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Severance Hospital and the International Clinic

Severance Hospital is the oldest hospital in Korea, and has an excellent reputation. Excellent care at one of the finest hospitals in the country is just minutes away. Severance Hospital manages the Cancer Center, Rehabilitation Hospital, Cardiovascular Hospital, Eye and ENT Hospital, Child and Adolescent Clinic, Emergency Care Center, Diabetes Center, Allergy Clinic, and Stroke Intensive Care Unit. Severance Hospital also maintains an International Health Care Center. The center is staffed by doctors and nurses who are fluent in several languages, including English, Japanese, and Chinese, and are ready to serve the medical needs of the international community. The International Clinic's reception is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Appointments can be made at (02)2228-5810 or (02)392-3404.
For 24-hour emergency service, dial 012-263-6556 from a touch-tone phone. After the beep, please enter your own number, wait for the second beep, and then hang up. Your call will be returned immediately. For more information, please visit

Health Service Center

Located on the second floor of the Student Union Building, the Health Services Center provides medical service to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff. It is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. For more information, please visit

Medicine & Pharmacies

Pharmacies are located all over the city on nearly every block; just look for the sign that reads, 약국 (yak-gook). You can purchase both prescription and over the counter drugs for colds, headaches, and other minor ailments there. Students can also obtain medicine through the pharmacy located at the Student Health Center. Just present your student identification card to purchase medicine at a discount.

Fitness Center

Every month you are supposed to register the fitness center to use and specific registration dates will be announced the day you receive the application form. Due to the limited number of memberships, as it is on the first-come, first-served basis, membership transfer and/or refunds will not be allowed after the registration.
Gymnasium & Physical Education Building - It’s situated in the left of the Central Library, has a basketball court, and Judo and Teakwood mats. It is often used for physical education classes, Yonsei sports teams, and clubs. Groups interested in using the facilities need to get approval from the Athletics Department. In front of the Gymnasium are outdoor basketball courts that are lit for night play and used for pick-up games around the clock.
Tennis Courts - These are divided into two sections: six hard courts just below the Muak Dorms; and eight clay courts on the right side of the road from the Muak Dorms to the Main Campus. The hard courts are always open for general use, but the clay must be reserved. Private lessons are available for reasonable prices.
Swimming Pool - It is on the second floor of the Physical Education Building behind the Gymnasium. It has four lanes and can get quite busy. The cost is KRW 1,200 for one day, KRW 10,000 for ten days, or KRW 18,000 for a monthly membership. Like most Korean pools, you must wear a swim cap, goggles, and a proper swimsuit. Note that it is closed during winter break. Open swimming is from 9:30 AM to 11:00 Am and from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
Main Athletic Field - This consists of a soccer and baseball field, which are by the West Gate, behind the Engineering Research Center. They are managed by the Athletics Department and are open to the public. To use the fields, however, you should fill out a reservation request one month in advance on the second floor of the Gymnasium. (tel: 2123-3425) It is also possible, with a University ID, to borrow athletic equipment such as basketballs, volleyballs, and all baseball equipment on the second floor of the Gymnasium.

Health Insurance

Medical Insurance

Faculty will receive medical insurance through Yonsei University. International students can obtain coverage under the National Medical Insurance. To apply, bring your alien registration card and insurance fee to the closest branch of the National Medical Insurance Office. The fee will be around 50,000 KRW per month. Please note that regardless of when you choose to apply for the National Medical Insurance, fees will be calculated starting from the date of your arrival to Korea. Therefore we recommend you apply for the National Medical Insurance as soon as you arrive! International students can use their Yonsei Student ID to receive reduced costs at Seran Hospital.

* Seran Hospital
Address: 32-2 Mu-Ak-dong Jung-gu Seoul
Tel. (02) 737- 0181

Insurance Usage

Like many countries, Korea's hospitals require payment in advance, and then administer treatment or perform an operation later. Patients need to contact their insurance company later to file a claim for the bill.
Please be sure to request all receipts and the doctor’s statement in English in order to make processing your claims easier. In case of emergency, please go to the Severance Hospital’s International Clinic first, and later contact your insurance company regarding payment.