The Yonsei University Korean Language Institute is the largest program in Korea with a massive foreign student body and well known within Korea and abroad.
As the most popular program in Korea it should come as no surprise that it is also one of the most expensive. Although there are a variety of different streams and courses to chose from the regular program that most students enrol into will set you back almost 1,700,000 KRW / Term.
- Regular Morning (Mon – Fri / 9am – 1pm) Class – 1,680,000 KRW/Term (10 Week, 200Hrs)
- Regular Afternoon (Mon – Fri / 1:40 – 5:30pm) Class – 1,680,000 KRW/Term (10 Week, 200Hrs)
Located in the Sinchon / Hongdae area in Eastern Seoul, famous for it’s lively night life and array of interesting coffee shops, bars, restaurants and shopping. The epicenter of youth life in the city and a great place for those who want to party as much as they study and expose themselves to the infamous night life of Korea.
That said while it may be fun to visit these areas occasionally, living in them isn’t for everybody. That means walking home and passing bar after bar and the occasional drunk. Also means there will be occasional couples fighting or general drunk loudness nearby your officetel / hasukjip or dormitory. It also means that you will be sharing your experience with a large proportion of other foreign students (something I know some people would rather avoid).
Living in this area is also on the more expensive side especially for a one room studio. Expect to get a lot less for more with average one room prices around 500,000KRW/Month with a 5,000,000KRW Key Money or More. Hauskjips and Dormitories will cost less but provide fairly small rooms with communal services.
Believed to be to heavily focused on grammar, catering more to prospective university students who are doing a language bridging course and where non-serious learners go for a term just to party.
Great atmosphere particularly in the summer. A real party / college town feel. A lot of mingling outside and during classes. Large foreign student population means less staring and more English menus and signs. Yonsei is also one of the more prestigious universities in Korea and you can share in the honour (all be it by association!) this also means you will be able to attend the Yonsei v Korea university games!
Yonsei has a large foreign student body but in general it isn’t too diverse. Classes will be dominated by Japanese and Chinese learners and then American students in the summer. Expect your class demographic to be 80% Japanese / Chinese.
As the largest Korean language program in Korea most companies and TV networks advertise positions and part time opportunities through Yonsei. TV networks and model agencies can be spotted on campus scouting for talent or conducting interviews from time to time. Yonsei also curate by far the best Jobs and Opportunities board of all the Korean universities. This resource gives Korean language students access to a wide range of employment and cultural opportunities that are hard to find elsewhere. Also keep an eye out for job and notice boards around campus, these are an excellent resource if you are looking to fund your study via some part-time English tutoring.
Asia Options verdict
An excellent option for a beginner to Korea who is on the younger side and wants to party hard and study hard. Also a great option for someone with an interest in Japan or China and wants to practice those languages while also learning Korean. However it is probably the most expensive for fees, accommodation and cost of living! If you’re budget is tight then choose elsewhere.
Good party atmosphere
Excellent Jobs Board / Networking Opportunities
High turnover of Students