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About Penn Abroad
Seoul National University (BSN)
Seoul, South Korea (Fall Spring Academic Year Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Korean Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Credit Available For:
College, Huntsman Other Eligibility Requirements: 1 Area Studies Course in Language or Culture
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment, Exchange
Application Deadline:
Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: September 15
Program Description:
South Korea
Photo Credit: Yena Hong

Program Snapshot

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The Academic Program
  • Direct Enrollment through Seoul National University
  • Fall Semester: early-September—mid-December
  • Spring Semester: early-March — mid-June
  • Minimum 3.0 overall cumulative GPA
  • One area studies course in language or culture required
  • Student dormitories
The City of Seoul
  • Official language: Korean
  • 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.
  • Population: Approximately 10 million, one of the most densely populated cities in the world
The Application Process
Financial Matters
Penn Resources

This program requires an advising session with a Program Manager prior to opening an application. To view the schedule for upcoming group advising sessions, or to schedule an individual appointment, select the ‘Schedule an Advising Appointment’ button on the Penn Abroad homepage.  

The Academic Program

Seoul National University

Seoul National University was founded in 1946 and opened as the first national university in modern Korean history. Beginning with only 4,500 students, one graduate school, and nine colleges, 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. SNU's reputation for quality is based upon excellence in teaching, research and service to Korean society and it is widely acknowledged as one of the top universities in Korea. An eminent faculty, outstanding students and internationally-recognized research programs all contribute to the University's academic fame. As a major comprehensive university, Seoul National University offers a rich variety of courses in Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as in the professional fields of Business, Medicine and Law.

Undergraduates at SNU attend class and live on Gwanak Campus, the main campus of SNU. The Campus is located in the southern outskirts of Seoul, at the foot of the majestic Gwanak Mountain. Located approximately ten miles from downtown Seoul, the Campus is accessible by public transportation. In addition to classroom buildings and residence halls, the Gwanak Campus has a state of the art library, the SNU Museum, the SNU Museum of Art, athletic facilities, recreation centers, and dining halls. SNU offers its students outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities. There are also a wide variety of entertainment options in the college town of Gwanak and in the nearby city of Seoul.

Required Courses

The Seoul National University program provides opportunities for Penn undergraduates to take courses with local and international students in a variety of disciplines at SNU. Lots of courses are taught in English, although students with advanced Korean skills will have an even greater selection of course offerings in the disciplines listed below. All students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Korean language course as part of their studies at Seoul National University.

Penn Abroad participants must maintain a full course load for their period of study abroad, which is usually between four and five courses.


As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in to the grade point average. Seoul National U. awards grades using a traditional A-F scale. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy.

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Seoul National University offers housing for exchange students on the Gwanak campus, the main campus of the SNU, in the Gwanaksa dormitory complex. The twelve undergraduate dormitories at Gwanaksa accommodate approximately 2,200 Korean and international students. All buildings have air-conditioned lounges furnished with a TV/VCR, community refrigerator, electric range, and vacuum cleaner which are all free for resident use. Each building also has a reading room that is usually located on the 4th floor and is open 24-hours.

All dorm rooms are double occupancy and approximately 13.9 meters in size. Dorm rooms are western-style, with twin beds. 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. Meals can be purchased in the on-campus cafeterias on a pay-as-you-go basis or from self-serve restaurants or snack bars also located on-campus. Nearby bakeries have coffee and rolls for breakfast, and both pizza and Chinese food can be delivered to the dorm.

Financial Matters

Students are charged Penn tuition and student fee (called study abroad fee the semester abroad) for all Penn programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, meals, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheet to determine other costs. 

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.

*A budget sheet has not yet been established for this program.  Students should consult their Program Manager for budget specifics.


Penn Resources

Students who study abroad are encouraged to take advantage of Penn's many resources for students, even if you haven't used them before going abroad.  There is an extensive list of resources on the Penn Abroad website that can help you to explore issues that might pertain to you and to help you prepare for a term abroad. 

In addition to these resources, we encourage you to reach out to a past program participant or ambassador to learn more about the program from a student perspective.
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