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 2023 SNU International Summer Program (ISP) is as follows:
|International Summer Program (ISP) 2023||Event|
|January 9||Applications open|
|April 9||Early-bird registration deadline|
*exact date to be announced later
|Applications & course registration deadline|
|May 12||Deadline for payment of program fees|
|June 26-27||Dormitory check-in|
|June 27||Opening ceremony & Orientation|
|June 28||First day of International Summer Program (ISP) 2023 classes|
|July 28||Final exam & closing ceremony|
|July 29||Dormitory check-out|
What are the eligibility requirements? What courses are offered?
- Students who are currently in an undergraduate or graduate program at a university or college
What courses are offered?
Over 40 regular and internship courses taught in English
- Korean Studies
- International & East Asian Studies
- Economics & Business
- Engineering & Life Sciences
- Music & Fine Arts
- Korean Language
- Global Practice and Field Learning
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").
|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)|
|3,000,000||2,700||2 courses (5 credits)|
|3,600,000||3,400||2-3 courses (up to 8 credits)|
|On Campus Housing||900,000||510,000||800||450||Dormitory Lodging
(Meal plan not included)
|390,000||350||International Summer Program (ISP) Administration Fees
* 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:
Early Registration Scholarship
Students who complete the online application and course registration by the early-bird deadline (April 4, Korean Standard Time) are given a 20% discount on the tuition without filing an individual request. Please note that for additional course registrations after the early-bird deadline, early bird benefits do not apply anymore.
A complete application includes the application fee payment and course registration. Early-bird registrants receive a tuition invoice at the discounted price. As international wire-transfer may take a few days, applicants can submit proof of payment.
Korean/East Asian Study Scholarship
Students who are currently majoring in Korean or East Asian Study at overseas universities are eligible for a 20% reduced tuition without filing an individual request. Applicants must fill in their major correctly in the online application and provide proof with an academic transcript.
Partner University Scholarship
Students who are currently attending a student exchange partner university of SNU are rewarded with a 10% reduced tuition without filing an individual request. Eligible applicants must fill in their home university correctly in the online application and provide proof with an academic transcript.
Students who satisfy one of the criteria below must submit proof along with their online application to be eligible for the reduced tuition.
Type Returnees Siblings SNU Alumni Eligibility Students who have previously attended SNU International Summer Program (ISP) Siblings who enroll at SNU International Summer Program (ISP) together OR Students whose sibling has previously attended SNU International Summer Program (ISP) Students whose parents have graduated from SNU (SNU Alumni) Scholarship 20% reduced tuition 20% reduced tuition 20% reduced tuition Required Documents Certificate of Completion from previous SNU International Summer Program (ISP) or any other proof documents Proof of family relationship (for the latter case, Certificate of Completion from previous SNU International Summer Program (ISP) of sibling’s) Proof of family relationship
Copy of the parent's Certificate of Graduation from SNU
*Students can benefit from ONLY one scholarship.
**All required documents must be submitted together with the online application.
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.
What is the housing offered by SNU International Summer Program (ISP) (Off-campus studio) like?
SNU International Summer Program (ISP) provides an off-campus housing service. Off-campus housing is located within 1-3km from SNU’s Gwanak campus. SNU’s free shuttle buses and city buses can be used for transportation, or students may walk to the campus. The studios are fully furnished with a bed, closet, desk, and are equipped with a bathroom, a small kitchen, and a washer.
* Off- campus housing is not guaranteed for all students as there are limited spots available. Rooms are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.