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2015 GKS (Global Korea Scholarship) - AKS (Academy of Korean Studies) Admission Guide for International Students
1. About the Graduate School of Korean Studies in the Academy 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 250 students, including about 120 international students from 35 different countries, are enrolled in the master’s and doctoral degree programs and research (non-degree) program at GSKS.
※ Key Attributes
◦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-one 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.
2. 2014 GKS-AKS Program
The Global Korea Scholarship(GKS) is a scholarship program supported by the Korean government and implemented by the National Institute for International Education(NIIED), an organization directly responsible to the Ministry of Education. It aims to promote international exchange in education as well as mutual friendship amongst participating countries.
This year the Graduate School of Korean Studies in the Academy of Korean Studies was selected as one of the designated Korean universities which applicants can choose to study for their master's or doctoral degree programs with the support of GKS.
A. Programs Offered and Duration of Scholarship

Duration of Scholarship
Master's Degree
3 years
(01.09.2015 ~ 31.08.2018)
1 year of Korean language course
+ 2 years of degree program
Doctoral Degree
4 years
(01.09.2015 ~ 31.08.2019)
1 year of Korean language course
+ 3 years of degree program
Research Program
1 month ~ 1year
(01.09.2015 ~ 31.08.2016)

B. Available Fields of Study

Degree Programs
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
3 Faculties
14 Majors
Doctoral Degree
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
3 Faculties
14 Majors

C. Volume of Recruitment : No more than 20 (No more than 3 from a single country)
<Designated University Quotas>

Name of Countries
No. of Nations
Indonesia, Mongolia, Vietnam
Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan
Brazil, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia
Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria
Ghana, India
Cameroon, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey
Egypt, Poland, Romania, The United States, Peru
Azerbaijan, Colombia, Hungary, Japan, Laos, Singapore
Algeria, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, France, Gabon, Germany, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, Sudan, Tajikistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Kingdom, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Yemen, Zambia
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Finland, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Maldives, New Zealand, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste
327 Candidates

< Research Program Quota >

Name of Countries
Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Timor-Leste, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Solomon Islands
Approx. 20 in

