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Admissions Guide for International Students for 2013 Spring Semester



1. About the Graduate School of Korean Studies

 The Graduate School of Korean Studies (“GSKS”) aims at nurturing scholars who will contribute to the development and globalization of Korean studies. Since its establishment in 1980 as Korea’s first professional school dedicated exclusively to Korean studies, the GSKS has provided intensive research-oriented education through eminent professors’ close mentoring of students in the fields of humanities and social sciences related to Korea. As a result, not only the GSKS has gained a worldwide reputation for its high standard and quality education, but also graduates of the GSKS are playing pivotal role in widening and deepening Korean studies all over the world with their academic excellence. Currently, approximately 270 students, including about 130 international students from 35 different countries, are enrolled in the master’s and doctoral degree programs and research (non-degree) program at the GSKS.


2. Key Attributes
 
 ◦ Tuition fees are fully waived for international students.
 ◦ The Government Grant of KRW750,000 per month per person is provided for selected students.
 ◦ Free Korean Language courses are provided to train international students to be more competent at and confident in reading/writing/listening/speaking Korean and eventually help them achieve their academic goals.
 ◦ On-campus dormitory accommodations are available at the rate of KRW463,500 per person per semester (equivalent to 6 months), double occupancy.
 ◦ Most courses are attended by both Korean and international students, encouraging culturally and academically challenging atmospheres. 
 ◦ A 4:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-to-one guidance of students by professors. 
 ◦ Various kinds of courses are available including major courses, interdisciplinary courses, fieldwork and individualized courses with a student‘s own topic and research plans.
 ◦ Students may earn credits by publishing articles in accredited academic journals or participating in AKS‘ research projects.


3. Program Overview

 ◦ Minimum requirement of enrollment: Students must enroll in the program for 2 years in order to be conferred a master‘s degree, and 3 years for a doctoral degree.
  ◦ 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).
  ◦ Courses are provided for 15 weeks per semester.


4. Degree Programs Offered

Programs 
Faculties
Majors
Master's
Degree  Programs
Humanities
Korean History, Paleography, Philosophy,
Korean Language·Korean Literature
Culture and Arts
Anthropology·Folklore, Religious Studies,
Musicology, Art History, Cultural Informatics
Social Sciences
Political Science, Economics, Sociology,
Ethics, Education
International Korean Studies
Korean Culture and History
Total
4 Faculties
15 Majors
Doctoral Degree
Programs
Humanities 
Korean History, Paleography, Philosophy,
Korean Language·Korean Literature
Culture and Arts
Anthropology·Folklore, Religious Studies,
Musicology, Art History, Cultural Informatics
Social Sciences
Political Science, Economics, Sociology,
Ethics, Education
Total
3 Faculties
14 Majors

※ For the research (non-degree) program, please refer to the “11. Research (Non-degree) Program” below.


5. Financial Aid

 ◦ Tuition fees are fully waived for international students.
  ※ Full tuition waiver is offered only during the required minimum length of enrollment for each degree program.
  ※ It can be withdrawn when a student is placed on academic probation or disciplinary action is taken against him/her.
  ※ Students should pay for their boarding fees (KRW463,500 per person per semester (equivalent to 6 months), double occupancy, if they choose to live in the dormitory) and other living expenses at their own expense.
 
 ◦ The Government Grant of KRW750,000 per month per person is provided for selected students.
  ※ It is offered and extended semester by semester during the required minimum length of enrollment for each degree program as long as the Grant recipient meets the provision criteria and maintains his/her grade point average (GPA) above 3.7(A-) out of 4.3 in the previous semester (or above 3.3(B+) in the first two semesters). Failure in doing so will result in cancellation of the Grant.
  ※ The Grant may be called to a halt on specific grounds such as the cuts.

 ◦ RA/TA opportunities are available for selected students.
 
6. Eligibility

 
Qualifications
Nationality
Applicants must meet one of the following conditions;
① Both the applicant and his/her parents are foreign nationals.
② The 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.
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.
- The applicant‘s major for his/her master‘s degree must be the same as or closely related to the major which he/she applies for. 
- Applicants who already have a doctoral degree cannnot apply for the doctoral degree program in the same or a similar field.

※ Successful applicants of Korean nationals who obtained permanent residency in a foreign country or who reside overseas should follow the curriculum designed for  international students.


7. Selection Process

 ◦ Overall evaluation of applicants‘ academic qualifications, language proficiency and potential will take place based on the submitted documents.
   ◦ Phone interviews may be held, if necessary.


