Yonsei Uic Personal Statement

When is the matriculation?

(1) If you are an International Student :

(a) applying for Underwood International College in the 1st Round, you will be matriculating in the Spring Semester (March).

(b) applying for Underwood International College in the 2nd Round, you may choose whether you will matriculate in the Spring Semester (March) or Fall Semester (September). You must indicate your choice in the Application Form under the 'Matriculating' section.

(c) applying for Underwood International College in the 3rd Round, you will be matriculating in the Fall Semester (September).

(2) If you are a Korean Student (including Overseas Korean) applying for Underwood International College, you will be matriculating in the Spring Semester (March).

What are the qualifications for "International Students"?

First, you must have finished/will finish high school and hold/will hold a high school diploma before entering Underwood International College (UIC). If you were a high school student when the application was made, you must submit high school diploma to the UIC Office before matriculation at UIC.

Second, you and your parents must be all non-Koreans by passport. You will NOT be considered as an International Student, in case you or either one of your parents has a dual citizenship of Korea and another country.

May I apply to more than one college in Korea?

You may apply to more than one college in Korea. However, if you are admitted to Underwood International College and have registered, you will not be able to register to other universities in Korea or other colleges of Yonsei University. Thereby, even if you are admitted to several universities, you can only register to one university in Korea.

Are there GPA and SAT/ACT cutoffs for admission?

(1) If you are an International Student :
Since there is no single formula for admission decision, there are no exact cutoff. Offer of admission is made to students who have earned high score in two evaluation processes. First stage is document review, where evaluation is made based on the academic performance (high school record, grades, rank in class, personal statements, recommendation letters, and extracurricular activities) and standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GCE-A Level, IB, AP etc). Students selected in the first stage will be guided to the Second stage which is an interview.

(2) If you are a Korean Student, Overseas Korean Student, or Transfer Student please refer to our Office of Admissions website (http://admission.yonsei.ac.kr)

Are official test scores mandatory?

(1) If you are an International Student :
Submitting official test scores from high school graduation exam or university entrance exam (SAT, ACT, GCE-A Level, IB, AP, etc.) is not mandatory. However, it is strongly recommended as the test score(s) can verify your academic performance. 

(2) If you are a Korean Student, Overseas Korean Student, or Transfer Student please refer to our Office of Admissions website 

Should the application documents be original and in English?

(1) If you are an International Student : all documents submitted for admission should be official original version written in English.
Documents in other languages must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. Recommendation letters must be written in English by teachers/counselors. If original documents cannot be submitted, a copy of the original document should be submitted with a seal affixed by the issuing institution. If you have attended more than one school, you should send official records from each school.

(2) If you are a Korean Student, Overseas Korean Student, or Transfer Student: please refer to Office of Admissions website

What is an apostille? (Apostille Guideline attached)

The apostille (a special kind of letter and stamp) is the shortest process of legalization. An apostille can be used if both countries (the country issuing the document and the country in which the document will be used) are members of the international 'The Hague Apostille Convention.' Republic of Korea is a member of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.

Apostille Guideline click here

How can I apply for a campus tour?

(1) School Visits:
If you are a school/institution interested in visiting Underwood International College (UIC) of Yonsei University, please direct your inquiries to uicpr@yonsei.ac.kr

(2) Groups larger than 25 participants:
Yonsei University's Student Ambassadors offer Campus Tours in Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese.
You can apply for tours at http://www.yonsei.ac.kr/contents/intro/tourapply_1.html or by emailing in-yon@yonsei.ac.kr

(3) Less than 25 partcipants:
Yonsei University does not offer guided tours for groups less than 25 partcipants. Please visit the UIC Offices at Sinchon or Songdo for a Campus Map. We will assist you in finding a suitable trajectory.

UIC Offices: New Millennium Hall 401, Sinchon, Seoul
Veritas Hall B 437, Songdo, Incheon

What degrees are offered?

Underwood International College offers three Yonsei undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.)., and Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.).


Yonsei University's admissions programs are designed to accommodate the following school missions:
First, to select talented students who can contribute to the Korean society as global leader with the spirit of truth and liberty.
Second, to develop admissions policies and systems through which Yonsei can lead visions of higher education.
Third, to make contributions to the Korean society and its social solidarity.

