Korea

Education

Study at the Academy of Korean Studies

The Graduate School is located on the campus of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) and was established to provide education for young scholars in Korean studies in 1980 by the Korean government.

 

The school offers a joint Master's-Doctoral program, and other non-degree programs in the humanities and social sciences.

Generally, there are a total of about 160 students, 30 or so of

whom are international students from various countries.

 

Degrees Offered and Fields of Specialization

 

The school runs a joint M.A. / Ph.D. degree program into which all students are enrolled with the aim of acquiring a doctoral  degree in their chosen specialty. Students are encouraged to aim to graduate with a Ph.D but on occasion, some do aim for the M.A.

Departments & Program Fields

 

1. History -- Korean History/Archeology, Archival Management of Ancient Documents
2. Philosophy & Ethics -- Philosophy, Ethics
3. Language, Literature & Arts -- Korean Language & Literature, Music, Art History
4. Religion & Culture -- Anthropology, Folklore, Religion
5. Political Science & Economics -- Politics, Economics
6. Sociology & Education -- Sociology, Education
7. Program of International Korean Studies -- Korean Studies *

* Newly established program. This program is focussed on educating students who are interested in promoting Korean Studies abroad. Students of this

 program can choose one of the above 14 fields for their majors.


Eligibility

 

1. Applicants should hold a B.A. degree or higher awarded from

a four year university prior to entering AKS

(including Korean nationals with permanent resident status in foreign countries).

2. Those applicants who already possess an M.A. degree from a recognized university are expected to continue in the same direction of study.

 

Academic Studies

1. School terms run from early March to late August, and from early September to late February of the following year, as the first and second semesters respectively.

2(a). While most classes are conducted in Korean, 2-3 classes in English will be provided during each semester.
2(b). The Program of International Korean Studies conducts most classes in English.

 

3. Although applicants are allowed to apply for different fields of specialization from their B.A., those who already hold an M.A. degree from a recognized university in the same major for which they wish to apply can gain recognition of 24 credits towards their Ph.D.

4(a). All students are expected to write their dissertations in Korean.

However there may be an occasional exception to this rule.
4(b). The students of the Program of International Korean

Studies are expected to write their dissertations in English.


Admission Requirements and Application Procedure for International Students

Required Documents

1. Completed application form (MS Word): Download

 


Please include a brief self introduction along with your educational and employment history.

2. Completed Resume (MS Word): Download

3. Certificate(s) of academic degree(s)

4. Official university transcript(s) (printed in Korean or English)

5. Study plan: Be aware that your study plan carries great

weight and should include your past research experience

along with your intended research proposal. It should be written in Korean

(in English for the Program of International Korean Studies) and be about five A4 pages long.

6. Two letters of recommendation are required from either

Korean or non-Korean professors, at least one of which must be written by a professor from the last university the applicant attended. Recommendations must be forwarded directly by the referees (those submitted by applicants will be invalid).

7. Assessment of Korean language skills:

Applicants are required to submit their report card of the Korean Proficiency Test conducted by KICE (Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation).

Otherwise, ask your Korean Studies' lecturer / professor

to complete the evaluation sheet attached to the application form.

8. Four photos (5cm*7cm)
All application documents not written in Korean must be accompanied by a notarized translation.

Address
The Academy of Korean Studies
50 Unjung-dong, Bundang-gu,
Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Republic of Korea, 463-791
Tel: +82-31-709-9843
Fax: +82-31-709-9945

www.aks.ac.kr/english

 

Address
The Academy of Korean Studies
50 Unjung-dong, Bundang-gu,
Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Republic of Korea, 463-791
Tel: +82-31-709-9843
Fax: +82-31-709-9945

www.aks.ac.kr/english