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ADMISSIONS

Graduate

Application for International Admissions

What should I prepare?

Required Documents for Graduate Applicants

◦ Please check your admission type I or II, then submit required documents according to admission type.

- International Admissions I
- International Admissions II

International Admissions Ⅰ

1. Eligibility
- Both the applicant and his/her parents are not citizens of Korea
  • A.Master’s / Combined Master’s & Doctoral program
    Applicants must hold, or expect to hold in prior to entering SNU, a bachelor's degree or its equivalent (or higher) degree from an accredited college or university
  • B.Doctoral program:
    Applicants must hold, or expect to hold in prior to entering SNU, a master's degree or its equivalent (or higher) degree from an accredited college or university
2. Required Documents
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Required Documents and Notes Degree Course
A B
1. Application Form [Form 1]
Print out after completing online application
O O
2. Personal Statement and Study Plan [Form 2]
If applicable, please fill out the field of study.
* Applicant for Department of Korean Language and Literatures/Korean History/Asian History, College of Humanities should submit it in Korean only.
O O
3. Two Letters of Recommendation [Form 3]
from two different professors with stamp or signature on sealed envelope
* Sending by email is not accpeted.
O O
4. Official Bachelor’s Transcript & Degree or Graduation Certificate O O
5. Official Master’s Transcript & Degree or Graduation Certificate X O
NOTE for No.4 & 5 stated above
• If you are currently enrolled in a program, you should submit an official document that indicatesyour expected date of graduation
• Transcripts and certificates from universities in China MUST be accompanied by the verification from the China Academic Degree & Graduate Education Development Center. http://www.cdgdc.edu.cn
6. A Copy of the Applicant’s Passport O O
7. Copies of both parents’ passports O O
NOTE for No.6 & 7 stated above
• If a copy of passport is not available, other supporting document may suffice as long as the documentofficially indicates the nationality
8. Official document indicating parent-child relationship between the applicant and parents O O
NOTE Applicant’s Birth Certificate or Household Register proving the parent-child relationship
9. Financial Certification [Form 4] O O
10. Additional materials required to applicants for programs in Fine Arts, Music, Physical Education, Music Education Major or Fine Arts Education Major (e.g. portfolio, photographs of works, recordings of performances, etc.) O O
NOTE Applicants applying for the College of Fine Arts or Music must refer to the instructions provided on theCollege’s website →For more details, please refer to p.10
11. Supplementary Materials
(e.g. essay, summary of thesis or etc.)
12. Proof of Language(Korean or English) Proficiency
→ For more details, please refer to p.10
O O
13. Agreement for Verification of Academic Record O O
NOTE Upon the completion of all required online procedures, you must print out this form and sign your name on the Letter of Agreement portion. Do not fill out the ‘Verification Report’ portion.

International Admissions Ⅱ

1. Eligibility
- He or she(Korean origin/Foreigner) received the entire course of education (from 1st grade of elementary school to undergraduate graduation) outside of Korea
  • A.Master’s / Combined Master’s & Doctoral program:
    Applicants must hold, or expect to hold in prior to entering SNU, a bachelor's degree or its equivalent (or higher) degree from an accredited college or university
  • B.Doctoral program:
    Applicants must hold, or expect to hold in prior to entering SNU, a master's degree or its equivalent (or higher) degree from an accredited college or university
2. Required Documents
notext
Required Documents and Notes Degree Course
A B
1. Application Form [Form 1]
Print out after completing online application
O O
2. Personal Statement and Study Plan[Form 2]
If applicable, please fill out the field of study.
* Applicant for Department of Korean Language and Literatures/Korean History/Asian History, College of Humanities should submit it in Korean only.
O O
3. Two Letters of Recommendation [Form 3]
from two different professors with stamp or signature on sealed envelope
* Sending by email is not accpeted.
O O
4. Official Bachelor’s Transcript & Degree or Graduation Certificate O O
5. Official Master’s Transcript & Degree or Graduation Certificate X O
NOTE for No.4 & 5 stated above
• If you are currently enrolled in a program, you should submit an official document that indicatesyour expected date of graduation
• Transcripts and Certificates from universities in China MUST be accompanied by the verification from the China Academic Degree & Graduate Education Development Center. http://www.cdgdc.edu.cn
6. A Copy of the Applicant’s Passport O O
7. Certificate of Facts concerning the Entry & Exit issued in Korea O O
NOTE Or other documents proving that the applicant has completed the entire education outside of Korea(e.g. the entire transcript or graduation certificate issued overseas)
8. Additional materials required to the applicants for programs in Fine Arts, Music, Physical Education, Music Education Major or Fine Arts Education Major (e.g. portfolio, photographs of works, recordings of performances, etc.) O O
NOTE Applicants applying for the College of Fine Arts or Music must refer to the instructions provided on theCollege’s website
→ For more details, please refer to p.10
9. Supplementary Materials
(e.g. essay, summary of thesis or etc.)
10. Proof of Language(Korean or English) Proficiency
→ For more details, please refer to p.10
O O
11. Agreement for Verification of Academic Record O O
NOTE Upon the completion of all required online procedures, you must print out this form and sign your name on the Letter of Agreement portion. Do not fill out the ‘Verification Report’ portion.

How do I prepare the required documents?

Please read the following instructions carefully before beginning your application.
[Form 1] Application Form
  • [Form 1] contains your personal information. Please specify your desired area of study, using Appendix 1 of this booklet as a reference.
  • Fill out this form at the SNU website (http://admission.snu.ac.kr or http://en.snu.ac.kr), according to the specifications in the section titled “How to apply”. The application fee (KRW 90,000) must be paid online at this stage of application.
[Form 2] Personal Statement & Study Plan
Personal Statement
  • This is an opportunity for you to provide more detailed information about yourself and your accomplishments that could not be sufficiently expressed in other parts of the application.
  • You may include your family background, academic achievements, extracurricular commitments and accomplishments, volunteer work, employment experience, and your reasons for applying to SNU. Other appropriate topics may include, but not limited to the following: personal interests, pastime activities, personal opinions for music, arts, etc”.
Study Plan
  • The Study Plan should state your academic goals and career aspirations. You may include questions that you hope to answer through your program of study, and/or a timeline for your research plan to meet your objectives. It is advised that you review the requirements for the desired degree.
  • We recommend you to discuss your academic goals with a teacher or professor.
[Form 3] Recommendation
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors are required.
  • Complete your part of the recommendation. Then, along with a stamped and addressed envelope, hand over the form to two recommenders who know you well. Be sure to give them sufficient time to complete the form before the application deadline.
  • Recommendations should be sealed in an official envelope and signed across the back by the recommenders. (Recommendation by email is not acceptable.)
  • Your recommenders should provide us with their appraisals of the contributions you made in their classes or academic fields. They are asked to give their personal impressions about your character, intellectual ability, aptitude in research, the quality of your previous works, and your potentials.
[Form 4] Financial Certification
  • [Form 4] should list the financial resources available for your tuition and other expenses. During the application process, financial proof document such as bank statement is not required.
NOTE

If admitted, the following list of documents will be required for the issuance of visa: bank statements, certificate of employment / business registration, tax payment information, etc.

[Transcripts, Graduation Certificates, Degree Certificates]
  • These documents, detailing your academic achievements, are required from every institution that you have attended (excluding the record from primary and secondary schools.)
  • Transcripts must provide a record of the course(s) you have taken in each academic year along with the final grade(s). If an institution cannot provide a year-by-year record, the school official must at least provide us with a list of the disciplines you have studied (i.e. English, Biology, History, etc.) and a summary of your achievements in each.
  • Please submit official transcripts as issued directly by the institutions you have attended. You must also submit the official evidence of the conferrals of all degrees, diplomas, or professional titles showing the date of the conferrals (month and year).
  • Applicants whose graduation status is pending during the time of application may submit an expected graduation certificate or enrollment certificate instead. Then for admistted students should submit their graduation certificates with Apostille or embassy certificate to the Office of Admissions within 15days of their enrollment.
[Documents related with International Admission I]
  • International Admission I applicant should submit proofs of applicant and both parents’ nationality AND a proof of parent-child relationship. In case of parents’ divorce/death, related documents should be submitted.
  • In case of Admission I applicant who obtained foreign citizenship over Korean nationality OR applicant who renounced his/her Korean citizenship from dual (Korean and foreign) citizenship/nationality should submit a proof document for renunciation of Korean nationality (ie. Certificate for renunciation of Korean citizenship, Korean residence registration as a foreigner etc.)
  • Copy of ID card or 戶口簿 in Chinese is not acceptable as a proof of nationality. Copy of passport or a proof of nationality by 公证处(issued within 6 months) in English or Korean is acceptable.
  • International Admission II applicant who is eligible to apply for admissions type I should submit Certificate of Facts concerning the Entry and Exit issued by Korean immigration office.
[Documents related with International Admission II: Certificate of Facts concerning the Entry & Exit]
  • This certificate is issued by the Korean Immigration Office/Community Service Center in Korea (residing in Korea) OR Korean Embassy/Consulate abroad (residing outside of Korea, only for Korean citizenship holders).
  • The certificate must contain a complete record from birth to present, and if there is any missing record, applicant must submit the Certificate of School Attendance corresponding to the missing period in the record.
  • In case of any personal information having been modified (from being naturalized as a foreign citizen, change of name, issuance of a new passport and etc.), he/she must submit a complete record of his/her entry and exit from birth to present including those records prior to the applicable change.
  • Applicants holding both Korean and other foreign citizenship are required to submit the Certificate of Facts concerning the Entry and Exit applicable to each passport OR each nationality, respectively.
  • If the certificate is not sufficient to prove the entire course of education outside of Korea, we may request you to submit some documents additionally.
  • Please verify the accuracy of information as the applicant will take full responsibility for any disadvantages arising from errors and/or omission of the necessary information on the document.
[Proof of Language(Korean or English) Proficiency]
Applicants must satisfy at least one of the Language Proficiency requirements listed below.
1) Korean Proficiency
  • Applicants should submit a score report of recognized Korean Proficiency Test
    : TOPIK(Test of Proficiency in Korean) level 3 or higher
2) English Proficiency
  • Applicants should submit a score report of recognized English Proficiency Test
    : TOEFL (PBT 550, CBT 213, iBT 80), TEPS 551, IELTS 5.5 or higher.
3) Other supporting documents which demonstrate appropriate English OR Korean language proficiency.
ie) SNU Korean Language Education Center level 4 or higher,
University transcript (only for applicant who graduated (expect to graduate) from university in English-speaking country)

* We accept TOEFL and GRE scores sent directly from ETS to us. In case of an anticipated delay which makes the score report not arrive before the deadline, you may submit a photocopy of the Examinee’s Score Report first during the document submissions period. It is, however, not a substitute for an official score report.
The official ETS, GRE code of SNU is 7972.

NOTE

Proof of language proficiency is required document only for International student admissions. After entrance language proficiency score is required separately, according to College/ Department’s regulations for qualifying examination to apply for thesis examination.

[Portfolio, records of Achievements, etc]
  • Other relevant materials may be required according to the policy of specific college or department that you are applying for. Applicants for the College of Fine Arts, the College of Music, the Department of Physical Education, the Music Education Major or the Fine Arts Education Major should submit additional requirement such as appropriate portfolios, videotapes, CDs, tapes, or other indicators of artistic or athletic ability.

* College of Art(except Dept. Art management): Portfolios and pledge are required.

* College of Music(Department of music, composition major): Applicants for M.Mus. course should submit at least three scores for chamber ensemble (works for solo instrument can be acceptable). Applicants for DMA course should submit total 5 scores(at least one score for orchestra and two scores for chamber ensemble). All scores must be printed.

NOTE

Applicants applying for the College of Fine Arts or Music must refer to the instructions provided on the College’s website.

[Supplementary Materials]
  • Proof of language proficiency: TOPIK, KLAT(former KLPT), TEPS, TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, HSK, JLPT, DELF/DALF, DELE, ZD, etc.
  • Academic awards, certificates, test score reports (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
  • Official school introduction/profile(s) published by the university or the Ministry of Education; such documents may include information about the curriculum, grade distribution of enrolled students, distribution of standardized test performance, etc.
  • Essay related to the desired program or summary of thesis
Last updated in June. 2016