South Korea has had one of the fastest economic developments in the world since the 1960's and is now the 3rd largest economy in Asia and the 11th largest economy in the world. In the late 20th century, many people referred to South Korea as an "Asian Tiger" due to its rapid economic growth.
Seoul is the capital of South Korea and is located on the basin of the Han River in the country's northwest. With over ten million people, Seoul is South Korea's largest city and one of the largest cities in the world by population. Almost half of South Korea's entire population lives in the Seoul area, and nearly one quarter in Seoul itself, making it the country's political, cultural, and economic centre. The rapid economic, social and technological development of the city has played a key role in South Korea's development, and has been referred to as the "Miracle on the Han River".
Seoul National University (SNU), founded in 1946, is the first national university in modern Korean history. The main campus of the university, called Kwanak, is located at the foot of the magnificent Kwanak Mountains covering a 4.3 square kilometer area. SNU offers its students a wide variety of entertainment options in the college town of Kwanak and in the city of Seoul. SNU has a student enrolllent of approximately 32,000.
Most courses are taught in Korean but each college or department offers a number of courses conducted in English. A list of courses taught in English for the new semester will be available at the beginning of January or July each year.
The Fall semester runs from early September through mid-December and the Spring semester from early March through mid-June.
SNU's course catalogue: http://sugang.snu.ac.kr/
- "English" in the upper-right corner
- "Course Search"
- Select the correct semester (use same semester in previous year if nothing appears)
- SNU Semester 1 = NC State Spring
- SNU Semester 2 = NC State Fall
- Click "Advanced Search"
- Check the "English Lecture" box
- select appropriate college & department from drop-down menu
(Course Search Instruction.pdf)
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Seoul National University. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Housing for exchange students is available at the Kwanaksa (Kwanak campus dormitory). Each room and flat is fully furnished, but one must provide one's own bedding and towels. The dormitories provide other subsidiary facilities such as cafeterias, laundry rooms, public bathrooms, a table tennis room, a Go (Baduk) game room, and common rooms.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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Student are required to purchase a visa. Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week on campus. Student will not be able to apply for a visa until they have received and acceptance letter from SNU. For more information about the student visa, visit this link.
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid
is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship
, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad such as applying to outside scholarships
, and starting a funding page
Fall Semester: Early September-Mid December
Spring Semester: Early March - Mid June