Academic Programs and Scholarship

Academic Programs

  • The Graudate School of Korean Studies offers Master’s degree or doctoral degree programs.
  • 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, a fall semester in September.

Benefits for International Students

  • Tuition fees are fully waived.
  • The Government Grant (monthly stipend of 750,000 KRW for a year, renewable upon evaluation) is provided to selected students.
  • A 5:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-on-one guidance of students by professors.
  • Korean language courses specifically designed for academic purposes are available free of charge.
  • On-campus dormitory accommodations are available at the rate of 543,000 KRW per semester, double occupancy.

AKS Graduate Fellowship

The AKS Graduate Fellowship is a non-degree program which invites international students at overseas universities in the fields of Korean studies to the Graduate School of Korean Studies, supporting them for six months to help them grow to be a next generation of promising scholars in Korean studies.

Fellowship Benefits
  • Monthly allowance of 750,000 KRW for 6 months (From 1 Sep to 28 Feb the following year)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • AKS professor’s guidance as a research advisor
  • On-campus accommodation available at the Fellow’s expense
  • Access to the AKS facilities including the library and Jangseogak Archives
  • Korean language courses offered free of charge (if academic environments allow)

As of the beginning of the fellowship period, applicants must meet all of the following qualifications.

  • A foreign national or a Korean national residing overseas
    A Korean national must have completed education outside of Korea which is compatible with Korea’s elementary, middle, high school and college education.
  • Applicants are enrolled in a Master’s or a doctoral degree program, or completed coursework and are in the status of ABD (All But Dissertation) in a Master's degree program at an overseas university.
  • An applicant's research topic pertains to Korea.
Fellows' Obligations
  • Fellows are required to designate one of the professors at the Graduate School of Korean Studies whose specialty is most relevant to their research topic as their academic advisor.
  • Fellows should take at least one major-specific course taught by their academic advisor or an individual study with their academic advisor.
  • Completing their research, fellows must submit a report summarizing their research findings and join the presentation session as a speaker before leaving the country.
Recruitment Schedule
Recruitment Schedule: Steps, Timeline
Steps Timeline
Announcement of Application Guidelines Early May
Application Deadline Late May
Results Announcement Early July
Beginning of Fellowship September 1st