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Programs : Brochure
This is the program brochure page.
Seoul National University (SNU)
Seoul, South Korea (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Program Website: Click to visit
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Restrictions: ASU applicants only
Cost Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Law, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Nursing, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences
Program Type:
Fall/Spring Session:
Session C
Internships Available:
GPA Requirement:
Graduate Courses Available:
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Language of Instruction:
English, Korean
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
International Coordinator:
Abby Dalpra
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


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Quick Facts

  • To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete fall or academic year applications by February 1st and spring applications by August 1st.
  • Seoul National University (SNU) is ranked #50 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • Eligibility: cumulative ASU GPA of 3.0 at time of application (minimum 3.40 for business students); must have completed a minimum of 1 full semester (12 credits per term) at ASU with grades posted at time of application
  • Note:  The competitiveness of this exchange program is considered low to moderate depending on the level of student interest. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.


SNU Temple stay
Photo courtesy of SNU

Location Details

A truly global, buzzing city and the host of the Olympic Games in 1988 and the World Cup in 2002, Seoul is the South Korean capital and also the country's biggest - by far. Seoul is also amongst Asia's most expensive and wealthy cities.

The heritage and tourism scene within Seoul is undeniable, with fortresses, temples, shrines, palaces and ceremonies all vying for your attention, along with modern skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, and multi-media and entertainment complexes, including the world-famous K-Pop scene, around the Itaewon, Jamsil and Namsan districts.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Seoul National University has 16 colleges offering courses in areas of study such as humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, engineering, fine arts, music, education, and liberal studies.

Most courses are taught in Korean, but many courses are taught in English. Students are welcome to enroll in any classes they desire, as long as they meet any applicable course or language prerequisites. Students should note the restrictions below.

Important restrictions:

  • The College of Business Administration is restricted to students who are currently majoring in business or economics at ASU. Students applying for CBA must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40/4.0 at ASU.
  • Students who are applying to study Korean History must provide proof of Korean language ability with the application in one of the following ways: Level 5 or above of official Korean Language Proficiency Test, or Level 5 or above on the Korean Test conducted at the SNU Language Institute
  • Vocal music courses are restricted to students who are studying vocal music at ASU
  • Korean language courses are offered for an additional fee.

Search for undergraduate courses on this website > Select the desired college. Be sure to click the "E" link by the department if you need to search for courses taught in English.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Seoul National University will convert to ASU credits and grades.

SNU Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies

SNU Cafeteria at Sinyang Hall
Photos courtesy of SNU


SNU Dorm - Global House

SNU Dorm - Cooking area
Photos courtesy of SNU

Program Housing

On-campus housing is available, but not guaranteed.

SNU Gwanaksa Dormitory has 28 dormitory buildings with 2,600 rooms, housing over 4,500 students. Gwanaksa includes the Undergraduate Dormitory, Graduate Dormitory, Off-Campus Dormitory (cluster) and Family Dormitory for married graduate students.

Since it is located near the rear gate of the Gwanak Campus, you can reach dormitories by walking from any of the buildings on campus. It also has subsidiary facilities such as cafeterias, laundry rooms, a concert hall, study room, indoor stadium and gymnasium, public bathrooms, a table tennis room, and common rooms, Gwanaksa also holds special cultural and educational events for the students.

More information about the Gwanaksa Dormitory can be found online here. Additional information about housing at SNU can be found here.

Off-campus housing is available around the campus. SNU does not provide an assistance to find off-campus housing and it is the student's own responsibility to find accommodation off-campus.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

SNU Walkable street
Photo courtesy of SNU


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following non-refundable fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $400 Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Fee*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetAcademic Year Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetAcademic Year Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/25/2017
Rolling Admission 03/01/2018 06/13/2018
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1, 2017. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 25, 2017.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 09/01/2018 12/20/2018
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1, 2018. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through March 1, 2018.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 09/01/2018 06/20/2019
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1, 2018. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through March 1, 2018.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2019 09/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 1.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed