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Seoul National University

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to Seoul National University. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at Seoul National University!


Founded in 1946 by the merger of ten higher education institutions, Seoul National University is considered to be the most prestigious university in the country.

Students live, work and socialize on campus, which contains all the facilities needed for healthy and happy student life. There are plenty of cafeterias and snack bars on campus (though vegetarians may find the Korean diet a challenge), and a wide range of clubs, societies and activities designed to fill students’ social calendars and immerse foreign students in Korean culture. 

Sporting activities, whether competitive or recreational, keep students in good shape mentally and physically, while arts and culture also rank highly on the list of what to do on campus, with students able to visit a world-class art gallery as well as attend concerts and recitals by anyone from the top K-pop sensation of the day to classically trained musicians. 


South Korea is an engaging, welcoming place where the benefits of a fully industrialised, high-tech nation are balanced alongside tradition and the ways of old Asia.

The capital and largest city, Seoul, is the centre of Asia's third-largest economy. This round-the-clock city is constantly on the move. Yet there are plenty of areas to escape the crowds. Popular tourist spots include the ancient palaces and royal shrines of the Joseon Dynasty, the historic Namhansan Mountain Fortress, the Han River which runs to North Korea, and the Seoul World Cup and Olympic Stadia.

Seoul is within comfortable flying distance of Japan and China, with Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai all less than three hours flight away.

Level of competitiveness

Very competitive ***

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: Beginning of March – Mid-June

Semester 2: Beginning of September – Mid-December

More information on important dates can be found on SNU's academic calendar


Space available for students reading degrees in Computer Science, Engineering, Business and Economics are limited due to a lack of course capacity - module availability cannot be guaranteed. The School of Korean History/Psychology/Statistics and Pharmacy is only available to students with language proficiency in Korean.

The majority of courses are taught in Korean but each college and department offers some courses in English as well. The course catalogue for the new semester is available at the beginning of January and July each year. Until then, applicants will have to refer to the previous year’s catalogue.

Course registration is held online a month before the semester begins; it is on a first-come-first-served basis and exchange/visiting students are not guaranteed with registering courses they wish to take.


Students can take up to 18 credits per semester. Most students will take 4 modules per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Exchange students can apply for on-campus housing, and there are two types of residence halls available on the main campus.

  • Gwanak Residence Halls: Double rooms or shared flats (double rooms) available for undergraduate students; single or double rooms available for graduate students
  • Global Residence Halls (from Fall 2019): Double rooms or shared flats (single rooms) available for undergraduate and graduate students

Off-campus housing is available around the campus. It is the students’ own responsibilities to find accommodation outside the campus.

Cost of Living

  • Housing: On-campus: 456,000 – 906,000 KRW per semester (undergraduate) and 190,000 – 247,000 KRW per month (graduate); Off-campus: 300,000 KRW – 700,000 KRW per month (deposit excluded)
  • Local Transportation: 40,000 – 80,000 KRW per month (A bus/subway ride costs 1,200 KRW.)
  • Meals: 300,000 KRW per month (On-campus meal costs 2,500 – 4,000 KRW)
  • Book/School supplies: 150,000 KRW per semester
  • Telecommunication: 20,000 KRW - 100,000 KRW per month
  • Personal Expenses: 300,000 KRW per month

Support Services

SNU Center for Students with Disabilities, located in the campus centre, facilitates academic accommodations and services for students with disabilities so that these students have equal access to any on-campus facilities and offerings and fully immerse themselves into campus life. It is strongly advised that students with disabilities contact SNU OIA as early as possible to inform their necessities. More information on accessibility can be found on Seoul National University's page for students with disabilities

Campus Life

With a student ID card, exchange/visiting students can take advantage of access to on-campus facilities and get a discount at designated cafeterias.

The SNU Buddy was established in 2005 to help international exchange and visiting students settle in SNU and to build a real friendship and network. Sign-up notice will be e-mailed to all incoming exchange/visiting students before the semester starts.

There are a number of student activities and sports clubs at SNU, including musical bands, choir, orchestra, dance, painting, photography, student newspaper, traditional Korean music, travel clubs and SNU International Students Association (SISA). Sports clubs ranging from fencing, golf, basketball, rugby, scuba-diving, snowboard, ski, horse riding, baseball, yacht, judo, kendo, soccer, taekwondo, tennis, etc

Social Media

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Seoul Survivor Brochure - SNU [PDF 10,389KB]