Yonsei University

History of University

The history of Yonsei University goes all the way back to 1885, when the first hospital which followed western practices was established in Korea, helmed by American protestant Horace Newton Allen, the institution faced it’s share of troubles, but managed to endure the century an despite it’s main focus as a hospital it also started to educate students until it was eventually recognized as it’s own independent medical school.

The Japanese occupation years proved to be some of the toughest the institution had to face, nonetheless the staff refused to leave the school and kept instructing students in both medicine and nationalism, this came with a heavy price to the staff which is recognized to this day by the institution.

Ultimately through conflict and open war, Yonsei remained steadfast, and became a pillar for it’s nation both in trying and peaceful times, making it one of the most important and famous colleges in the entire nation.

Programs Offered

Through it’s 19 different faculties, Yonsei University offers well over 50 unique undergraduate courses, the different languages available at the institution, as well as the individual variation between courses leads Yonsei itself to claim that I offers over 1000 unique courses, while in practice the amount isn’t that large, there is definitely a lot to choose from at the institution.

The following list is as such only a small sample of the full catalog available at the institution:

  • Language and Literature
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Library and Information Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • Cognitive Science
  • Applied Statistics
  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Earth System Sciences
  • Astronomy

Admission requirements

While the official requirements for admission at Yonsei University are kind of vague, mainly listing the different venues students can apply from instead of the actual requirements to be accepted, external sources allow us to get a more complete picture.

The average academic score expected of enrolled students is 3 on the GPA System, and a 7 or 80 in the IETLS and TOEFL English language proficiency tests respectively, for courses taken in English.

Student Life

Student services at Yonsei University are mainly focused around the student body’s wellbeing, as sure most of it’s function are those centered around integration, respect, and the acceptance of all different creeds, races and cultures into it’s campus life.

Part-time work

Each faculty at Yonsei University is free to offer job openings to it’s students as an assistant in the various offices at campus, there are no minim requirements for this, but it does require to directly contact each faculty for further info.


The cost of Tuition at Yonsei university varies a lot depending on where a student comes from, in certain cases students can even see the totality of their semester fee covered by the institution, however in general a semester at Yonsei amounts to $10,00 USD.


Yonsei University is currently ranked as the 304th best college level institution in the world, making it the overall fourth best university in it’s home country of South Korea.

University Contact

Address:  50 Yonsei-ro Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 03722, Republic of Korea

Phone: 82-2-2123-3535, 8453

Email: [email protected]


There isn’t much else to say that isn’t apparent from the article, Yonsei offers quality and competitive education in a multicultural environment, nonetheless it’s not one that just anybody can apply to, and the choice shouldn’t be taken lightly due to the cultural differences in both daily and academic life.