Inbound Programs

Office of International Affairs (OIA),
as SNU's headquarter for developing and promoting its international programs and initiatives,
welcomes all students and scholars to SNU's vibrant intellectual community.

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.

Eligibility

QUALIFICATION

  • Applicants must currently be enrolled in at least second semester of the home university program (= have completed at least one semester before they apply)
    * We cannot thus accept graduate students who are enrolled in the first semester of the Master’s program at their application stage.
  • Applicants must fulfill the following GPA requirement. (from Fall 2020’s admission)
    Score
    Undergraduate GPA 2.5/4.0 (equivalent to 2.7/4.3)
    or percentile rank 83
    Graduate GPA 3.0/4.0 (equivalent to 3.3/4.3)
    or percentile rank 89
  • Fluent level of either English or Korean language proficiency is highly recommended, but no certification is required.
Score
ENGLISH TOEFL IBT 88 OR ABOVE
IELTS 6.0 or above
TEPS 560 or above
KOREAN TOPIK LEVEL 5 OR ABOVE

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

All applicants for exchange/visiting program must choose one college and department as their affiliation and in general, applicants choose one that most suits their academic background or study abroad purpose. Students can, however, take other unrestricted courses from different colleges and departments.

RESTRICTION

Applicants who wish to study in the discipline of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Music, Fine Arts, and MBA must, in advance, be advised of the program availability by SNU exchange program coordinators.


Application Procedure

Application Procedure
Semester Nomination
Starts
Application
Deadline
Screening
Procedure
Screening Result
Announcement
Acceptance
Packages
Spring Early July September 20 October November Late November
Fall Early January March 20 April May Late May

Document Submission

The required documents for applicants are as follows:
  LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO BE POSTED Notes
A Online Application
Once officially nominated by home university, applicants will receive detailed information on how to log in and file an application from the designated SNU coordinator.
- Exchange program applicants should upload the scanned copies of the documents below to the application system.
B Certificate of Enrollment of Home University
C Official Academic Transcript
D Statement of Purpose (Free Essay in English or Korean)  
E Passport Copy (Personal Information Page) - The passport must be valid during the prospective stay in Korea.
F One Letter of Recommendation from a Professor at Home University - SNU template available
- Optional; mandatory for Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) applicants, though
- The sealed letter of recommendation must be obtained by the applicant and submitted to the exchange program coordinator. The coordinator can open the letter, scan it, and send it to the designated SNU coordinator via e-mail.
G Portfolio: Photographs of works/Recording of performances - Fine Arts, Music, and Physical Education applicants only; required to be submitted through e-mail to the SNU coordinator.

Screening Procedure

SNU OIA initially receives and reviews all applications to see if all the requirements have been met. The applications are then forwarded to the screening committee of each department that applicants chose to apply for. During the assessment, not every nominee will be successful; some may be rejected if their credentials do not meet the committee’s expectation. When the decisions are made, OIA will announce the acceptance results to all applicants and home university. Please note that OIA is not responsible for the selection process and its results.

Acceptance Package

Acceptance package encloses a Certificate of Admission (CoA, for non-Korean nationals), an official Letter of Acceptance, and other information necessary for pre-arrival. The package will be electronically sent to the accepted students shortly after the acceptance announcement.

Contact Information


September 3, 2020