Exchange Program

Study Abroad

Australia | Belgium | Canada | Chile | China | Denmark | Finland | France | Germany | Hong Kong | Italy | Japan | Norway | Philippines | Singapore | Switzerland | Thailand | U.S.A.


University of Melbourne

- Faculty of Economics and Commerce


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

- Humanities and Social Sciences Group


- Application Procedure / Exchange Program Information

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Viña del Mar) [ Fact Sheet ]
[GuidelinetoapplyApplication Form ] 

- MBA International Programme [Brochure] [Fact sheet] [Guideline to Apply]
[Application Form]

Peking University (Beijing)

- The School of International Studies
* Partner of CAMPUS Asia Pilot Project

Yanbien University
Graduate School of International Studies

Denmark Copenhagen Business School  [ Fact Sheet ] [ Academic Calendar-2016 ]



University of Helsinki

- The Renvall Institute for Area and Culture Studies


Universität Münster

- Münster School of Business and Economics [ Fact Sheet ]

Johann Wolfgang Goethe -Universität Frankfurt am Main

- Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Fact Sheet ]

Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen  [brochure]
- Faculty of Humanities  [guideline]

Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong [ Fact Sheet ]

- Faculty of Social Science

* In case of Hong Kong university exchange students are only selected once a year in February for either Spring or Fall semester. There is no additional August selection for the Spring semester.  




Kobe University  [brochure]

- Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies

International University of Japan (Minami Uonuma)

The University of Tokyo (Tokyo]

- Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP)     
 - Partner of CAMPUS Asia Pilot Project 
   [Campus Asia Exchange Program Application Guide 2016-2017]
   [Campus Asia Double Degree Application Guide]

Waseda University (Tokyo) [fact sheet] [application form
[Application For Certificate Of Eligibility][How to complete COE application form]
- Graduate School of AsiaPacific Studies   


National University of Singapore

[ Academic Calendar ]

- Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies

- International Relations Office

- This school requires two letters of recommendation and a CV in addition to other requirements mentioned.  [ Application form ]  [ Fact Sheet ]

Chulalongkorn University
 - The Graduate School of Management





Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) [ Fact Sheet ] 

- The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

  • Language Requirements: TOEFL above 600(PBT) 250(CBT) 100(IBT)

Texas A&M University

- Bush School of Government and Public Service

The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) was established to train international specialists, provide in-depth education, and prepare students for global challenges. In order to equip our students with international experience that will prove invaluable to their future careers, GSIS has instituted several exchange programs with top universities across several continents.

The goals of our exchange program include improving our students' language capabilities, providing students with special cultural and socio-psychological orientation and quality educational training in a uniquely diverse setting, and allowing qualified international exchange students to experience Korea at the top notch university in Korea.

There are two ways of applying for the student exchange programs.

First, you can apply to GSIS student exchange programs.
The list of exchange universities are uploaded on the Exchange Partners page.
The application deadlines are usually in February (for the Fall semester) and in August (for the Spring semester of the next academic year).

Second, you can apply to SNU student exchange programs.
You may find the relevant information regarding the list of universities and application deadlines on the Office of International Affairs website (

Application Deadline

  • For Outgoing Exchange Students from GSIS:  The date will be notified on official notice.
  • Please submit all the required documents to Room 203, Bldg. 140.


  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester at GSIS and should be planning to complete at least 2 semesters before going on the exchange program.
  • GPA of 3.5 or above (GSIS grades)
  • TOEFL score of IBT 94 or above
  • Note that some universities may require higher scores than others.
  • Students applying to a non-English speaking university may be required the desired language proficiency. But in most cases, English proficiency will be sufficient.
  • International students who receive Outside Scholarships, such as the POSCO Asia Fellowship, KT&G Scholarship, GSFS Scholarship, and/or any other scholarships, are not permitted to go on the exchange program. This is due to the fact that most scholarships are granted under the assumption that the recipient will be attending GSIS, SNU for the duration of his/her study.

Required Documents Download Application Form

  • Application form: 1 page (GSIS prescribed form)
  • Study plan: 1 page (GSIS prescribed form)
  • Resume: 1 page (GSIS prescribed form)
  • An original copy of GSIS transcript
  • An original copy of undergraduate transcript
  • A copy of your TOEFL score
  • Letter of Recommendation from academic advisor (GSIS prescribed form)
  • Declaration of Commitment

* Applicants who have finished their 2nd semester should also submit the following form: “Confirmation of Advisor Approval for Applicants of Exchange Program in their Fourth Semester.”


Applicants are required to submit documents to the Office of International Cooperation (Room 308, Bldg.140).


  • Students may obtain a maximum of 12 credits per semester during the exchange program.
  • In the case of summer semesters, students may obtain a maximum of 6 credits.
  • In principle, one credit amounts to 15 contact hours.


The tuition of the host university will be waived. Instead, GSIS students are required to pay the tuition to SNU in time.


  • Outgoing students who have received his/her confirmation for the exchange program MUST submit an Application for Study Abroad Program which can be printed at the SNU Protal site and a Recommendation form for Studying Abroad to the Administration Office.
    Students who fail to submit the two forms may not have his/her credit from the host university approved by GSIS.
  • Please refer to the Exchange Program Regulations.
  • Priority will be given to the students with less international experience.

