Yonsei University achieves highest rankings yet

USAC Seoul students take classes at best university in Asia, leading in sustainability initiatives.  

A University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) host institution in Seoul, Korea, has achieved its all-time highest rankings by leading higher education groups. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the largest international education network, and the Times Higher Education (THE), a global higher education assessment agency in the United Kingdom, concluded that Yonsei University is one of the best institutions in the world.  

2025 QS World University Rankings

Since last year, Yonsei University has climbed 20 spots on the QS World University Rankings to rank as the top 56th university in the world. A total of 5,663 institutions from 106 countries were evaluated for the ranking. The prestigious SKY University offers study abroad students the chance to take classes on a campus where new ideas that will change life on Earth are made every day.

According to a release from the institution, significant improvements in environmental, social, and governance performance, as well as their scores for research capabilities, helped improve their ranking. This March, Yonsei University hosted the annual Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF). This forum brings politicians, scholars, and other representatives together to work on creating a sustainable future and review the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

THE World University Impact Rankings 2024

Nearly 2,000 institutions were evaluated based on sustainability-focused efforts in THE World University Impact Rankings. Analysts elevated Yonsei University three places to be the top 11th institution in the world. This is the fifth consecutive year of improvement in the rankings, according to a release from the institution.

Of the 17 SDGs, Yonsei University ranked as the top university in the world in the Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure category. It placed second in the Decent Work and Economic Growth goal, and sixth in Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

No. 1 university in Asia

Both QS and THE agree: Yonsei University is the best university in all of Asia. This is the third consecutive year QS has awarded the title to the university.  

Enrollment is competitive

USAC Korean study abroad programs are highly competitive for their curriculum in business, commerce and economics, education, intensive Korean language, Korean and East Asian Studies, liberal arts, life systems, region studied, science, social sciences, and graduate studies.


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