Seoul National University or 서울대학교 (SNU) - public higher education institution in South Korea. SNU began its activity in 1946. The main building of the university proudly stands in Seoul inside an urban campus.

University ranking. According to the international ratings Seoul National University is the leading university of South Korea and a desirable place to study for the majority of students. The university has its well deserved place among the top 5% of the world’s best universities. Strong suits of the university are: «Arts and Humanities», «Engineering and Technology», «Life Sciences and Medicine», «Natural Science», «Social Sciences and Management», «Mathematics», «Physics», «Chemistry», «Computer Science». The university is famous for its high education quality ranking in the top 100 in the international rating. Thanks to the good standing among the employers of South Korea, the graduates of SNU find employment quite easily.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The results of the examinations and the certificate of the academic performance are required to submission by the admission committee. Applicants to Seoul National University face serious competition as only 1 out of 5 students will be accepted, thus the application process should be handled with extra care. The academic year is traditionally consists of semesters. The cost of tuition for the bachelor’s programs is around 6,775 USD per year. Doing your master’s studies at SNU is not cheap - a year of studies will cost you 4,303 USD. In addition, the scholarships provided by the university allow for partial coverage of tuition expenses. When planning your education, please, consult the official website of the university

The composition of the university. Seoul National University is among the largest universities that educates more then 26 thousand students. Foreign applicants are not excluded from the admission process. Every 9 student is a foreign citizen. More than 3 thousand teachers are employed by the university. The academic staff mainly consists of foreign specialists SNU has international student exchange programs between partner universities. More information regarding the life of the university can be found on its social media pages:Twitter, Linkedin.

Infrastructure of SNU. There is a library on the campus. Also the university provides accommodations in the form of dormitories.
Ranking   52   1
Country South Korea
City Seoul
Bachelor (foreigners) 6,775 USD/year. Check the current price on the official website of the university
Master (foreigners) 4,303 USD/year. Check the current price on the official website of the university
Living expenses $1,001 -1,558 USD/month
Acceptance Rate 20%
Official Website
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1946
Abbreviation SNU
Teachers 3,859
Students 26,871
Foreigners 11%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on grades and examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
The truth is my light
• Ministry of Education, Korea
• Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
World ranking 52
Country ranking 1
Academic Reputation 31
Employer Reputation 47
Quality of teaching 111
International Faculty 399
Citations per Faculty 109
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities 26
Engineering and Technology 15
Life Sciences and Medicine 47
Natural Science 24
Social Sciences and Management 24
Ranking in world by discipline
Mathematics 101
Physics 76
Chemistry 76
Computer Science 101
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 52
QS World University Rankings 36
ARWU Academic Ranking 101
Cost of living in Seoul
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 497 682
Food 330 468
Transportation 40 108
Communications and utilities 74 107
Clothing 27 98
Sports and leisure 32 95
Total 1,001 1,558
Accommodation in Seoul USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 502
Shared room in city centre 689
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 515
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 777
Alternative title
Russian Сеульский национальный университет
Arabic جامعة سيول الوطنية
German Staatliche Universität Seoul
Spanish Universidad Nacional de Seúl
French Université nationale de Séoul
Japanese ソウル大学
Korean 서울대학교
Portuguese Universidade Nacional de Seul
Chinese 首尔国立大学
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Seoul National University - Official Description

From the Start of the New Nation Korean people have always maintained their faith in the power of education, even through colonial occupation and war during the tumultuous first half of the 20th century. Thus in 1946, just months after Korea regained its independence, Seoul National University was established as the first piece of the educational foundation for the new nation. After a few short years, the campus had to be abandoned at the start of the Korean war in 1950, as civilians fled south to escape the frontlines. But the passion of the professors and students sustained the school through the war, with classes held outside refugee camps. Comprehensive Research University Thanks to this 'education fever', Seoul National University has grown remarkably in the past six decades. Now comprising 16 colleges and associated graduate schools, 6 professional graduate schools, and 65 research institutes, the SNU community has expanded to nearly 23,000 students and 2,500 faculty members. It has moved to Gwanak campus which has 192.366km2 of campus and 300 of buildings for education and research. SNU is in building new campuses outside of Gwanak such as 'Bio information technology port at Cheongna(0.6km2, by 2017), Advanced institute of convergence technology...

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