Seoul National University

 A Tradition of Excellence

Founded in 1946 as the first national university of Korea, Seoul National University (SNU) is consistently ranked one of Asia's best universities and currently tanked in the global top 50 (36 - QS 2018). Highly selective, SNU is primarily a research intensive institution with academic strengths across all subject areas.

An urban campus surrounded by nature, it is located in the southern outskirts of Seoul (c.10million population) - ranked as #4 best student city in the world - and is served by its own subway station! Around 30k students study at there on Seoul's largest campus offering a vibrant campus life with c.200 student clubs and organizations, a wealth of invaluable academic and cultural resources, and facilities you would expect at one of the world's leading universities.

SNU embraces its vision of becoming a truly global university, academic exchange agreements with around 860 universities and research institutes worldwide. Modules are taught in English in a variety of subject areas, but Korean language courses are available to learn the basics. It offers also a Buddy Program for incoming exchange students.

Given its location, students at SNU enjoy the benefits of a large global mega-city, a more traditional university campus, but also the mix of the modern and the historic, given Seoul and Korea's rich historical and cultural past.

SNU information:

Who can participate?

All Reading disciplines that allow Study Abroad that are taught at SNU (dependent on the language classes taught in)
Language of tuition: Korean, and English.  
Entry requirements:

Minimum 55% average

Semester dates:
  • Semester 1: September - December
  • Semester 2: March - June

Reading application deadlines:

01 January 2019 - more details to follow

Cost of Living:  See SNU exchange information webpage ('Estimated Budget to Study at SNU' section).
Additional Costs:

A student visa (D-2) is required to study in Korea (unless a Korean national) 

Insurance coverage is required (UoR insurance is currently sufficient for need).

NB - Eligible students might be able to recoup costs through Student Finance

Further Information:

Additional information:

  1. Students must be nominated by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office before the SNU will accept any application.
  2. Students who request to study abroad for a year when there is a term / semester option available will receive a lower priority than students who choose the term / semester option.
  3. If there are more students who want to study at SNU than places available then all of the following will be considered in making decisions regarding the allocation of places:
  • Capacity constraints at partner institution
  • Academic performance
  • Personal Statement
  • Spread of subjects
  • Subject Study Abroad coordinator comments
  • Duration of Study Abroad placement
  • Previous engagement / contact with ESAO


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