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Yonsei University
Seoul, South Korea

Being the oldest private university in Korea, Yonsei University was first established in 1885 by Christian missionaries. Our mission is to educate leaders who will contribute to humanity in the spirit of “truth and freedom.” The 300,000 Yonsei alumni who take this calling to heart can be found manifesting this proud spirit from leadership positions around the world.

Yonsei’s main campus is ensconced in a spacious, picturesque and natural setting located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul’s metropolitan downtown. Yonsei has 3,500 eminent faculty members who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines. There are 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world.

Yonsei is proud of its history and reputation as a leading institution of higher education and research in Asia.

Website: www.yonsei.ac.kr/en_sc/

VSE Season 1, 2022-23: Courses offered by Yonsei University


Important - Read Before Applying

Before applying, please make sure you understand the following enrolment restrictions set by the course offering university:

Each student can apply and enroll in ONE academic course offered by Yonsei University at VSE Season 1, 2022-23 only. If you have submitted two applications to Yonsei University courses, the VSE Central Office will withdraw the SECOND application without prior notice. If you wish to change your course selection after making the first application, please make a request by emailing apru.vse@cuhk.edu.hk.



Academic Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's academic requirements listed below:

1. CGPA 2.5 or above (out of 4.0)
2. Must have completed at least two (2) semesters at home university

For more details, please contact the VSE coordinator at Yonsei University.




English Language Proficiency Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's English language proficiency requirements listed below:

TOEFL iBT or iBT Home Edition 79 or cBT 213 or pBT 550 (ITP is NOT accepted) or Cambridge English Qualifications CEFR B2 Level
* Native English speakers & non-native speakers studying their degree in English are waived. (If your degree program is fully taught in English, please upload a supporting document such as a confirmation letter written by your home university.)

For more details, please contact the VSE coordinator at Yonsei University.



Course Information

Course information posted on this page are provided by the course offering university and may be changed or updated anytime without prior notice.

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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherJung Won Kim
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course examines Korean popular culture and its related issues in historical and sociocultural contexts. For this examination, the course surveys a history of Korean popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on forms of media culture (popular music, cinema, and TV dramas/shows) that has not only led to but developed through Korean Wave both within and outside of Korea. Also, the course delves into a variety of phenomena and issues in Korean popular culture in conjunction with contemporary Korean society. The course then aims to critically and analytically discuss the ramification of Korean popular culture and Korean Wave in the global, local, and glocal perspectives.
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsInternational exchange students interested in Korean popular culture, K-pop (Korean popular music), Korean Wave, or Korean culture at large
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsNo textbooks are required. Reading materials, including book chapters, journal articles, newspaper stories, and blog postings, will be posted to LearnUs by the instructor.
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherKyung Hyo Chun
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis elective course combines an introduction to the anthropology of food in general and an exploration of Korean food culture in contemporary Korean society. Anthropology as a field has continuously paid attention to food production, modes of distribution, symbolic consumption practices, and nutritional aspects of food. Using these insights from anthropology, this seminar will approach recent food-related phenomena in Korea exploring the following themes: taboo and symbolic meanings of food, the meaning of tradition and heritage, conspicuous consumption and habitus, food politics and capitalism, virtual and real food sharing on SNS, as well as “food porn” and “vicarious pleasure".
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsN/A
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherLeighanne Yuh
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThe goal of this course is to familiarize students with Korean culture, literature, film, music, and society. Classes will consist of lecture, readings, and films and will be structured around small group and class discussions. Through this course, we will examine larger issues such as the legacy of colonialism, gender and social status, the Korean War and its aftermath, economic development and modernization, nationalism, etc. Through this examination we hope to consider broader and more inclusive approaches to understanding Korean culture and society.
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsN/A
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherCheol Bae Son
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course will explore how Korean thinkers and reformers/activists have engaged religions and ideologies in the major political, social and cultural developments and movements during premodern Korea and beyond. Through this course, the students are expected to gain a deeper understanding of how ideologies and religious ideas have informed the major debates and collective activities that have made the Korean history progress. One further aim of this class is to enhance the students’ability to write readable essays and paper based on their knowledge and insight acquired through the lectures, readings, and discussions.
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsN/A
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherCheol Bae Son
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course will explore how Korean thinkers and activists have engaged religions and ideologies in the major political, social and cultural movements and activism during colonial and contemporary Korea. Through this course, the students are expected to gain a deeper understanding of how ideologies and religious ideas have informed the major debates and collective activities that have made the Korean history progress further. One further aim of this class is to enhance the students’ ability to write readable essays and paper based on their knowledge and insight acquired through the lectures, readings and discussions.
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsInternational students, and Korean students who can conduct the class in English
Fees to be Borne by StudentsN/A
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherLeighanne Yuh
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionA general survey of the historical development of various aspects of Korean civilization, including politics, society and economy, thought and religion, and the arts. Half of the course will cover the main themes in Korean history and their historical interpretations, from prehistoric times to the modern period. It will also pay special attention to social systems, religion and culture, as well as the changing geopolitics of the region. The discussions will take a comparative approach by examining contemporaneous China, Japan, and northeast Asia, identifying similarities and differences between the regions. Through this course, students will have a better understanding of the challenges Korea faced in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the historical processes through which Korea, China, and Japan developed.
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsN/A
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherHyun Jun Min
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThe turbulent recent history of South Korea has produced a society that is engaged with a variety of local and global social forces in complex and contradictory ways. The sweeping social changes in South Korean society have engaged it in a struggle to redefine and re-examine itself, and its relation to such basic ideas as gender, class, tradition and nation. Contemporary films provide an especially interesting entry into these issues and how Koreans have been thinking about them. This course is intended to enhance students' understanding of a variety of historical, social, cultural issues of South Korean society by analyzing relevant contemporary South Korean films.
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsN/A
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherNam Ki Park
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course helps students to become familiar with contemporary mass media and popular culture in Korea along with relevant issues. A primary emphasis will be placed on the ways in which the media express and mediate Korean popular culture. Students will learn theoretical concepts and ideas that enable them to understand Korean mass media and “read” Korean popular culture from academic perspectives. The topics to be examined include ownership, diversity, economics, policy, multiculturalism, K-pop, Korean Wave, film, journalism, broadcasting, among others. Students will undertake group research projects and discuss their work in class. However, group projects may become different formats depending upon COVID-19.
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsNo textbook required. All materials will be provided as a course packet.
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherByung Jae Lee
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course aims to provide an overview of the history of the Korea-US relations and to discuss major issues regarding Korea-US relations. The first half of the course deals with the various encounters between the two countries from the late nineteenth century up to the 1980's. The second half discusses various contemporary issues related to the two countries, including security, trade, Korean nationalism, immigration, North Korea's nuclear program, and territorial disputes, among many others.
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsN/A
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentYonsei Office of International Affairs
Course TeacherDong Jin Lim
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 1, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTBA
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionLectures will explore a range of topics related to technologies of contemporary digital and social media, with particular attention to understanding technical, historical, ethical and legal issues. Students will learn to express themselves effectively with digital media, and especially on the web.
Course OutlineTBA
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsN/A


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