Foreign students at SNU on rapid increase, up nearly 30%The number of international students at Seoul National University (SNU) has increased by nearly 30 percent in three years, the school said yesterday, indicating that the country’s most prestigious university is becoming more multicultural.
A total of 2,401 foreign students, including exchange and visiting students, are enrolled in the school’s undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs as of last month, a 27 percent increase from 1,891 in 2009, SNU said.
By nationality, Chinese topped the list with 726, followed by 253 Americans, 168 Japanese and 102 Mongolians, SNU said. Students from China, the United States and Japan accounted for 47.8 percent of all foreign students. “The ratio of international students to the total number of students has reached between 6 and 7 percent,” said Kim Joon-ki, an SNU official.