Dreaming of pursuing higher education in Korea? Seoul National University (SNU) is a prestigious institution that offers a diverse range of academic programs and scholarship opportunities for international students. In this article, we will explore the benefits of studying in SNU, highlight the scholarship options available, and discuss the advantages of studying abroad in Korea.

SNU is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Korea and Asia. Known for its academic excellence and research prowess, SNU offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs across various fields of study. With state-of-the-art facilities, renowned faculty members, and a vibrant campus life, SNU provides a conducive environment for intellectual growth and personal development.

SNU recognizes the importance of attracting talented international students and offers several scholarship programs to support their educational journey. These scholarships aim to alleviate financial burdens and provide opportunities for students to focus on their studies. SNU itself offers scholarships exclusively for international students. These scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, extracurricular activities, and leadership potential. They provide financial assistance in the form of tuition waivers or monthly stipends, enabling students to focus on their studies without financial worries.

Studying abroad in Korea offers a unique and enriching experience for international students. Korea is known for its rich culture, technological advancements, and strong academic institutions. By studying in Korea, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture, broaden their perspectives, and develop global competencies.

Brief Description

  • Organization: SNU University Graduate Excellence Scholarships
  • University: Seoul National University
  • Department: All Department and Programs
  • Course Level: Bachelor/Master/PhD Degrees
  • Award: Full-Funded
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: Multiple
  • Nationality: All Nationalities
  • The award can be taken in Korea
  • Deadline: 6th July 2023 for Bachelor/undergraduate, 7th July 2023 for Master and PhD

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nationality: All nationalities are eligible to apply for admission and Scholarship in Korea at SNU University except for Korean

For Undergraduate

  • Applicants must have graduated from high school or completed a curriculum equivalent to high school education. This criterion ensures that applicants possess the necessary educational background for admission to SNU.
  • International students who have graduated from high school in foreign countries are eligible for admission if they meet the academic qualifications specified by SNU. The academic qualifications must be met by March 31, 2024, to be considered for admission.
  • SNU does not accept school qualification exams such as GED, homeschooling, or cyber learning as meeting the eligibility criteria. Applicants must have completed a recognized high school education or its equivalent.
  • In cases where applicants have taken online classes at school due to COVID-19, they must submit an explanatory statement along with documentary evidence to demonstrate their qualifications. SNU acknowledges the impact of the pandemic on education and considers the circumstances of applicants.
  • Only applicants from government-approved high schools are eligible for admission. This requirement ensures that applicants have received an education from recognized institutions that meet the required standards.
  • Applicants attending high schools in Korea, regardless of the location of the high school, are eligible for admission to SNU. This includes both domestic and international students studying in Korean high schools.

For Master’s and PhD

Level of Education (application)

  • Master’s / Combined Master’s & Doctoral Programs: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized institution. This ensures that applicants have completed the necessary educational background for entry into the master’s or combined master’s and doctoral programs
  • For admission to doctoral programs, applicants must have a master’s degree or higher. This requirement demonstrates the need for advanced academic preparation and research experience for doctoral-level studies.
  • Non-Conventional Education System: Applicants who obtained higher education credentials or certificates through non-conventional education systems are not eligible to apply. These non-conventional credentials include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Bachelor’s Degree Examination for Self-Education (in Korea) or other qualification/degree equivalency exams
    • Home schooling and/or cyber schooling
  • COVID-19 Impact: Applicants who were required to take courses online/remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply if they provide an Explanatory Statement along with official evidence. SNU acknowledges the exceptional circumstances and considers the impact of the pandemic on education.
  • Degree Completion by February 2024: Applicants who are expected to complete their courses by February 29, 2024, and will have their degree awarded in March 2024 are also eligible to apply. This allows applicants in the final stages of their academic programs to apply for admission to SNU.

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Fields of Study

Seoul National University (SNU) offers a wide range of study programs across various fields of study. Here is a list of some of the study programs available at SNU:

  1. College of Humanities:
  • Korean Language and Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  1. College of Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Communication Studies
  • Social Welfare
  • Statistics
  1. College of Natural Sciences:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Statistics
  1. College of Engineering:
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  1. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Food Science and Biotechnology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Animal Sciences
  • Horticultural Sciences
  1. College of Business Administration:
  • Business Administration
  1. College of Education:
  • Education
  1. College of Fine Arts:
  • Fine Arts
  • Design
  1. College of Music:
  • Music
  1. College of Pharmacy:
  • Pharmacy
  1. College of Medicine:
  • Medicine
  1. College of Dentistry:
  • Dentistry
  1. College of Law:
  • Law
  1. Graduate School of International Studies:
  • International Studies

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and there may be additional study programs and departments available at SNU. It is recommended to visit the official SNU website for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on the study programs offered by the university.

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How to Apply

Seoul National University (SNU) follows a structured and comprehensive application procedure for prospective students. Here is a general outline of the admission application process at SNU:

Online Application: All applicants must complete the online application along with the required documents (list is given below) form available on the SNU official website. The online application portal provides instructions and guidelines to assist applicants throughout the process.

For Undergraduate Scholarship Application

Click here to Apply Online

For MAster and PhD Scholarship Application

Click here to Apply Online

Application Fee: Applicants are usually required to pay a non-refundable application fee. (KRW 70,000) for undergraduate and (KRW 90,000) for Master and PhD.

Recommendation Letter: Applicants are required to submit the online recommendation letter. After paying the application fee, the applicant’s designated recommenders will receive an email with instructions on how to write the recommendation letter. It is essential for recommenders to follow these instructions.

Required Documents

Applicants are required to submit the necessary documents as specified by the university. These typically include:

  • Online Application Form
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Proof of Langauge Proficiency
  • Official Education Certificates (Transcripts or degrees or hope certificate)
  • Personal Statement and Study Plan (Only for Master/PhD)

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship includes full tuition fees for up to four semesters, along with a monthly stipend of at least KRW 500,000 per year. It is important to note that the amount and duration of the stipend may vary depending on the college or school within the university.

Official Scholarship Announcement

For Undergraduate

Click here to See the Official Announcement

For Master and PhD

Click here to See the Official Announcement

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Muhammad Usman

Research & MEXT Scholar  at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) with Graduate Major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society


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