Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Seoul National University: Language Education Institute

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Approved Terms Approved Language Levels (year)
Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year* 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

* SNU is on a quarterly academic calendar that does not line up well with Yale's academic calendar. As a result Light, Fellows studying at SNU usually choose to do so for either the Summer or Academic Year.

An excellent program run by one of Korea’s top universities. SNU has a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum that provides a good balance of reading, writing, listening, and speaking practice through a communicative, task-based approach.  

Not centrally located in Seoul (think: cleaner air and exercise!). Most students find and rent their own off-campus housing.

SNU has worked with the Light Fellowship to offer a supplemental Buddy Program, specifically for Light Fellows. It includes 26 hours of one-on-one time with a local SNU student who can help with formal assignments/studying/exam prep, or simply spend time together on casual outings.

Program Application Notes:

  • Advanced academic class, evening program, 15-week program, and short programs are all not approved for Light funding.
  • Applications typically will not open until after Light Fellowship results are announced. It is your responsibility to check the application deadlines, but we recommend applying after you know your Light Fellowship results and only applying to the program you intend on attending. To our knowledge, Light Fellows have not had difficulty getting into their top choice programs in Korea.
  • If you experience any issues or have questions with the application process, you can email:

Light Fellowship Application Notes:

  • SNU is on a quarterly academic calendar, so Fellows applying for Academic Year funding should apply for the fall, winter, and spring quarters at SNU.