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A&M BUSH SCHOOL Only Exchange: Seoul National University, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 04/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Government
Academic College: George Bush School of Government and Public Service Academic Department: International Affairs, Public Service & Administration
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Program Advisor:
Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz, Janeen Wood
Open to non-majors:
No Classification: Grad Student
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
Seoul National University
 
Established in 1946, Seoul National University (SNU) is South Korea’s first national university with over 16,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students. Since its founding, SNU has been widely considered to be the most prestigious university in the country. The university was ranked 4th in Asia and 50th in the world by the 201-2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. SNU graduates dominate South Korea’s academics, government, politics and business. In government, more than half of South Korea’s elite career foreign service corps are from SNU.
 
The Department of Political Science and International Relations has served as the intellectual hub of South Korea. Many distinguished individuals who work in the national and international community hold an international relations degree from SNU including Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon.


Location
 
Day or night, Seoul can provide. An early morning temple visit can lead to a majestic palace tour followed by teahouse sipping. After dark, dive into the mash-up of night markets and K-Pop, skyscrapers and pulsing neon lights. Having enduring the catastrophe of the Korean War, the “Miracle of the Han” has its eye clearly on the future. Fragments of the past seen in World Heritage sites dot the city including the Jongmyo shrine or the winding alleys between traditional wooden houses that cluster in Seoul’s Bukchon district. Public transportation is wide spread providing easy access to all South Korea has to offer.


Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in the Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during 
  • Fall Semester (early September to mid-December)
  • Spring Semester (early March to late June)
  • Academic Year (September to June)

Courses

As part of the exchange program at SNU, graduate students are open to register for any international relations course. The majority are taught in Korea with a selection taught in English. At the beginning of the semester, exchange students will be provided with a list of all available courses to choose from. (See potential course options in the department’s brochure on page 11.) Course topic areas include North-South Korean relations, Northeast Asian international relations and studies in comparative federalism.

Housing
 
Accommodations for graduate exchange students are available at the Gwanak campus. On-campus housing at Gawanak are single and double occupancy fully furnished rooms including a bed, desk, internet, bookshelf, closet, mini refrigerator and air conditioning. Students also have the option to live off-campus. However, most of the contacts for housing are only available in Korean.

 

Costs

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is its affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.

 
Estimated Fees paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition and Fees $8,050
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
Accommodations $1,500
International Airfare $2,000
Meals $3,000
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $2,500
Personal Spending $2,000+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $19,350+
Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison $13,636+
 
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.

Helpful Links

Seoul National University Homepage
SNU Department of Political Science and International Relations
SNU International Relations Program Brochure
SNU Exchange Program
SNU Accommodations
SNU Residence Halls
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding Options
Seoul, South Korea City Guide
South Korea Travel Guide


Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
 
Reciprocal Exchange Program Participant
 
Contacts

For detailed information about the exchange program to Seoul National University, students should contact Janeen Wood or Dr. Gregory Gause in the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
 
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz.