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 Title |  Admissions Guide for International Students - 2015 Spring Semester -
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1. About the Graduate School of Korean Studies
The Graduate School of Korean Studies (“GSKS”) is a research-oriented graduate school in the fields of humanities and social sciences pertinent to Korea, which 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, GSKS has provided intensive research-oriented education through eminent professors’ close mentoring of students. As a result, not only GSKS has gained a worldwide reputation for its high standard and quality education, but also its graduates are playing pivotal role in widening and deepening Korean studies all over the world with their academic excellence. Currently, approximately 260 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 GSKS.
 
2.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 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 KRW477,400 per semester, double occupancy.
◦A 4:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-to-on
e guidance of students by professors.
◦Various kinds of courses are available including major-specific courses, interdisciplinary courses, fieldwork and independent studies with student's own topic and research plans.
◦Students may earn credits by publishing articles in accredited academic journals.
3.Program Overview
 
◦ Coursework period is 2 years for master's degree programs and 3 years for doctoral degree programs.
◦ 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 per semester.
 
 
4.Programs Offered and Volumes of Recruitment
 

Programs
Divisions
Majors
Volume of Recruitment
Master's
Degree Programs
Humanities
Korean History, Paleography, Philosophy,
Korean Linguistics·Korean Literature
OO
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 Divisions
15 Majors
Doctoral Degree
Programs
Humanities
Korean History, Paleography, Philosophy,
Korean Linguistics·Korean Literature
OO
Culture and Arts
Anthropology·Folklore, Religious Studies,
Musicology, Art History, Cultural Informatics
Social Sciences
Political Science, Economics, Sociology,
Ethics, Education
Total
3 Divisions
14 Majors
Research
(Non-degree)
Program
-
Same as those provided for degree programs
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5.Eligibility

 
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 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 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.
Korean Language Proficiency
○ Applicants (except for the Korean Culture and History major) must reach a TOPIK level 4 or above.
○ Applicants (except for the Korean Culture and History major) who do not have a valid TOPIK score certificate must take a phone interview held by the GSKS to evaluate their Korean language proficiency. Depending on the interview result, those whose estimated TOPIK level does not reach level 4 will be disqualified from the document screening procedure.
Applicants for the Korean Culture and History major do not need to submit a TOPIK score certificate.

 
 
6.Selection Process
 
A. Korean Language Test : A phone interview to test applicant's Korean language proficiency will be held by the GSKS' Korean language teachers for those who do not submit a valid TOPIK score certificate. It is not applicable to the applicants for the Korean Culture and History major or those whose TOPIK score is level 4 or above.
B. Document Screening : Overall evaluation of applicants' academic qualifications, language proficiency and potential for academic growth will take place based on the submitted documents.
C. A Phone Interview or a Skype Interview : Applicants who pass the document screening will take a phone interview or a Skype interview which aims to take a closer look at applicant's reason for application, attitude, basic knowledge in the fields of humanities and social sciences, major-specific knowledge and the originality of the desired research area.
 
 
7.Admission Schedule
 

Steps
Schedule
Remarks
Online application & documents submission
~ 14 November 2014 17:00
 
Phone interview to test Korean language proficiency
24 ~ 26 November
Applicants without a valid TOPIK score certificate will be interviewed (Not applicable to those who apply for Korean Culture and History major or whose TOPIK score is level 4 or above).
Announcement of the interviewees list for a phone interview or a Skype interview
4 December
18:00
The list of interviewees will be published on the GSKS website.
A phone interview or a Skype interview
8 ~ 10 December
 
Announcement of the final selection result
26 December
18:00
The list of successful applicants will be published on the GSKS website.

