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Seoul National University
Seoul, South Korea (Outgoing Program)
Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, is among the world’s largest cities, with a population of more than 10 million. The city is said to be built on eight mountains—four inner mountains that surround the old city, and four outer—so expect some steep slopes and spectacular views. Seoul’s visitor highlights include the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897), the National Museum (of archeology, history, and art), the National Center for Korean Performing Arts, where you can attend regular performances, and Namsan Park. The city also has a vibrant nightlife with a variety of clubs, bars, cafés, and restaurants. Seoul may be large and the pace of life often frantic, but that doesn’t mean there’s no chance to relax—nothing gets in the way of the daily tea ceremony.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the SNU Academics web page. Students on the Seoul National University program will be able to choose from English-taught courses in a wide range of department as well as courses taught in Korea (if you have the requisite Korean language ability).
When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. Fall semester at Rutgers is Semester II at Ewha and Spring semester is Semester I.
Students will also be able to take Korean Language courses through the Korean Language Education Center. More information about these courses can be found on the LEI web page. Please note that the fees for Korean language courses are separate from the program cost that you will be charged through Rutgers.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Seoul National University and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits each semester. Most classes at SNU are worth 3 credits. The credit translation system between SNU and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at SNU will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early September – Late December
Spring Semester: Mid-February – Late June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the SNU web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Most international students are placed in on-campus housing in the Gwanaksa dormitory in double rooms. Every room is furnished with a bed, desk, chair, bookshelf, and telephone for each resident. Each room is also equipped with a LAN line for free Internet connection. Bed sheets and a laundry basket will also be provided to each resident at the time of check-in.
All buildings have air-conditioned lounges furnished with a TV/VCR, community refrigerator, electric range, induction ovens, washing machines and vacuum cleaners. Each building also has a reading room, which is usually located on the 4th floor and is open 24 hours. Meal plans are not included. On-campus housing placements are not guaranteed and are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please visit the Gwanaksa dormitory web page.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.