Recent Ranking of SNU

QS (UK)QS World University Rankings 2015/1636
QS University Rankings: Asia 201610
THE (UK)THE World University Rankings 2015-201685
Asia University Rankings 20169
THE World Reputation Rankings 201645
Shanghai Ranking  Consultancy (China)Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015101~150
National Taiwan University (Taiwan)National Taiwan University Ranking: Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 201551
Middle East Technical University (Turkey)University Ranking by Academic Performance 2015-201636
Center for World University Rankings (Saudi Arabia)World University Rankings 201524
US News & World ReportBest Global Universities Rankings 2016105
Best Global Universities in Asia 20169

Seoul National University honors the ideals of liberal education and aims to teach students a lifelong love of learning that will form the basis for continuous personal growth.
At the same time it is committed to preparing students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment. As South Korea’s first national university, Seoul National University has a tradition of standing up for democracy and peace on the Korean peninsula. 
The mission of Seoul National University in the twenty-first century is to create a vibrant intellectual community where students and scholars join together in building the future. As Korea’s leading research university, Seoul National University is committed to diversifying its student body and faculty, fostering global exchange, and promoting path-breaking research in all fields of knowledge.

Some of Distinguished SNU Members


LEE Ufan
Painter and sculptor.
Artist Lee was the founding member of the Mono-ha school, Japan’s first contemporary art movement to gain international recognition. He marked a new era in global art history creating a new oriental style.


BAN Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Secretary-General Ban had served his own country as a diplomatic government official for 37 years, and has been serving the world as the UN Secretary-General since 2007


HWANG Chang-Gyu
CEO of Semiconductor Business at Samsung Electronics.
Hwang led a dramatic transition in the semiconductor industry by presenting the “New Memory Growth Model”. He established the national R&D strategy based on the highest level of expertise, and led technological development for the future of Korea.

Some Professor Achievements :

Professor HYEON-Taeg Hwan

Achievement :

UNESCO/IUPAC The World’s Top 100 Chemists

Professor Kim Vic Narry

Achievement :

Winner of the Prestigious L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science

Professor Park Seong Hoe

Achievement :

Development of Therapeutic Antibody for Acute Leukemia

Professor Song Ki Ho

Achievement :

Uncovered that Bohai was the Successor to Goguryeo, the ancient Kingdom of Korea


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. 
The early years of Seoul National University were marked by trials and tribulations during a time of turmoil. After gaining independence from Japan in 1945, one hundred dignitaries of the National Committee on Educational Planning proposed opening a national university by making use of the Seoul University buildings. 
All Colleges and Graduate Schools except for medical schools in Yeongeon and the College of Agriculture in Suwon, moved to the current Gwanak campus in February 1975. 
With the inauguration of “civilian government” in February of 1993, finally, the university became stable and normalized, and many research centers in diversified fields were established. During the civilian government, the BK21 Project, a government-sponsored educational enhancement program, was launched and the university was able to establish and reinforce specialized research institutes.


The SNU Gwanak Campus is not at a walking distance from the Seoul National University station. But there is no need to worry, as there is a free shuttle bus that runs from the campus (Administration Building) to the subway station. Another operates between the campus and Sillim-dong (Nokdu Street), an area well known for housing students preparing for national examination. If you have a 9:00 am morning class, you should plan to arrive early at the shuttle bus stop otherwise you will find yourself waiting in a long line, although the shuttle bus arrives quite frequently.


Gwanak-sa is the biggest dormitory on Gwanak Campus. It includes the Undergraduate House, Graduate House and Family House.
Boarding House (Hasook in Korean) Hasook is a boarding house, where the house owner provides you a room, breakfast and supper, and does laundry as well. For international students, a hasook may provide chances to taste Korean culture up close and to make lasting friendships with other students. Bathrooms are shared. Payment is monthly (Wolse; monthly payment), with utilities typically being included.

Campus Facility

On-campus cafeterias mainly offer Korean cuisine, costing 1,700~10,000 KRW per meal. The menu includes noodles or rice and soup with 3~4 side dishes (Kimchi is usually one of these side dishes). Occasionally, western-style food is available.
Restaurants on Gwanak Campus Adjusting to unfamiliar food can be difficult and may make you feel homesick. To help you during these times, SNU provides an array of restaurants on campus to suit various tastes. The Hoam Faculty House has a restaurant run by a hotel, which provides high quality, western-style meals. If you are in the mood for Japanese food, you can go to the 3rd floor of the Dongwon House to enjoy dishes like sushi, noodles and fried vegetables. If you would prefer a healthier meal, try visiting “Bibigo”, a restaurant located in Bldg. 501 and try out their Bibimbap (mixed vegetables on rice).


At the SNU Souvenir shop, you can buy SNU memorabilia such a as school shirts, cups, key-holders, bookmarks and traditional items, etc. with the SNU logos. It is located in Student Center, 2nd floor. (Website: Also, for notebooks, pens, and other stationary, smaller stores are located throughout the campus.

Things to Do on Campus

SNU offers a vibrant array of activities and events to keep your social calendar full. Participating in these school festivities and social clubs will enable you to experience first hand the university life in Korea and get a taste of the Korean culture. You can check the SNU student events through my SNU and OIA(Office of International Affairs) website.

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