Exchange Student Program

With the purpose of cultivating global leaders, CBA manages its own exchange student program, which is separate from SNU’s Office of International Relations. Students are sent to recognized universities abroad (26 countries and 55 universities as of July 2014) that have exchange agreements with CBA in order to earn credits over one semester. Meanwhile, they can also learn different cultures and languages. Students from overseas universities that have exchange agreements with SNU take courses here with the same rights as our enrolled students. Likewise, the students who are sent abroad from Korea take courses there as their students. During the exchange period, students pay tuition fees at SNU, but take courses and earn credits abroad, in addition to having all the rights that students have in universities abroad and vice versa. The CBA exchange program lasts only for one semester (one year extension is not allowed) and 40~50 students are sent abroad every semester.

Advantages of CBA Exchange Program:

  • Low cost: During the exchange period, SNU student pays SNU tuition not the tuition of a university abroad.
  • Acquiring academic credits: During the exchange period, SNU students enroll as students in the universities abroad. Acquired academic credits and the semester can be officially acknowledged by CBA in SNU by submitting transcripts and by going through the formal process of credit acknowledgement.
  • Diverse experiences: Students can listen to lectures in universities abroad in a new environment and with foreign students. They can broaden their thoughts and interaction with people by being exposed to different cultures.

Conditions for Exchange Student Program:

  • Only possible with the universities that have exchange agreements with CBA
  • Only possible when a balance exists in terms of the number of exchanging students with the university abroad. (The number of outgoing and incoming students must match – thus, the number of places available may vary every semester)
  • Only possible when the student has gone through the application process and has been selected and nominated from the Office of International Relations in CBA (individual applications to universities abroad are not possible).

Eligibility for CBA Exchange Student(for all)

Eligibility for CBA Exchange Student
Required Semesters GPA Foreign Language Skills Earned Credits in CBA
Undergraduate or graduate student of SNU CBA (Student who has completed at least two semesters at SNU CBA) Undergraduate: 3.0 or above
Graduate: 3.3 or above

iBT 80 points or above

iBT 100 points or above
Must have taken at least 5 CBA classes
  • You can apply for an exchange student program even if you are in the period of leave of absence. (However, if selected as exchange students, you must maintain a currently enrolling student status)
  • As for the GPA, the average GPA shown in the transcript at the moment of application is considered.
  • Foreign Language Tests: Leave enough time for the results to come out of foreign language tests.(For TOEFL, at least two weeks are required)
    (When submitting your application, foreign language test result is required)
  • For universities in North America ONLY TOEFL scores are accepted.
    (TEPS and TOEIC are acknowledged for universities in Europe and Asia)
    But, for Spain, England, Australia, ONLY TOEFL scores are accepted.
Exchange Student Program
Can Apply Cannot Apply
If you are double majoring in business, you can apply.
(But, you need to take at least 5 business classes before)
If you are minoring in business, you cannot apply.
You can apply for your last semester
(in which you have to be in the second semester of senior year).
However, this is possible in the condition that you will take an extra semester after you come back.
* When you are in 9th semester or above, you can only apply during “Additional Recruitment” period.

Document Submission

  • Application with 1 photo of you (prescribed format) and 1 copy of a list of preferred exchange universities (prescribed format)
    Download attachments from announcements
  • English and Korean Transcript (1 copy each)
    - In case of a graduate student, please include your undergraduate transcript as well
  • Official English Test Score (TOEFL, TOEIC, TEPS) 1 Copy (Since this is a photocopy, original copy is required later)
    - For universities in North America, Spain, England, Australia, ONLY TOEFL scores are accepted.
  • Statement of Purpose 1 Copy (English)
    A4 form 1~2page (2-3pages for graduate students) including reasons behind applying for an exchange program and a list of courses you desire to take etc.

The Process

  • Submission of application and required documents for exchange student program
    → During the recruitment period, submit all required documents
    → If the submitted documents are incomplete, the applicant is automatically disqualified.
  • Reviewing applications & interviews (regarding preferred choices of universities etc.)
  • After evaluation, final selection is announced with assigned universities.
  • After final selection, CBA sends nominations to the respective universities.
  • Students who are selected as exchange students must send required applications and required documents to their assigned universities.
  • Final confirmation from assigned universities and issuing of admission letters.


Before students start their exchange student programs, they may be disqualified or punished in different degrees if any of the following lists is occurring.

  • If the student tries to cancel his/her exchange student program after being assigned to a university.
  • If there are problems with the submitted documents (or if any of the content is proven to be false)
  • If the student asks for an extension (only one semester of the program is allowed in total, no more) after they have started their exchange program
  • If the student shows disappointing academic results/grades
  • If the student hurts the reputation of SNU

Screening Procedure & Credit Approval

  • SNU student must pay SNU tuition, not the tuition of university abroad.
    (Must maintain current enrolling student status during an exchange student period and no leave of absence is allowed.)
  • Before departure, during a specific period, a list of courses you plan to take at the overseas university (with study application form& instructing professor’s recommendation letter) must be submitted to the CBA administrative office on the first floor. This is necessary in order to have your credits acknowledged after coming back from the program.
  • Students may not register for mandatory major classes and completed courses.
  • Credit to acquire per semester should not go over 18 credits for undergraduates, 12 credits for graduates, and 9 credits for summer courses.
  • During the study period, including the summer courses, number of credits acquired cannot go over a half of minimum of total credits required for graduation.
  • Courses taken are recorded in the transcript with respective grades (but NOT included in average GPA)
  • Acquired credits are calculated according to SNU standard
    1 credit: over 15 hours, 2 credits: over 30 hours, 3 credits: over 45 hours in order to receive final approval at SNU. (Within the scope of SNU school regulations)
  • Dual degree program or with a university that manages an educational program with SNU, academic credits and average GPA areacknowledged.
  • Courses that overlap with already acquired courses at SNU will not be acknowledged.
  • Credits are not acknowledged if students who have studied abroad without going through a formal process of studying abroad approval beforehand.