for UC student participation by the EAP Liaison Officer and the DIEE Director. Courses are offered in many fields including business, economics, history, Korean art history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Particularly strong courses for UC students in Asian studies and Korean language and literature. Most ID courses are worth 4.5 UC quarter units. Students who are proficient in Korean are encouraged to enroll in regular Yonsei University courses taught in Korean in a wide range of fields. All courses selected must be approved by the EAP Liaison Officer who administers the program.

Independent study may be arranged in certain fields. Students interested in independent study for first semester should prepare a proposal before departure and submit it to the Campus EAP Office. The EAP Liaison Officer will determine the feasibility of the plan in conjunction with Universitywide Office of EAP standards for independent course work.

Business and International Studies

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students, especially business or international studies majors, may study at the International Trade and Management Program (ITM), housed in the Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies. The program is taught in English and is available to qualified and motivated UC graduate and undergraduate students who are advanced in their fields, especially seniors and international studies majors.

ITM provides two programs: a public sector (policy track) program in international studies, and a private sector (management track) program in business administration. It provides students with an understanding of the ways in which public organizations and private corporations conduct international trade and investment policies. Students will develop an understanding of how economic, business, and political factors interact in shaping the international trade and management environment. Graduates of the ITM program become involved in government, international organizations, multinational firms, media, consulting, law, accounting, and academia.

Korean Language Institute Program:

Non-native speakers of Korean language can apply to spend the year studying intensive Korean at the Korean Language Institute (KLI), at Yonsei University. Each year over 600 international students study at KLI. EAP students must indicate their intention to apply for KLI in their EAP application. All applicants will be carefully screened. This special-focus program may not be appropriate for all students and is available to year-long students only. Fall students may not petition to extend to this program.

Selected Fields of Study*: Yonsei University

The fields in bold include course work in English through Yonsei's International Division; the list varies annually.

Anthropology Geology
Architecture History
Art History International Relations
Asian Studies Korean Language/Literature
Biological Science Library Studies
Business/Management Studies Linguistics
Chemistry Mathematics/Statistics
Communications/Media Studies Music
Comparative Literature Philosophy
Computer/Information Science Physics
Development Studies Political Science
Economics Psychology
Education Religious Studies
Engineering Sociology
Urban Planning/Studies
Women's Studies

* This chart provides a quick reference to fields appropriate for UC undergraduate students at Yonsei. Some courses may have prerequisites and some fields may be restricted. For additional details, students should refer to host institution catalogs and websites.

Ewha Womans University

Ewha ("Pear Blossom") is synonymous in Korea with exceptional university education for women; increasingly it is also synonymous with globalization and international education. In its own words, "Ewha is a haven for intellectuals and leaders devoted to social progress and equality." A large number of prominent women in Korean society, as well as the spouses of many of Korea's leading male political and business figures, are Ewha graduates.

Ewha is located on a 140-acre park-like campus in hilly western Seoul, adjacent to Yonsei University, and is known as the most beautiful campus in Korea. It has a striking mix of traditional stone Gothic buildings and bold new architecture. Modern residence halls, good sports facilities, a splendid new library, beautiful Student's Culture Hall, and numerous shops and university services make living and studying at Ewha very comfortable. A convenient subway station is located at the end of the street in front of Ewha affording Ewha students easy access throughout Seoul.

Intensive Summer Language Program/ILP

EAP students have the option of studying at Ewha for the summer, fall, or academicyear. The Fall and year options begin with a mandatory six-week orientation and intensive language program (ILP) that are held at the International Summer School in Asian Studies. This is also available to UC students who are at the sophomore level.

The International School offers Korean language classes at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. These classes concentrate on developing Korean language comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar skills. Students take a required course called "A Study of Contemporary Korea," and at least one other course. Students are also welcome to take one non-credit course in traditional Korean art. Examples of these classes are folk dance, calligraphy, painting, or tae kwon do.

