Inbound Programs

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The OIA provides services to international scholars and students at SNU,

Exchange Program FAQs

Exchange program is for students in SNUs partner universities who wish to study at SNU for one or two semesters and transfer credits to their home institution. To be an exchange student, candidates must be officially nominated by their home institution and pay the tuition fee at their home institution.

  EXCHANGE STUDENTS VISITING STUDENTS
COURSES STUDENTS CAN FREELY CHOOSE THE COURSES THEY WANT TO TAKE
NOTE: SOME COURSES MAY HAVE RESTRICTIONS
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SHOULD ENCLOSE ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
TUITION FEE SHOULD BE PAID AT HOME INSTITUTION PAY AT SNU
APPLICATION APPLY THROUGH HOME INSTITUTION APPLY DIRECTLY AT SNU (APPLICATION FEE REQUIRED)
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WILL BE SENT TO HOME INSTITUTION SHOULD ASK AT THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE
TO REQUEST FOR AN ISSUANCE
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AVAILABLE NOT AVAILABLE
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FULL OR PARTIAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED NO FINANCIAL SUBSIDY AVAILABLE

To apply for SNU student exchange program, your home university must first nominate you to SNU. Once nominated, SNU or your home university will provid you with the details about the application procedure. Please visit the following website to have more information.

http://oia.snu.ac.kr/03study_snu/0302_01.html
Once we receive all your application materials, we will forward it to your preferred department (that you have selected during the online application process). The department’s committee will review your documents and will make a decision to accept you or reject you. You have to be accepted and admitted to your preferred department at SNU to obtain a status as an exchange student.
Dormitory application guide will be provided to the students who are offered acceptance letter from SNU. While all exchange students can apply for the on-campus dormitory, the dormitory assignment is not guaranteed due to limitation in dormitory spaces.
You can request for information on off-campus housing to the Office of International Affairs or ask your SNU buddy for help. While SNU will assist you in searching for housing, it is your own responsibility to obtain and maintain the off-campus housing contract.
A course registration guide will be provided to the students who are offered acceptance letter from SNU. In general, a course registration period is scheduled at the end of July for Fall semester courses and at the end of January for Spring semester courses.
You can find the course list and syllabuses on SNU course registration website http://sugang.snu.ac.kr. Please click here to download the instruction guide on how to search for courses.
Yes, you can take courses that are provided outside of your department. However, please note that some courses are closed to outside students.
The OIA will send an original copy of the transcript to your home university about a month and a half after the semester ends.
You can apply for the student visa(D-2) after you have your acceptance packet from SNU. You have to visit a Korean embassy/consulate in your home country with the Certificate of Admission which will be enclosed in the packet along with other supporting documents requested by the embassy/consulate. Please contact your nearest Korean Embassy/consulate for more details on the visa application process.
No, it is illegal for you to participate in student exchange program with a tourist visa. You must obtain a student visa(D-2) to study at SNU. If you have already obtained a different type of visa, you must check with the Korean Immigration Office(http://hikorea.go.kr) in advance to know if your existing visa type is applicable for student exchange program.
SNU runs a program called ‘SNU buddy’, a student group created to help exchange students’ settlement at SNU. SNU buddy organizes various events and activities throughout the semester. All exchange students offered acceptance will have an invitation e-mail to join the SNU buddy before beginning of the semester.