Seoul National University (SNU)
has been a leading institution of advanced education in Korea since it was founded in 1946. SNU has earned this reputation by maintaining the highest standards in both teaching and research. Kwanak Campus, the main campus of SNU, accommodates four graduate schools, eleven colleges, sixty- six research institutes, and many other supporting facilities.
The Yeongeon campus is the medical campus which includes the University Hospital as well as other research institutes and organizations related to medical sciences. About 20,000 undergraduate students and 11,000 graduate students enroll at SNU every year.
The majority of courses at Seoul National University are taught in Korean but each college or department offers a number of courses in English. Courses are available in humanities, social sciences, education, natural science, human ecology, nursing, veterinary sciences, management, music, fine arts, agriculture and life sciences.
Program Information Sheet 2016-17
Information for International Applicants
Ms. Moon-kyung Baik
Student Exchange Program Coordinator
Seoul, South Korea
Academics & Support
An updated academic calendar can be found here
For course selection information and offerings please refer here
- Fall Term: Starts in late August and ends in late December.
- Spring Term: Starts in March and ends in late June.
Practical information on banking
in Korea is available from SNU.
Limited on-campus housing
is available for exchange students. Exchange students may apply for the Gwanaksa dormitory, but housing is not guaranteed due to increasing number of students applying. Information about on-campus housing can be found at here
Off-campus housing is available near the main campus. SNU will provide assistance finding off-campus housing, however it will be responsibility of each student to find accommodation if an on-campus offer is not extended.
A meal plan is not provided with on-campus housing. Students use the University dining facilities on a pay-as-you-go basis. On-campus cafeterias
mainly offer Korean cuisine. Occasionally, western-style food is also available.
SNU offers variety of student activities and sports clubs. Students clubs include musical bands, choir, orchestra, dance, painting, photography, traditional Korean music, travel clubs and SNU International Students Association, among others. Sports clubs include fencing, golf, basketball, rugby, snowboard, horse riding, baseball, yacht, judo, kendo, soccer, taekwondo, tennis, etc. Exchange students can also apply for the SNU Buddy Program.
SNU provides free shuttle service around campus. There are also many local buses that go by the university. "Seoul Survivor" is a comprehensive guide for international students at SNU where you will find additional information.
Korea has an extremely well-developed transportation network. Seoul is extensively connected with other cities and countries via air, land and sea routes, and getting around within the city is pleasurable thanks to a well-organized network of subways, buses and taxis. Furthermore, a new transportation fare system offers incredible discounts when transferring between buses as well as between subway and buses.