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Seoul National University
Seoul National University (SNU), founded in 1946, is the first national university in South Korea and the only public university in the Seoul metropolitan area. It is also one of the most prestigious institutions, along with Korea University and Yonsei University (where UNC also has exchange programs). Together, these three universities form "SKY" - Seoul, Korea, and Yonsei. SNU has over 16,000 students throughout its 16 undergraduate Colleges.
Seoul National University welcomes several hundred exchange students each semester and about 10% of the total student body come from overseas. SNU offers the infrastructure and support to ensure that students have the best experience during their time in Korea. The SNU Buddy Program (available to exchange students) pairs students with a local buddy and hosts various activities and programs throughout the academic year.
Seoul National University's main campus (Gwanak campus) is in the south part of Seoul and is easily accessible by public transportation. It's south of the Han river and is convenient to the popular Gangnam district. SNU also has the largest campus in Seoul and is surrounded by mountains and hiking trails for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a large metropolitan city with a population of nearly 10 million residents. Among its many global accolades, Seoul has been named the world's most wired city, a UNESCO City of Design, Asia's most livable city, and is also the world's 4th largest metropolitan economy. For nature lovers, the city is surrounded by mountains and nearby Bukhan Mountain is a popular hiking destination and is the world's most visited national park per square foot. For urban dwellers, Seoul offers plenty of shopping, arts and culture. There are pedestrian shopping areas, hipster college districts, giant department stores, and multiple museums and countless galleries. Lotte Cinema houses the world's largest cinema screen and COEX is the world's largest underground shopping mall.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Students will live in on-campus accommodation. SNU Gwanak Residence Halls have 28 dormitory buildings with 2,600 rooms, housing over 5,000 students. Off-campus and homestay options may be available through vetted third party companies. Students interested in on-campus housing should apply as soon as possible after being accepted since space is limited.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.