Your academic experience abroad is going to be very different from home. Working under the policies and processes of the local institution, you may find a lot less structure, or a lot more.

Course information

  • Students have to choose a 'major' at time of application. Some courses may have major restriction or quotas.
  • When selecting the Yonsei major on your on-line application, browse the on-line catalog for offered courses and select the major that offers the greatest number of courses that you will take during your stay at Yonsei. This will help your chance to get into the courses you wish to take while studying at Yonsei.
  • The course list is not finalized until 2 months before each term begins so please refer to past course lists for reference. Yonsei's International Office provides a helpful overview of the course selection and registration process.
  • Business courses are restricted to business majors only and students can take a maximum of four courses under the School of Business.
  • Courses on the Songdo International Campus are not open to study abroad students.
  • Music, Law, and Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy courses are not open to study abroad
  • Seniors (4th year) may take one grad course if it is open to undergrads

Courses and Credit Approval

  • Yonsei uses the same credit system as Cornell, so students should register for 15 credits.
  • Yonsei offers 3 and 5-credit beginning Korean classes. 
  • To discuss program fit, such as program type, expectations, level of structure/independence, or to compare options, get advice from Global Learning advisors and returned students. 
  • For assistance in selecting courses, see your faculty or college advisor. (Note: You may earn elective, distributional, minor or major credit depending on your major and college.)
  • Complete the Proposed Course of Study form that is part of the Global Learning application for a record of how your courses will count for credit at Cornell.
Restricted Yonsei Majors

Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Music, MBA, Law School courses are not open to non-degree students. Also some courses offered at the Songdo International Campus (mostly UIC courses) are restricted to degree-seeking students only. This is noted in the course catalog.

Choosing your "Yonsei Major"

Some courses may have major restrictions or quotas. When selecting the Yonsei major on your on-line application, please browse the on-line catalog for offered courses and select the major that offers the most number of courses that you will take during your stay at Yonsei. This will help your chance to get into the courses you wish to take while studying at Yonsei.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence courses are in high demand, and course availability for exchange and visiting students is extremely limited. Students must know that obtaining such courses will be highly competitive, thus should consider taking courses from other departments as potential alternatives.

Business Courses

Business courses (Course Code: BIZ) are in high demand every semester, so they are strictly open to Dyson students only. Maximum of 4 courses on the subject per semester is allowed. 

Academic Policies

  • Study the language of the host country (or take a course in that language) when studying in a non-English speaking country for a semester or year
  • Take the equivalent of 15 Cornell credits for a full semester, even if it is possible to take fewer and still graduate on time
  • Complete all the academic work and stay until the end of the program, defined as the last officially-sanctioned exam for any course you take abroad

Registration and Grades

  • You will be registered at Cornell and will earn credit for approved coursework for your semester/year study abroad
  • Decisions on the final allocation of credit are made upon successful completion of the course (equivalent of a “C” or higher—all courses for a letter grade)
  • Grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the study abroad program or university. Grades are not factored into the Cornell GPA

Online Course Registration

All students (domestic and exchange/visiting) register for courses at the same time through the online course registration system (called the Yonsei Portal system) and therefore getting a spot in some courses may be competitive. Yonsei University does not guarantee registration for any specific courses. Exchange/visiting students are advised to plan ahead with academic counselors at their home university to make sure that requirements are met and that credits can transfer.  Please do not wait until the last minute to start registering for courses, as you may encounter technical problems that cannot be resolved immediately.


Searching Courses in English:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on "Course Catalogue and Syllabus: Undergraduate and Graduate".
  3. Search for the course that you want to take by choosing Major, Semester, and/or college.
  4. Check the box marked "English Courses Only" to search for courses taught in English

Korean Language Courses:

Yonsei University offers an afternoon Korean Language Institute (KLI) Course for incoming exchange and visiting students. Please refer to the following new Korean Language Course Module for your plan of Korean Language Study. If you feel burdened to take a 6 credit KLI Korean Language Course, you can consider a 3 credit Korean Language Course, IEE3341 Korean (1), offered by Office of International Office.

About KLI Korean Language Course

  1. Levels: 6
  2. Time Period: 8-9 class period (4:00-6:00 pm)
  3. Total In-class Hour: About 160 hours (Monday to Friday for 16 weeks)
  4. Credit: 6 credits (This credit should be counted towards the Maximum Credit limit)
  5. Course Code: KLI1001~KLI1006
  6. Course Title: Intensive Korean Language Course Level 1- 6
  7. Registration for the course: Through the Yonsei Portal site's Undergraduate Course Enrollment system

    ※ How to find courses: Yonsei Portal Service - Course Catalogue and Syllabus: Undergraduate & Graduate - Undergraduate Programs - Study Abroad Course - Korean Language - KLI1001~KLI1006

  8. Note: Selection of a Level for a Intensive Korean Language Course should be based on the student's own judgment, as there will be a mandatory Placement Test on the first day of class to adjust his or her Korean Language Course level. If the level is too difficult or too easy, change the course level during the Course Add and Drop Period.