Seoul National University honors the ideals of liberal education and aims to teach students a lifelong love of learning that will form the basis for continuous personal growth.
At the same time it is committed to preparing students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment. As South Korea's first national university, Seoul National University has a tradition of standing up for democracy and peace on the Korean peninsula.
Graduates have long served as public servants in key positions of the Korean government. In teaching, research, and public service, Seoul National University continues to set the standard of excellence.
The mission of Seoul National University in the twenty-first century is to create a vibrant intellectual community where students and scholars join together in building the future. As Korea's leading research university, Seoul National University is committed to diversifying its student body and faculty, fostering global exchange, and promoting path-breaking research in all fields of knowledge.
In 2007 SNU established SISA (SNU International Students Association), which hosts activities including International Students Sports Festival, Korean Culture Trip, Ambassadors Meeting, International Food Festival, and the SISA party. Foreign students are able to experience the beautiful scenery of Gwanak Main Campus, with Gwanak Mountain as a background. SNU offers a variety of student activity clubs, such as musical bands, choir, dance, painting, photography, and travel clubs, as well as sport clubs such as fencing, basketball, rugby, scuba diving, baseball, judo, kendo, soccer, taekwondo, and more.
Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of Korea. Home to over 10 million citizens, Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world. Renamed after the independence of Korea in 1946, the word "seoul" is derived from a Korean word meaning "capital city". Seoul is roughly divided into northern and southern halves by the Hangang (River) and is surrounded by vast mountains. This fast-paced and high-tech city embraces both tradition and modernity, making it a very unique destination. With five ancient palaces and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Seoul is the living history of the Joseon Dynasty. Experience life in the past at the Bukchon Hanok (traditional Korean house) Village, with traditional arts performances, or with traditional Korean food. Seoul also embraces the modern era with a strong foundation of high-tech technology and infrastructure and a number of world class performances.
Exchange students are free to choose from available courses at SNU, though some courses may have restrictions. The majority of courses are taught in Korean but each college or department offers a number of courses in English. For an updated list of courses taught in English, please visit Seoul National University Undergraduate Programs. For guidance on searching courses please see the SNU Course Search Instructions. NOTE that in their search engine, '1st Semester' is the spring and '2nd Semester' is the fall. Course lists for each new semester are available at the beginning of January or July. Undergraduate students can take up to 18 credits.
Spring: March - June
Fall: September - December
The Gwanak Campus is the main campus of SNU. Most colleges and schools are located at the Gwanak Campus except for the College of Medicine, which is at the Yongon Campus. Exchange students have the right to apply for housing at the Gwanaksa Dormitory but are not guaranteed to get a room. Gwanaksa Dormitory has 28 dormitory buildings with 2,600 rooms, housing over 4,500 students. Gwanaksa includes Undergraduate Dormitory, Graduate Dormitory, Off-Campus Dormitory (cluster) and Family Dormitory for married graduate students. It also has subsidiary facilities such as cafeterias, laundry rooms, concert hall, study room, indoor stadium and gymnasium, public bathrooms, a table tennis room, and common rooms. Gwanaksa also holds special cultural and educational events for students. More dormitory information can be found here. Students who cannot be accommodated at the dormitory or those who wish to have a private place to live can consider off-campus options. It is the student's own responsibility to find accommodation off-campus. Note that most off-campus information and contract processes will be available only in Korean.
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
- UVA Tuition and Fees
- Host institution Room and Board
- International Airfare
- CISI insurance
- Books and Supplies
- Local Transportation
- Passport and Visa
- Personal Expenses
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.