KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
University IB policy
Admission Policy Governing IB Diploma students
The IB courses are factored into the evaluation for admissions in SNU admission programs; International Admissions and General Early Admissions.
A. International Admissions:
International students (His or her parents as well as the applicant himself or herself are not citizens of Korea) and Korean students who have received his or her entire primary and secondary education outside of Korea may apply for International Admissions at Seoul National University. International admissions are focused on both on the candidate's previous academic achievement and potential. Moreover, other personal accomplishments are taken into consideration, which may be demonstrated in additional materials submitted along with application documents.
International Admissions are offered twice in each academic year. Application for Spring intake is scheduled to run in July and August, while that for Fall intake is in January and February. Applicants may check further details from the Official Notice on the SNU website: http://en.snu.ac.kr/apply/info.
International Admissions does not require any written examination other than the submission of required documents. However, depending on academic policy of each department (for example, College of Medicine), there may be an interview, if necessary. A strong score in IB Diploma or IB Diploma Course qualification will be considered favorably for admissions decision. A good command of Korean or English is recommended for the undergraduate study at SNU.
‘Conditional Offer' can be granted to those applicants who have submitted ‘IB Predicted Grade' prior to the release of their actual IB grade. SNU will inform the required ‘Final Grade' that must be met by an applicant. This policy is applicable in each Fall semester as of the academic year of 2014.Those who are holding ‘Conditional Offer' must submit the Final IB Grade by the designated date as indicated in the Admissions Guide. Contingent upon the ‘Final IB Grade' which fulfills a satisfactory completion of the required final grade, SNU will announce the Final Decision on ‘Conditional Offer' around the middle of July.
B. General Early Admissions:
SNU offers ‘General Early Admission', which is in line with Early Admission for Korean domestic students. The number of students admitted under General Early Admission takes more than 50% of the SNU admission quota in total as of 2014. General Early Admission is offered once an academic year, which is for Spring semester intake.
A strong score in IB Diploma or IB Diploma Course qualification will be considered favorably for admissions decision. Applicants for General Early Admission, whose application documents have passed the first round of screening, are subject to mandatory interview or oral exam in Korean. Applicants may be exempt from interview or oral exam, if their application documents are considered distinct and outstanding. Applicants may check further details from the Official Notice on the SNU website: http://en.snu.ac.kr/apply/info.