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  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
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Language of instruction: English, Korean Housing options: Homestay, Other, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, History, Humanities, International Relations, Korean, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sciences, Urban Studies Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Arts + Sciences


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Program Overview

CIEE’s Arts and Sciences program is designed for students to learn at a top-ranked Korean university and experience everyday life in Seoul – a World Design Capital and the center of popular culture featuring the fastest internet in the world. Select from courses taught in either English or Korean at our partner school, Yonsei University, as well as CIEE Seoul across a wide array of subjects, including Korean language, architecture, engineering, computer science, business, international relations, and history.

You can also make strides in your language learning by volunteering in the community or practicing with Korean language buddies from the university. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

AACSB and EQUIS Accreditation
Business classes are offered in English at Yonsei University, School of Business (Yonsei). The CIEE-administered class, “Intercultural Communications and Leadership”, is not included on the Yonsei transcript.

Unique Experiences


ourses in English across many disciplines including STEM; opt to boost language skills and take Korean taught at all levels


and spend a weekend with a local family or even the entire semester in a homestay


with the CIEE Seoul Mates program

Read more about Seoul

Excursions & Activities

  • Discover the meaning of lions in Buddhism at Hwaomsa Temple, explore tea fields at Mt. Jirisan, watch a mask-dance drama unfold at Hahoe Village in Andong, harvest salt on a remote island, or see more of South Korea with similar excursions.
  • Visit ancient temples, museums, and historic sites.
  • See the notorious Korean Demilitarized Zone.
  • Relish the natural beauty of a national park.
  • Get a taste of family life with a short homestay of one or two nights.
  • Take advantage of our Cultural Reimbursement program, designed to support you while you see movies, traditional performances, and visit museums and heritage sites.


  • Volunteer. Show appreciation while you connect with members of local communities. Teach English to refugees or seniors, help with activities for students with disabilities, care for orphaned infants, and more
  • University clubs. Join one of the many clubs and service groups open to international students. Options include music, dance, art, photography, martial arts, hiking, sports, service groups, and many more.

Seoul Mates

Connect with local Korean students through our Seoul Mates program. Get to know the city, language, culture, and customs with the help of students trained by CIEE to help with orientation, organize social events, host workshops, and more.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-week orientation – an introduction to Korean culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


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Academic Program
The program begins with a special in-depth orientation and extracurricular program to help students get to know the country, followed by 16 weeks of courses.
Course options include regular Yonsei University courses, Underwood College courses, courses designed for only international students (IEE), and CIEE courses. Courses are available in English, and students with advanced Korean language may also have the option to take Korean-taught elective courses.

Students are required to enroll in a Korean language class, an elective course with a Korea-related focus, and at least one regular elective course at Yonsei University or Underwood College (outside of the IEE and CIEE courses designed only for international students). It is recommended that at least one course be taken at the 3000-level or higher.

Students enroll in 15-18 U.S. semester credits to earn 3.75-4.5 Pomona credits.

Living Arrangements
Pomona covers standard housing, which includes a twin room in a dorm on campus. With separate floors for men and women, rooms house two students and have private baths. There are lounges, a seminar room, and study rooms as well as a fitness center, shared kitchen, and laundry facilities. A convenience store, food court, and other services are located on the premises. Internet access is provided.  Select plus housing is also available  for an additional fee payable by the student.

Number of Students
Approximately 70-150 CIEE students and 32,000 degree-seeking students (20,000 undergraduates; 6,000 international) at Yonsei University's main campus.

Host Institutions
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Yonsei University

Faculty Liaison
Tom Le

Student Experiences
Listen to Jacob Noh’s (PO '21) experience on the CIEE Arts and Sciences program in Seoul on the Sagehens Abroad Podcast.
Listen to Ashley Kyelem (PO’22) and Martin Fuchs' (PO '22) experience on the CIEE Arts and Sciences program in Seoul on the Sagehens Abroad Podcast.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/08/2024 10/04/2024 TBA TBA