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.

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar
Semester Welcome Orientation Dates Grades Published Official Transcript Issuance
Spring February 28
March 1 – June 14
(Final exams and paper deadlines can be seated until the end of June.)
End of June Mid-July
Fall August 31
September 1 – December 14
(Final exams and paper deadlines can be seated until the end of December.)
End of December Mid-January

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Korean Language Program (KLP) SNU Language Education Institute (LEI) offers credit-bearing Korean Language Programs (KLP) on a fee-paying, extracurricular basis. For exchange students taking KLP, SNU OIA will provide financial support to encourage international students to learn Korean language and culture.

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Academic Transcript

For exchange students, SNU OIA will post one official academic transcript to home university by the end of July and January for each semester.

Visa & Immigration

STUDENT VISA A student visa (D-2) is required for every non-Korean student who will be studying in Korea, and it must be acquired before entering Korea. In most cases, exchange/visiting students can acquire their D-2 visa easily when they present the Certificate of Admission (CoA), issued by SNU, to the relevant officials in home country. For detailed information on the visa application process, students must contact the nearest Korean embassy/consulate or refer to

Alien Registration After arrival in Korea, all international students who stay for more than 90 days are required to apply for alien registration through Korean immigration office. More detailed information will be provided before arrival.


On-Campus Housing Exchange students can apply for on-campus housing, and there are two types of residence halls available on the main campus.

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Off-Campus HousingOff-campus housing is available around the campus. It is students’ own responsibilities to find accommodation outside the campus.

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Estimated Cost for Living in Seoul

Housing (On-campus) 456,000 – 906,000 KRW / semester (undergraduate)
190,000 – 247,000 KRW / month (graduate)
(Off-campus) 300,000 KRW – 700,000 KRW / month (deposit excluded)
Local Transportation 40,000 ~ 80,000 KRW / month
(A bus/subway ride costs 1,200 KRW)
Meals 300,000 KRW / month
(On-campus meal costs 2,500 – 4,000 KRW)
Books/School Supplies 150,000 KRW / semester
Telecommunication 20,000~100,000 KRW / month
Personal Expenses 300,000 KRW / month

The estimation above may vary depending on personal budget.

Health Care & Well-being

Health Insurance It is mandatory for every exchange/visiting student to obtain a travel/study abroad medical insurance that covers the entire period of their stay in Korea, which should cover potential medical expenses incurred by sickness and accident during the stay in Korea. No additional financial assistance can be provided by SNU.

From March 2021, all non-Korean international students will be mandatorily and automatically subscribed to Korea’s National Health Insurance. We will send out detailed information on the impact of this new policy and changes made to our student exchange program on a separate note.

SNU On-campus Health Service Center (SNUHSC) Conveniently located in the center of the campus, SNUHSC runs a comprehensive primary care clinic and various specialty clinics in cooperation with SNU Hospital (SNUHC) and SNU Dental Hospital (SNUDH). It also provides a range of health checkup, immunizations, and medical tests, including Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Ear/Nose/Throat, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Smoking Cessation Clinic, and Dentistry.

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Mental Health

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Disabilities SNU Center for Students with Disabilities, located in the campus center, facilitates academic accommodations and services for students with disabilities so that these students have equal access to any on-campus facilities and offerings and fully immerse themselves into campus life. It is strongly advised that students with disabilities contact SNU OIA as early as possible to inform their necessities.

Student Support & Activities

S-CARD With a student ID card, namely S-CARD, exchange/visiting students can take advantage of access to on-campus facilities and get a discount at designated cafeterias.

SNU Buddy Program SNU Buddy was established in 2005 to help international exchange and visiting students settle in SNU and to build a real friendship and network. SNU domestic and international students by themselves organize intercultural events activities throughout the semester. Sign-up notice will be e-mailed to all incoming exchange/visiting students before the semester starts.

Student Club/Society There are a number of student activities and sports clubs at SNU, including musical bands, choir, orchestra, dance, painting, photography, student newspaper, traditional Korean music, travel clubs and SNU International Students Association (SISA). Sports clubs ranging from fencing, golf, basketball, rugby, scuba-diving, snowboard, ski, horse riding, baseball, yacht, judo, kendo, soccer, taekwondo, tennis, etc.

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Noverber 4, 2019