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MA & PhD Studentship in Korean Studies

The Graduate School of Korean Studies in the Academy of Korean Studies is a government-funded institution established to develop and globalise Korean studies. It brings together 50 faculty members and 250 students, a half of whom are international from 33 countries, to create an open and dynamic community to widen and deepen their knowledge in the fields of humanities and social sciences pertinent to Korea.

Programs

– Master’s degree
– Doctoral degree
– Research(non-degree)

Majors

– Korean History
– Diplomatics and Bibliography
– Philosophy
– Korean Linguistics·Korean Literature
– Anthropology·Folklore
– Religious Studies
– Musicology
– Art History
– Cultural Informatics·Human Geography
– Political Science
– Sociology
– Education
– Korean Culture and Society

Benefits for International Students

– Tuition fees are fully waived for the whole coursework period.
– About 70% of international students are provided with the Government Grant, a monthly stipend of £460.
– A 5:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-on-one guidance.
– Korean language courses, tutoring, writing clinic, and various cultural activities are available free of charge, supporting students’ academic performance.

Requirements

– English language proficiency equivalent to or higher than TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS Academic Module 6.5, or TEPS 301 for applicants for Korean Culture and Society major
– Korean language proficiency equivalent to or higher than TOPIK(Test of Proficiency in Korean) level 4 for applicants except for Korean Culture and Society major

Application 
Applications are open on 24th September and close on 8th October 2021. Please apply online at gradaks.recruiter.co.kr

Why Study at GSKS? 

As an educational institute established and funded by the Korean government with the aim of promoting Korean studies, we provide international students with excellent educational and living environments as follows: 

  • Tuition fees are fully waived for the whole coursework period for all international students.
  • 69.8% of international students benefit from the Government Grant, a monthly stipend of 460 for a year, renewable upon evaluation.
  • 5:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-to-one guidance by professors.
  • Korean language courses are available free of charge to assist international students with academic writing, presentations, and discussions.
  • Various programs such as tutoring, writing clinic, cultural activities and airfare subsidy for presentation abroad, etc. support students’ academic performance. 

Currently, approximately 250 students including about 120 international students from 33 countries are enrolled in our Master’s or doctoral degree program in the fields of humanities and social sciences pertinent to Korea.  

The Program 

  • Coursework period is 2 years for a Master’s degree program and 3 years for a doctoral degree program.
  • An academic year consists of two semesters and courses are provided for 15 weeks per semester. A spring semester begins in March, and a fall semester in September.
  • Most courses are taught in Korean, while courses in Korean Culture and Society major are provided in English.
  • Students earn 3 credits each course. In order to graduate, students of a Master’s degree program should complete 24 credits, and a doctoral degree program 36 credits, other than mandatory Korean language courses which are non-credit. Both Master’s degree and doctoral degree students should write a thesis. 

Entry Requirement 

  • A keen interest in Korean studies, coupled with an undergraduate degree (for a Master’s degree program) or a graduate degree (for a doctoral degree program)
  • English language proficiency equivalent to or higher than TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS Academic Module 6.5, or TEPS 301 for applicants for Korean Culture and Society major
  • Korean language proficiency equivalent to or higher than TOPIK(Test of Proficiency in Korean) level 4 for applicants except for Korean Culture and Society major 

Application Deadline 

Applications are sought twice a year. Application for 2022 spring semester will be open on 24 September and close on 8 October 2021. Applications for 2022 fall semester will be sought in March 2022.

How to Apply 

To apply, visit here and complete the online application form. A soft copy or a scanned copy of the following documents should be uploaded on the application website:

  • Personal Statement
  • Research Plan
  • A graduation certificate and official transcripts
  • A score report of TOFEL iBT, IELTS Academic Module, or TEPS (if applicable)
  • A TOPIK certificate (if applicable) 

In addition, a letter of recommendation should be sent by email. 

Selection Process 

  • 1st Process (If applicable) : Korean Language Proficiency Test

–    If applicants do not submit a valid TOPIK score certificate, GSKS Korean language teachers conduct a phone interview to test their Korean language proficiency.

–    Applicants for Korean Culture and Society major are not applicable.

  • 2nd Process : Document Screening

–    Document screening is held for applicants who meet all the application requirement.

–    Overall evaluation of applicants’ research plan, academic ability, language proficiency, and academic background (shown in personal statement and a recommendation letter) takes place. 

  • 3rd Process : A Video Interview

–    A video interview is held to those who have passed the 2nd process. 

Contact Us 

If you have any queries about the program or the application process, please contact us at admission_intl@aks.ac.kr or +82-31-730-8183. 

TYPE / ROLE 

Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree Program 

SUBJECT AREAS 

  • Korean History
  • Diplomatics and Bibliography
  • Philosophy
  • Korean Linguistics · Korean Literature
  • Anthropology · Folklore
  • Religious Studies
  • Musicology
  • Art History
  • Cultural Informatics · Human Geography
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Korean Culture and Society (Only available for Master’s degree program) 

LOCATION 

Seongnam City – South Korea 

Perched on the side of Cheonggye Mountain, 30km south of the center of Seoul, the campus provides a fantastic setting for the academic pursuits of students with its peaceful atmospheres and natural environments. Also, students can reach dynamic youth culture of Gangnam area within 30 minutes by bus as well as artistic and historic heritage of Seoul city center within an hour

Click here to find out more and fill in application.

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