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Yonsei University

Being the oldest private university in Korea, Yonsei University was first established in 1885 by Christian missionaries. Our mission is to educate leaders who will contribute to humanity in the spirit of “truth and freedom.” The 300,000 Yonsei alumni who take this calling to heart can be found manifesting this proud spirit from leadership positions around the world.



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. 


Yonsei University is dedicated to educate future leaders of our society in the spirit of Christianity, fostering a strong and lasting commitment to the principles of truth and freedom.


Research Centers:

  • Center for Structural Health Care Technology in Buildings
  • Center for the Innovation of Engineering Education
  • Institute of State Governance
  • Institute of Refractory Thyroid Cancer
  • Center for Nano-Wear


The Human Resources Development Center aims to provide active assistance to students in career search. The center enables convenient job search and career information and supports students to build strategies through career consultation and employment programs.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Office of Student Affairs and Services consists of Student Support Team, Scholarship and Employment Team, Gender Equity Center, Counseling Center, Physically-challenged Students Support Center, National Examination Information Center. The main business of the Student Support Team is to support student council, support activities of the student groups, such as student organizations and management and operation of the student union facilities.

Housing services

On campus: Maeji House Off campus: There are 2 apartment complexes near the campus and a new complex is under construction. The size of an apartment unit varies from 36.3 m², 66 m² to 79.2 m². Units larger than 66m² have more than 2 rooms so that a student can live alone or share with a roommate. Besides, there are a wide range of studios for one person with a cheaper rent compared to apartments. Since rents vary depending on locations and facilities, students can make a choice. Most residential units can be rented for one year or one semester and a rent is usually paid in advance.

Library services

Yonsei University was the first in Asia to implement the Residential College (RC) Program. The Underwood Memorial Library opened in April 2013 to effectively support the RC program. As a Residential College Library of Yonsei International Campus, Underwood Memorial Library provides a variety of services to meet the global standards of RC education.

ICT services

Mirae Computer Lab is composed of 4 Lecture Halls and 1 Open Lecture Hall, and all computers have necessary software installed.

Medical services

Yonsei International Campus health center has been operating for the purpose of improving and maintaining health of undergraduates and faculty. It is operated with health care as primary care in forms of medication and treatment, emergency management framework in preparation for emergency situations, epidemics by establishing a safety management system. 

Student Life

Campus life

The International Campus offers up-to-date high quality managing system, multimedia lecture system and ubiquotous lecture halls that enable wireless access in all areas of campus. Moreover, the numerous eco-friendly rest areas on campus will provide students a pleasant learning area.

Sports facilities

  • Athletic Grounds: Artificial grass track (urethane ) fully equipped International standard artificial grass
  • Table tennis court
  • Tennis court
  • Squash court
  • Futsal Court
  • Pool hall

Student clubs

  • Student Council
  • Graduate School Student Council


Yonhi College Christian Union Foundation (Yonhi College) receives accreditation (1947. August : Renamed “Yonhi College“)

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Best days of my life

Good place to challenge yourself and grow
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

What I like: - It is a really difficult but interesting curriculum, so my knowledge and skills has grow significantly. It covers all fundamental aspects in bioscience and allows me to conduct independent research projects in laboratories in Yonsei University or anywhere in the world. - The grading system and class atmosphere are super competitive but I learn a lot from...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I did not really enjoy because i was always studying and never had time for any fun activities

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