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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Korean Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Credit Available For: College Other Eligibility Requirements: 1 Area Studies Course in Language or Culture
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: University Residence Hall/Apartment
Click here for a definition of this term Application Deadline: Fall/Year: March 1, Spring: September 15
Program Description:

Seoul National University

Seoul National University LogoSeoul National University was founded in 1946.  SNU today has an enrollment of 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students and comprises sixteen colleges, nine professional graduate schools, and ninety-three research institutes over three separate campuses.  2,600 of SNU’s students are international and the University has more than 500 exchange agreements with 40 different countries.  As a major comprehensive university, Seoul National University offers a rich variety of courses in Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as the professional fields of Business, medicine, and Law.

For additional information, visit the Seoul National University website
The City of Seoul

Located in the northwestern corner of the country, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a city where Korea’s traditional and modern cultures coexist.  As a major financial and cultural center, Seoul is considered a global city.  With a population of approximately 10 million, Seoul is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and contains approximately twenty percent of the entire population of South Korea.

Did you know…?

Incheon International Airport has been ranked the best airport in the world by Airports Council International – for five years in a row!  This isn’t much of a surprise, considering the fact that it has a golf course, skating rink, Museum of Korean Culture, casino, and high-end spa.


The program at Seoul National University is for College and Huntsman students.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of 1 Area Studies Course in language or culture by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.

Language of Instruction

English and Korean


A full course load at Seoul National University consists of between four and five courses per semester.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Penn students must identify a faculty to apply to at the time of application to SNU. The faculty should house the majority of courses a student would like to enroll in for his/her semester abroad, however students may also take courses outside of this faculty while abroad. A majority of courses are taught in Korean but each college or department offers a number of courses in English.

Seoul National University Academic Calendar
Seoul National University Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy. Review Penn Abroad’s academic policies for more information.

Seoul at nightOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Seoul National University prior to the start of each semester. 

Language Courses

All students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Korean language course as part of their studies at Seoul National University.  Learn more at the SNU Korean Education Center page.

Buddy Program

Seoul SculptureSNU runs a program called ‘SNU Buddy’, a student group created to help exchange students’ settlement at SNU.  SNU Buddy organizes various events and activities throughout the semester. All exchange students offered acceptance will receive an invitation email to join before the beginning of the semester.  

Student Associations

Penn students studying at Seoul National University have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. Find out more information about the International Student Association.  Review more information about other student clubs and organizations on the Student Activities page.

Seoul National University campusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Seoul National University offers housing for exchange students on the Gwanak campus, the main campus of SNU, in the Gwanaksa residence halls complex.  All buildings have air-conditioned lounges furnished with a TV, community refrigerator, electric range, and vacuum cleaner which are all free for resident use.  All dorms are double occupancy. In addition to a bed, each person is provided with a desk, chair, bookshelf, LAN line for free internet connection, and telephone.  Bed sheets and a laundry basket are provided to each resident at the time of check-in.

Exchange students are eligible to apply for on-campus dormitories, but the placement is not guaranteed. Off-campus housing is available around campus. If not placed in the dormitory, students are responsible for finding their own accommodation off-campus.

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  Please review Penn Abroad’s financial policies.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. Visit the Student Financial Services Study Abroad policies page for more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad.

Budget Sheets


Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation.

Please review the Penn Abroad application process.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Seoul, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant.