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Yonsei University

4.2 out of 5 (34 ratings / 27 reviews) Seoul, South Korea
Yonsei University opened the door to modern higher education over one century ago. It has since then emerged as the nation’s top private university and ranks among the world’s most prestigious universities. Building on our history and tradition, Yonsei will actively pursue a new future. 



The history of Yonsei University began on April 10th, 1885, as Korea’s first modern hospital "Gwanghyewon." Two weeks after opening, King Kojong gave Gwanghyewon a new name - "Chejungwon." Gwanghyewon was established by a medical missionary, Horace N. Allen. Prior to opening, missionary Horace G. Underwood visited Korea, assisting in medical treatment at Chejungwon. 


Spread over two campuses, Yonsei continues to set the golden standard of higher education in the region.


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University Ranking

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Student services

Hello to all of Underwood International Students! We, the 12th Student Council SOLIDITY, genuinely welcome you to be part of the UIC family. The unique identity of this institution, being truly international with strong Asian colors, distinctly defines itself and provide experience only available at UIC. As already accomplished and talented as you are, this institution is where you enjoy the diversity and make yourself more colorful. Our potential and vision for the future is limitless. All the while, UIC will provide the opportunity to realize your youth, passion, and endless capability. Join us for your better future and for building our new years for UIC.

Housing services

As Yonsei freshman, UIC students will reside in the newly-built Yonsei International Campus (YIC) in Songdo, Incheon. The Residential College (RC) system provides community-based academic and social activities including arts, sports, and community services beyond the classroom. The first in the nation to adopt the RC system for all incoming freshman students in 2013, YIC serves as the benchmark for other leading universities in Korea.

Medical services

Students must submit the following items to Yonsei Mutual-aid Association: 

First, the original copy of the medical treatment receipt (faxed and copied receipts will not be accepted) which includes the date of treatment and the department. 

Second, Yonsei University Student ID Card or Statement of Enrollment. 

Third, Woori Bank account number (copy of the bankbook is not necessary).

Student Life

Campus life

  • 2 Campuses: Sinchon, Seoul Campus and Songdo, International Campus
  • First year residential college program for all incoming freshman
Yonsei University serves as the "alma mater" (Fostering mother) of all arts and sciences to nurture leaders who will contribute to society in and abroad, ecumenical spirit of Christian teaching epitomized in its motto of “truth and freedom.” Yonseians will inherit mankind’s cultural legacy, and lead academic development by creativity and critical ability. We will also serve our neighbors with an open heart, and contribute to the prosperity of the mankind. With such missions, us Yonseians will demonstrate our leadership to realize Yonsei spirit in the world.

Sports facilities

  • Counseling Center 
  • Health Service Center
  • Athletic Grounds
  • Multipurpose Gym
  • Floor Exercise Room
  • Table tennis court
  • Tennis court
  • Squash court
  • Futsal Court
  • pool hall

Student Reviews

Elsa's view
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Being an Elsa, i feel so respected and getting here was a challenging thing for me.

My achievements during master's course at Yonsei University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I studied molten carbonate fuel cells and write a paper which is submitted to a journal of impact factor 8. I also participated in a project of 'Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning' to improve the performance of molten carbonate fuel cells and received funding from the project.

Mrs. Stella (English Name)
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had learned pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinectics to be developed medicine. The major is focusing on bridge between non-clinical trial data and first in human clinical trial. I am really exciting to learn, but I want to learn Canada's clinical trial with environment,

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