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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.  

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Admission Information for Master's or Doctoral Degree Program /
Research(non-degree) Program


   Key Attributes    

◦ Tuition fees are fully waived for international students.
◦ The Government Grant of KRW750,000 per month is provided for selected students.
◦ Free Korean language courses are provided to assist international students with academic writing, presentations and discussions as well as communication skills.
◦ On-campus dormitory accommodations are available at the rate of KRW477,400 per semester, double occupancy.
◦ A 4:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-to-one guidance of students by professors.
◦ Various kinds of courses are available including major-specific courses, interdisciplinary courses, independent study with student's own topic and research plans, fieldwork and research credit.
◦ Students may earn credits by publishing articles in accredited academic journals.
 
 
  Program Overview
 
◦ 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, which are Spring Semester (from March 1 to August 31) and Fall Semester (from September 1 to the end of February the following year), and courses are provided for 15 weeks each semester.
 
 
   Programs Offered

Programs 
Division
Major
Master's or
Doctoral
Degree  Programs
Humanities
Korean History, Paleography, Philosophy,
Korean Linguistics·Korean Literature
Culture and Arts
Anthropology·Folklore, Religious Studies,
Musicology, Art History, Cultural Informatics
Social Sciences
Political Science, Economics, Sociology,
Ethics, Education
Global Korean Studies
Korean Culture and Society(Master's program Only)
 Korean Classics and Global Communication(cooperative course)
Total
4 Divisions
Master's Program : 15Majors
Doctoral Degree Programs: 16 Majors
Research
(Non-degree)
Program
4 Divisions
16 Majors
(Same as those provided for degree programs)

 


 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 Korean or 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 overseas universities 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 graduate (master's degree) major (For more details, please see the Attachment 2).
◦ 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 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 overseas universities at the start of the desired semester.
 
Language Proficiency
Korean
Culture and
Society
major,
Korean
Classics
and
Global
Commu-nication
major
 
1. With respect to Korean language proficiency requirement, applicants must meet one of the three following conditions:
○ Applicants must provide a TOPIK score certificate of level 5 or above; 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*; or
○ Applicants must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a bachelor's or a master's degree in Korea where courses were taught in Korean.
* Depending on the interview result, only those whose estimated TOPIK level is 5 or above will be considered to be qualified for a document screening.
2. With respect to the English language proficiency requirement, applicants must provide an IELTS, TOEFL or TEPS score certificate.
○ However, applicants are exempt from the above requirement relating to the English language proficiency:
① if they are from the country where English is its official language; or
② if more than 50% of the courses of an undergraduate or a graduate degree program taken were taught in English
 
Other Majors
 
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
○ 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*; or
○ Applicants must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a bachelor's or a master's degree in Korea where courses were taught in Korean.
* 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.
 

  

 Selection Process  

A. Korean Language Proficiency Test (if applicable)
  ○ If applicants do not submit a valid TOPIK score certificate, the GSKS' Korean language teachers interview them on the phone to test their Korean language proficiency.
 
B. Document Screening
  ○ Overall evaluation of applicants' study plan, grades, language proficiency, academic background (for example, those shown in personal statement and recommendation letters) take place.
 
C. Face-to-Face or Skype Interview
  ○ A face-to-face interview or a Skype interview is held to take a closer look at applicant's reason for application, attitude, language proficiency, information utilization skills, international mindset, perception of reality, basic knowledge of the fields of humanities and social sciences, major-specific knowledge and the originality of the desired research area.
  
  
Admission Schedule & Required Documents
 
○ Applications are sought twice a year for spring semester and for fall semester.
○ Applicants are required to apply online at www.aks.ac.kr/admission and submit required documents.
○ For more details, please check "Notice" at intl.aks.ac.kr/english.
 
 
  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 the GSKS for maximum one year. Admission procedure and required documents for application are same as those for degree programs. Those admitted to the program must pay tuition fees and enroll in 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 given access to the same facilities as degree students, but ineligible for financial aid and scholarships.
 
 
Students Responsibilities to Develop Korean Language Skills
 
 
A. International students are required to develop their Korean language proficiency in order to further enhance their research in the field of Korean studies.
B. Once admitted, international students must take a Korean language proficiency test held by GSKS. Based on the test result, each international student will be assigned to specific level of Korean language courses which they must attend in order to complete their coursework. Korean language courses are noncredit and graded pass/fail.
C. In order to be qualified for submission of dissertation, international students must receive over 70 out of 100 in the Korean language proficiency test hosted by the GSKS. Those who obtain TOPIK level 6 (or level 4 for the International Korean Studies) are exempt from the test.
※ Most courses are taught in Korean and some of the Korean Culture and Society major or the Korean Classics and Global Communication major's in English.
 
 
  Korean Language Course
 
Korean language courses are provided as part of curriculum of a degree program in order to train international students to be more competent at and confident in academic presentations and writings as well as communication skills and eventually to help them achieve their academic goals.

  Level   
Program
Courses
Teaching Hours
Per Week
TOPIK
1-4
Basic Program
Korean 1
12
Korean 2
12
Korean 3
12
Korean 4
12
Korean 5
12
Korean 6
12
TOPIK
4-6
Research Program
Advanced Korean Reading
3
Advanced Korean Listening
3
Academic Writing (Introduction)
3
Academic Writing (Advanced)
3
Korean Vocabulary and Grammar
3
Academic Presentations and Discussions   
3

 
 
  Other Information  
 
A. Tuition-exemption scholarship is offered to all international students during their coursework period unless they are placed under academic probation or disciplinary actions are taken against them.
B. All the new international students of the Division of Global Korean Studies and comparably competent students of other majors are provided with the Government Grant, which is extended by semester during their coursework period unless they breach the relevant regulations.
C. Students should pay their boarding fees and other living expenses at their own expense.
D. The curriculum designed for international students is applied to Korean nationals who are admitted.
E. The list of major-specific courses can be found at the GSKS' website(www.aks.ac.kr/univ) - GSKS Introduction(대학원 소개) - Majors and Curriculum(전공 및 교육과정) - Major-specific Courses(전공과목), under the tab of each Division and of each major.
 
 
   Contact Information

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  ◦ Fax: +82-31-730-8189
  ◦ E-mail:sujinyeo@aks.ac.kr
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