Every year Underwood International College (UIC) brings together students from a diverse range of national and ethnic backgrounds, providing them with a rigorous, world-class education through its innovative programs. The admission process is designed to accommodate different educational systems and to support equality of opportunity. An admissions committee reviews applications and comprehensively evaluates each prospective student. While admission to UIC is competitive, UIC looks beyond the numbers and seeks applicants with global mindsets, strong academic aspirations, and a spirit of dedication to community.

UIC is looking forward to receiving your application! International students are admitted on a rolling basis, while Korean applicants are admitted according to an annual admissions schedule. Korean and Overseas Korean students are advised to refer to the website of the Office of Admissions for more detailed information (http://admission.yonsei.ac.kr/seoul).

Global Leadership Division (GLD) is for overseas Korean students and International students who have completed all 12 years of pre-university education overseas or the equivalent. GLD is designed to shape and foster overseas Korean students as well as international students adapt to Yonsei University and complete their studies.

1. Specialized intensive language classes aimed at university lecture attendance
2. Through reinforcement of general education courses, make GLD students improve their communication ability suitable for Korean society.
3. Individualized and specialized curriculum designed for each student through specialized academic and counseling program
4. By drastically reducing class sizes, a specialized small-scale education process is maintained with one-on-one discussion sessions, small-group seminars, and research studies.
5. Internship opportunity
6. Explore Korean Culture

Yonsei University Graduate School was founded in 1950 under the leadership of Dr. Yun Kyung Kim, the first dean of Graduate School. The mission statement defines the educational goal and direction of the Graduate School. Based on Christian spirit, Yonsei University Graduate School aims to cultivate the future leaders of Korea in order to make them serve the wider community. Yonsei University Graduate School thrives to achieve creative academic achievements with scientific and critical methods of research.

The Yonsei GSIS is Korea's leading professional graduate school of international studies. The dynamic and rigorous curriculum equips students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to excel globally, in the private and public sectors.

The Office of International Affairs(OIA) is in charge of Yonsei University’s main non-degree programs for international students. Students can choose from a variety of programs according to their personal and academic interests. Study Abroad at Yonsei (SAY) is the regular fall/spring semester for exchange and visiting students. Students can also experience Yonsei during the summer or winter by attending the Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) or Winter Abroad at Yonsei (WAY) programs. OIA also arranges tailor-made programs for overseas partner universities. Through OIA’s programs, students will challenge themselves intellectually and broaden their cultural perspectives.

The Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) opened its doors in 1985 and since then, YISS has become an integral part of campus life based on a unique blend of Korean and global cultures. YISS offers about 100 courses in 7 different areas for 6 weeks in summer and continues to grow and evolve, accommodating the needs of a rapidly changing student body and meeting the challenges of a fast-paced global society.

Yonsei University offers a 6-week winter program at its Sinchon campus for international students who would like to enjoy the winter in Seoul. The winter program is composed of two separate 3-week sessions, with intensive morning coursework and unique afternoon Korean language and Taekwondo classes. During weekends, students can enjoy Korean winter activities. It will be an excellent opportunity to catch up with your coursework, meeting professors in an intimate setting, and to enjoy the companionship of students from all over the world.

The Korean Language Institute is designed to give students the chance to learn the Korean language and culture while enhancing their understanding about Korea. Yonsei University has been working towards this goal since its foundation in 1959 and has become one of the most important and useful institutes in the field.
All of the teachers at the Korean Language Institute hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Korean and possess a range of knowledge about Korean culture and teaching foreign students. Due to their background, each of the teachers is especially equipped to help students learn in an efficient and engaging environment.
Each term lasts for 10 weeks, and students attend classes for 4 hours, 5 days a week.
The Regular Program includes levels 1 through 6, all of which can be completed in a year and a half.
The KLI also offers other programs such as the Evening Program, the Advanced program, the Summer Special Program, the 3-Week Program, and a Special Request program. For more information about all of the programs offered, please visit the Korean Language Institute’s website, http://www.yskli.com.

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