Seoul National University

Republic of South Korea

Language of instruction


As South Korea's first national university, Seoul National University has a tradition of standing up for democracy and peace on the Korean peninsula. SNU is currently ranked within the Top 100 universities worldwide. Graduates have long served as public servants in key positions of the Korean government.

SNU offers its students outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities with a wide variety of additional entertainment options available in the city of Seoul. Gwanak Campus, the main campus of the university, covers a vast area at the foot of the magnificent Gwanak Mountain – one of eight mountains surrounding Seoul.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester March–June
Semester 2 Fall Semester September–December

View the SNU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

SNU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate students:

15 credits per semester at SNU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Postgraduate students:

12 credits per semester at SNU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

Undergraduate students will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at SNU.

The minimum cumulative GPA requirement for the postgraduate student is 5.0. 

SNU College of Business Administration requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0.

Find courses

Search the SNU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

SNU has about 15% of courses are taught in English. Please read the instruction on How to search SNU courses before searching courses. 

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Computer engineering
Computer science
Electrical engineering
International business
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Software engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer engineering
Computer science
Electrical engineering
Environmental studies
International business
International relations
Mathematics and statistics
Public policy
Software engineering

Course restrictions

Courses in the following programs are restricted to students currently studying this area at UQ:

  • Vocal music major
  • College of Medicine
  • Graduate School of Business MBA program
  • College of Dentistry

Courses from the College of Law are no longer available to undergraduate students. Instead, School of Law (a specialized law school for graduate-level students) will be open to undergraduate level students, and those students will be enrolled as graduate (Master's) level students at SNU Law School during their study. 

Exchange students need to select a specific SNU college/department for their study, cross-college/department study is allowed but not recommended, as some courses have enrolment restrictions. 

Students apply for the Department of Korean History / Psychology / Statistics must provide proof of their Korean language ability. A satisfactory level of Korean language ability should be either Level 5 or above of official Korean Language Proficient Test or Level 5 or above of the Korean Test conducted at the SNU Language Institute.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering (SCE), under the College of Engineering, requires students to complete at least 15 credits (equivalent to #8 UQ units) in CSE-related courses when applying. 

Business courses offered by SNU College of Business Administration (CBA) are restricted to students who are currently studying Business / Commerce or Economics at UQ. When applying, students need to submit Statement of Purpose (essay) and Academic Recommendation Letter to support their applications. Applying for exchange in their Spring semester (UQ Semester 1) is recommended, however, due to the lack of course capacity to exchange students recently, we don't recommend our students to apply for the CBA. 

CBA requisite courses are not available to exchange students. 

Additional academic information

SNU Language Education Institute (LEI) has a 10-week Korean Language & Culture Program available to exchange students at an additional cost: 

  • For Spring and Fall semesters only (not Summer or Winter).
  • One session is eqivalent to a 6-credit unit course.
  • Exchange students must apply for the program separately to LEI.
  • Application fee is waived.
  • 50% tuition subsidised (students pay up front and are reimbursed by SNU's Office of International Affairs).
  • Limited number of full tuition scholarships available to students majoring in Korean.
  • LEI will issue a trancript separate from SNU.

Cross college and department study is allowed at SNU, but some courses have restrictions. 

SNU course level can be identified on the course catalogue webpage, under the "Ac. Yr." column. 

SNU has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:


Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Exchange students at SNU can apply for accommodation in on-campus residence halls, but places cannot be guaranteed. The Office of Internation Affairs provides SNU student accommodation information and tips for finding private accommodation.

Cost of living

Guides are available to help you understand the cost of living while studying at SNU and prepare a budget for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Exchange students at SNU may be nominated by their home university for the Global Korea Scholarship for Exchange Students. The SNU Office of International Affairs has information on the application and selection process for available scholarships.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All international students are required to have an adequate health insurance plan for the entirety of their stay in Korea.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

SNU provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Korean Embassy for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.