Semester and Year Courses

Each semester students who are not fluent in the Korean language continue to take Korean language courses through Ewha's Asian Studies Program. These language classes are intensive and meet on average six hours per week. Students are placed in appropriate courses based on mandatory written and oral exams taken before the first day of school. Classes emphasize oral-aural skills, basic writing skills, listening comprehension, composition, and cross-sultural communication depending on level.

In addition to language courses, students choose courses from fields such as Korean and Asian arts, business, comparative history, Asian religions, law, sociology, and economics. Students who qualify may choose to register for courses offered in English in any of the departments. Asian studies and women's studies are particularly strong fields. Those who are proficient in Korean are encouraged to enroll in regular classes taught in Korean.


One of the special opportunities offered at Ewha are internships at Korean companies, joint ventures, international organizations, consulting firms, law firms, and non-government organizations (NGO's). Students who enroll in the full academic year may participate in this option during the second semester. Internships are aranged and monitored by Ewha's International Education Institute. Notifications for internship preferences should be given to the Institute well in advance to allow time to locate appropriate positions. Internships usually last six weeks during one of the two semester breaks.

Special Opportunities

Women's Studies Department and Research Center: These courses may be of particular interest with students majoring in or interested in studying this area while abroad. The Korean Women's Institute (KWI) conducts educational programs such as Ewha's Women Studies Program, social education for women (outside the university), special lectures, and other community activities. The KWI is also involved in historical research on Korean women and their role in Korean society, gender and labor relations, feminism in Asia, and other such research projects. The Kwi also has active publication programs. Such programs include the Women's Studies Review(published annually since 1984), and two history journals:Primary Sources for History of Korean Women and Women's History Sourcebook: Official Records of Chosun Dynasty. The KWI also actively promotes national and international academic conferences and seminars on women's issues in Asia.

Ewha is also home to Institue for Women's Theological Studies and the Asian Center for Women's Studies. These programs are of particular value since it gives students the opportunity to study women's studies from an Asian perspecive.

Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS): One of the newer programs at Ewha, it is funded with a 1997 grant from the Korean government. It offers an interdisciplinary international curriculum including courses in international business, international economics, international politics, international relations, economic development and social change, international law, and area studies. Even though it is a graduate school, international undergraduates are also welcome to take courses at GSIS. The GSIS student body includes students from Korea, United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Nigeria, Vietnam, Pakistan, Phillipine Islands and more. Not only do students learn about multiculturalism in the classrooms, they actually learn to live and cooperate with them in a multicultural environment as well.

Korea University

The campus is located in northeastern Seoul and is the leading national university. The Korea University provides opportunities for UC graduate students to engage in Korean Studies for an in-depth study of economics, history, politics, sociology, literature, and philosophy of Korea. It received a government recognition and grant in 1997. The grant was used to expand its international studies program. It also received additional funding for the recruitment of more graduate students in Korean studies, based on its excellence in that field.

Academic Program

UC graduate students who qualify for the advanced to native Korean language ability may study in humanities and social science disciplines for the fall or academic year. The focus of this program is principally in advanced study and research in various fields of Korean studies. The university helps facilitate access to many of Korea's leading specialists, archives, and networks connected with the Korean Cultural Research Center and the Korean Studies Research Institute. All of these courses are taught in Korean. For those students who need supplemental language instruction, the Koryo Korean Language and Cultural Studies Program offers six levels of Korean language instruction year-round.

Program Finances

Below are the program costs for 2004-2005 (excluding miscellaneous campus fees, non-resident tuition, and professional school fees). Costs for 2003-2004 will vary due to program changes, currency fluctuations, changes in UC and campus fees, and other factors which could not be anticipated at the time of publication.

Financial Aid

EAP students are eligible for special grants and scholarships from UC, EAP, the host country, and other sources. Students who do not currently receive UC financial support may qualify for aid while on EAP. Students who do receive UC financial aid continue to receive grants, loans, and scholarships while abroad. Information and eligibility requirements are available from Campus EAP and Financial Aid Offices.

