Seoul National University

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About Seoul National University

Created in 1946 as the first modern, national Korean university, Seoul National University (SNU) now enrolls 32,000 students. Beyond its reputation as an academic leader in Korea, SNU offers outstanding cultural and recreational benefits and abundant entertainment opportunities in the college town of Kwanak and in the city of Seoul.

Learning at SNU

Students may take courses taught in English in a variety of departments.  Students with advanced Korean language skills may enroll in any undergraduate courses taught at SNU for which they qualify. Students also have the option of taking Korean language courses as part of their studies.

Life in Seoul

Students at SNU enjoy the benefits of a large, cultural city, and the convenient accommodations of a traditional university campus.

The main campus of SNU, Kwanak, is located on the southern outskirts of Seoul, at the foot of the majestic Kwanak Mountain. It is equipped with athletic facilities, recreational centers, dormitories, and dining halls. Students are easily able to take the subway to downtown Seoul to enjoy the city markets, shops, and nightlife.

There are over 100 student clubs and organizations affiliated with SNU. Student activities include sports, cultural, performing arts, and religious clubs, and more. From Taekwondo to Jazz Clubs to Computer Study Group, there is something for everyone. Participation in clubs is one of the best ways for students to make friends, develop responsibilities, and master leadership skills while on campus.


Exchange students live in Gwanaksa House. Undergraduate students live with one roommate and share common areas, such as kitchen, reading rooms, lounges, and bathrooms.

The Gwanaksa buildings also have cafeterias, dry cleaners/laundry, computer labs, and gyms located throughout the complex for student use.

GW students apply for housing at SNU upon acceptance to the university and pay housing fees directly to SNU.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester:            Late August to mid-December
Spring semester:       Late February to mid-June
Academic year:          Late August to mid-June

How to Apply for a GW Exchange Program

Students can begin a GW Exchange program application at anytime by searching for their program of choice on GW Passport. Students must meet with their study abroad advisor prior to the GW Exchange program deadline for their applications to be considered.  Please refer to our Advising Services page to find the appropriate study abroad advisor for your school.

Seoul National University Deadlines

Fall/Academic Year: March 1st
Spring: September 1st