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Seoul National University is looking for talented students and future researchers from all corners of the world to join this premier institution for higher education at the academic hub of Asia. For both undergraduates and graduate students, SNU offers a world-class education and a wealth of extraordinary opportunities that only SNU can offer.

undergraduate admissions

SNU extends a warm welcome to international candidates for undergraduate program. International candidates include both foreign applicants and Korean students who have received entire education (from elementary to high school) abroad. All undergraduate programs provided by our 16 colleges are open to you. At SNU, you will be joining over 2,300 international students already enjoying an excellent education and campus life at SNU. The university offers various ways to ways to finance education to overseas students. Most international students are partially or fully exempt from tuition fees through university scholarships, merit-based performance scholarships and work-study programs.

graduate amissions

SNU extends a warm welcome to international students seeking to attend a master's or doctoral program. As a premier research institution in Korea, graduate programs are gaining increasing importance. International candidates include both foreign applicants and Korean students who have received entire education (from elementary to high school) abroad. All 71 graduate majors and 27 cooperative programs, not to mention our 9 professional graduate schools, are open to you. In addition to joining 2,300 international students who are already enjoying an excellent education and vibrant campus life at SNU, you will be a part of a remarkable educational institution with close to 4,000 of the best faculty in the nation and a fast growing number of foreign

faculties. With a special program on an unprecedented scale to recruit talented teaching and research faculties from overseas underway, graduate programs at SNU will soar to new heights. Scholarships are available for graduate students through the university, private corporations and Korean government.

reasons to come to snu

As SNU embraces its vision of becoming a truly global university, there will be greater emphasis put on diversity and international community on campus than ever before. It continues to promote international collaborations and has academic exchange agreements with around 860 universities and research institutes worldwide. It also offers a number of dual degree programs in conjunction with prestigious universities. The International Summer Institute, launched in 2007, is a short-term program of unprecedented depth and scale. Currently there are more than 2,000 students and visiting scholars from over 50 countries on campus. To assist its international students, SNU has an Office of International Affairs. It also provides various scholarships to international students and is set to increase its financial support in the near future. Over 250 classes at SNU are taught in English and the number is rapidly increasing. For example, International Studies, Korean Studies, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Business Administration are mostly taught in English. However, the most important reason to come to SNU is to be a part of this remarkable institution as it makes a transition into the next chapter as global institution in every sense of the word. Here are a few more.

01A Tradition of Excellence

Since its foundation in 1946, Seoul National University has been the undisputed leader of higher education in Korean and has established a global reputation. Its graduates have long served as leaders in Korean society and in the international community.

02World-Class Education

Since its beginning, SNU has been the cradle of liberal education and fostered a lifelong love of learning in our students. In our commitment to prepare students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment, SNU trains the most outstanding students in Korea in a wide array of areas in its undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs. Its freshmen belong to the top 2.5% of those who take the National University Entrance Examination. Faculty members at SNU are also highly qualified, with a talent for scholarship and a dedication to teaching. Of all faculty members, 95.6% have doctoral degrees, most of which have been earned from prestigious universities around the world. The resulting report of satisfaction level among the graduates and career advantage is the highest in the nation.

03Cutting-Edge Research

As a result of SNU's commitment to foster productive research environments, many of its departments and research institutes, especially in the field of Engineering and Natural Sciences, are now globally recognized for their cutting-edge research. The number of academic papers published in international journals certified by the Scientific Citation Index (SCI) was 3,792 as of 2008---ranked 20th in the world---and that figure continues to increase sharply. A Quality Index of Research Capacity, based on the citation number of scientific papers, shows that SNU is comparable with the top 10~30 universities in the United States.

04Extraordinary Alumni Networks

Alumni network at SNU is one of the most prominent and strongest in Korea. SNU's distinguished graduates include key figures in all sectors within Korea as well as in international community. For example, in 2007, 38% of CEO's of top 100 Korean companies and an incredible 88% of judges in high court and Supreme Court were SNU alumni. Close to 60% of government ministers and about half of the members of National Assembly were also part of SNU alumni in 2007. SNU's distinguished graduates include the current Secretary-General of United Nations Ban Ki-Moon among others.

05Vibrant Campus Life

SNU offers a wealth of invaluable academic and cultural resources. Public lectures and forums are daily events and visits from renowned international speakers are common. It also has two nationally acclaimed museums, both of which add to the cultural vibrancy of the campus. Facilities like a medical center, a counseling service and recreational and sporting centers add to the convenience and quality of life on campus. In addition, SNU is famous as a high technology campus, with its wireless networks, a high-speed gigabyte backbone network for general operations, and a Super Computer Facility for research that requires higher performance computing services.