Yonsei University was founded in 1885 and is the oldest private university in Korea. Ever since its humble beginnings, Yonsei has been at the forefront of higher education in Korea. Yonsei's establishment coincided with Korea's initial forays into the modern international system and since then, it has played a vital role as a gateway for multicultural and multinational exchanges. Similarly, as one of Korea's leading windows to the world, Yonsei has enabled generations of leaders to explore new frontiers, and in the process, to become more aware of the responsibilities of global citizenship. Yonsei's pioneering role as a conduit of knowledge flowing in and out of Korea continues to be a hallmark of its educational philosophy.
The Graduate School of International Studies lies at the center of Yonsei's commitment to internationalization and education of global leaders. The GSIS was established in 1987 as the first professional school dedicated exclusively to international studies in Korea. For the past twenty plus years, the GSIS has grown immensely. International students from 40 countries provide a unique multicultural learning environment where diversity is not just a slogan but an enduring feature of the school's globalized student culture.
Dual degree and exchange programs with key partner institutions in the United States, Europe, and Asia, in addition to a variety of international internship programs, enable GSIS students to emerge into the job market with enhanced skills and tailored international experiences. As the first and the best program in Korea, the GSIS remains even more committed to its core mission of educating and training a "Global Corps" or leaders who transform themselves so that they can transform the world.
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