Seoul National University honors the ideals of liberal education and aims to teach students a lifelong love of learning that will form the basis for continuous personal growth. At the same time it is committed to preparing students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment.
As South Korea's first national university, Seoul National University has a tradition of standing up for democracy and peace on the Korean peninsula.
Graduates have long served as public servants in key positions of the Korean government. In teaching, research, and public service, Seoul National University continues to set the standard of excellence.
The mission of Seoul National University in the twenty-first century is to create a vibrant intellectual community where students and scholars join together in building the future. As Korea's leading research university, Seoul National University is committed to diversifying its student body and faculty, fostering global exchange, and promoting path-breaking research in all fields of knowledge.
Seoul National University trains the most outstanding students in Korea in a wide array of areas in the undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D programs. The undergraduate program consists of 16 colleges and 84 departments. The master’s programs are offered in 5 schools, 71 departments and 27 interdisciplinary programs, and the doctoral programs in 72 department and 27 interdisciplinary programs. Furthermore, five professional graduate schools offer 8 different fields of concentration in 7 departments. The curriculum is designed for students to have a wide variety of selection. The undergraduate program offers 488 electives and 3,445 major requirement courses. The graduate program offers 6,512 listed courses. The courses in the curriculum are subject to change as the academic trend varies.
To fulfill the needs of a rapidly developing technological society, the College of Engineering seeks to produce students rigorously trained in the studies of science and technology. In the undergraduate program, the emphasis is on training engineers who will be instrumental in introducing new technologies and in improving productivity. The graduate program, on the other hand, focuses primarily on training the next generation of engineering professors and researchers. Faculty members and students all work hard to maintain the College’s leading role in research and development of technology.