D. Application Requirements
◦ The applicant and his/her parents must have foreign citizenships.
* Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program. Therefore, Applicants and his/her parents who once had Korean citizenship must provide document regarding renunciation of Korean citizenship.
◦ Applicants should be in good health, both mentally and physically, to stay in Korea for an extended period of time.
* Applicants must submit the Personal Medical Assessment (included in the application form) when he/she apply for this program, and when it’s orientation, an Official Medical Examination will be done by NIIED. A serious illness (For example, HIV, Drug, etc) will be the main cause of disqualification from the scholarship.
※ The handicapped who satisfy the above are also eligible for the program
NOT Eligible: those who are pregnant(disqualified upon discovery)
◦ Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sep. 1st,2015(born after Sep.1st, 1975).
◦ Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of August 31st,2015.
※ Research Program Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or above and a university professor in one of the eligible countries for research program(see 2-2).
* (Important) Applicants who have ever enrolled in a university in Korea will be disqualified from applying to the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in an undergraduate program, a master’s program, a doctoral program including an exchange program (D-2 visa holders ever) in Korea cannot apply for this program.
Exception 1. Applicant who has experienced an exchange program in Korea only for previous academic courses graduation, and if it was mandatory for his or her graduation of degree program; thus could submit official explanation from the attended institution can apply for this KGSP program.
Exception 2. The KGSP scholar who has graduated or will graduate from a Korean university as of August 31st, 2015 can apply for this program again only via the embassy if only he/she holds at least TOPIK Level4 and obtain another recommendation within the allotment from the Korean Embassy of his/her respective country of origin (re-application is limited to one instance).
* Applicants who apply for the Master’s program must hold a Bachelor’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor’s degree.
* Applicants who apply for the Doctoral program must hold a Master’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree.
* Applicants who are expecting to obtain the relevant required degree or diploma by August 31st, 2015 must submit a certificate of degree or diploma expectation, and submit the official certificate of degree or diploma to NIIED by August 31st, 2015(If not, disqualified for this program).
◦ Applicants must maintain a grade point average (G.P.A.) of at least 2.64 on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4. 3 scale, 2.91 on a 4.5 scale, or grades/marks/score of 80% or higher from the previously attended institution.
* If an applicant does not satisfy the above GPA criteria, he/she will be disqualified from applying to this program.
* If the transcript is not indicated in grades/marks/scores format, or is difficult to convert into percentages, attachment of official explanation from the attended institution is required.
◦ Applicants who have Korean proficiency or English proficiency may be given preference.
◦ Applicants who apply for natural science and technology program may be given preference.
◦ Applicants who are university professors currently in the developing countries may be given preference.
E. Scholarship Details
1) Grant Period: same as the period of invitation
2) Payment
◦ Airfare: Round-trip economy class ticket.
※ Airfare for entry will not be provided to scholars who are currently living in Korea for academic study or employment.
※ The fees for domestic travel within a scholar’s home country and for travel insurance to and from Korea will not be provided.
※ Scholars from China and the Czech Republic will not be provided airfare by NIIED, but by their country of origin according to the mutual agreements.
◦ Monthly Allowance: 900,000 won (KRW) per month.
◦ Research Allowance: 210,000 won for scholars in the humanities and social sciences per semester.
◦ Relocation (Settlement) Allowance: 200,000 won
◦ Language Training Fee: Full coverage
◦ Tuitions: All admission fees are waived by the host institution (university). The tuition is paid by NIIED.
◦ Dissertation Printing Costs: 500,000 ~ 800,000 won, depending on the actual costs.
◦ Medical Insurance: 20,000 won per month will be provided (limited coverage).
◦ Special funding for scholars who are proficient in the Korean language (TOPIK Level 5 or 6): 100,000 won per month (commencing from the degree program)
◦ NIIED does not compensate fees for the domestic travel, moving expenses, deposit, etc. both in the grantee’s country and Korea.
◦ The medical fee is to be reimbursed through the insurance company to the scholar after s/he pays first. However, the expense for dental clinic or chronic disease will not be covered.
◦ Any scholar who gives up his/her study during the scholarship period will not receive airfare and allowance for repatriation.
◦ Any scholar that quits the program within 3 months after s/he entering Korea, must refund all scholarship fees.(The airfare of arriving Korea, settlement allowance, monthly stipend, Korean language training expenses, etc.).
F. Admission Schedule

Application Deadline
18:00 Friday
20 March 2015
2nd Screening Result Announcement
Thursday 30 April 2015
Announcement will be posted on the GKS website (www.studyinkorea.go.kr/ko/main.do).
Final Selection Result Announcement
Tuesday 16 June 2015

◦ ‘2015 GKS - AKS Graduate Recruitment’ is held separately from the 'GSKS Graduate Recruitment for 2014 Fall Semester'.
◦ Applicants for ‘2014 GKS - AKS Graduate Recruitment’ are allowed to apply for the 'GSKS Graduate Recruitment for 2015 Fall Semester' at the same time. Those who want to apply for the GSKS program for 2015 Fall Semester must additionally submit required documents by the application deadline set by the GSKS.
◦ For the announcement of the ‘ Admissions Guide for International Students - 2015 Fall Semester ', please see http://intl.aks.ac.kr/english/portal.php
G. Selection Process
1) The 1st Selection will be held by the GSKS in the AKS and the 2nd Selection by the NIIED only for those who pass the 1st Selection.
2) During the 1st Selection, overall evaluation of applicants' school grades, academic background, study plan, language proficiency, research performance and award history will take place. Phone interviews will be held.
H. Required Documents
Please submit ONE original copy of the required documents and THREE xeroxed copies of them collated in the above mentioned order.
Documents not in English or Korean must be accompanied by a complete English or Korean translation authenticated by the issuing institution or notarized by a notary’s office.

