What is the SNU International Summer Program (ISP)?

SNU International Summer Program (ISP) presents a unique opportunity for students to experience academic life at Seoul National University, Korea’s most prestigious university and one of the leading universities in the world. SNU International Summer Program (ISP)’s intensive five-week summer program taught by distinguished SNU and visiting faculty members offers its participants the chance to learn in depth from experts on Korea and East Asia, as well as a range of topics from the disciplines of Economics and Business Management to History, Politics, Sociology, Engineering and Natural Sciences, and Arts. The SNU International Summer Program (ISP) also provides courses on Korean language and traditional arts for students wishing acquire or advance their Korean language abilities while immersing Korea’s contemporary and traditional culture.

When and where does the program take place?

SNU International Summer Program (ISP) is held at Seoul National University’s Gwanak campus in Seoul, South Korea. The Academic Calendar for the 2024 SNU International Summer Program (ISP) is as follows:

Date (Year 2024) Event
January 8 Beginning of Application Period
April 7 Deadline for Early-bird Registration & Payment
May 9 Deadline for Applications & Course Registration
May 12 Deadline for Program Fee Payment
June 24-25 Dormitory Check-in
June 27 Opening Ceremony
June 26 & 27 SNU FUN-Program*
July 25 Last Day of Classes & Final Exam
July 26 Closing Ceremony
July 27 Dormitory Check-out
*Korean culture related non-academic courses such as K-POP, Taekwondo, and K-Traditional dance.
*Specific Dates of the Events are still tentative.

Q. Do I have to submit the original copies of transcript?
A. Yes. Please upload the official transcript or E-transcript when you apply.

Q. How do I find out about my application results?
A. We will e-mail you regarding the results.

Q. I meet the entry requirements and submitted all the necessary papers, but I have not received acceptance e-mail.
A. If you meet the requirements and completed the admission process, including the application fee payment, you will receive an e-mail from us regarding the results.

Q. What is K-ETA and How I apply for it?
A. K-ETA(Korea Elctronic Travel Authrization) is online-approval system you need to apply at least 72hours before you arrive in Korea; Check your eligibility here; https://www.k-eta.go.kr/

Q. Can I take just one class?
A. Yes. You can check what courses are available here: https://summer.snu.ac.kr/page/courses.php

Q. How many courses can I take?
A. You can take up to 9 credits, check the classes and credits here; https://summer.snu.ac.kr/page/courses.php

Q. When and where can I receive my grades from ISP?
A. You can print your grades from Mysnu page once the grading is completed; around Aug 9th you will be able to find them, although it might take few more days.

What are the eligibility requirements?

What courses are offered?

Over 40 regular and internship courses taught in English

What extracurricular activities outside of courses are available?

Customized field-trips to regional cities, festivals, and “local-recommended” spots (admission fees may apply). A multitude of activities such as sports events, games, K-pop dance, movie nights, and more (free of cost).

Will I be able to transfer the academic credits earned at SNU International Summer Program (ISP) to my home institution?

Most courses at SNU International Summer Program (ISP) award students with SNU academic credits upon completion of the course. Most universities allow credit transfer, however, students must check with their department or academic adviser before registering at SNU International Summer Program (ISP). We strongly recommended that you receive pre-approval in advance, as credit transfer is highly dependent on which course you take at SNU International Summer Program (ISP) and how it fits into your degree program. Also, universities in certain countries, such as the United Kingdom, do not allow credit transfer from outside institutions.

How much does it cost?

All fees should be paid in either Korean won (KRW) or US dollar (USD) via wire-transfer.
Various scholarships are available (please refer to the "Scholarship").

Application Fee KRW USD Remarks
Mandatory Tuition 200,000 180
1,200,000 1,080 1 course (2 credits)
1,800,000 1,620 1 course (3 credits)
2,400,000 2,160 2 courses (4 credits)
2,790,000 2,511 2 courses (5 credits)
3,348,000 3,013 2-3 courses (up to 9 credit)
Optional Field Trip 300,000 260
On Campus Housing 900,000 800 Dormitory Lodging (Meal plan not included)

* 7% of the tuition discount will be offered for taking more than 5 credits.
* 20% of the tuition discount will be offered for an early-registration (by April 4).

**Course Materials: The tuition covers most of the cost for course materials, however, certain courses may require you to purchase text books in addition to the materials provided in class. Due to copyright issues, students are responsible for purchasing books if it is a requirement for the course.
*** Meals: The tuition or housing fees do not include the cost for meals. SNU’s campus hosts many cafeterias that offer meals at a low cost (KRW 1,700~6,000). SNU International Summer Program (ISP) students are eligible for the student meal cost with their student ID card issued by SNU International Summer Program (ISP).

Is financial assistance available?

SNU International Summer Program (ISP) offers a variety of scholarships:

What is the housing offered by SNU International Summer Program (ISP) (SNU on-campus dormitory) like?

The SNU Dormitory is located in SNU’s Gwanak campus and is within walking distance from classrooms, the library, and cafeterias. All dormitory rooms are double-occupancy, and each room is shared by SNU International Summer Program (ISP) students. The rooms are fully equipped with a private washroom and shower, air-conditioner, beds, closets, and desks/chairs as well as a shared mini-refrigerator. SNU International Summer Program (ISP) will be providing bedding and pillows free of charge.
In the dormitory building, there are laundry rooms with washing and drying machines where students can do their laundry free of charge (detergent not provided), and on each floor, there is a shared common room with a microwave and a single-burner portable induction stove.
* Dormitory housing is not guaranteed for all students as there are limited spots available. Rooms are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis to students who register during the course/housing registration period in May. Roommates will be allotted randomly, but students who wish to occupy a room together can have this arranged by arriving together at the dormitory.

Do I need to get a visa to attend the program?

Students need to consult with the Embassy of Korea in their country to determine if a visa is required and apply for an entry visa if needed. Many countries have a visa exemption agreement with Korea which allows entering and staying in Korea for up to 90 days. If you are from a country that has such a 90-day visa exemption agreement, it is possible to attend SNU International Summer Program (ISP) without acquiring a visa. For students from countries without or with only a 30~60-day visa exemption agreement, SNU International Summer Program (ISP) will provide the documentation needed to apply for a visa.

To check your country's visa exemption status visit http://sgp.mofa.go.kr/english/as/sgp/visa/issuance/index.jsp

How do I apply?

Visit the SNU International Summer Program (ISP) website for application instructions and learn more about the application process. SNU International Summer Program (ISP) only accepts online applications through the SNU International Summer Program (ISP) website at https://summer.snu.ac.kr.

Applications for 2023 open on January 9, 2023. Updated information on the course offerings and extra-curricular program will also be available at this time.

How can I find out more information?

Please refer to the SNU International Summer Program (ISP) website at https://summer.snu.ac.kr for more details. Information about course offerings and extra-curricular activities will be provided in January.

For any inquiries regarding the program, please email summer@snu.ac.kr or telephone +82-2-880-4449.