The CIEE: Seoul Arts and Sciences program provides students an environment in which to study at a top-ranked Korean university and experience life in Seoul.  While participants enroll in Yonsei University courses, CIEE organizes co-curricular programs designed to provide a deeper understanding of Korea. Program participants take courses in English and Korean through the Underwood International College (UIC), a division of Yonsei University.

“It was very valuable to have had the experience of living abroad and to have met so many people from other countries. I had no idea what Asia was like in general until I went and now I have a much greater understanding of the Korean perspective. It is also very relevant currently to understand the roots and complexity of the North Korea situation.” - Riley W. '18

Fields of study:

Asian Studies, Biotechnology and other Sciences, Economics, History, Korean Language and Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:



15-18 semester credits - Required Courses:
Intensive Korean Language (6 credits)
Three or four content courses (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 CIEE credit = 1 Whitman credit




Students live in a dormitory with other CIEE or international students, or in a semester-long homestay with a Korean family.


Dormitory: Students may purchase meals at a food court attached to the dormitory as well as at other on-campus cafeterias, restaurants, and snack bars, and at restaurants throughout Seoul. The dorm also has kitchens that students can use.
Homestay: Families provide breakfast and dinner daily.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August –December, February – June


CIEE General Scholarship and Grant Information

Program Link:

CIEE: Seoul Arts and Sciences