At the Wonju campus of Yonsei University students are able to fully immerse themselves in the Korean culture with what is known as the Global Village. The village is housed in the dormitories where students from abroad and native students study language courses and other culturally related elective classes.
Semester exchange programs allow students the opportunity to earn USF college credit from a diverse set of subjects abroad, while still paying an equivalent to USF cost. Students are enrolled abroad and take classes, live, and socialize with local and other international students, gaining a truly enriching experience and in-depth cultural immersion for one to two semesters.
Exchange programs are the most competitive and students are encouraged to begin the application process early to better focus on their personal statement and gather the needed recommendations.
Wonju, South Korea
Wonju is a city approximately 90 miles (140 km) east of Seoul and the capital can be reached within 1hr 30minutes by bus or train. Wonju is home to three major universities which attract many students from Seoul and elsewhere. They provide facilities to host sporting and musical events throughout the year. Wonju is also home to one of Koreas' top basktball teams and games can be attended at very reasonable prices. It was the site of three crucial battles during the Korean War.
At the Wonju campus of Yonsei University students are able to fully immerse themselves in the Korean culture with what is known as the Global Village. The village is housed in the dormitories where students from abroad and native students study language courses and other culturally related elective classes. Korean language classes for international students are offered as well as special interest English language courses for Korean students. All the activities in the Global Village program are conducted in English. International students will come to understand Korean life style and its culture as well as make friends with Korean students.
The Global Village (GV) program combines language, academic, and cultural experiences into a packaged program. Students are expected to take Korean language as well as participate in the GV mentoring program, excursions, and events. Students may also opt to take English tuaght courses from various departments on the campus:
The exchange program cost is based upon in-state tuition rates for a full-time course load. Out-of-State and International students also pay the same rate for the purposes of study abroad programs.
Not included in this cost:
Housing abroad (arranged with and paid to host school)
Additional travel or medical insurance
Any transportation fees
Passport and Visa fees
Any additional or personal expenses
In addition, students are expected to pay Emergency medical insurance in the amount of $1.53/daily.
How and When to Pay
Please click here for further details regarding payment.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
The Education Abroad Office offers Study Abroad Scholarships. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students. Please visit here for application information and deadlines. Please note that these scholarships are never guaranteed, and awards can only help pay for a portion of your total costs. We highly encourage you to apply to many other scholarships.
Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit here for further information.
Bulls in Asia (bullsinasia.wordpress.com) is a one-stop resource for USF Students to learn about Asia-related study abroad, scholarships, internships, and post-graduate opportunities:
Health and Safety
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Students are housed in dormitories with two to three Korean students. US students will act as American study mentors and conversation partners with their roommates in exchange for their help with Korean language and culture. Fostering a true sense of community is the primary goal of the Global Village program.
Who Can Participate?
Students must be at least of sophomore standing when they attend, but may apply as freshman.
Graduating seniors may not participate in their last semester as program dates and processing time would delay their intended graduation.
All majors are welcomed.
A 3.0 GPA minimum is considered competitive for consideration
Students are asked to not purchase any tickets until they receive an acceptance letter from the host school overseas. This letter will have details on orientation dates and arrival airports.
Students are responsible for arranging their own flights and transportation to the host school.
Every program participant MUST have a passport, valid six months from the date of travel. Students are responsible for their own immigration documents.
Faculty and Contacts
Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:
Education Abroad Office (loc. CGS 101)
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-3104 Fax: (813) 974-4613