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 Title |  2016 GKS (Global Korea Scholarship) - AKS (Academy of Korean Studies) Admission Guide for International Students
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2016 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. 2016 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

Programs
Duration of Scholarship
Remarks
Master's Degree
3 years
(09.01.2016 ~ 08.31.2019)
1 year of Korean language course
+ 2 years of degree program
Doctoral Degree
4 years
(09.01.2016 ~ 08.31.2020)
1 year of Korean language course
+ 3 years of degree program

 
B. Available Fields of Study

Programs
Faculties
Majors
Master's
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,
Korean Classics and Global Communication
Total
4 Faculties
16 Majors
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,
Korean Classics and Global Communication
Total
4 Faculties
16 Majors

 
C. Volume of Recruitment : No more than 20 (No more than 3 from a single country)
<2016 KGSP Quota Reserved for the University Track: 325 Candidates>

Name of Countries
Quota
No. of Nations
General
Regional
Univ.
Total
Indonesia, Vietnam
8
4
12
2
Uzbekistan
8
3
11
1
Mongolia
6
4
10
1
Thailand
7
2
9
1
Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Philippines
6
3
9
3
Ethiopia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia
5
3
8
5
Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria
5
2
7
5
Ghana, India, Kyrgyzstan
5
1
6
3
Cameroon, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey
4
1
5
6
Egypt, Poland, Romania, The United States, Uganda, Yemen
4
 
4
6
Azerbaijan, Colombia, Guinea, Hungary, Laos, Liberia, Peru, Senegal
3
 
3
8
Algeria, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Spain, Tajikistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Kingdom, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Zambia
2
 
2
25
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, Gabon, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Maldives, New Zealand, Paraguay, Republic of the Congo, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Timor-Leste
1
 
1
23
Total
265
60
325
89

   
D. Application Requirements
 
1) Nationality
◦ Applicants and their parents must hold foreign citizenship.
◦ Korean citizens, including those who hold dual citizenship, are NOT
eligible to apply.
◦ Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit the document of the renunciation of their Korean citizenship.
 
2) Age
◦ Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2016 (born after September 1, 1976).
 
3) Degree Requirements
◦ Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of August 31, 2016.
- A Bachelor’s degree, or a diploma equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor’s degree, is required for a Master’s program applicant.
- A Master’s degree, or a diploma equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree, is required for a Doctoral program applicant.
◦ An Applicant who is expected to obtain the official diploma by August 31, 2016 must submit a certificate of expected degree at the time of applying. The official diploma must be submitted as soon as it is issued by the applicant’s alma mater.
◦ Applicants who have completed a degree, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral, in Korea are NOT eligible to apply.
◦ Applicants who have been enrolled at Korean universities as exchange students are eligible to apply.
◦ A KGSP scholar who graduated or are expected to graduate as of August 31, 2016 is eligible to apply under the following conditions:
- He/ she is allowed to apply only via Embassy Track; and
- The re-application is allowed only once.
 
4) Grades
◦ Applicants must maintain a grade point average (GPA) higher than any ONE of the followings:
- 2.64 on a 4.0 scale;
- 2.80 on a 4.3 scale;
- 2.91 on a 4.5 scale; or
- Score percentile: 80%
◦ Please refer to the Appendix A for the GPA conversion table.
◦ Applications with GPA below the threshold above will be automatically disqualified and discarded.
◦ It is required to submit an official document issued by the applicant’s alma mater describing the university’s evaluation system as well as the applicant’s academic achievement in any ONE of the following cases:
- An applicant’s transcript does not include information on GPA, marks or score percentile; or
- The grades on an applicant’s transcript are difficult to be converted
into any one of the GPA criteria mentioned above.
 
5) Health
◦ Applicants must 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, or Form 6, at the time of applying.
◦ All applicants who pass the 2nd round of selection must submit the results of the Comprehensive Medical Examination conducted by a licensed physician or a doctor.
◦ All of the following persons will be disqualified and their scholarships will be canceled:
- Applicants who are tested HIV and drug positive; and
- Applicants with serious health concerns to an extent that they are unable to pursue their studies for an extended period of time in Korea.
◦ Applicants with disability who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply.
◦ Those who are in pregnancy are NOT eligible to apply.
 
