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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020


Kristin Blake

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning, Human Ecology

Off-campus partner:

Seoul National University


Opportunity Description

Seoul National University was founded in 1946, the first national university in modern South Korea.  The university has sixteen colleges, nine professional graduate schools, and 135 research institutes and other supporting facilities, distributed over two campuses.  Gwanak Campus, the main campus of the university, is located at the foot of the magnificent Gwanak Mountains in a 4.8 km2 area.  SNU has a student enrollment of approximately 27,0000; 16,000 at the undergraduate level and 11,000 at the graduate level. As a result of SNU's commitment to foster productive research environments, many of its departments and research institutes, especially in the field of Engineering and Natural Sciences, are now globally recognized for their cutting-edge research. The number of academic papers published in international journals certified by the Scientific Citation Index (SCI) was 3,792 as of 2008---ranked 20th in the world. A Quality Index of Research Capacity, based on the citation number of scientific papers, shows that SNU is comparable with the top 10-30 universities in the United States.


Undergraduate students from Human Ecology may spend one semester, and in some cases, up to a year, studying at Seoul National University. Seoul's College of Human Ecology has thirty-one full time professors who work with over 600 undergraduate students and two hundred graduate students. Like the College of Human Ecology at Cornell the College of Human Ecology at Seoul National University was founded on the academic mission of improving the quality of life of individual and household and on the human environment interaction. Seoul is the capital of Korea and the heart of Korea's culture and education as well as politics and economics. It is home to more than ten million people, and is one of the top 10 global cities in the world. Seoul's transportation system is well integrated and efficient, boasting the world's third largest subway system and the number-one rated airport. It has the fastest internet in the world. Modern infrastructure improvements are balanced with the preservation of historical sites with well-kept ancient dynastic palaces, temples, and gates. 


The Spring Semester is from the beginning of March to mid-June. The Fall Semester is from the beginning of September to mid-December.The SNU on campus Gwanaksa Dormitory has 18 residential buildings for over 4,700 students from all around the world.  It is walking distance from all on-campus buildings.All the rooms in the undergraduate dormitory are double occupancy with large communal restrooms, partitioned shower booths, a common laundry room, kitchen, reading room and fully furnished resting area equipped with sofas, tables, TV/VCRs, air conditioner, refrigerator and microwave ovens.  There are also Off-Campus Dormitories available in 24 houses, located near The Gwanak Campus.

How do I apply?

Applying to a CHE Exchange is a 2-Step process.  First, you must complete all steps for Cornell Approval in order to be nominated by your program advisor in Global Learning to the Exchange Partner University.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  2. Once Nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students.  Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.

On the Global Learning website you will find a list of current returned students who have agreed to share contact information, stories from students in their own words, and selections of recommended programs in these categories: Cornell Global Programs, College Administered, Global Issues, STEM-focused, and Beyond Europe.

Returning Applicants