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 Title |  2017 GSKS, AKS KGSP(Korean Government Scholarship Program) For Graduate Degree Application Guidelines
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2017 GSKS(Graduate School of Korean Studies), AKS(Academy of Korean Studies)
KGSP(Korean Government Scholarship Program) For Graduate Degree Application Guidelines
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 270 students, including about 141international students from 34 different countries, are enrolled in the master’s and doctoral degree programs 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. 2017 KGSP Program – GSKS in AKS
The Korean Government Scholarship Program(KGSP) 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 KGSP.
A. Programs Offered and Duration of Scholarship

Duration of Scholarship
Master's Degree
3 years
(09.01.2017 ~ 08.31.2020)
1 year of Korean language course
+ 2 years of degree program
Doctoral Degree
4 years
(09.01.2017 ~ 08.31.2021)
1 year of Korean language course
+ 3 years of degree program

※ It is not allowed to extend the duration of scholarship after completion of degree course(2 years for Master’s, 3 years for Doctoral courses)
※ If scholars get exempted the Korean language course for achieving TOPIK level 5 (or above), the duration of scholarship will be reduced as much of the period of exemption
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
Global Korean Studies
Korean Culture and Society,
Korean Classics and Global Communication
4 Faculties
16 Majors

※ Depending on the field of study in which a doctoral degree program applicant majored for his/her master's degree, admissions can be restricted (Please refer to <Attachment 1>)

Name of Countries
No. of Nations
Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Philippines , Ethiopia
Brazil, Mexico
Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia
Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria
Kyrgyzstan, Ghana
Uganda, Peru
Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Rwanda, Cameroon, Tanzania
Laos, The United States, Colombia, Romania, Poland, Egypt, Senegal
Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Hungary, Liberia, Guinea, Kenya
Timor-Leste, Bhutan, Maldives, Singapore, Japan, Canada, Dominican Republic, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Netherlands, Germany, Bolivia, Spain, Slovakia, he United Kingdom, Austria, Ukraine, Moldova, Italy, Lithuania, France, Morocco, Mauritania, Jordan, Iran, Israel, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Algeria, Zambia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
C. Volume of Recruitment : No more than 20 (No more than 3 from a single country)

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, 2017 (born after September 1, 1977).
※ An applicant who qualifies ALL conditions below is eligible to apply as long as he or she is under 45 years of age as of September 1, 2017 (born after September 1, 1972):
- He or she must be working as a professor at the time of applying; and
- He or she is a citizen of one of the countries below.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan,
Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

3) Degree Requirements
◦ Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of August 31, 2017.
- 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, 2017 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, 2017 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 <Attachment 2> 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.
(Please refer to the available website for GPA convert(fee charge) : http://www.wes.org, or http://www.foreigncrediats.com)
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 8, 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
◦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: 210,000 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: 100,000 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

1. Application Period
2017. 2. 27.(MON)~
2017. 3. 24.(FRI) 17:00
Send your application documents by post mail or submit your documents by visiting GSKS
2. Document Screening
2017. 3. 29.(WED)
3. Announcement of applicants chosen for an interview
2017. 3. 30.(THU) 18:00
Announcement will be posted
on the GSKS website (http://intl.aks.ac.kr/english - Notice)
4. Interview
2017. 3. 31.(FRI)
Applicants who stay in abroad will take the Skype interview
5. Final Selection Result Announcement
2017. 6. 20.(TUE)
Announcement will be posted
on the NIIED website (http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr)

※ The admission schedule can be adjusted for the matter of GSKS
◦ ‘2017 GKS - AKS Graduate Recruitment’ is held separately from the 'GSKS Graduate Recruitment for 2017 Fall Semester'.
◦ Applicants for ‘2017 GKS - AKS Graduate Recruitment’ are allowed to apply for the 'GSKS Graduate Recruitment for 2017 Fall Semester' at the same time. Those who want to apply for the GSKS program for 2017 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 - 2017 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

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

I. Application Details
1) Application Deadline: 5:00pm, Friday, March 24th, 2017
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)
※ Please refer to <Attachment 3> for the location of GSKS in AKS.
J. Important Notes

◦ Application documents must be presented in their original forms.
◦ In case of submitting photocopied documents, applicants MUST have the copies notarized or apostilled or confirmed by the Consulate and then submit the notarized or apostilled or confirmed copies.
◦ In case of submitting the original documents that cannot be reissued, applicants are advised to submit notarized or apostilled or confirmed(by the Consulate) copies of the original documents.
◦ 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.
Note for Document submissions
◦ 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
◦ All documents should be binded by clip or paper clip (Do not use stapler)
◦ All documents should be submitted in A4 size
※ If documents’ size is smaller than A4, paste the document in A4, and if it is larger than A4, fold the document in A4 size.

