Earth and Environmental Sciences

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English Korean
Foreign:$ 2.3 k / Semester(s) Deadline: Feb 1, 2025
60 place StudyQA ranking:4285 Duration:8 semestrs

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 Earth and Environmental Sciences is a part of natural science that studies component parts, circulations, and changing mechanisms of the Atmosphere, Geosphere, and the Hydrosphere; that analyzes and predicts the formation and changes of the natural environment. In order to understand Earth and Environmental formation andchanges, the object of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a method to analyze, predict, and restore various scale of kinetic and material system’s formation, evolution, extinction and interaction between them.These researches are conducted by introducing an applied scientific technology that is based on an understanding of basic science.

Students study each part of the Earth and Environmental Sciences intensively according to their interests. Namely, they select their major out of Atmospheric Science,Earth System Science, and Oceanography. And with the economical and social growth of our society, many professionals of Earth and Environmental Sciences are required in various fields: government agencies, research institutes, related companies, and broadcasting stations. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, students go on to an internal or external graduate school, or are employed. Students who obtain a master’s or doctor’s degree within the country accumulate a career as a researcher at abroad universities and laboratories. They stay abroad or return to the homeland to be employed by universities, research institutes, or related companies.

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences Lab.
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Atmospheric Science Lab.
  • Earth System Science
  • Earth System Science Lab.
  • Oceanography
  • Oceanography Lab.
  • The Earth: Present and Past
  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Man and the Earth Environments
  • Global Environment Change
  • Exploration of the sea
  • Elementary Fluid Mechanics
  • Environmental Oceanography
  • Evolution of the Earth System
  • Plate Tectionics & Lab.
  • Introduction to Climatology
  • Atmospheric Thermodynamics
  • Scientific Computing & Programming in Earth Sciences
  • Dynamic Meteorology 1
  • Dynamic Meteorology 2
  • Atmospheric Physics 1
  • Atmospheric Physics 2
  • Atmospheric Analysis and Lab.
  • Minerals and Rocks & Lab.
  • Fossils and Lab.
  • Structural Geology and Lab.
  • Geophysics
  • Geo-Environment
  • Geochemistry and Lab.
  • Physical Oceanography and Lab.
  • Tides and Wavesv
  • Biological Oceanography and Lab.
  • Introductory Chemical Oceanography and Lab.
  • Sedimentology and Lab.
  • Atmospheric Sensing and Experiment
  • Atmospheric Prediction and Lab.
  • Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Middle Atmosphere
  • Petrology and Lab.
  • Sedimentary Systems and Lab.
  • Seismology and Geodynamics
  • Resource Geology and Lab.
  • Geohydrological Environment and Lab.
  • Applied Geology and Lab.
  • Environmental Chemistry and Lab.
  • Coastal Dynamics
  • Microbial Oceanography and Lab.
  • Marine Organic Chemistry and Lab.
  • Geological oceanography
  • Shipboard Training Course in Oceanography
  • Field Techniques and Exercises
  • Satellite Meteorology and Climatology
  • Satellite Geophysics and Lab.
  • Geological Map Exercises
  • The Ecology of Pelagic Environment
  • Marine Pollution and Lab.
  • Introduction to Marine Drugs and Lab.
  1. Online application
  2. Either proof of Korean or English proficiency is required;     1) Korean Proficiency: TOPIK level 3 or higher     2) English Proficiency: TOEFL (PBT 550, CBT 213, iBT 80), TEPS 551, IELTS 5.5 or higher     3) Other official documents indicating proof of language proficiency (ie. SNU Korean Language Center Level 4 or higher)
  3. Personal Statement and Study Plan
  4. Letter of Recommendation
  5. Counselor Reference
  6. Official High School Transcript and Graduation Certificate
  7. A Copy of the Applicant’s Passport
  8. Certificate of Facts concerning the Entry and Exit
  9. Portfolio, Records of Achievement, etc.
  10. Agreement for Verification of Academic Record

If you wish to apply for the scholarship program, please fill out the scholarship application form every semester. Application period:

  • During November(1st semester)
  • During May(2nd semester)

New  Student (Merit scholarship)

  • Funding: Fully funded or partially funded (admission fee + tuition 10%)
  • Eligibility: New undergraduate student (Full fund – 2 by college (excluding science and engineering);

Partial fund – selected within the 30% of the registered students)

Current Student (Merit scholarship)

  • GPA requirement: Completed more than one semester; 3.6 GPA or higher (average of all semesters)
  • Funding: Fully funded
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate student (selected from the allotted pool)

International Student Scholarship:

  • GPA requirement: 2.4 GPA or higher (average of the previous semester)
  • Funding: Tuition and fees (partial or fully funded)
  • Eligibility: International student in the government-funded (government-invited) scholarship, international

    student (self-funded), Korean student living overseas and studying in Korea (undergraduate and graduate course)

SNU Foundation Scholarship:

  • GPA requirement: 2.7 GPA or higher (average of the previous semester)
  • Funding: Tuition and fees (partial or fully funded)
  • Feature: Scholarship funded by some 200 funds created by Seoul National University Foundation

The following is the scholarship programs offered for undergraduate applicants. Students may apply for the programs before or during the admission application period. Applicants may find program details via this website or supporting organizations.

Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)


  • International applicants who wish to apply for 4-year undergraduate programs of SNU.
  • * Those who wish to study in the programs longer than 4 years – such as medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and architecture – cannot apply for this scholarship.

Number of Recipients

  • Approximately 20~40 every year


  • Full tuition fee: tuition exemption for 8 semesters
  • Living expenses: 800,000 KRW per month
  • Airfare: one economy round trip
  • Korean language training fee: one year
    * Korean language training is mandatory and when the student does not achieve TOPIK grade 3 within a year, she/he is not eligible to enter the degree program.
  • Others: medical insurance, settlement and returning expenses

Application Period

  • September

Selection Procedure

  • Applicants submit applications for this program to Korean embassies in their countries ⇒ the embassies make the first selection ⇒ the National Institute for International Education make the final selection


  • SNU staff in charge: 82-2-880-6971,


  • NIIED: (English version) ⇒ GKS ⇒ Introduction to the projects ⇒ Korean Government Scholarship Program
  • 2016 KGSP Guideline Download

Overseas Koreans Scholarship


  • Overseas Korean students who wish to take undergraduate degrees at SNU

Number of Recipients

  • Approximately 5 students


  • Full tuition exemption for a maximum of 8 semesters
  • Living expenses: 800,000 KRW per month
  • Airfare for one economy round trip
  • Korean language training fee: fee exemption at the Language Education Institute for 8 months
  • Medical insurance fees

Application Period

  • March

Selection Procedure

  • Applicants submit applications to Korean embassies in their countries ⇒ the embassies make the first selection ⇒ the Overseas Koreans Foundation make the second selection


  • SNU staff in charge: 82-2-880-2519,
  • Overseas Koreans Foundation: 82-2-3415-0174,
    * The latest announcement on this scholarship can be found only via the foundation’s website.


  • Overseas Koreans Foundation: (Korean)
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