Ranked as a ‘SKY’ university, Yonsei is one of the most prestigious institutions in Korea. The Korean Language Institute (KLI) at Yonsei was the first institute to provide intensive Korean language and culture courses, and has played a significant role in introducing Korean culture to missionaries and diplomats. KLI students come from all over the world and from all walks of life. The result is a lively, international mix of students who provide a stimulating learning environment. Seoul, where the campus is located, is the sixteenth largest city in the world. You’ll feel at home in a modern urban environment, while also taking in breathtaking historic sites that connect visitors and locals alike to bygone eras of one of the world’s oldest cities.
About the 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.
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