8. Admission Schedule

Schedule
Desired Semester
Remarks
2013
Spring Semester
2013
Fall Semester
Application Deadline
31st October 2012
February ~ March 2013
Further information on the application for 2013 Fall Semester will be posted on the GSKS website.
Results Announcement
December 2012
May 2013
Announcement will be made on the GSKS website and sent to candidates via email.
Beginning of Semester
1st March 2013
1st September 2013
 



9. Required Documents

 ◦ Online Application Form
     - Applicants must enter data at www.aks.ac.kr/admission.
 ◦ Personal Statement
  - It must be at least 2 pages long on A4- or letter-sized paper.
  - It must be written in Korean except for the applications for Korean Culture and History major whose personal statement should be written in English.
  ◦ Study Plan
  - It must be at least 3 pages long on A4- or letter-sized paper.
  - It must be written in Korean except for the applications for Korean Culture and History major whose personal statement should be written in English.
 ◦ A copy of original diploma(s) for all the previous degree(s)
  - If diplomas are not written either in Korean or in English, they must be translated into and then notarized either in Korean or in English. Applicants must submit BOTH the original diploma(s) in their own language AND translated and notarized one(s).
  - Applicants who graduated from universities in the People's Republic of China must also submit Credentials Report in English issued by China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center (www.cdgdc.edu.cn).
 ◦ A copy of official transcripts for all the previous degree(s)
  - If transcripts are not written either in Korean or in English, they must be translated into and then notarized either in Korean or in English. Applicants must submit BOTH the original transcripts in their own language AND translated and notarized ones.
 ◦ A copy of an abstract of master‘s degree thesis (only applicable to applicants for doctoral degree programs)
 ◦ Two letters of recommendation
  - Applicants must submit letters of recommendation written by two recommenders, one of whom must be the applicant‘s academic advisor or Dean of the department in his/her undergraduate/graduate school.
  - Recommenders must fill in the designated form downloadable at the GSKS website and send it directly to the Director of Academic and Student Affairs at the GSKS after sealing it and signing across the envelope seal.
 ◦ A copy of official transcripts for a language proficiency test
      - Applicants except those who apply for the Korean Culture and History major must take a Standard Test of Proficiency in Korean (“S-TOPIK“) and submit a copy of official transcripts. Alternatively, applicants are allowed to submit the Certificate of Korean Language Proficiency, a designated form downloadable at the GSKS website which must be completed by either a faculty member in the field of Korean studies or a Korean Embassy staff, instead of the S-TOPIK transcripts.
       - Applicants for the Korean Culture and History major whose first language is not English or who use English as an official language, not as a native language, in their home country must take an English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS or TEPS) and submit a copy of official transcripts. Alternatively, applicants are allowed to submit certificates issued by the heads of both their high school and university confirming classes were taught in English.
  - Official transcripts must be issued within 4 years prior to the application deadline.
 ◦ A copy of the first two pages of the applicant‘s passport
 ◦ Three passport-sized (3.5cm x 4.5cm) photos
 ◦ Application fees: USD50 or KRW50,000

 
When paid
in Korean Won
When paid
in US Dollar
Account No.
270937-04-000487
270968-08-100314
Account Holder
Academy of Korean Studies
Bank Name
Kookmin Bank
Bank Swift Code
CZNBKRSEXXX


10. Important Notes for Applicants

 ◦ Applicants must complete the online application form at www.aks.ac.kr/admission.
 ◦ All the submitted documents must be original copies.
 ◦ Applicant‘s information stated in the application form must be authentic and truthful. If provided information turns out to be false or untruthful, the applicant‘s admission may be revoked.
 ◦ In relation to letters of recommendation and the Certificate of Korean Language Proficiency, applicants must use the designated forms downloadable at the GSKS website.
 ◦ Applicants are allowed to submit additional documents which they believe may be helpful in their application.
 ◦ All the required documents except the online application form must be sent by postal mail.
 ◦ Late applications after the submission deadline will not be accepted.
 ◦ Incomplete applications with missing documents will not be accepted. 
 ◦ Submitted documents and application fees will not be returned.
   
     
11. Research (Non-Degree) Program

 The Research (Non-degree) Program is designed for those who already have a bachelor’s or higher degree and 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 is 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.

12. Students Responsibilities to Develop Korean Language Skills 

 ◦ International students are required to develop their Korean language proficiency in order to further enhance their research in the field of Korean studies.
 ◦ Once admitted, international students must take a Korean Language Proficiency Test held by the GSKS. Based on the test result, each international student will be assigned to a Korean language course and they must complete one. Korean language courses are noncredit and graded pass/fail.
 ◦ In principle, all the courses are taught in Korean except those for the Korean Culture and History major which are taught in English.
 ◦ 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 S-TOPIK level 6 (or level 4 for the students who major in Korean Culture and History) are exempt from the Korean Language Proficiency Test.

13. Contact Information 

   ◦ Mailing Address:
  Office of Academic & Student Affairs
  The Graduate School of Korean Studies
  The Academy of Korean Studies
  323 Haogaero Bundang-gu Seongnam-si Gyeonggi-do
  Republic of Korea (Postcode: 463-791)
 ◦ Tel: +82-31-709-8111(ext 214), +82-31-708-5310
  ◦ Fax: +82-31-709-9946
   ◦ E-mail: gradaks@aks.ac.kr
 ◦ Website: http://www.aks.ac.kr


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