Name of Documents
1.Personal Data (Attachment #1)
2.Self-Introduction (Attachment #2)
Study Plan (Attachment #3)
Research Proposal(Attachment #3)
4.Letter of Recommendation (Attachment #4) written by applicant's academic advisor or dean of the department and sealed
5. Pledge (Attachment #5)
6. Personal Medical Assessment (Attachment #6)
7.Diploma or certificate of graduation from undergraduate institution
8. Official Transcript from undergraduate institution
9.Diploma or certificate of graduation from graduate institution
10.Diploma or certificate of graduation from graduate institution
11. Certificate of Employment
12.Certificate of TOPIK score (original copy), if applicable
13.Certificate of TOEFL or IELTS score (original copy), if applicable
14. Published papers, if applicable
15. Awards, if applicable
16. Copy of passport (possible to submit after selection)
Certificate of citizenship of applicant ex) the applicant’s and his/her Parents’ Birth certificate, Passport copy or Certificate of nationality expatriation, etc.
Certificate of Loss of Korean citizenship (only for former Korean Citizenship holders)
18.Adoption Documents (only for overseas Korean adoptees)

I. Application Details
1) Application Deadline: 6:00pm Friday 20 March 2015
2) Application Method
◦ Please send the required documents by postal mail or in person.
3) Addressee : Academic Affairs Division
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)
J. Korean Language Course
◦ All scholars, unless exempted, must take one year of Korean language course in the designated language institution by NIIED. Once scholars are designated at the institution, it cannot be changed.
During Korean language learning, scholars are supposed to stay at the dorm of language institution with a roommate, thus cannot bring their family.
◦ Exemption from the Korean language course requirement: Korean proficiency at TOPIK Level 5 or 6 (with certification).
Scholars who have surpassed TOPIK Level 5 or 6 must start their degree course without the Korean language course starting from should obtain permission from NIIED in advance.
◦ Only the scholars who will have passed at least Level 3 of TOPIK (the Test of Proficiency in Korean) after one year of Korean language course are permitted to start their master’s or doctoral program.
◦ Scholars who do not pass at least TOPIK Level 3 after one year of Korean language course must complete an additional six-month coursework in the Korean language.
◦ Language Institution : NIIED has designated about 10 language institutions for the Korean language course.
※ The main language institution placement principle is different area from the finally chosen university of scholars in order to provide a chance of exploring variable Korean cultures and immerge on Korean language learning with professional environments for scholars.
K. Important Notes
※ Selection for successful candidates will be done strictly by the NIIED Selection Committee. Therefore, appropriate documents should be submitted by the deadline.
Dual applications are not accepted. Applicants must apply for this program via only one institution.
◦ Documents should be presented in their original form.
◦ Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicants.
◦ Incomplete or incorrect documents may lead to application rejection or failure in the Selection Committee, and scholarship revocation even after entry into Korea.
◦ When submitting required documents #1 ~ #6, applicants must use the prescribed forms of NIIED as attached.
◦ In case of submitting photocopied documents, applicants must submit the original to the 1st Selection Institution and have the original one and the photocopied one collated. The confirmation of collation should be indicated in the photocopied documents.
◦ Applicants who are expected to graduate from their respective home undergraduate/graduate institutions by August 31st, 2015, must submit the certificate(or letter) of expected graduation issued by said institutions when they apply; the official certificate of graduation must be received by NIIED by August 31st, 2015.
◦ Applicants must accurately complete the health checklist truthfully. All successful candidates must take a comprehensive medical exam when its’ orientation. In accordance with the requirements of the Korea Immigration Service and the KGSP Program, the candidates who are judged to be physically unfit for this program will not be accepted.
◦ Applicants may submit the copies of published papers, if available.
◦ Applicants may submit the copies of awards, if available.
※ Applicants must submit all the documents by the checklist order. (Checklist for the application documents should be on the front page, followed by the required documents, stapled and attached.)
Transferring to a different university after confirming the host university is not permitted in any cases. In regards to changing majors, it would be permitted only under the mutual agreement of the departments concerned only within the same university, with the scholarship period unchanged. (2 years of Master’s, or 3 years of doctoral, in total). However, quitting a program and applying for a new one is not permitted.
L. Students Responsibilities to Develop Korean Language Skills
※ After one year Korean Language Course
1) International students are required to develop their Korean language proficiency in order to further enhance their research in the field of Korean studies.
2) When starting their degree programs, 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.
3) In principle, all the courses are taught in Korean except those for the Korean Culture and History major which are taught in English.
4) 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 are exempt from the test.
M. Contact Information
◦Tel: +82-31-709-8111(ext 214), +82-31-708-5310
◦Fax: +82-31-709-9946
◦E-mail: nylee@aks.ac.kr

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