Yonsei University International Summer School

About the Program

Yonsei has offered the International Summer School (YISS) since 1985. This long-standing program offers a wide variety of courses, research and internship opportunities while immersed in Korean culture. UBC students have the choice of applying to one of three experiences offered by Yonsei:

Yonsei International Summer School: Students are able to select a number of courses from a variety of areas of study to complete while living and learning in Seoul.

Yonsei University – Summer Research Internship Program:

While completing course work Yonsei offers students the opportunity to participate in exciting research projects from a number of areas of study including Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering. Students will spend 20 hours per week working on their research project while completing academic courses. Check out the Summer Research Internship Program Website to learn more including details of upcoming projects.

Yonsei University – Summer Corporate Internship Program:

As part of the Yonsei International Summer School, students have the opportunity to develop their desired career skills with a corporate internship placement. Students will engage in coursework while pursuing a 20 hour per week internship. Internship placements are offered in a variety of fields including marketing and business. Please visit the Yonsei Summer Corporate Internship Program website to learn more about the program and upcoming internship opportunities.

All students applying to the research or internship program must first be accepted into the Yonsei International Summer School program and complete academic credit.

Final program details will be published by the partner institution that manages this program and are generally updated on their program webpage. However, you must apply through Go Global to be considered for this program and ensure you follow the appropriate transfer credit process.

Further details about the Yonsei University ISS

Additional Requirements or Restrictions

Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 65%.

Course Credits

You will enroll in 2 to 3 courses. Please note that 1 Yonsei credit = 1 UBC credit.

UBCV Students: Only pre-approved Economics courses will receive ECON credit from the Vancouver School of Economics. All other economics courses will be awarded general Arts credits. To find a list of pre-approved ECON courses, please use the Course Search Tool. Please consult your Academic Advisor if you are planning to take or transfer ECON courses from your summer experience. 

Transfer credits are only granted for courses with academic content and may not be granted for cultural activities, some language courses, or internships. Please speak to an academic advisor if you have any questions.

Transfer credits and evaluated courses at this university

Check out the courses that previous students have transferred back to UBC in the last 5 years using our Course Search Tool. If you don't see a particular course you listed, it simply means you need to submit it as a new course request through the Transfer Credit Portal while on your Go Global experience. For more information, please visit the Go Global Transfer Credit webpage.

Not all courses listed are offered through the summer program at this partner institution. The tool is for reference only–research the partner's website for actual course offerings.

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Tuition and Fees

There are a limited number of exchange spaces available, which will be assessed on a competitive basis. Under exchange, students pay UBC tuition for the number of credits they enroll in for this program.  If not selected to use an exchange space, students will pay tuition directly to the partner institution.

In both cases, the partner institution may charge other program fees such as application fees, housing costs, field trips, cultural activities, or other costs associated with hosting this program. Please check the partner webpage for details of program costs.

How to apply to a Go Global Summer Program

  1. Complete your research about the summer abroad program and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria (UBCV / UBCO), including any partner or program-specific requirements. 
  2. Apply online by the Go Global deadline listed above. 
  3. Please submit only one application for the summer program of your choice. If selecting a program that has limited enrolment (e.g. "Summer Exchange"), include a second choice as a backup on the same application by selecting the "Add Item" button.
  4. Where applicable, select the "Summer Exchange" experience to pay tuition to UBC or the "Study Abroad" experience to pay tuition to the partner institution. If you select "Summer Exchange", be sure to include a backup choice.
  5. If you plan to do multiple experiences (e.g. more than one summer program, a term exchange and a summer program, etc.), please submit a separate application for each experience. Our team will review your application(s) and if successful, will nominate you to apply to the partner institution(s). 
  6. Pay the Go Global Fee when prompted, after the application deadline.
  7. If successfully nominated by Go Global, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the partner university.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Go Global Fee Adjustment Policy for Summer Abroad

The Go Global Fee ($415.00 CDN) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to Go Global programs. The fee is non-refundable. However, it may be adjusted under the following circumstances.

If you are not matched to a partner university

You are eligible to have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $93.25 (reduced by $321.75) if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements

  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university

  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option

If you withdraw from Go Global

To withdraw from your Go Global program, you must contact Go Global by email to request withdrawal. You will then be asked to complete a short withdrawal form.

Students who withdraw from Go Global by the relevant deadline below, will have their Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $321.75 (reduced by $93.25).

  • March 30: For summer programs

  • June 30: For UBC Winter Term 1 and Full-Year exchange

  • September 30: For UBC Winter Term 2 and Split-Year exchange

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at go.global@ubc.ca.

Contact Go Global

In-person and Virtual Drop-in advising hours

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Go Global offers both in-person and virtual drop-in advising through Zoom during the times listed above.

Partner Instituition
Yonsei University
Program Dates

June to August

  • South Korea
Area(s) of study
  • Art History
  • Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Science
  • Film Studies
  • Korean Language
  • Korean Studies
  • Management
  • Media Studies
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sociology
Tuition payable to
Partner institution
Application Deadline