The 35th best university in the world according to the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, Seoul National University is widely considered to be the most prestigious university in South Korea. Comprised of 16 colleges as well as a graduate school and nine professional schools, the university is ranked in the top 50 in the world for over 30 subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017. In most cases, teaching at undergraduate level is available in English.
The 16 colleges at Seoul National University offer over 80 undergraduate courses in total, including some interdisciplinary programs. Subjects available at undergraduate level include:
Political Science,Psychology,Business Administration,Medicine,Materials Science and Engineering,Nuclear Engineering,and Law.
SNU’s one graduate school offers 99 different programs, covering five different fields of study. Most subjects are available to study at both master’s and doctorate level, although there are some exceptions. Teaching is in Korean, unless the university website says otherwise. Available subjects include:
Korean History,Oriental Philosophy,Economics,Chemistry,Dental Studies,Computer Science and Engineering,Law,and Business Administration.
The origin of Seoul National University (SNU) dates back to the late nineteenth century when Korean Emperor Gojong established modern higher education institutions which later became part of SNU.
In 1895 Emperor Gojong issued Imperial Order 49 and established the Legal Training School as the first modern higher education institution in Korea. It turned out 209 graduates including the Martyr Yi Jun.
The Seoul (Hanseong) Normal School, the first modern teacher training school was established in the same year and later became the SNU College of Education.
The early years of Seoul National University were marked by trials and tribulations during a time of turmoil. After gaining independence from Japan in 1945, one hundred dignitaries of the National Committee on Educational Planning proposed opening a national university by making use of the Seoul University buildings.
With the support of Korean officials working at the Department of Education of the United States Army Military Government in Korea, a proposal to establish “Seoul National University” was formally announced on July 13, 1946, and was formalized in an Ordinance to establish Seoul National University on August 22, 1946.
Following the ordinance, Seoul National University opened in October 1946 with nine colleges and one graduate school. The Colleges included were those of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, Law, Education, Commerce, Medicine, Fine Arts, and Dentistry.
However, many students and professors objected to the idea of opening a national university, leading to a campaign to oppose its establishment. This demonstration spread throughout the country, involving 57 schools and more than 40,000 students, However a counter-campaign supporting the establishment of the national university was mounted as well, demanding that classes continue. As a result, 4,956 students who started the demonstration were expelled in May 1947, and 3,158 of whom were readmitted to the university on Independence Day of the same year.
The University was finally able to resume classes in September 1947, after a year of chaos. Unfortunately, the challenge to establish a national university continued. Due to the Korean War in 1950, the University had to evacuate and relocate to Busan. Along with other private universities that had evacuated to Busan. The University formed a “War-time Union University” which lasted from February 1951 to May 1952.
Even during this time of evacuation, faculty and students worked hard to expand the spectrum of learning for students: The College of Pharmacy was established in September 1950; the College of Art was divided into the College of Fine Arts and College of Music in April 1953; and the Department of Veterinary Medicine in the College of Agriculture was made into the College of Veterinary Medicine. As a result, the university became an integrated educational institution with 12 colleges and a graduate school.
1895年，Gojong 颁布敕令，成立了法律培训学校。法律培训学校是韩国的第一个高等教育机构。法律培训学校培养了209名毕业生，包括Martyr Yi Jun也在内。