1) Applicants for the university track, should write only one university/graduate school in the application form.
2) Dual applications are not accepted. Applicants must apply for this program via only one institution.
3) After document submission, change or cancellation of information is not allowed.
4) Applications that contain incomplete or forged documents will be disqualified and the application in its entirety will be discarded.
5) GSKS can request additional documents for the screening process, if the submitted documents are not enough to confirm the fact.
6) Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicants. (If the document can not be reissued, submit the copy which has notarized or apostilled or confirmed(by the Consulate) copies of the original documents.)
7) Recommendation letters should be two, and it has to be written by applicant's academic advisor or dean of the department and sealed.
※ If the letter has not sealed, it will not be accepted.
※ If applicant works in research institute, the head of institute can write the letter.
8) The name in application form should be same as in passport.
9) The scores of the language proficiency test must be valid at the time of applying.
10) As for the submission of the published papers and awards, applicants are allowed to submit photocopies.
11) Applicants’ rank in the successful candidate lists and result of admission process will not be opened to public.
12) Applicants should take the mistake, omission, misdescription of the information in the application documents, so applicants should be careful in writing and preparing the documents.
13) Personal medical assessment (Form 8) should be written without any faults. If it turns out that successful candidate has disease which affects long term study abroad from the official health check conducted after 2nd round selection, that candidate will be finally failed.(After the arrival, the flight charge will be on the candidate)
14) 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.
K. Korean Language Course
1) All scholars, unless exempted, must take the 1-year Korean language program at language institutions assigned by NIIED.
2) 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.
◦ A valid TOPIK certificate must be submitted to NIIED.
3) 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.
4) The language institution for successful KGSP grantees will be announced along with the final results.
5) Note that the assigned language institution cannot and will not be changed.
6) 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.
7) 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.
L. Other Information
1) Medical Insurance
◦ Universities and language institutions will purchase medical insurance plans on behalf of the KGSP scholars.
◦ The insurance plan will be effective after the designated dates of arrival.
◦ The medical fees incurred throughout the scholarship period will be reimbursed by the insurance company.
◦ KGSP scholars must pay for the hospital fees first and submit the receipt to the insurance company
◦ The insurance company will refund part of the fees. It is the KGSP scholars’ responsibility to check the insurance terms and policies, which will be given through the universities and language institutions.
◦ The medical insurance will not cover the expenses for dental or chronic diseases.
2) Scholarship Withdrawal or Cancelation
◦ The KGSP scholars who forfeit and withdraw from the scholarship will NOT receive the returning flight tickets or the Scholarship Completion Grants.
◦ The KGSP scholars 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.
3) Restriction on Changing Universities and Degrees
◦ 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. (2 years for Master’s and 3 years for Doctoral)
M. 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 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.
N. Contact Information
◦Tel: +82-31-709-8111(ext 214), +82-31-708-5310
◦Fax: +82-31-709-9946
◦E-mail: mirang@aks.ac.kr
◦AKS Website: http://www.aks.ac.kr
<Attachment 1>
Recognized Similar Fields of Study
for the Applicants of Doctoral Degree Programs

Recognized Master's Degree Majors Which Each Major Accepts for its Doctoral Degree Programs Applicants
Korean History
History, Korean History, History Education, Korean History Education, Archaeology, Archaeological Anthropology, Archaeology and Art History, Oriental History, Western History, Korean Studies(History, North Korean Studies)
Paleography, Library Science, Bibliography, Library and Information Science, Records Management, Korean History
Any majors are acceptable.
Korean Linguistics·Korean Literature
Korean Language and Literature, Korean Language Education, Linguistics, Chinese Literature, Chinese Classics Education, Creative Writing, Korean Studies(Korean Linguistics and Korean Literature), Korean Language Education (as a Foreign Language)
Culture and Arts
Any majors are acceptable.
Religious Studies
Any majors are acceptable.
Musicology, Korean Classical Music, Music Education, Korean Studies(Musicology), Korean Music
Art History
Archaeology and Art History, Korean Art History, Oriental Art History, Science of Arts, Arts Education
Cultural Informatics
Any majors are acceptable.
Social Sciences
Political Science
Any majors are acceptable.
Any majors are acceptable.
Any majors are acceptable.
Ethics, National Ethics, Social Ethics, National Ethics Education, Ethics Education, Moral Education, Ethical Culture, Korean Studies(Ethics), Korean Philosophy(Korean Ethics), Oriental Philosophy(Ethics), Religious Studies(Religious Ethics), Political Science(Korean Political Ethics, Korean Administrative Ethics), Economics(Korean Economic Ethics)
Any majors are acceptable.
Global Korean Studies
Korean Culture and Society
Any majors are acceptable.
Korean Classics and Global Communication
Any majors are acceptable.

※ Depending on the field of study in which a doctoral degree program applicant majored for his/her master's degree, admissions can be restricted.
※ The final decision whether a doctoral degree program applicant's major for his/her master's degree is acceptable for his/her desired major at the Graduate School of Korean Studies in the Academy of Korean Studies will be made on the basis of the courses taken for the master's degree program as well as the master's degree thesis topic.

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