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Overview

OIA overview

Exchange Student Program

Exchange program is for students in SNU’s partner universities who wish to study at SNU for one or two semesters and transfer credits to their home institution. The first official student exchange program launched in 1995 with the University of Tokyo and the number of institutions where they agreed for student exchange program has increased to 147 institutions all over the world. To be an exchange student, candidates must be officially nominated by their home institution and pay the tuition fee at their home institution. Dormitories are provided and fees for taking Korean language course will be partially supported.

Exchange Students vs Visiting Students
EXCHANGE STUDENTS VISITING STUDENTS
COURSES
  • COURSE CHOICE IS FREE OF STUDENTS’ CHOICE
  • NOTE: SOME COURSES MAY HAVE RESTRICTIONS
DOCUMENT
SUBMISSION
SHOULD ENCLOSE ALL THE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT SEALED
TUITION FEE SHOULD BE PAID AT HOME INSTITUTION PAY AT SNU
APPLICATION APPLY THROUGH HOME INSTITUTION
  • APPLY DIRECTLY AT SNU
  • PAY THE APPLICATION FEE
CREDITS WILL BE TRANSFERRED ASK HOME INSTITUTION BEFORE APPLYING
OFFICIAL
TRANSCRIPT
WILL BE SENT TO HOME INSTITUTION SHOULD ASK AT THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE
TO REQUEST FOR AN ISSUANCE
DORMITORY PROVIDED UPON REQUEST NOT PROVIDED
KOREAN
LANGUAGE
COURSE
FULL OR PARTIAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT WILL
BE PROVIDED
NO FINANCIAL SUBSIDY AVAILABLE
Application Criteria & Process
01Eligibility
QUALIFICATION
Must be enrolled at least 2 semesters at home institute
Have a GPA 3.0 or above / 4.0
Language proficiency of either English or Korean is highly recommended, but not compulsory
Score
ENGLISH TOEFL IBT 88 OR ABOVE
IELTS 6.0 OR ABOVE
KOREAN KLPT LEVEL 5 OR ABOVE
TOPIC LEVEL 5 OR ABOVE
RESTRICTION
THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE is restricted to students who are currently studying medicine at their home university.
THE COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY is open ONLY to masters level students currently enrolled in a master program at School ofDentistry or equivalent at their home university. The student exchange program is NOT available at the undergraduate level for the College of Dentistry.
Applicants, who apply for the Korean History major, must provide a proof of Korean language ability. A satisfactory level of Korean language ability should be either (1) Level 5 or above of official Korean Language Proficient Test or (2) Level 5 or above of the Korean Test conducted at the SNU Language Institute.
MBAprogram does not accept exchange program through the OIA. In order to apply for an exchange program at MBA, please inquire at mba@snu.ac.kr
THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION is restricted to students who are currently studying business at their home university.
02Application Procedure
Application Procedure
STARTING
SEMESTER
APPLICATION
DEADLINE
SCREENING
PROCEDURE
NOTIFICATION
OF ACCEPTANCE
ACCEPTANCE
PACKAGES SENT TO:
FALL SEMESTER APRIL 20 MAY-JUNE LATE MAY MID JUNE
SPRING SEMESTER OCT 20 OCT-NOV LATE NOV MID DEC
03Document Submission

All documents should be submitted in ORIGINAL or verified as an official copy, and should be in Korean or in English. If your documents are not in Korean or in English, please have your document translated in Korean or in English and have confirmed and sealed by an authorized body.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS ARE NON-RETURNABLE ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE OIA.

Please be aware that we will be unable to continue processing your application if you do not submit ALL the required application documents.

The required documents for applicants are as follows:
  LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SNU FORM
A On-line Application:
https://shine.snu.ac.kr/shine/com/popup/PopIntnDirect.html?url=/shine/uni/frex/itin/IntnatExchgStudAplyConn.html

*On-line Attachment: A Statement of Purpose, Two Letters of Recommendation, Official University Transcript, A Certificate of Enrollment from the current university you are attending, A copy of applicant's passport

**In order to start the on-line application, candidates must be officially nominated by their home institution by e-mail. The nominated students will receive detailed information on how to log in and apply online by the designated SNU coordinator.
B A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
(PLEASE USE LETTER SIZE PAPER 8½" X 11") (IN ENGLISH OR IN KOREAN)
C TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FROM TWO OF YOUR PROFESSORS.
PLEASE USE THE SNU LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FORM. ONE LETTER
OF THE RECOMMENDATION MUST BE WRITTEN BY A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR
AT THE CURRENT SCHOOL WHICH THE APPLICANT IS ATTENDING.
Fall Recommendation
D OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPT
E A CERTIFICATE OF ENROLLMENT FROM THE CURRENT UNIVERSITY YOU ARE ATTENDING.
F A COPY OF APPLICANT'S PASSPORT
G TWO PHOTOGRAPHS (3 X 4)
H ONLY FOR FINE ARTS, MUSIC, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION APPLICANTS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF WORKS/RECORDING OF PERFORMANCES
04Screening Procedure

The OIA receives applications and reviews that all application requirements have been met. The application packet is then forwarded to the screening committee of each college for assessment. Not all candidates nominated by partner universities are successful, but some may fail to have an admission if the requirements do not meet the committee’s expectation. When the acceptance is confirmed, the OIA notifies the result through students’ home institution.

