Quick Info

  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Spring, Fall, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Anthropology and Archaeology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication and Rhetoric, Computing and Information Science, East Asian Languages, Literature, and Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, French Language, Literature, and Studies, German Language, Literature, and Studies, Health in a Global Context, History, History of Art and Architecture, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages, Literature, and Studies, Sociology, Spanish Language, Literature, and Studies, Statistics, Studio Arts
  • : 8/30/2019 - 12/14/2019
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare. See details in Inclusions & Exclusions.
  • : Fall: Friday, 03/01/2019; additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, 2 semesters (or equivalent) of host language


Students are able to select courses from SNU's large course catalog. These classes can easily cover General Education Requirements at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as satisfy courses within many academic majors/minors. At the undergraduate level, SNU has over 16 colleges including: 

  • College of Humanities
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Studies
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Music
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Interdisciplinary Programs for Undergraduates

With each college or department offering a number of courses in English, approximately 700-800 courses at SNU are conducted in English each semester. Undergraduate exchange students at SNU may take up to 18 credit hours of coursework each term.  The semester course schedules at SNU are posted at the beginning of January or July each year. 

For a full list of their offerings, please consult their website.  

Student Life

Exchange students visiting SNU are paired with a SNU Buddy to assist in acclimating to life in Korea.  Volunteers from the SNU Buddy group organize social events and activities.  Detailed information regarding the program may be found on their website.  

There are over 100 student clubs and organizations that are affiliated with SNU. These include sports, cultural gatherings, performing arts, religious clubs, and more. Students also can participate in a various student activities organized by school and student association. Participation in these clubs and activities is the best way to make friends, develop responsibilities, and refine leadership qualities. This will enable you to grow and to learn from new experiences around campus.  For a full list of clubs and activities, please see the following website.  


SNU Gwanaksa Dormitory has 18 dormitory buildings for over 3,600 students. Gwanaksa includes Undergraduate Dormitory, Graduate Dormitory, Off-Campus Dormitory and Family Dormitory for married graduate students. Since it is located near the rear gate of the Gwanak Campus, you can reach dormitories by walking from any of the buildings on campus. It also has subsidiary facilities such as cafeterias, laundry rooms, concert hall, study room, indoor stadium and gymnasium, public bathrooms, a table tennis room, and common rooms, Gwanaksa also holds special cultural and educational events for the students.  

Another option is the BK International House, which is located on the Yongeon Campus. It is closed to central Seoul and has a convenient traffic condition. All the rooms are furnished with a bed & bed sheet, a desk, a book shelf, a chair, a wardrobe and an electric fan. Common facilities include kitchen and dining room which are equipped with refrigerator, a gas stove, kitchen sinks, a water purifier, cooking equipment, utensils and appliances for cooking, a common room, bathrooms and shower rooms.  

There are also some off-campus options available around campus.  For details, please visit SNU's website.  

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Seoul

Depart Seoul

Late February

Late June


Arrive in Seoul

Depart Seoul

Early September

Late December



Inclusions & Exclusions

If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees (Student Activity Fee; Wellness Fee; Computer and Network Services Fee; Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee; International Services Fee (if applicable)), keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Deposit ($350, to be credited to your PittPay account)
  • Airfare (roundtrip ~ $1,000-2,000)
  • Visa Fee
  • Room and Board 
  • Meals and personal expenses ($500-$1,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and housing)
  • Books ($100-$300 per semester)


Personal expenses vary with individual students. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Wondering about the cost of living? You can review the SNU website for more information. Also, visit our budgeting page for more information.


Special Information

Acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university. 

Insurance: Students are required to purchase medical insurance covering the period of stay in Korea, and can only begin to register for courses after they have provided proof of health coverage.  SNU does not participate in any insurance plans, so students will be required to find a plan of their own.  Medical and health related resources from SNU can be found here.  

Visa: For those without Korean nationality, students need a D-2 student visa to study in Korea.  For an overview regarding the visa process, please review SNU's website.  Also, check the Korean Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information.  

Language Requirements: The recommended proficiency level of English is a scoreof 88 or above on the TOELF iBT or 6.0 or above on the IELTS.  The recommended proficiency level of Korean is Level 5 or above for the KLPT or Level 5 or above on the TOPIC.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.