Seoul National University

1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, Korea

+82 2-880-5114

The Origins of Korea's First National University

The origin of Seoul National University (SNU) dates back to the late nineteenth century when Korean Emperor Gojong established modern higher education institutions which later became part of SNU. 
In 1895 Emperor Gojong issued Imperial Order 49 and established the Legal Training School as the first modern higher education institution in Korea. It turned out 209 graduates including the Martyr Yi Jun. 
The Seoul (Hanseong) Normal School, the first modern teacher training school was established in the same year and later became the SNU College of Education


Seoul National University is looking for talented students and future researchers from all corners of the world to join this premier institution for higher education 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.

Reasons to Come to SNU

As SNU embraces its vision of becoming a truly global university, there will be greater emphasis put on diversity and international community on campus than ever before. It continues to promote international collaborations and has academic exchange agreements with around 860 universities and research institutes worldwide. It also offers a number of dual degree programs in conjunction with prestigious universities. The International Summer Institute, launched in 2007, is a short-term program of unprecedented depth and scale. Currently there are more than 2,000 students and visiting scholars from over 50 countries on campus. To assist its international students, SNU has an Office of International Affairs. It also provides various scholarships to international students and is set to increase its financial support in the near future. Over 250 classes at SNU are taught in English and the number is rapidly increasing. 

Korean Language Course

The Korean Language & Culture Program (KLCP) was first developed by SNU’s Language Education Institute in 1969 to provide intensive Korean language training to foreign students admitted to Korean universities and to others interested in learning about Korean language and culture. Since then, over 28,000 students from more than 90 countries have graduated from the KLCP, and the program has grown to annually enroll about 3,000 students. Many graduates go on to serve the public and private sectors by engaging in work related to Korea or the Korean language.