Seoul National University (Acronym: SNU; Korean, 서울대학교, Seoul Daehakgyo, colloquially Seouldae) is a national research university located in Seoul, Korea. Founded in 1946, Seoul National has served as a model for many national and public universities in the country. Today the university comprises sixteen colleges and six professional schools, and a student body of about 28,000. It has two campuses in Seoul: the main campus in Gwanak and the medical campus in Jongno.
According to data compiled by KEDI, the university spends more on its students per capita than any other university in the country that enrolls at least 10,000.
The university maintains an undergraduate exchange program with the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Stanford University, and Yale University. SNU Law School and Harvard Law School students may study at the partner institution for credit. In addition, the university holds a memorandum of understanding with over 700 academic institutions in 40 countries, the World Bank, and the country’s first ever general academic exchange program with the University of Pennsylvania. The Graduate School of Business offers dual master’s degrees with Duke University, ESSEC, and the Peking University, double-degrees at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Yale School of Management, and MBA-, MS-, and PhD-candidate exchange programs with universities in ten countries on four continents. The university’s international faculty headcount is 242 or 4% of the total. Nobel laureates Paul Crutzen, Thomas Sargent, and Fields Medal recipient Hironaka Heisuke are on the faculty roster.