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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Science

At Seoul National University, you can take classes alongside local and international students in a wide range of disciplines. Of particular note are the highly ranked departments of agricultural and life sciences, computer science, engineering, materials science, math, and physics, which all offer coursework taught in English.

Unique study opportunities

  • Choose from over 400 courses taught in English.
  • Coursework taught in Korean is available in a wide range of fields.
  • Enjoy rich cultural exchange with local Korean and visiting students.

Language

Language of Instruction: English, Korean

Korean Language Study: Optional

Korean language courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced level are available through the Department of Korean Language and Literature, but typically only one section for each level is offered and enrollment is competitive. Therefore, this program is not recommended if your focus is on Korean language study. 

The majority of courses are taught in Korean but each college or department offers a number of courses taught in English. For courses taught in Korean, you may need to provide proof of Korean language proficiency.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: 21-27 quarter/14-18 semester UC units.
  • You may take up to a maximum of 27 quarter/18 semester UC units per semester.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your courses pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

Nearly all courses are open to exchange students, unless otherwise noted. Some courses require proof of requisite knowledge and some are restricted to particular majors. Undergraduate students can enroll in graduate courses, if they are not restricted, but you must contact the course instructor for permission in advance of registering for the course. Some departments require exchange students to provide proof of Korean language proficiency (at the time of application).

You will complete course registration before arrival. Fall registration occurs in early August; spring registration occurs in early February. You can adjust your schedule the first week of classes during the add/drop period.

Course Restrictions

  • Courses in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the College of Business Administration are highly impacted.
  • The College of Medicine is not open to exchange students.

Note: Individual courses may also have restrictions, such as courses that are only open to students in a specific major. Most restrictions can be found in the SNU course catalog (course restrictions and remarks sections), but it is advised that you contact instructors in advance to ask whether it will be approved to register for courses outside your major or SNU department.

 

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

Respect for professors and university rules is a hallmark of Korean academic culture. Respect is seen in attendance and interactions in class. Students are expected to be polite, never confrontational or demanding. Some professors are more traditional than others. Try to be sensitive to the style of each professor.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework.

The majority of courses at SNU utilize curved grading, while some courses will use an absolute grading system. Your work will be assessed primarily by exams, but assessments may also include attendance, participation, papers, group and individual projects, and class presentations. Attendance is also usually an important factor in assigning the final grade.

Grades for the fall term are typically available in late January. Grades for the spring are typically available in late July. Early grades are not possible.