Seoul National University

Seoul National University (SNU) is a national research university located in Seoul, Korea. Founded in 1946, SNU was South Korea’s first national university, and has since served as a model for the many higher learning institutions in the country.

Academic highlights

SNU is ranked among the world’s top universities. It has 16 colleges offering a wide array of units, as well as a graduate school and nine professional schools. Its graduates are prominent in all areas of Korean politics and business.


The university’s main campus is based in the densely populated district of Gwanak, in the southern region of Seoul. A lively student area, it has its own railway station on the Metro system.

Did you know?

Home to more than 11 million people, the city of Seoul accounts for more than half of the Korean population.


Various course restrictions apply. Find out more here.

Language requirements

A large number of units are taught in English.

To apply for the Korean History/ Psychology/ Statistics department, you must provide proof of Korean language ability. A satisfactory level of Korean language ability should be either (1) Level 5 or above of official Korean Language Proficiency Test or (2) Level 5 or above of the Korean Test conducted at the SNU Language Institute.

More information on SNU's language requirements can be found here.

Disciplines available


Ancient cultures



Banking and finance

Biological sciences

Biomedical sciences

Business law and taxation


Chinese languages & culture studies

Communications and media studies


Earth, atmosphere and environmental sciences

Econometrics and business statistics


Education - early childhood

Education - primary schooling

Education - secondary schooling


Engineering - chemical

Engineering - civil

Engineering - electrical and computer systems

Engineering - materials science

Engineering - mechanical and aerospace

English as an international language

Fine art

French languages & culture studies

German languages & culture studies


Human geography

Indonesian languages & culture studies

Information technology

Japanese languages & culture studies

Korean languages & culture studies


Legal studies


Literary studies



Mathematical sciences


Medical imaging and radiation sciences

Music performance and composition


Physics and astronomy

Politics and international relations

Psychological sciences

Public health and preventive medicine

Religious studies

Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies

Social work


  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See the SNU's unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Each course (unit) at SNU is usually worth 3 SNU credits.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 12 credits 17 credits 24 credits 34 credits
Postgraduate 9 credits 12 credits 18 credits 24 credits
Law9 credits12 credits18 credits24 credits

Exchange program terms

SNU ‘Spring’ semester (Monash Semester 1): early March to mid-June
SNU ‘Fall ‘semester (Monash Semester 2): early September to mid-December

See SNU's academic calendar here.


SNU offers on-campus accommodation in dormitories but places are limited.

SNU offers advice on accommodation here.


As a general rule, if you are a student who is not of Korean nationality, you will be required to apply for a D-2 student visa via the local Embassy or Consulate, once you have been officially accepted by your host university.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the Embassy of Republic of Korea here.

SNU also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

Find out more about SNU student activities here.


You can learn Korean through SNU’s Korean Language Centre. Find out more here.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

You should expect to spend approximately 2, 000,000 KRW per month while studying at SNU.


You may work part-time for up to 20 hours per week (undergraduate) or 40 hours per week (graduate) on the D-2 student visa. You will need to apply for special permission from Korean immigration before you commence working.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

New Colombo Plan Scholarship

Find out about the New Colombo Plan Scholarship here.

Hamer Scholarship for Intensive Language Study

Find out about the Hamer Scholarship here.

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Seoul National University

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Gwanak (main)
    • Yeongeon (medicine only)
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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