Inquiries to:

Welcome to SNU Graduate School of International Studies!
To find more information about Seoul National University, and about GSIS, please refer to the following links:

Terms and Conditions of Exchange

The following information applies only to students admitted under the auspices of their respective home university-Seoul National University exchange program. Students wishing to enroll in a full degree program are not covered under this exchange and should seek further guidance from the Office of International Affairs at Seoul National University (

Studying at GSIS

Language of Instruction

All courses in the International Commerce, International Cooperation and International American Area Studies are taught in English. The International Area Studies courses are taught in those area languages and/or in Korean. Finally, the Korea Studies courses are taught in Korean and/or in English.

Language courses

Two Korean language courses are offered at GSIS for 3 credits. Each Intensive Korean course is available from SNU's Language Education Institute ( Terms include four 10-week sessions per year. Each term is 1,400,000 Korean Won (approx. 1,400 USD). Students can take a course before their term at GSIS begins. Courses begin on the first Monday of March, June, September, and December.

Regarding the Korean Language

Exchange students are encouraged to study the Korean language before coming to Korea. However, English is widely used and understood in Seoul.
Most subways and buses have stop announcements in English. Many foreigners do not experience big difficulties living in Korea whether their Korean is fluent or not.

Programs or Departments

All programs under the Graduate School of International Studies (except for restricted enrollment programs) are open to incoming exchange students. Other courses of interest are negotiable.

Period of Exchange

One semester (may extend for an additional semester if discussed with the Director at both universities)

Areas of Concentration

International Commerce, International Cooperation, Area Studies (America, Asia, Europe) and Korean Studies.

Choice of Classes

Please refer to the website for course descriptions and schedule at Home > Academics > Master's Program >International Commerce Major

Full-time Workload

12 credits (4 courses). Exchange students can take more or less credits at their request from the director. Most of our classes are 3-credit courses. One hour is equivalent to one credit. One semester is 15 weeks long. Therefore, during one semester, one class meets for 48 hours.

Cost of Programs

The tuition of this exchange program is waived for non-degree exchange students from partner universities. Those wishing to pursue a degree are not covered under this exchange and will generally be required to pay regular tuition fees directly to the host university.

Application Requirements

You can apply through the Office of International Affairs (
If you select "Application Forms" you can download all of the necessary forms.

Application Deadlines

To begin in the fall semester 2015, you should apply before the mid-April. To begin in the spring semester 2016, you should apply before the mid-October 2015.
If you do not speak Korean you may want to consider coming early to take some language classes. Classes are offered in 10-week sessions. Information about the language academy can be found at Korean Language Education Center.

Recommended Arrival Date

One to two weeks prior to the start of the semester.


1st semester2nd semester
March 2nd - June 2nd week September 1st - December 2nd week


  • Class Format: Lectures, Seminars, Individual and Group Projects, Papers, Examinations and Presentations.
  • Class Size: Classes can be as small as 3 students though usually have 10 to 15 students for major courses and up to 40 students per general courses.
  • Credit system: 15 hours of coursework equals one credit, and each course is three credits total. Each course has three hours of classes weekly, and the whole semester lasts 15 weeks.
  • Course Choice: Any courses offered at GSIS and at SNU.
  • Grading: Grading is determined by individual professors but generally includes a final exam, a paper and a presentation.
    - Attendance: Class attendance in compulsory for all students.
    - Participation: Necessary and highly recommended.
    - Examination: Students are expected to take midterm quiz, final exams and/or submit term papers.

Grade Scale:

A+ 4.3 / A 4.0 / A- 3.7
B+ 3.3 / B 3.0 / B- 2.7
C+ 2.3 / C 2.0 / C- 1.7
D+ 1.3 / D 1.0 / D- 0.7
F 0

Living at SNU


Students can apply through the Office of International Affairs for the dormitory. Students who are unable to obtain the dormitory in the selection process can rent rooms around the Gwanak Campus. Students who have off-campus housing are advised to find a private boarding house near the university.
Gwanak Homestay for SNU StudentsRent
Gwanak Homestay for SNU students is run by Gwank-gu Office, a Seoul Metropolitan City's administrative organization.
- English Website:
- Korean Website:
- Contact: Tel. 02-880-3052
The rent varies according to the type of housing selected. If students chose to live in a boarding house, they can expect to pay $450 to $550 USD per month. If they have a roommate the costs could be lower.

Living costs

Generally our international students spend about $700 per month. Those students usually eat and live on campus. However the ultimate cost depends on the individual.
  • Food: $200- $400 per month
  • Dormitory: $200 per month
  • Transportation: $50 - $80 per month
  • Entertainment: $100 - $200 per month
  • Books, copies: $50 - $150 per term


Those admitted to SNU have to apply for either the short-term visa (C-3) or the student visa (D-2). The short-term visa cannot be extended in Korea. You must submit a letter of admission from SNU and a certified sponsorship letter from GSIS to the issuer. You should check with the Korean embassy for all of the details.
Within 90 days of your arrival in Korea you must apply for a Certificate of Alien Registration at the Immigration Office. The International Coordination Office will help you with the necessary paperwork.

University facilities

State-of-the-art library facilities which include computers with internet access, e-mail connections for all exchange students, bookstore, fitness center, tennis courts, student union, cafeterias, a health service center and a cultural center are available for students.

Student Services

GSIS Library, SNU Main Library, Cafeteria, Student Union Building, Student Union Annex Building, SNU POSCO Sports Center, SNU Tea House, International Coordination Office, and computer laboratories are within the school campus.


Office of International Cooperation
Graduate School of International Studies
Seoul National University
Room 203, Bldg. 140, 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu
Seoul 151-742, KOREA


Ms. YOON, Se Heui
Exchange Program Coordinator
TEL. + 82-2-880-8507


Frequently Asked Questions