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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission 03/01/2019 06/22/2019
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
English, Korean
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • Seoul National University, in southern Seoul, was founded in 1946 as the first national university in Korea with 9 colleges. SNU is consistently ranked as a top university according to the QS World University Rankings and is very strong in most academic disciplines.
  • The language of instruction at SNU is primarily Korean, however each department does offer several courses each semester taught in English.
  • SNU offers a wealth of invaluable academic and cultural resources. Public lectures and forums are daily events and visits from renowned international speakers are common. It also has two nationally acclaimed museums, both of which add to the cultural vibrancy of the campus.
Your Host City: Seoul
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 Seoul National 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.

Applicants who apply for the Korean History/ Psychology/ Statistics department must provide proof of Korean language ability. A satisfactory level of Korean language ability should be either (1) Level 5 or above of official Korean Language Proficiency Test or (2) Level 5 or above of the Korean Test conducted at the SNU Language Institute.

If you are looking to study business, please be aware that priority course registration for the business administration courses listed on the attached "SNU College of Business Administration.docx" will be given to the regular degree-seeking students. Exchange students may take the course only if there are extra seats available. As the courses are mandatory courses for degree-seeking students, generally, all seats are quickly filled up.

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.

Academic Calendar
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.

Financial Information
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid 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 policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad  Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.   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.