Seoul National University is looking for talented students and future researchers from all corners of the world to join this premier institution for higher educaiton at the academic hub of Asia. For both undergraduates and graduate students, SNU offers a world-class education and a wealth of extraordinary opportunities that only SNU can offer.
A Tradition of Excellence
Since its foundation in 1946, Seoul National University has been the undisputed leader of higher education in Korean and has established a global reputation. Its graduates have long served as leaders in Korean society and in the international community.
Since its beginning, SNU has been the cradle of liberal education and fostered a lifelong love of learning in our students. In our commitment to prepare students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment, SNU trains the most outstanding students in Korea in a wide array of areas in its undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs. Its freshmen belong to the top 2.5% of those who take the National University Enterance Examination. Faculty members at SNU are also highly qualified, with a talent for scholarship and a dedication to teaching. Of all faculty members, 95.6% have doctoral degrees, most of which have been earned from prestigious universities around the world. The resulting report of satisfaction level among the graduates and career advantage is the highest in the nation.
As a result of SNU's commitment to foster productive research environments, many of its departments and research institutes, especially in the field of Engineering and Natural Sciences, are now globally recognized for their cutting-edge research. They are placed within top 20 in terms of publications and citations of the Scientific Citation Index (SCI). A Quality Index of Research Capacity, based on the citation number of scientific papers, shows that SNU is comparable with the top 10-30 universities in the United States.
Extraordinary Alumni Networks
Alumni network at SNU is one of the most prominent and strongest in Korea. SNU's distinguished graduates include key figures in all sectors within Korea as well as in international community. For example, in 2017, one in four of CEO's of top 100 Korean companies and an incredible 72% of judges in Supreme Court were SNU alumni. Close to 60% of government ministers and about half of the members of National Assembly were also part of SNU alumni in 2017.
Vibrant Campus Life
SNU offers a wealth of invaluable 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.