2005-2006 Program Costs:

Summer Fall Year
UC Registration/Educational Fees $1,430 $2,842 $5,684
Intensive Language Program (ILP) --- 1,430 1,430
Orientation/Activities 85 85 85
Mandatory Health Insurance 100 140 215
Room/Meals-Estimate 950 3,750 7,450
Incidentals/Books/Transportation 300 900 2,200
Estimated Pre-Departure Expenses 200 200 200
Estimated Round-Trip Airfare + 1,100 + 1,100 + 1,100
Minimum estimate of expenses for 2004-2005, excluding miscellaneous UC campus fees $4,165 $10,447 $18,364

NOTE: Program costs for new EAP programming in Korea had not been set at the time of publication. Specific cost information will be made available through Campus EAP Offices and on the EAP website at

Program Administration

The Universitywide Office of EAP, a division of the UC Office of the President, establishes and operates EAP programs and coordinates EAP administration systemwide from its headquarters in Santa Barbara. Prior to departure, the Campus EAP Office is a student's primary contact and coordinates recruitment, student selection, orientation, and academic advising. Campus faculty and staff work with the Universitywide Office of EAP, which coordinates EAP administration. While preparing to go abroad students work closely with the International Academic Programs unit of the Universitywide Office of EAP.

EAP programs in Korea are administered by a host university faculty members who serve as EAP Liaison Officers, and advise students on academic matters, assist with housing, and provide information on cultural events. At Korea University a UC faculty member will be appointed to advise about placement, facilitate linkages between Koryo faculty and program applicants, provide general academic supervision to students, and be responsible for UC academic credit matters.

Selection Criteria

Students must submit a completed application to the Campus EAP Office by January 2005. Undergraduate applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

General Requirements

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program
  • Social and cross cultural sensitivity; maturity; ability to successfully adapt to a different environment and a new education system; ability to assess and exhibit appropriate behavior in a variety of situations
  • Willingness to abide by program regulations
  • Endorsement by the Campus EAP Selection Committee, and a completion of all campus-specific requirements
  • All interview may be required

Korean Studies Summer Program

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through departure
  • Sophomore standing at the UC home campus by the time of departure

Yonsei and Ewha Universities

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA, or the equivalent, at the time of application and maintained through departure
  • Sophomore standing at the UC home campus by the time of departure
  • Prior study of Korean is recommended, but not required

Korea University

  • Advanced to native ability in Korean language
  • Graduate standing (2nd year MA or higher at time of departure)

NOTE: These are the minimum program requirements only and do not guarantee selection.


Yonsei: Most students live on campus in Yonsei's international student dormitory. Other options include apartments, boarding houses, living with relatives, and self-arranged home-stays. Students who do not live in the dormitories must make housing arrangements themselves.

Ewha: On-campus housing is limited, so students who have family in Seoul are encouraged to live off-campus with them. On-campus housing is available in the International House or in regular student dormitories.

Korea University: On-campus dormitories, private boarding houses, and off-campus housing are available.

Projected Academic Calendar*

Official EAP start date Mid June
Korean Studies Summer Program Late June to Early August
Fall Semester Mid-August to Mid-December
Spring Semester Early February to Mid-June

* Approximate dates. Actual dates vary by host institution.

Application Information

Completed applications (academic planning form, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a statement of the student's educational goals for the period abroad) are due in January/February. Applications, exact deadlines, and further information are available at Campus EAP Offices or through the EAP home page on the WWW at

UCB 160 Stephens Hall
(510) 642-1356
UCD 207 Third Street, Suite 120
(530) 297-4633
UCI 1100 Student Services Bldg. II
(949) 824-6343
UCLA 405 Hilgard Avenue
(310) 825-4995
UCR Watkins House #051
(951) 827-4113
UCSB 2431 South Hall
(805) 893-3763
UCSC 107 Classroom Unit
(831) 459-2858
UCSD International Center 0018
(858) 534-1123
UCSF 1855 Folsom Street Mission Center Building, Room 548
(415) 476-4351

For more information please visit the Campus EAP Office through the Internet at