Seoul National University - Haskayne only

Seoul National is also the first of Korea's famous SKY universities, known for their academic performance and elite status within the country.

Seoul National University is considered the most prestigious university in South Korea, and is ranked #37th in the world (QS 2020). Seoul National has a population of over 28,000 students, and boast alumni like the 8th Secretary-General of the UN, former President of the International Criminal Court, former Director-General of the World Health Organization, and CEO and chairman of Samsung Electronics. It is also the setting for a variety of Korean dramas.

Key information




Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status



20-21 applications

Priority deadline Jan. 8, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

21-22 applications

Opens Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

Haskayne Exchange Areas of Study:

  • Business Technology Management
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
  • Risk Management and Insurance

Haskayne undergraduate students must take their core courses at the University of Calgary. Students can take two senior commerce and/or non-commerce options, and/or a maximum of 2 concentration courses (not ACCT/PLMA). They are required to maintain full time status while on exchange, so they must take the equivalent of at least 3 half courses (9 units) and up to 5 half courses (15 units). Ensure you review your course selection with a Haskayne exchange advisor before leaving for your exchange to confirm transfer credit.

For the Business Course Transfer Database, please contact the Haskayne exchange advisors. 

The academic year is divided into two semesters, Fall and Spring.

  • Fall Semester runs from early September to late December
  • Spring Semester runs from early March to mid-June


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning. South Korea mandates all students be enrolled in a national health insurance service. This will be applied for at the time of application to your host university, and costs about $60/month. As the coverage is not comprehensive and doesn't include places outside of Korea, students should also seek their own medical insurance in addition to the coverage in Korea.

Seoul cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here


Seoul National offers a Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) for select incoming exchange students nominated by University of Calgary International and the Haskayne School of Business to apply for the competitive scholarship. Nomination does not guarantee award selection. 

Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

University of Calgary International administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

On-campus residences are available for incoming exchange students. A dormitory application guide will be provided to accepted students. See more information here: 
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Off-campus housing assistance can be requested from SNU OIA, or from your SNU buddy. See more information here: 

Haskayne students at UCalgary can ONLY apply for this partner through Haskayne, and must meet the Haskayne requirements for exchange

Note: For Seoul National, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B+) or higher is required. 

What resources are available for new students?

SNU runs SNU Buddy, a student group helping exchange students’ settlement at SNU. SNU Buddy organizes various events and activities throughout the semester. All exchange students offered acceptance will receive an invitation e-mail to join the SNU buddy before the beginning of the semester. Buddies may also be able to assist with finding off-campus accommodation. 

How can I learn or improve my Korean?

Exchange Students can additionally take Korean Language Programs provided by the SNU Language Education Institute, on a fee-paying basis. OIA will provide partial financial support for the tuition fee for exchange students. Please visit the following website to see the program information:

The exchange advisor for this program is: Erin Mizzoni

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.