Amherst-UIC Yonsei University Exchange Program
Yonsei University, South Korea's premier private university, has a liberal arts college, Underwood International College, that has a bilateral exchange agreement with Amherst. All students with interest in South Korea are encouraged to apply! No prior experience in Asia is required. Students interested in studying at Yonsei and living in this trend-setting city are great candidates for the exchange.
Students in the exchange have preferred access to courses at UIC, and students may also take courses at other colleges and academic departments at Yonsei. (Please note preferred course access is only for UIC courses; general Yonsei courses are available on the university's bidding system.) Students are expected to take Korean language as one of their courses.
Students live in one of two international dorms, Sk Global House or International House, and can participate fully in student organizations. Both dorms are on the main Sinchon campus in the heart of Seoul.
The fall semester begins in mid-August and ends in December, just before the Christmas holiday. The spring semester begins in late February (or early March) and ends in late June. For regular Yonsei students, the academic year begins in the spring (semester 1) and ends at the conclusion of the fall semester in December (semester 2).
We invite students to submit an application if it is your first-choice program; we will assume that, if admitted, an offer will be accepted. To apply, please follow the instructions below. All materials should be submitted to the Director of the Global Education Office, AC 2295 by the deadline. The faculty Committee on Global Education will review and nominate students for the exchange.
- Complete the OCS Checklist in the Amherst College Travel Registry with Yale-NUS as your first-choice program.
- Complete the UIC Yonsei Exchange Student Application.
- Write a personal statement, not to exceed three pages, that addresses the following questions:
- How does a semester with at UIC Yonsei relate to your academic goals?
- How does it relate to your long-term plans?
- Do you have any academic coursework and/or personal experiences that will prepare you for a semester in South Korea? (Please note, if you have no prior experience, please share what motivates you to study in South Korea for a semester.)
- Request an official transcript from the Registrar's website be sent to the Director of the Global Education Office, AC 2295.
- Request one faculty recommendation supporting your application to be delivered by the deadline to the Director of the Global Education Office, AC 2295 or email@example.com.
Students pay Amherst's comprehensive fee for the exchange and pay nothing to Yonsei for their semester abroad. Aid fully transfer. Students are required to have health insurance with coverage in South Korea. The Amherst Student Health Insurance Plan has coverage in South Korea (and global comprehensive coverage in general) and students not currently enrolled may enroll for the semester of study abroad.
All spring 2020 application materials are due to GEO in Keefe 102 by Monday, September 23, 2019.