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Seoul National University EXC
Seoul, South Korea (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Undergraduate
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Seoul National University
Location: Seoul
Year Established: 1946
Student population: 28,000
University ranking: 50
Korea’s highest ranked and first national university, Seoul National University leads higher education in South Korea. It has made an important contribution to the building of the nation, with a tradition of supporting peace and democracy, and has produced leaders in almost every sector of society, from business to politics, technology and the arts. It is one of the three prestigious “SKY” universities, the “Ivy League” of Korean higher education.
Seoul National University provides a liberal education that prepares students for lifelong learning and global careers. It is a leading research university and is committed to creating a vibrant intellectual community where and international mix of students and scholars work together to build the future. The University has two campuses. The main campus, Gwanak Campus, is at the foot of the magnificent Gwanak Mountains and offers nature, historic buildings and a range of student facilities. The Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry and the University Hospital are located on the Yeongeon Campus in downtown Seoul.
Unique characteristics
Seoul National University is highly ranked for accounting and finance, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil and structural engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, environmental studies, history and archaeology, linguistics, mechanical engineering, modern languages, medicine, materials sciences, mathematics, law, physics and astronomy.

A huge city of more than 10.5 million people, Seoul is an economic and business powerhouse that also boasts a unique history and numerous pleasant pastimes. You can hike on Namsan, see architectural innovation at the UNESCO City of Design, visit the Demilitarized Zone and sample the city’s history with numerous temples, palaces, tea houses and galleries. The food is wonderful, as is the nightlife, the saunas and the art and culture.

SKorea - Seoul NU - Campus

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university.

Subject Area/s: 

Arts and Humanities

Business Administration

Natural Sciences




Visual Arts

Health Sciences


Social Sciences

Veterinary Medicine


Exclusions Apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Spring Semester: March-June
Autumn Semester: September-December

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


18 credits

More information on the credit load at the host university.
The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A+ – 4.3
A – 4.0
A- – 3.7
B+ – 3.3
B – 3.0
B- – 2.7
C+ – 2.3
C – 2.0
C- – 1.7
D+ – 1.3
D – 1.0
D- – 0.7
F – 0

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in Korean and English. The majority of courses are taught in Korean but each college or department offers number of courses in English. Lists of courses for a new semester is available at the beginning of January or July each year. Undergraduate students can take courses up to 18 credits and graduate students can take up to 12 credits. Pre-semester and semester language courses are available. 
Language Requirement
Language proficiency of either English or Korean is highly recommended, but not compulsory. Students should have a level 5 or above of KLAT or TOPIC.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university. The I-Office publishes Seoul Survivor, a comprehensive guidebook for foreign members of SNU community.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
Orientation will be held prior to the start of semester.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. 

Information from the host university.
Information from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Australia.

Student Experiences

Tom Jilek
Bachelor of International and Global Studies, Semester 1, 2016
Host City Highlights
Bukhansan National Park , Cheonggyecheon, Itaewon, Hongdae.
Uni Life
SNU Buddy' is a fantastic exchange club and is the best way to meet local students and other exchange students! Local students will introduce you to their friends and take you to the best bars, restaurants and landmarks throughout Seoul.
I took 12 units (about three subjects in Sydney) and had fifteen contact hours, all in English. All classes were in seminar format which was great, and the teachers were generally excellent. Two of my lecturers had taught at Ivy League schools in the US.
The food is amazing and so cheap. Korean BBQ bibimbap and were highlights. There's plenty of top notch western food as well!
I stayed on campus with a roommate. It was really cheap (AU$700 for four months) and a great way to meet new people.
Money Matters
I spent nearly AU$15000 over four months, including flights and everything. Was more than enough, the city is very affordable for students.
Getting Around
You can get virtually anywhere on the extensive subway system. Cabs are very cheap too.
I went from Feb-July and had a great time. I was there for spring and got to see the cherry blossoms, the most beautiful time of the year.
Top Tips
Live on campus and join SNU buddy.

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