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.
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.
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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.
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.
Banking and finance
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
French languages & culture studies
German languages & culture studies
Indonesian languages & culture studies
Japanese languages & culture studies
Korean languages & culture studies
Medical imaging and radiation sciences
Music performance and composition
Physics and astronomy
Politics and international relations
Public health and preventive medicine
Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies
- 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
|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|
|Law||9 credits||12 credits||18 credits||24 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.
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
- Gwanak (main)
- Yeongeon (medicine only)
- Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
- Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate