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There are two tracks in SNU International Admissions: International Admissions I and International Admissions II.
International Admissions I:
Both the applicant and his/her parents are not citizens of Korea; the applicant is a high school graduate or has attained an equivalent level of education.
International Admissions Ⅱ:
The applicant holds either Korean (including international marriage migrants who are naturalized as Koreans) or foreign citizenship and undertook all of his/her education (both primary and secondary; from the first year of elementary school to high school graduation) outside of Korea.
To be eligible for International Admissions I, the applicant and his/her parents must ALL renounce their Korean nationalities before the application deadline. If you have obtained foreign citizenship over Korean nationality OR have renounced your Korean citizenship from dual (Korean and foreign) citizenship/nationality, you should submit a documentary evidence for renunciation of Korean nationality for you and your parents (i.e. Certificate for renunciation of Korean citizenship, Korean residence registration as a foreigner etc.).
Note that the guidelines do not apply if you and your parents have dual citizenship of nations other than Korea (i.e.: China/US).
You may not apply to more than one program per admissions season. Should you wish to study more than one program, you may apply for double major after admissions.
Once you have made your payment for your application, you are not able to make any changes to your name, major, and admissions track. For any small changes, please contact the Office of Admissions directly.
You can upload a scanned file of you and your parents’ passport on the online application website. For passports, you don’t need notarization. If you don’t have a passport, you can submit any other official documents from your nation. However for documents other than passports, a notarized translation is required.
You are to submit any official document that proves you and your parents’ relationship (i.e. Birth Certificate).
In case of parents’ divorce/death, related documents should be submitted instead (i.e. Document indicating divorce and custody/parental authority, death certificates, etc.).
The Apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country.
We only request Apostille certificates after an applicant is accepted to SNU. Therefore, you do not have to submit it during the applications period.
Since not all countries are signatories of the Apostille convention, first refer to the website below to check whether the country where your high school is located is a signatory nation: http://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members
For students from non-signatory countries: Applicants from these countries should submit the official certificates with the attachment of an Authentication (ex. Certificate of Authentication or Certificate of Overseas Educational Institutions) issued by the Korean Embassy or Consulate.
If you chose to submit the Apostille during applications, you do not need to submit it again after you are accepted. However, for your convenience we advise you to prepare your Apostille documents in advance.
You should prepare the graduation certificate and transcript from the High School or the Senior High School you have attended. Any document from the institution that corresponds to that of Korea’s high school is accepted.
If your diploma qualifies you to apply to universities in your country, your diploma will be recognized. (i.e. If your high school adopts a British curriculum, you can apply after completing year 11. You can also apply if you choose to take the A-Levels and complete at year 13.)
Once you pay the application fee, an automated invitation email including a secure web link to the online Letter of Recommendation system will be sent to the e-mail account of your recommender. The recommender will follow the directions in the link and will fill out the recommendation online.
Some email accounts are not supported by our system. If your recommender has not received the automated email, change the email address from the online application website.
If online submission is impossible, you can send us a hard copy of the letter along with all the other documents by post.
The application fee is KRW 70,000 for Undergraduate, KRW 90,000 for Graduate program.
Please complete payment via online application using one of the two following methods.
- 1) Account deposit
- 2) Credit card (Credit card for international)
If you choose to submit standardized test results and other indicators of academic achievement as supplementary material, you should first upload a scanned version of the paper transcript or score report and then request the corresponding educational organization (e.g., ETS, College Board, IBO, etc.) an online score report to SNU. For standardized tests administered by the ETS, (SAT and/or AP) please note that the official ETS code of SNU is 7972.
We do not accept your personal ID and password for the test website due to our policy.
Please note that these score reports are handled separately from your language proficiency exam score reports. (TOEFL, TOPIK, etc.)
Please refer to the question below.
Either proof of Korean or English proficiency is required:
- 1) Korean Proficiency: TOPIK level 3 or higher
- 2) English Proficiency: TOEFL iBT 80, TEPS 551, IELTS 6.0 or higher
- 3) Other official documents indicating proof of language proficiency (i.e. SNU Korean Language Center Level 4 or higher.)
We only accept scores that are available before the application deadline. This means test scores that are reported after the deadline are not recognized.
If your scores are out before the deadline but you are unable to submit the original score report (i.e. SAT etc.) due to delays in processing the score report, you may submit a copy of the report (i.e. a screen-shot of the score report captured online) within the designated period of document submissions. If this is the case, the original score report should be submitted as soon as possible.
As stated in the admissions guide, the optimal environment for online application is MS Windows. Please also use Internet Explorer to access the website. Any other browsers will not work.
Submitting your application online is highly recommended, however, in such circumstance where this proves difficult, you may submit your application by post.
Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including academic achievement such as grade point average (GPA), study plan, personal statements, letters of recommendation, as well as other achievement records and/or descriptions of specific qualifications.
In reviewing applications, the admissions committee considers the level of studies completed, the quality of achievement, characteristics of institution attended, appropriateness of goals and suitability of preparation for the proposed program of studies. Proficiency in Korean and other languages is also taken into consideration. Depending on the policy of the college or department to which the applicant is applying, interviews and examinations may also be required.
Applicants will be notified of interviews when deemed necessary.
Applications should apply for dormitory to the relevant office during the student selection period according to application instruction. Freshmen should apply online at the SNU Gwanak Residence Halls website (http://dorm.snu.ac.kr). For more detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact SNU Gwanak Residence Halls (http://dorm.snu.ac.kr).
Fee waiver is not available.
Unfortunately, SNU needs to keep hold of all applicant documents regardless of admissions results, and so applicants will not be able to receive any documents submitted with their application.
Last updated in 2018