Yonsei University Korean Language Standalone Program

Language Standalone
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Multi Term

About the Program

Yonsei University in Seoul is the oldest and most prestigious private university in South Korea. Persevering through generations of political turmoil, this institution is a leading force in the country’s modernization, industrialization, and democratization. 
Study here to live in a modern metropolis of skyscrapers, high-tech infrastructure, Buddhist temples, and K-pop. Pursue your dreams and build your future in a place that provides a platform for solidarity.

Cultural, food, and language courses create the full Korean experience

Korean Language Institute is one of Korea’s most prestigious schools

Seoul is one of the oldest cities in the world—and leads the future

Live and study in Korean to elevate your language and intercultural skills

Program Advisor

Student Counselor SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite Level:
GPA Requirements:
Academic Level:
Academic Strengths:
Business, Economics & Finance, Computer Science & Math, Law, Engineering, Music, Film & Performing Arts
On-campus dormitory
Visa Required:

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad


Sierra Abbott

I was interested in learning more about Korea to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between China, Korea, and the USA. I chose Yonsei because I knew it was one of the top universities in Korea.

Yonsei University SAF Alumni

About the University

Yonsei University

Established in 1885, Yonsei University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in South Korea. Initially a medical school and the first modern hospital to practice Western medicine in Korea, it continues to be innovative and extremely competitive. It is one of Korea’s three SKY universities, giving it a special place in the national identity. Applicants come from the top one percent academically and admission puts students on a fast-track to success, with alumni among Korea's most influential politicians and policymakers, lawyers, physicians, engineers, and journalists.

A private research university with strength in STEM, Y.U. follows a holistic educational system that encourages collaboration between humanities and natural sciences, following its founding values of Christianity, Creativity, and Connectivity.

Learn more at Yonsei University's official website


Yonsei University's Academic Approach

Yonsei University’s Language program has the longest history of Korean language education and is the most prestigious language program among international students who are willing to learn Korean.

Yonsei’s Language program has systemic curriculums and the highest number of programs. The university offers various cultural activities to support the international students during the program.



KLI encourages you to study intensively, dedicate yourself to your learning, and meet Koreans and international friends in a truly spectacular academic environment where language development grows alongside rich cultural experiences.
As part of this lively, international student body, you learn Korean through cross-cultural exchange that promotes conversational skills and a greater understanding of each other in 20 hours of formal language lessons each week.


Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university - and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

There are no requirements to join this program.

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Spring Quarter 2024 Language Standalone + Summer 2024 Language Standalone

Program dates:
Early March - Late August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Spring Quarter 2024 Language Standalone + Summer 2024 Language Standalone + Fall 2024 Language Standalone

Program dates:
Early March - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Fall 2024 Language + Winter 2025 Language

Program dates:
Late August - Late February
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Spring Quarter 2025 + Summer 2025

Program dates:
Early March - Late August
Application Deadline:

Spring Quarter 2025 Language + Summer 2025 Language + Fall 2025 Language

Program dates:
Early March - Mid November
Application Deadline:

Housing Information


On-campus dormitory

The SAF program fee includes a shared on campus accommodation with roomates. Some buildings have a shared laundry and fitness center.

*Housing is subject to availability. For specific questions regarding housing please contact SAF.

About Seoul

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A high-tech trendsetter where ancient temples stand alongside striking skyscrapers, the capital of South Korea is an exciting metropolis. Seoul is a hub of innovation and home to the leading global producers of phones and future-focused electronics. It's an extraordinary place to study.

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The Student Experience

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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