6) Restrictions
◦Those who had withdrew from the scholarship after being selected as KGSP grantees in previous years are NOT eligible to apply.
 
7) Preferred Qualities
◦Applicants with certified scores on their proficiency in Korean or in English might be given preference. Some examples include the following:
◦Proficiency in Korean: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)
◦Proficiency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic
◦Applicants in the field of natural science, technology, and engineering might be given preference.
◦Applicants for the majors under the Industrial Professionals Training Project(산업전문인력역량강화사업) of the government of Korea might be given preference.
◦The faculty members at a higher education institution from countries that receive Korea’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) might be given preference.
◦Descendants of the Korean War veterans receive additional 5% of the total marks during the selection reviews.
 
E. Scholarship Details
 
1) Airfare
- Entry to Korea: an economy class flight ticket to Korea
- Return flight: an economy class flight ticket from Korea to KGSP grantee’s home country
- The airfare for entry will NOT be provided to scholars who have resided in Korea from the time of applying and on.
- The return flight is available only for the KGSP grantees who successfully complete their degree coursework.
- The return flight is NOT offered for those who withdraw from the scholarship.
- Any fees incurred in the domestic travel within a KGSP grantee’s home country are NOT covered.
- International travel insurance is NOT covered.
- The flight tickets for the Chinese and Czech KGSP grantees will be prepared and provided by the Chinese and the Czech governments, according to the agreements with the Korean government.
 
2) Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW
 
3) Monthly Allowance: 900,000 KRW
 
4) Research Allowance
- Liberal Arts and Social Science Degrees: 210,000 KRW per semester
- Science, Technology and Engineering Degrees: 240,000 KRW per semester
 
5) Language Training Fees: Fully covered
 
6) Degree Tuition: Fully covered
- Tuition upto 5 million KRW is covered by NIIED, and the amount that exceeds 5 million is covered by the host university.
- The KGSP grantees are waived from the admission fees of the universities.
 
7) Dissertation Printing Fee Reimbursement
- The actual cost of printing as written on the receipt will be reimbursed.
- The maximum amount is 500,000 KRW for degrees in Liberal Arts and Social Science and 800,000 KRW for degrees in Science, Technology and Engineering.
 
8) Medical Insurance: 20,000 KRW per month.
9) Korean Proficiency Grants: 100,000 KRW per month
- This special funding is available for KGSP grantees with levels 5 and 6 on TOPIK.
10) Scholarship Completion Grants: 200,000 KRW
- It is offered for the KGSP grantees who return to their home countries after completing their degree coursework under the scholarship.
- It is not offered for the KGSP grantees who decide to stay in Korea after the completion of their degree coursework.
F. Admission Schedule

Steps
Schedule
Remarks
Application Deadline
18:00, Friday,
March 25th 2016
 
2nd Screening Result Announcement
Tuesday, May 3rd 2016
Announcement will be posted on the GKS website (www.studyinkorea.go.kr).
Final Selection Result Announcement
Tuesday, June 21st 2016

◦ ‘2016 GKS - AKS Graduate Recruitment’ is held separately from the 'GSKS Graduate Recruitment for 2016 Fall Semester'.
◦ Applicants for ‘2016 GKS - AKS Graduate Recruitment’ are allowed to apply for the 'GSKS Graduate Recruitment for 2016 Fall Semester' at the same time. Those who want to apply for the GSKS program for 2016 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 - 2016 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.
H. Required Documents
Please submit ONE original copy of the required documents listed in the below mentioned order.
※ Documents in any other languages must be accompanied by a complete Korean or English translation, authenticated by the issuing institution or notarized by a notary public.

Name of Documents
Master’s
Doctoral
1.Application Form (Form 1)
MUST
MUST
2. Letter of Self-Introduction (Form 2)
MUST
MUST
3. Statement of Purpose (Form 3)
MUST
MUST
4. Letter of Recommendation written by applicant's academic advisor or dean of the department and sealed (Form 4)
MUST
MUST
5.KGSP Applicant Pledge (Form 5)
MUST
MUST
6. Personal Medical Assessment (Form 6)
MUST
MUST
7. Bachelor’s Diploma or Certificate of Degree : original copy
MUST
MUST
8. Bachelor’s Transcript: original copy
MUST
MUST
9.Master’s Diploma or Certificate of Degree: original copy
 
