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International Student Recruitment

The Graduate School of Korean Studies

  • The Graduate School of Korean Studies (“GSKS”) is an affiliated institution of the Academy of Korean Studies, which operates under the Ministry of Education. It 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, GSKS has been providing intensive research-oriented education through eminent professors’ close mentoring of students. In addition, it gained a worldwide reputation for its high standard and quality education. Also its graduates are playing pivotal role in widening and deepening of Korean studies all over the world with their academic excellence. Currently, around 280 students, including 140 international students from 35 different countries, are enrolled in the master’s and doctoral degree programs at the GSKS.

  • Degree and Research(Non-degree) Programs

    • Programs Offered : Master's Degree, Doctoral Degree and Research(Non-degree) Programs
    • Fields of Study
      Fields of Study
      Programs Divisions Majors
      Master's or Doctoral Degree Program Humanities Korean History, Paleography, Philosophy, Korean Linguistics·Korean Literature
      Culture and Arts Anthropology·Folklore, Religious Studies, Musicology, Art History, Cultural Informatics·Human Geography
      Social Sciences Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Education
      Global Korean Studies *Korean Culture and Society, Korean Classics and Global Communication
      (*Korean Culture and Society major is only available for MA degree program.)
      Total 4 Divisions 16 Majors
      Research(Non-degree)Program 4 Divisions 16 Majors
      (Same as degree programs)
    • Application
      • Applicants should apply online at and submit required documents by post.
      • Applications are open twice a year for spring and fall semester
      ※ Following schedule might be adjusted
      Fields of Study
      Admission Announcement of Recruitment Application Period Start of Semester
      Spring Semester Mid of October, Previous year From Mid of October to Mid of November, Previous year March 1st
      Fall semester Mid of April From Mid of April to Mid of May September 1st
    • Benefits for International Students
      • Tuition fees are fully waived for international students.
      • The Government Grant of KRW750,000 per month is provided for selected students.
      • Korean language courses are provided free of charge.
      • On-campus dormitory accommodations are available.
      • A 4:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-to-one guidance of students by professors.
      • Interdisciplinary courses, fieldwork and independent studies with student's own topic and research plans are available.
      • Students may earn credits by publishing articles in accredited academic journals.
    • Information & Contact
  • Other International Programs

    • AKS Graduate Fellowship
      • International students abroad in the fields of Korean studies are invited to the AKS and provided with monthly allowance of KRW900,000 for 6 months to conduct research in Korea.

AKS Fellowship Program

  • The Academy of Korean Studies runs the “AKS Fellowship Program for Korean Studies” in order to provide international scholars and doctoral candidates with an opportunity to carry out their research(dissertation research) in Korea.

  • Eligibility

    Foreign scholars(including those who have Korean nationality with permanent residence status in foreign countries) in the humanities and social sciences, who are currently engaged in Korea-related teaching and research activities, are eligible to apply.

    • Senior Researcher Fellowship: Associate professor level or above/Ph. D. holder with 7 or more years of research experience
    • Junior Researcher Fellowship: Assistant professor level or below/ Ph. D. holder with less than 7 years of research experience
    • Pre-doctoral Fellowship: Doctoral candidates who have completed all academic requirements except for their dissertation (i.e., ABD) from institutions outside Korea.

    ※ Those who completed their Ph.D. courses at Korean schools or institutions are ineligible for pre-doctoral fellowship.
    ※ Those who have received AKS fellowship within the last 3 years(based on application submission date) are ineligible for this program.

  • Fellowship Grant

    • Airfare: Economy-class round trip airfare(Only offered to overseas awardees)
      ※ The airfare will be reimbursed based on the actual ticket price but the reimbursement should not exceed the amount of Government Transportation Request(GTR) cost according to the budgetary guidelines of international airfare.
    • Monthly Stipend
      • Senior Research Fellowship: 2,500,000won
      • Junior Research Fellowship: 2,000,000won
      • Pre-doctoral Fellowship: 1,500,000won
      ※ Please note that we do not offer monthly stipend for research period less than 15 days and offer full monthly stipend for research period 15 or more days
    • Access to the facilities of AKS including the library
    • Up to 50% discount of AKS Guest House charges