The EIC program offers a BACHELOR OF ARTS IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES degree and students can pursue either the EAST ASIAN POLITICS AND CULTURE TRACK or the EAST ASIAN ECONOMY AND BUSINESS TRACK. While focusing primarily on their chosen track, students are also required to take several courses in the track they have not chosen as a secondary field. Although many students have a general idea of which track to pursue early on and choose their courses accordingly, students do not have to finalize their track until their senior year so there is room for adjustment.
During their freshman year (1st year), students undertake a liberal arts education and study courses in world literature, history and philosophy, introductory courses in business management, international relations, cultural studies and politics, several basic courses in methodology and academic English writing courses. From their sophomore year (2nd year), students take major courses in their respective fields. Learning an East Asian language is also an important aspect of the EIC program and students generally take basic to advanced courses in either Japanese, Chinese or Russian (Korean language courses are available for foreign students).
Throughout the whole duration of their time here, students have several opportunities to participate in an overseas event that is funded by the school. First, all students go on an overseas workshop to an East Asian region at the start of their freshman year. In the fall semester of their freshman year (or later if necessary), students take the EAST ASIA FIELD RESEARCH course and go on a field trip to a designated country in East Asia as part of the course. Lastly, students go on a second field trip, without signing up for a course, and conduct field research in a designated country. All overseas events include supervision by EIC professors.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
To graduate, students need to satisfy the following requirements.
* The requirements may vary according to the year of admission.
- Completion of at least 126 credits.
* EIC students can only take 15 credits in Korean courses, excluding social volunteer courses. If the 15-credit limit is exceeded, the amount of credits exceeded must be acquired through other English courses since the exceeded credits cannot be counted for the 126-credit graduation requirement.
- 12 credits in language courses (among levels (1), (2), (3) or (4))
* Students can take Japanese, Chinese or Russian language courses. Although any student can take the Korean language courses, the credits cannot be acknowledged as satisfying the language requirement in the case of Korean students. The courses vary in difficulty, level (1) being a beginner course and Level (4) being an advanced course. Levels (5) and (6), which are more advanced courses, are also available but these courses are considered major courses and cannot be acknowledged as satisfying the language requirement.
* Students admitted in 2018 or later are required to take a level (3) or (4) language course.
* Students who take a level (3) language course and get a B- or above are considered to have passed levels (1) and (2) of the same language and are exempt from those six credits in terms of the language requirement. Through the same logic, students who take a level (4) language course and get a B- or above are considered to have passed levels (1), (2) and (3) of the same language and are exempt from those nine credits in terms of the language requirement. For example, if a student takes the CHINESE LANGUAGE(4) course and gets a B-, he/she does not have to take CHINESE LANGUAGE(1), CHINESE LANGUAGE(2) or CHINESE LANGUAGE(3) and has therefore satisfied the 12-credit language requirement. Students can of course start their language studies at any language level they prefer according to their personal level of proficiency and take courses in several languages if desired.
- Completion of four CHAPEL courses, THE BIBLE & CHRISTIANITY, ENGLISH WRITING TUTORIAL(1), ENGLISH WRITING TUTORIAL(2), LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, LEADERSHIP PRACTICE, RESIDENTIAL COLLOQUIA, RC CAREER PLANNING, and RC CAREER DEVELOPMENT
* Freshmen or transfer students who have already taken and passed courses similar to the ENGLISH WRITING TUTORIAL(1) and ENGLISH WRITING TUTORIAL(2) courses at another university can apply to receive credit for the courses and be exempt from taking them. Proficiency in English or citizenship in a foreign country are not valid grounds to be exempt from taking the ENGLISH WRITING TUTORIAL(1) and ENGLISH WRITING TUTORIAL(2) courses since the courses are academic writing courses that are mandatory for the majority of university level students around the world, regardless of whether it is an English-speaking country.
- Any four courses out of the following:
WORLD HISTORY(1)-INTRODUCTION, WORLD HISTORY(2)-EAST ASIA, WORLD PHILOSOPHY(1)-INTRODUCTION, WORLD PHILOSOPHY(2)-EAST ASIA, WORLD LITERATURE(1)-INTRODUCTION, WORLD LITERATURE(2)-EAST ASIA
* Students do not have to take the courses as sets. For example, if you took WORLD HISTORY(1)-INTRODUCTION, you don’t have to necessarily take WORLD HISTORY(2)-EAST ASIA.
- Any two courses out of the following:
QUANTITATIVE METHODS(1), CRITICAL REASONING, RESEARCH METHODS
- Any three courses out of the following
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS, INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL STUDIES, INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS, INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
- In the case of single major students:
five required major courses and eight elective major courses in the chosen track, and three required major courses and three elective major courses in the other/secondary track
- In the case of double major students:
five required major courses and three elective major courses in the chosen track, and two required major courses and two elective major courses in the other/secondary track
* Courses in the COMMON track are acknowledged as either the ECONOMY & BUSINESS track or the POLITICS & CULTURE track, depending on the student’s preference and needs.
* Courses offered by the College of Government and Business that have a course code in the 3000s or the 4000s and which are in the same field as the EIC majors, whether they are taught in English or Korean, are acknowledged as EIC elective majors (전공선택) in the corresponding track. (Courses taught in Korean are counted in the 15-credit limit of Korean courses.) For example, the LABOR ECONOMICS course offered by the Department of Economics is acknowledged as an elective major in the ECONOMY & BUSINESS track of EIC, and the SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL ECONOMY course offered by the Department of International Relations is acknowledged as an elective major in the COMMON track of EIC.
- Acquiring any one of the following official language test scores (satisfying the school foreign language certification requirement)
* Students need to submit their test scores to the INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CENTER to satisfy the official language requirement for graduation.
A minimum of JPT 500, JLPT N3, HSK Level 4, TORFL Basic or TOPIK Level 4
- Satisfying the university’s computer qualification requirement
* The specific tests that satisfy the computer qualification requirement are listed on the PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTER website (http://uni.yonsei.ac.kr/contents/itedu.htm?id=3).