MUST
10.Master’s Transcript: original copy
 
MUST
11.Applicant’s Proof of Citizenship
MUST
MUST
12. Parents’ Proof of Citizenship
MUST
MUST
13.Certificate of Korean Citizenship Renunciation
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
14.Adoption Documents (Overseas Koreans Adoptees ONLY)
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
15. Certificate of Valid TOPIK: original copy
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
16. Certificate of Valid English Proficiency Test: original copy
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
17. Published Papers
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
18. Awards
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
19. Applicant’s Passport Copy
Successful Candidates of 2nd Round Only
20. Comprehensive Medical Examination Results

I. Application Details

1) Application Deadline: 6:00pm, Friday, March 25th, 2016

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: 13455)

J. Korean Language Course

◦ All scholars, unless exempted, must take the 1-year Korean language program at language institutions assigned by NIIED.

◦ Exemption of the Korean language program

- The KGSP grantees with advanced levels (5 & 6) on TOPIK at the time of applying will be exempted from the language program and must start their degree programs upon arriving in Korea.
- The KGSP grantees who achieve advanced levels on TOPIK within the first 6 months of their language program, will be exempted from it in the following semester and must start their degree programs.
- Avalid TOPIK certificate must be submitted to NIIED.
◦ When assigning the language institution, NIIED considers the following:
- The language institution is not located in the same city as the scholar’s degree university; and
- The language institution offers a variety of opportunities for the scholars to learn different local cultures of Korea.
◦ The language institution for successful KGSP grantees will be announced along with the final results.
◦ Note that the assigned language institution cannot and will not be changed.
◦ The KGSP grantees in the Korean language program must live on-campus at the language institutions.
- Most rooms of the university dormitories are shared with roommates.
- Living with family members is strictly forbidden.
◦ Prerequisite to complete the language program
- The KGSP scholars must obtain at least level 3 on TOPIK by the end of the 1-year Korean language program, in order to be able to proceed to their degree programs.
- The failure in achieving the level 3 on TOPIK within the 1-year language program will result in the cancellation of the scholarship.
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.
◦ All application documents must be either in Korean or in English.
◦ Documents in any other languages must be accompanied by a complete Korean or English translation, authenticated by the issuing institution or notarized by a notary public.
◦ Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicants.
◦ Application documents must be presented in their original forms.
◦ The application documents must be submitted in the order of the checklist on the first page of the application form. Each required document must be numbered and labeled on the top right corneras the following.
- Example: 7. Diploma of the Bachelor’s Degree
◦ In case of submitting photocopied documents, applicants MUST have the copies notarized or apostilled and then submit the notarized or apostilled copies.
◦ In case of submitting the original documents that cannot be reissued, applicants are advised to submit notarized or apostilled copies of the original documents.
◦ Applications that contain incomplete or forged documents will be disqualified and the application in its entirety will be discarded.
◦ An applicant who is expected to graduate by August 31, 2016 must submit a certificate of expected degree in place of the diploma at the time of applying. The official diploma must be submitted by August 31, 2016.
◦ As for the submission of the published papers and awards, applicants are allowed to submit photocopies.
◦ The proof of citizenship include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A birth certificate issued by the government of the applicant’s country;
- A certificate of family registration issued by the government of the applicant’s country; or
- Passport copies of the applicant and parents.
◦ The scores of the language proficiency test must be valid at the time of applying.
◦ The KGSP grantees who forfeit and withdraw from the scholarship will NOT receive the returning flight tickets or the Scholarship Completion Grants.
◦ The KGSP grantees who forfeit and withdraw from the scholarship within the first 3 months after the entry to Korea MUST return the scholarship fees that they have received during the mentioned period. It will include the airfare of the entry ticket to Korea, the settlement allowance, monthly allowance, medical insurance fees, and tuition.
※ Transferring to a different university under this scholarship is NOT permitted in any case.
※ Changing majors may be possible in limited situations only, including but not limited to the following:
- with the approval of the applicant’s university and concerned departments; or
- with the scholarship period unchanged. (3 years for Doctoral and 2 years for Master’s)
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 211), +82-31-708-5310
◦Fax: +82-31-709-9946
◦E-mail: wlee02@aks.ac.kr
 
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