The OIA is not responsible for the selection process and its results since the decision is made by each college.

05Screening Procedure

The acceptance package will include Certificate of Admission (not for Korean national), Letter of Acceptance, and other necessary information.

Academics & Students Life
01Academic Calendar

Academic transcript will be sent to home institution for exchange students for credit transfer in mid-August and in mid-February. Academic transcript for visiting students will not be sent to the home institution from the OIA and visiting students must request for an issuance of academic transcript at the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Calendar
SEMESTER DATE GRADE
SUBMISSION
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
ISSUANCE
SPRING SEMESTER 2 MARCH ~ MID JUNE END OF JUNE 1 WEEK OF AUGUST
FALL SEMESTER 1 SEPT ~ MID DECEMBER END OF DECEMBER 1 WEEK OF FEBRUARY
02Courses

Majority of courses are taught in Korean but each college or department offers number of courses in English. List 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.

03Housing

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING The Gwanakcampus is the main campus of the SNU. Most colleges and schools are located at the
Gwanak campus except for the College of Medicine, which is located at the Yeongun campus in northern part of Seoul. Housing for exchange students is available at the Kwanaksa (Gwanak campus dormitory).

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING Off-campus housing is available around the campus. SNU does not provide an assistance to find off-
campus housing and it is students’ own responsibility to find accommodation outside campus.

04Students Activities

SNU offers variety of students’ activities and sports clubs. Students clubs include musical bands, choir, orchestra, dance, painting, photography, students’ newspaper, traditional Korean music, travel clubs and SNU International Students Association. Sports clubs are available in fencing, golf, basketball, rugby, scuba-diving, snowboard, ski, horse riding, baseball, yacht, judo, kendo, soccer, taekwondo, tennis, etc. The most popular students clubs amongst these are taekwondo, judo, kendo and traveling clubs.

05Estimated Budget to Study at SNU
Estimated Budget to Study at SNU
TUITION FEE
(FOR VISITING
STUDENTS ONLY)
3,000,000 KRW / SEMESTER
(TUITION FEE IS CALCULATED BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CREDITS YOU ARE
TAKING. IT ALSO VARIES DEPENDING ON YOUR MAJOR AND YEAR OF YOUR ENROLLMENT.)
HOUSING ON-CAMPUS 456,000 ~ 762, 000 KRW / SEMESTER
FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
190,000 ~ 293,000 KRW / MONTH
FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
ON-CAMPUS 300,000 KRW ~ 800,000 KRW / MONTH
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION 200,000 KRW / MONTH
MEALS 500,000 KRW / MONTH
BOOKS/SCHOOL SUPPLIES 500,000 KRW / SEMESTER
TELECOMMUNICATION 100,000 KRW / MONTH
PERSONAL EXPENSES 200,000 KRW / MONTH

Note: Above is only estimation and it may vary depending on personal budget

06Insurance & Health Care
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is mandatory for every exchange/visiting student to obtain travel medical insurance. Students should comply with the following guidelines:
  1. AYou have to be insured by an insurance company which takes effect in your country or in Korea
  2. BThe insurance policy should cover sickness, accident and death during your study in SNUe
  3. CYou can register for courses after submitting the copy of the insurance policy which states the above conditions
  4. DInsurance policies in languages other than Korean or English should be notarized before submission
  5. EIn case the insurance expires before finishing the course, you have to resubmit the insurance policy copy or the notarized document after renewal or reapplication of the insurance policy
  6. FAny inquiries and information regarding insurance should be conducted by yourselves with the staffs of insurance company. SNU does not involve in any insurance-related affairs

MEDICAL MUTUAL AID SERVICE

SNU provides students medical mutual aid service, which provides partial support for the health cost of a student’s medical expense on illness, accidents (occurred on campus) and other medical care. Students can receive the benefits of the mutual aid by paying the fee of 4,000 KRW per semester upon the entrance of SNU. It is not mandatory but is recommended to register for the service.

Medical Mutual Aid Service
MEDICAL CARE MEDICAL CARE
MAXIMUM AMOUNT : 200,000 KRW MAXIMUM AMOUNT : 100,000 KRW
UP TO 100,000 WON, 60% COVERAGE,
(SNU HEALTH CENTER, COVERAGE UP TO 70% )
AMOUNT EXCEEDING100,000 WON, 40% COVERAGE
UP TO 50,000 WON, 60% COVERAGE,
(SNU HEALTH CENTER, COVERAGE UP TO 70% )
AMOUNT EXCEEDING 50,000 WON, 40% COVERAGE
07Visa

A student visa (D-2) is required to study in Korea if a student is not of Korean nationality. In most cases, exchange students can acquire their D-2 visa easily when they present their Certificates of Admission issued by the SNU to the relevant passport officials in their home country. Please contact your nearest Korean Embassy or consulate for more detailed information on the visa application process.