 
8.Required Documents
 
A. Online Application Form
◦ Applicants must save their information and upload their ID photo at www.aks.ac.kr/admission and print it.
B. Personal Statement
◦ Personal statement is an about-2-pages-long document in which applicants present their backgrounds, academic life, social activities, view of life, strengths and weaknesses, etc. in a free format.
◦ It must be written in Korean (or in English for the Korean Culture and History major applicants).
C. Study Plan
◦ Study plan is an about-3-pages-long document in which applicants describe their specific area of interest, reasons of its choice, future research plan, etc. in a free format.
◦ It must be written in Korean (or in English for the Korean Culture and History major applicants).
D. A graduation (or an expected graduation) certificate(s) for all the previous degree(s)
◦ Documents must be original copies written in Korean or in English.
◦ If documents are written in a language other than Korean or English, they must be translated into and then notarized either in Korean or in English. Alternatively, instead of notarization, it is acceptable to submit translated documents which are confirmed by the issuing institute that the translation is correct.
◦ Applicants who graduated from Chinese universities must additionally submit Credentials Report in English issued by China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center (www.cdgdc.edu.cn).
E. Official transcripts for all the previous degree(s)
◦ Documents must be original copies written in Korean or in English.
◦ If documents are written in a language other than Korean or English, they must be translated into and then notarized either in Korean or in English. Alternatively, instead of notarization, it is acceptable to submit translated documents which are confirmed by the issuing institute that the translation is correct.
F. An abstract of master's degree thesis written in Korean (only applicable to applicants for doctoral degree programs)
G. 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 the dean of the department in his/her undergraduate/graduate school.
◦ Letters of recommendation must be written in Korean or in English.
◦ Recommenders must fill in the prescribed form downloadable at the GSKS website, seal the envelope and sign across the envelope seal.
◦ Letters of recommendation can be sent directly from recommenders to the Director of Academic and Student Affairs at GSKS or included in the application package.
H. Score certificate of TOPIK (Not applicable to the Korean Culture and History major applicants)
◦ Applicants except for the Korean Culture and History major should reach a TOPIK level 4 or above and submit such a TOPIK score certificate.
◦ A TOPIK score certificate should be either an original copy issued by the holding institution or a copy printed at TOPIK website(http://www.topik.go.kr/ - Issuance of Score Report - Issuing Score Certificates).
◦ Only the valid score certificates as of the application deadline are acceptable.
I. Certificate of Korean Language Proficiency (if applicable)
◦ Applicants (except for the Korean Culture and History major) who do not submit a valid TOPIK score certificate should submit a Certificate of Korean Language Proficiency, a prescribed form downloadable at the GSKS website. The form must be completed by either a faculty member in the field of Korean studies or a Korean Embassy staff.
J. Score certificate of an English language proficiency test (Only applicable to the Korean Culture and History major applicants)
◦ Applicants for the Korean Culture and History major must submit an original copy of score certificate of TOEFL, IELTS or TEPS.
◦ Score certificates must be issued within 2 years prior to the application deadline.
◦ No minimum score is required.
◦ Exemption is applied to the following applicants:
① who are from the country where English is its official language; or
② who graduated from a university in the above country
K. A copy of the first two pages of the applicant's passport
L. Payment receipt for the application fee
M. A color ID photo (3.5cm X 4.5cm)
 
 
9. Application Fee
 
A. Amount*: USD50 or KRW50,000
* The amount received by the GSKS after the deduction of remittance charges incurred
B. Addressee

 
When paid with Korean Won
When paid with US Dollar
Account No.
270901-04-168472
270968-08-100314
(Bank Swift Code: CZNBKRSEXXX)
Account Holder
The Academy of Korean Studies
Bank Name
Kookmin Bank

 
C. Application fee must be paid before the application deadline.
D. Application can't be cancelled after the online application is completed and the application fee paid. Application fee will not be returned in principle, but in the circumstances where applicants inevitably had to withdraw from the application due to natural disaster, negligence of the university or a fault which is not attributed to the applicant, some or all of it can be returned.
 
 

10. Application Details
 
A. Application Deadline : 14 November 2014, 5:00pm (Korean Time)
B. Application Method : Complete the online application (http://www.aks.ac.kr/ admission), save the data, print and submit it with other required documents by postal mail or in person.
C. Addressee :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)
D. Call us for online application problems:
+82-31-709-8111 (ext 527) for inquiries made in Korean
+82-31-709-8111 (ext 214) for inquiries made in English
 
 
11. Important Notes for Applicants
 
A. All documents must be original copies.
B. All documents must be written in Korean or in English. If documents are written in a language other than Korean or English, they must be translated into and then notarized either in Korean or in English. Alternatively, instead of notarization, it is acceptable to submit translated documents which are confirmed by the issuing institute that the translation is correct.
C. 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 can be revoked.
D. In relation to letters of recommendation and the Certificate of Korean Language Proficiency, applicants must use the prescribed forms downloadable at the GSKS website.
E. Applicants (except for the Korean Culture and History major) who fail to submit a TOPIK score certificate of level 4 or above should take a phone interview to test their Korean language proficiency by the GSKS Korean language teachers.
F. If requested by GSKS, applicants are required to submit additional documents necessary for screening.
G. Applicants should submit documents either by postal mail or in person. Late applications after the submission deadline will not be accepted.
H. Incomplete applications with missing documents will not be accepted.
I. Submitted documents will not be returned.
 
 
12. 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.
 
 
13. 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 a 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 principle, all the courses are taught in Korean except those for the Korean Culture and History major which are taught in English.
D. 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 GSKS. Those who obtain TOPIK level 6 (or level 4 for the Korean Culture and History major) are exempt from the test.
 
14. 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. The Government Grant is provided for selected international students in the front rank of admitted students and 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.
 
15. Contact Information
 
◦Tel: +82-31-709-8111(ext 214), +82-31-708-5310
◦Fax: +82-31-709-9946


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