The CIEE Study Center is based at Yonsei University, the most prestigious private institution of higher education in Korea. Founded in 1885, the school has 18 graduate schools, 21 colleges, and a student population of over 30,000, which includes more than 1,000 students from 20 countries. The University is located less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul on a large sprawling campus that is hilly and forested.
The Resident Director is available to assist students with a variety of needs, and is the primary resource for all students on the program. The Resident Director is a staff member familiar with both Korean and American cultures, and is trained to assist students while studying in Seoul. This unique feature allows students to feel comfortable while learning about how to integrate into Korean culture.
The CIEE Study Center at Yonsei University offers students courses from a wide range of disciplines, including international business, humanities, social sciences, and the arts. Students learn first-hand about the country and its people, while having the option to pursue Korean language studies. Students directly enroll in courses at Yonsei, one of Korea's most prestigious universities, studying alongside local Korean and international students
All Bentley students are required to take at least one course that is related to Korean studies. This course can be a Korean language course or other course that focuses on Korean history or culture.
Please note: More summer courses are available. Please visit the following website for a full list of Yonsei's summer offerings, then contact the International Education Office at Bentley to request approval.
Participants are normally housed in the International House Dormitory, with other CIEE students and other international students, as well as possibly some Korean students.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals. There is no meal plan, but there are many alternatives. Students may buy their meals in one of the college cafeterias, or in the university area's many restaurants. Delivery and take-out are available for a variety of foods. An average meal in Seoul costs about the same as in any U.S. city. Participants should expect to pay $6.00 - $15.00 a meal.
Throughout the summer, students will take place in excursions, including required site visits to Korean organizations, a national park, and places of historic and cultural significance.
Students enrolled in this program receive support from CIEE-trained Yonsei "buddies." Local buddies serve as an excellent resource to learn about local Korean culture and lifestyle.
This program also offers the opportunity to participate in community service, volunteerism, and local University clubs.