With its 50 universities, 14 colleges, and numerous museums and libraries, the educational resources in Seoul are enormous. Seoul is also the center of government, business, and culture in Korea, with the head offices of virtually any enterprise—commercial, financial, or governmental—located in the city. Yet the world remained largely ignorant and unaware of Seoul, and of Korea as a whole, until 1988 when the city hosted the summer Olympic Games and 2002 when Korea co-hosted the World Cup. Today, the country is one of the leading and most successful economies, and companies such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai producer consumer goods that are well known around the world.
Seoul National University
Seoul National University (SNU) is and has been the indisputable leader of advanced education in Korea since its establishment in 1946. SNU has earned this reputation by maintaining the highest standards in both teaching and research. Kwanak Campus, the main campus of SNU, accommodates four graduate schools, eleven colleges, sixty- six research institutes, and other supporting facilities. Yeongeon campus is the medical campus which includes the University Hospital as well as other research institutes and organizations related to medical sciences. About 20,000 undergraduate students and 11,000 graduate students enroll at SNU every year.
Sogang University is a Jesuit institution that was founded in 1960. Today it is one of the leading private universities in Korea, with approximately 13,000 students and more than 21 departments. Sogang’s excellent reputation in education has been well earned by its highly qualified faculty. In addition to its regular course offerings, the university also offers Korean language training for nonnative speakers at the Sogang International Institute of Lifelong Education. The Sogang University campus includes a modern gymnasium and sports facilities, a growing library, and an active student-life center.
Seoul National University
The majority of courses at Seoul National University are taught in Korean but each college or department offers a number of courses in English. Courses are available in humanities, social sciences, education, natural science, human ecology, nursing, veterinary sciences, management, music, fine arts, agriculture and life sciences.
The Boston College program at Sogang University offers a unique opportunity to study at a prestigious Jesuit institution in Korea. It is of particular interest to students specializing in the disciplines of history, political science, management, international studies, and Asian or Asian-American studies. BC students choose classes in the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) where courses are offered in English. Students with sufficient Korean language proficiency may enroll directly in regular courses at Sogang University, while students with no language background enroll in a full-time intensive Korean language program or in a selection of courses taught in English.
The Director of International and Public Relations serves as the faculty advisor for BC students at Sogang, and there is an officer available for all exchange students.
Housing at Seoul National University in the Kwanaksa (Gwanak campus dormitory) is available upon request, but cannot be guaranteed. Off-campus housing is also available around the campus. At Sogang University, student dormitories are within a 3–5 minute walk of the campus. BC students can stay with Korean roommates.
Club activities play an important role in student life at both Seoul National and Sogang, where clubs abound—from taekwondo, kendo, and Korean dancing to skiing. BC students meet students at one of the activity group at Sogang, HUG (Hands Up for Gathering), where various field trips are arranged. Popular student attractions include Chandookkung and its secret garden, Insadong with antique stores, the 63 Building with IMAX theater and aquarium, as well as the night markets at Dong-Dae Moon and Itaewon.