Seoul National University – SNU



Bettina Dinter

RWTHworldwide: Asia


+49 241 80 90812




Seoul National University, SNU for short, is one of the most reputable universities in South Korea. It belongs to the so called SKY univerisities and is ranked highly in international rankings. The university has a very large campus, on which buses can be be used for transportation. There are many cafeterias, cafés, supermarkets, and everything else that is necessary and helpful for everyday life.

Most of the courses have a reasonable number of students, making direct contact with professors possible. They are often very friendly and helpful. However homework and required attendance is normal. There are typically two exams per subject, and finals take place at the end of the semester.

It is easy to find a community and help for any matters through the SNU Buddy Program.

General Information


South Korea





Number of Students



Seoul National University

International Office

Fact Sheet


Type of Agreement

University partnership

Who can apply?

  • Bachelor students in the 3rd semester or higher (study abroad from the 5th semester)
  • Master students
    Please note: SNU does not accept applications from first- and second-semester Master's students. RWTH Master's students can only apply for the third and fourth course semesters at SNU.
  • Doctoral candidates

Type of Stay

Studies or research

Length of Stay

1 to 2 semesters

Time of Stay

Winter or summer semester

Number of Exchange Placements

ten per semester

Study Details

Semester Dates

1st semester: Beginning of September to the middle of December
2nd semester: Beginning of March to the middle of June

Semester schedule

Study Possibilities

Faculties Institutes

Course Offerings

Courses offered in English

Courses offered in the national language

Please note that at the College of Business Administration, CBA for short, exchange students can take a maximum of two courses only.

Language Courses

Summer School

Language Courses

The university offers language courses during the academic semester.

Prerequisites for the Application Very good academic performance
Language Requirements

Very good English skills
TOEFL is not required
Abitur certificate or certificate from the Language Center is required

Submit application in the

International Office application portal

Application Deadline in the International Office

You can find further information on the application portal website.

Tuition Fees Tuition fees waived
Average Cost of Living 1000 to 1200 euros
Funding Possibilities

BAföG for abroad
RWTH scholarship database
DAAD scholarship database
MOGAM RWTH Scholarship for Korea
PROMOS scholarships abroad
Financing Study Abroad

Practical Information

Support from the partner university: Yes

On-Campus Housing
Off-Campus Housing

Health Insurance Students are responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. We highly recommend health insurance and private liability insurance for abroad. Some partner universities have particular requirements for insurance protection.
Experience Reports See the experience reports at MoveOn Exchanges
Additional Information

Foreign Office