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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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September 3 for Spring exchange; March 3 for Fall exchange



Founded in 1946, Seoul National University (SNU) was the first national university in modern Korean history.  Today SNU has an enrollment of 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students and comprises sixteen colleges, nine professional graduate schools, and ninety-three research institutes over three separate campuses. SNU's reputation for quality is based upon excellence in teaching, research and service to Korean society and it is widely acknowledged as one of the top universities in Korea.


As a major comprehensive university, Seoul National University offers a rich variety of courses in Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as in the professional fields of Business, Medicine and Law. The subjects listed below are a sampling of courses offered at SNU.  See SNU course catalog for full course listings.

Aerospace engineering, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Art history, Asian studies, Astronomy, Biochemical engineering, Biological sciences, Biology, Biomedical sciences, Business administration, Chemical engineering, Chemical sciences, Chemistry, Chinese language (Mandarin), Chinese studies, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer science, Design, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Earth sciences, East Asian languages, East Asian studies, Economics, Education, Electrical engineering, Engineering, English literature, Environmental Engineering, Environmental science, Food Science, French language, French studies, Geography, German language, German studies, Hispanic studies, History, Industrial Engineering, International relations, Korean language, Korean studies, Law, Life sciences, Linguistics, Literature, Materials engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical engineering, Music, Nursing, Nutrition, Painting, Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Psychology, Religious studies, Russian language, Russian studies, Sociology, Statistics

Student Life

Undergraduates at SNU attend class and live on Gwanak Campus, the main campus of SNU. The Campus is located in the southern outskirts of Seoul, at the foot of the majestic Gwanak Mountain. Located approximately ten miles from downtown Seoul, the Campus is accessible by public transportation. In addition to classroom buildings and residence halls, the Gwanak Campus has a state of the art library, the SNU Museum, the SNU Museum of Art, athletic facilities, recreation centers, and dining halls. SNU offers its students outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities. There are also a wide variety of entertainment options in the college town of Gwanak and in the nearby city of Seoul.


SNU offers housing for exchange students on the Gwanak campus in the Gwanaksa dormitory complex. 


Located in the northwestern corner of the country, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a city where Korea's traditional and modern cultures coexist. Nearly destroyed during the Korean War of 1950, Seoul has undergone a remarkable recovery to reach its current status as one of the largest and most rapidly developing cities in the world. As a result, South Korea provides a particularly advantageous position from which to study the changing culture, economics, and politics of East Asia.

As a major financial and cultural center, Seoul is considered a global city. With over ten million people, it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The city also boasts a rich and wide variety of cultural and historical attractions. Besides the popular Joseon Dynasty palaces, Seoul offers many museums, parks, shopping markets, and Buddhist temples to explore.