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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 2.3k / 1 semester
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English, Korean
  • Deadline:
  • February

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    Sociology is a discipline that seeks to scientifically and analytically understand the dynamics of social order, change, structure, and history of various social phenomena.

    Sociologists have attempted to understand social change as a consequence of modernization at the micro- and macro-level. Sociologists have sought to understand that nature of social order that was destroyed, dismantled, maintained, and formed during this turmoil of change.

    Research topics in sociology include a wide range of subjects related to social changes in current society including globalization, knowledge information, unification of Korea, aging and low birthrate, individualization; and subjects on international society, NGOs and civil society, government and corporations, industry and labor, urban and rural, class and stratification, the sphere of family and intimacy, identity and personality. Research areas are also extensive. Major research areas in sociology range from power relations of politics, labor relations in economic affairs, population, religion, education, environment, health care, social crimes, social movements, civil organizations, information technology to globalization.

    • Human Rights, NGO and International Community
    • Invitation to Sociology 
    • People and Society in Korean Modernity
    • Sociology in Contemporary Society
    • Methods in Social Research
    • Visual Sociology
    • Sociology of Literature
    • Societal Development
    • Social Organization
    • Historical Sociology
    • Cultural Sociology
    • History of Sociology
    • Social Statistics
    • Social Stratification and Inequality
    • Social History of Korea
    • Sociology of Environment and Ecology
    • Social Policy
    • Population Change and Aging Society
    • Social Movement
    • Political Sociology
    • Social Research Practicum(Experiment/Practice)
    • Family and Life Course in Modern Society
    • Information Society and Cyber Society
    • Armed Forces and Society
    • Online Social Network
    • Classical Sociological Theories
    • Sociology of National Identity and North Korean Issues
    • Japan and East Asia
    • Sociology of International NGOs: Understanding and Participation
    • Contemporary Sociological Theories
    • Sociology of Industry and Labor
    • Economic Sociology
    • Sociology of Knowledge
    • Gender and Society
    • People and Society in China
    • Topics in Sociology
    • Sociology of Religion
    • Law and Society
    • Independent Study in Sociology
    • Population and Aging Society
    • Contemporary Sociological Methodology
    • Sociology of Health and Illness

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    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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    • Tuition Fee:
    • International students: $ 2.89k / 1 semester