Yonsei University is a private research university in Seoul, South Korea. Considered the one of the most prestigious in the country, Yonsei was established in 1885. It is one of the oldest universities in South Korea.
The university was formally established in January, 1957 through the union of Yonhi College and Severance Union Medical College. This was a result of a lasting bilateral cooperation between the colleges that began in the 1920s. The institutions were new to Korea at the time of their inception. Yonhi College was one of the first modern colleges, founded originally as Chosun Christian College in March 1915. Severance has its roots in the first modern medical center in Korea, Gwanghyewon founded in April, 1885. As a tribute, the name ‘Yonsei’ was derived from the first syllables of the names of its two parent institutions, ‘Yon; 연; 延’ from Yonhi College and ‘Sei; 세; 世’ from Severance Union Medical College.