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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 10/16/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cruz, Peter
Program Director:
Cruz, Peter
Cumulative GPA: 3 Language of Instruction: English, Korean
Host Country Language: Korean Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
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Study Abroad Center, 3224 Memorial Union, (515) 294-6792

Seoul National University, South Korea
Reciprocal Exchange

…South Korea is a dream destination for the traveller, an engaging, welcoming place where the dazzling benefits of a fully industrialized, high-tech nation are balanced alongside a reverence for tradition and the ways of old Asia.
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Seoul National Universitycampus
Founded in 1946, Seoul National University (SNU) is the most reputable university in Korea based on its long academic history and tradition. It is the first national university in Korea and was established by merging several institutions of higher education around the Seoul area including Kyongsong University. It has two campuses in Seoul: the main campus is in Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, and the medical campus is in Yeongeon-dong, Jongno-gu. The university comprises 16 colleges and associated graduate schools and 9 professional schools and a student body of about 28,000.
SNU offers a wealth of 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. Facilities like a medical center, a counseling service, and recreational and sporting centers add to the convenience and quality of life on campus. In addition, SNU is famous as a high-technology campus with its wireless networks and a high-speed gigabyte backbone network for general operations.

The language of instruction at SNU is Korean; however, there are approximately 75 courses taught in English in a variety of subject areas, and this number is growing.  For a quick reference you can click the following link of courses in English; however, for the most current listing, please go to the link towards the bottom of this page.
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Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea and a megacity with a population of more than 10 million. Situated on the Han River, Seoul's history stretches back more than 2,000 years to when it was founded in 18 BCE by Baekje as one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. It continued as the capital of Korea under the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire. The Seoul metropolitan area contains four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.

SeoulSeoul is considered a leading and rapidly rising global city resulting from an economic boom and growth known as the Miracle on the Han River, which transformed it from the ashes of the Korean War to the world's fourth largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$773.9 billion in 2012, ranking just after Tokyo, New York City, and Los Angeles.  A world-leading technology hub, it boasts the world's sixth largest number of Fortune Global 500 multinationals such as Samsung, the world's largest technology company, as well as LG and Hyundai-Kia. Gangnam District forms the commercial center along with Central District and the financial center, Yeoui Island, and technology hub Digital Media City. Ranked sixth in the Global Power City Index, the metropolis exerts a major influence among global affairs as one of the five leading hosts of global conferences.  In 2012, Seoul's quality of life was found to be higher than that of New York City, London, or Melbourne but slightly lower than Tokyo and Paris according to the United Nations.

SeoulSeoul has a very technologically-advanced infrastructure. It has the world's highest fibre-optic broadband penetration, resulting in internet connections with speeds up to 1 Gbps.  Seoul Station is the main terminal of the KTX high-speed rail, and the Seoul Subway is the world's largest subway network by length and is considered one of the best. Seoul is connected via high-speed train service to Incheon International Airport.
Application and Costs
Applicants must have a 3.00GPA and be of sophomore standing by the beginning of the exchange period.  The application deadline can be found at the top of this page under Dates / Deadlines.

Since this is an exchange program, students will be charged Iowa State tuition, fees, and study abroad health insurance, and will be responsible for living expenses in Korea.  See budget sheets at the top of the page.

Scholarships for study abroad: see


Courses taught in English (indicate English Lecture in Advanced menu)

SNU, Office of International Affairs 
Seoul Official Tour Guide 
Korea Tourism 
Lonely Planet Guide 

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SNU Guideline for Exchange Student Program 2013_14.pdf