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The following is an outline of the international student recruitment of the Graduate School of Korean Studies in the Academy of Korean Studies. Details may change each semester, so applicants are strongly advised to refer to the announcement before applying. It can be found at http://www.aks.ac.kr/univ/ - 입학안내 - 입학관련 공지 (in Korean), and http://intl.aks.ac.kr/english/ - Notice (in English).  
 
 Programs Offered
  A. Master’s degree program
  B. Doctoral degree program
  C. Research (Non-degree) program
 
 Majors Provided 

Divisions
Majors
Humanities
Korean History, Diplomatics and Bibliography, Philosophy,
Korean Linguistics·Korean Literature
Culture and Arts
Anthropology·Folklore, Religious Studies, Musicology, Art History,
Cultural Informatics·Human Geography
Social Sciences
Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Education
Global Korean Studies
Korean Culture and Society(only available for Master’s degree program),
Korean Classics and Global Communication
※ For curriculum comparison, please refer to GSKS homepage(www.aks.ac.kr/univ) - Introduction of GSKS(대학원 소개) - Majors(전공안내), under the tab of each division and of each major.

 
 
 Eligibility

Classifications
Qualifications
Nationality
Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:
 
①Both the applicant and his/her parents are foreign nationals.
②The applicant, either a foreign national or a Korean national who obtained permanent residency in a foreign country or who resides overseas, has completed education outside of Korea which is compatible with Korea‘s elementary, middle, high school and college education
.
Educational Background
◦ In order to be qualified for master’s degree programs:
- Applicants who satisfy the above qualification ① in relation to their nationality must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) conferred by a Korean or an overseas university at the start of the desired semester.
- Applicants who satisfy the above qualification ② in relation to their nationality must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) conferred by an overseas university at the start of the desired semester.
◦ It is acceptable that applicants apply for a major which is not directly related to his/her undergraduate major.
◦ In order to be qualified for doctoral degree programs, applicants must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) at the start of the desired semester.
◦ Applicants are requested to apply for a major which is the same as or closely related to their master's degree major (For more details, please see the Attachment 1.)
◦ Applicants who already have a doctoral degree are not allowed to apply for a doctoral degree program in the same or a similar field.
In order to be qualified for a research(non-degree) program:
- Applicants who satisfy the above qualification ① in relation to their nationality must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) conferred by Korean or an overseas universities at the start of the desired semester.
- Applicants who satisfy the above qualification ② in relation to their nationality must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) conferred by an overseas university at the start of the desired semester.
Language Proficiency
Applicants must meet one of the following conditions in relation to the Korean language proficiency:
○ Applicants must provide a TOPIK score certificate of level 4 or higher; or
○ If they do not have a valid TOPIK score certificate, applicants must take a phone interview held by the GSKS to evaluate their Korean language proficiency*
* Depending on the interview result, only those whose estimated TOPIK level is 4 or above will be considered to be qualified for a document screening.

 
 
 Admission Schedule and Process
  A. Applications are sought twice a year for spring semester and for fall semester.
  B. Recruitment announcement is usually made in early April for fall semester (beginning on September 1) and in early October for spring semester (beginning on March 1 the following year).
  C. Applicants are required to apply online at www.aks.ac.kr/admission and submit required documents by post or in person.
 
 Selection Process
 
  A. 1st Process : Korean Language Proficiency Screening
   ○ If applicants do not submit a valid* TOPIK score certificate of level 4 or higher, the GSKS Korean language teachers will conduct a phone interview to test their Korean language proficiency. (*The TOPIK certificate should be valid on the date of application deadline)
  B. 2nd Process : Document Screening
   ○ Only for those who passed the 1st process or have submitted a valid TOPIK score
   ○ Overall evaluation of applicants' study plan, grades, language proficiency, and academic background (those shown in personal statement and recommendation letters) take place.
  C. 3rd Process : Face-to-Face or Skype Interview
   ○ A face-to-face interview or a Skype interview will be held to those who have passed the 2nd Process.
   ○ Interview schedule will be informed individually. Applicants who do not participate in the interview will be automatically disqualified.
 
 
 Research (Non-Degree) Program
 
The Research (Non-degree) Program is designed for those with a bachelor’s degree who wish to complement their studies by attending GSKS for one year maximum. Admission procedure and required documents for application are same as those for degree programs. Those admitted to the program must pay tuition fees and get enrolled at least one course per semester, to which no credit is given. An academic advisor can be assigned to a student, and the Certificate of Enrollment/Completion can be issued. Students are accessible to the same facilities as degree students, but ineligible for financial aid and scholarships.
 
 
 Contact Information
 
  ◦ E-mail: nylee@aks.ac.kr
  ◦ Tel: +82-31-730-8183
  ◦ Fax: +82-31-730-8189
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