The Graduate School of International Studies relies on its international students to comprise the interdisciplinary, multi-cultural student body. Given the nature of the GSIS program and the school mission of preparing international specialists, all courses at the GSIS are expected to have a high proficiency in written and oral English skills.
Candidates from non-English-speaking countries are required to take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless the candidate has completed both of his/her highschool and undergraduate education in an English-speaking institution.
For consistency's sake, Yonsei University GSIS considers English-speaking countries as only Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Applicants who are not from those countries must either submit official verification that their high school and undergraduate education was conducted at English-speaking institutions or an official TOEFL score report.
On very rare occasions, when an applicant has graduated from English speaking undergraduate program or graduate program and had extensive experience in an English-speaking work environment, they may petition the school to be exempt from the TOEFL requirement, provided they agree that the Chair Professor who conducts the application interview with them will make the determination that the applicant has the English-speaking ability to warrant an exemption from submitting the TOEFL report.
Students should be warned, however, that the standard of English required to be exempt from the TOEFL is extremely high. Also, by submitting a waiver for TOEFL exemption an applicant runs the risk of being required to submit the TOEFL if the interviewing professor sees fit which could nullify an applicant’s chance of acceptance during that application period.
If you would like to submit a TOEFL waiver request please fill out the attached form and submit it with supporting documents to our office along with other application documents.
Waiver Request Form
Except in certain countries in Asia, the TOEFL is now offered in a computerized format on a continual basis. For information on how to register for the test, contact ETS or Fulbright (in case you take the test in Korea) or for IELTS, IDP Korea at least eight to ten weeks in advance of the date when you want to take the test. Our school code for TOEFL score reporting is 9893. If you ask the ETS to send the report directly to our school, it will be sent to the Yonsei Main Admissions Office so please let us know your date of birth so that we can pick up your score report from them.
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
(609) - 771 - 7100
Korean-American Educational Commission (Fulbright)
(82-2) 739 7246
Please remember that you must have taken the TOEFL and received at least your unofficial scores prior to submitting your application. You must report your TOEFL score in the application. If you took the TOEFL more than two years ago, you must retake it. We do not accept English proficiency tests other than the TOEFL, TOEIC and the IELTS.