Academic Policies


Students are expected to be responsible, honest and considerate of others. The YISS office reviews the actions of students charged with harassment, fraud, infringing on the rights of others, violating the rules and regulations of any University department; behaving inappropriately toward University faculty, staff, or fellow students; the unauthorized use of University facilities or equipment, including computer resources; the alteration or falsification of University records; the unauthorized recording, sale, or purchase of lectures or other instructional materials; destroying or defacing University property; misrepresenting themselves or their University affiliation; or disturbing orderly academic functions and processes.
Please note that using lectures or other instructional materials for commercial purpose and defacing university property is strictly prohibited. Any behavior disturbing orderly academic functions and processes will not be accepted. Please be advised that Yonsei University has the right to dismiss any student who it deems as detrimental to the program.
In this case, or in the event of a withdrawal for any reason prior to, or during the program, no refund is possible, if students fail to maintain adequate academic standards or if their behavior is not in keeping with university standards or the laws of Korea, such as illegal drugs and illegal employment.
Any academic regulations not stated here will follow those of Yonsei University.


Yonsei University has a strict attendance policy: any student who is absent from a course for more than 1/3 of the semester will be issued an "F" regardless of their achievement in the course. Absences will be counted from the first day of classes(June 30) . Some professors, however, may have stricter rules. For instance, class attendance is taken more seriously in Korean Language Classes and you cannot be absent for more than 20% of the class to receive a grade. Please check the course syllabus or ask your professor to find out the attendance policy for your courses.

Course Load

Course Load Length of Study
6 credits (2 courses) 6 weeks or 4 weeks
9 credits (3 courses) 6 weeks

* Students cannot withdraw below the 2-course requirement.
In order to complete a full semester's work in only six (four) weeks, YISS courses are highly intensive and fast paced.
For six-week courses, classes meet two class hours (100 minutes) each day (three class hours for Korean Language classes), four days a week (Mon ~ Thurs), for 6 weeks (46 in-class hours per course, 69 for Korean Language Course).
For four-week courses, classes meet three class hours (150 minutes) each day , four days a week (Mon ~ Thurs), for 4 weeks (46 in-class hours per course).
Course requirements include a mid-term examination, a final examination, and often a term paper, although the choice remains up to individual professors.

Students under a special university exchange program (see below list), are allowed to take up to 12 credits (4 courses.)

Athlone Institute of Technology / Baruch College / Brandeis University / City University of Hong Kong / Helsinki School of Economics / Hong Kong Polytechnic University / Jilin University / Kaunas University of Technology / Mercer University / North Central College / Oregon University System / University of Hawaii at Manoa / St. Cloud State University / St. Michael’s University / University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign / University of Kuopio / University of South Florida / University of Texas at Arlington / University of Waterloo / Vaxjo University

* Course code: The first three alphabets of the course code show which department the course is being offered from. Among the four numbers that follow, the first number shows the targeted year of the course.

1 - Freshman course / General course / Lower Division course
2 - Sophomore course / General course / Lower Division course
3 - Junior course / Upper Division course
4 - Senior course / Advanced course

Course Availability

A course will be cancelled if less than ten students register for the course. In the event that your class is cancelled due to the ten student minimum policy, immediately consult the Summer School Coordinator regarding alternate course registration.
All courses have a maximum number of seats available. Seats will be reserved on first-come first-served basis during the course registration period.

Course Change

Course Drop / Add / Confirmation - June 30 (Tue) ~ July 1 (Wed) (Korean Time)
Course Change is only available through the Portal System ( during the designated period.( during the designated period.

Students taking Korean Language Course does not have to change their classes if the registered course's level does not meet your actual Korean leve. If necessary OIA office will do the course change on your behalf.
Adding or dropping courses is strongly discouraged due to the short duration of the program. Please remember that the minimum course load is 6 credits. Therefore, a student who has two courses cannot drop a course unless he/she registers for another course. Please note that the office will not issue course enrollment confirmations. Students must refer to their account information to confirm and finalize their course registration.

Course Withdrawal

Only those students that are enrolled in 3 courses may choose to withdraw from a course. In order to withdraw from a course, you must fill out and submit a course withdrawal form to the YISS office during the course withdrawal period. After this period, no course withdrawal will be allowed under any circumstances. Students who stop attending classes without officially withdrawing from the course will receive an "F". After the course withdrawal period, grades will be issued regardless of a students' performance.
Please note that "W", meaning "withdrawal", will not be marked on your transcript.

Program Withdrawal

Non-refundable: Application Fee and Special Activity Materials Fee
Refundable: Tuition Fee (80%) no later than July 1 (Wed, Korean Time)
Students wishing to withdraw from the program must submit a "Request form for Leaving School" to the YISS Office.
This must be done no later than July 1 (Wed, Korean Time) to receive a 80% tuition refund (Only applicable to Non-exchange students). If you withdraw from the program, a transcript will not be issued and your records will be deleted. Students also lose their occupancy in the SK Global House and they should return their student ID card.
Exchange students must get an official written permission from their home institutions to withdraw from the program. If a student awarded a Yonsei scholarship withdraws from the program, the scholarship will be cancelled.

Grading Policy

Final grade assessment is based on attendance, class participation, assignments and examinations. Grades are issued on an “A+, A0 and A-“ to “F” scale and will be recorded permanently. After the grade check period, changing grades is not possible under any circumstances.

All courses will be graded on an absolute evaluation basis.

Grading Table
A+ 4.3 B+ 3.3 C+ 2.3 D+ 1.3
A0 4.0 B0 3.0 C0 2.0 D0 1.0
A- 3.7 B- 2.7 C- 1.7 D- 0.7

Pass/Non-pass grading option is only applicable to Internship program.

Grades Check / Transcripts

1 copy of E-Transcript will be sent directly to the university staff/ officer's email address students provided approximately 2 weeks after the completion of the program. Additional copies of transcripts can be requested for a fee from the YISS Office. For courier service (, students should pay an additional fee KRW 25,000.