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MA & PhD Studentship for 2023 Spring Semester at the Graduate School of Korean Studies, AKS

The Graduate School of Korean Studies, the Academy of Korean Studies, is pleased to announce application guidelines for 2023 Spring semester. Those who aspire to widen and deepen their knowledge of Korea and to contribute globalization of Korean studies by joining a Master’s or a doctoral degree program are very welcome to apply. It'd be greatly appreciated if you disseminate the news to those who are interested.


Why Study at the Graduate School of Korean Studies, the Academy of Korean Studies?

As an educational institute established and funded by the Korean government with the aim of promoting Korean studies, we provide international students with excellent educational and living environments as follows:

Tuition fees are fully waived for the whole coursework period for all international students.

○ About 80% of international students benefit from the Government Grant, a monthly stipend of $640 for a year, renewable upon evaluation.

○ A 5:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-to-one guidance by professors.

Korean language courses are offered free of charge to assist international students with academic writing, presentations, and discussions.

○ Various programs such as tutoring, writing clinic, cultural activities and airfare subsidy for attending overseas conferences, etc. support students’ academic performance.

Currently, approximately 250 students including about 120 international students from 30 countries are enrolled in our Master’s or doctoral degree program in the fields of humanities and social sciences pertinent to Korea.

The Program

○ Coursework period is 2 years for a Master’s degree program and 3 years for a doctoral degree program.

○ An academic year consists of two semesters and courses are provided for 15 weeks per semester. A spring semester begins in March, and a fall semester in September.

○ Most courses are taught in Korean, while courses in Korean Culture and Society major are provided in in English.

○ Students earn 3 credits per each course. In order to graduate, students of a Master’s degree program should complete 24 credits, and a doctoral degree program 36 credits, other than mandatory Korean language courses which are non-credit. Both Master’s degree and doctoral degree students should write a thesis.

Entry Requirement

○ A keen interest in Korean studies, coupled with an undergraduate degree (for a Master’s degree program) or a graduate degree (for a doctoral degree program)

○ English language proficiency equivalent to or higher than TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS Academic Module 6.5, or TEPS 301 for applicants for Korean Culture and Society major

○ Korean language proficiency equivalent to or higher than TOPIK(Test of Proficiency in Korean) level 4 for applicants except for Korean Culture and Society major

Application Deadline

We seek for applications twice a year. Application for 2023 Spring semester is open from 13 September to 30 September 2022. Applications for 2023 Fall semester will be sought in March 2023.

How to Apply

To apply, visit and complete the online application form. A soft copy or a scanned copy of the following documents should be uploaded on the application website:

○ Personal Statement

○ Research Plan

○ A graduation certificate and official transcripts

○ A score report of TOFEL iBT, IELTS Academic Module, or TEPS (if applicable)

○ A TOPIK certificate (if applicable)

In addition, a letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender by email.

Selection Process

A. 1st Process : Document Screening

○ Document screening is held for applicants who meet all the application requirement.

○ Overall evaluation of applicants' research plan, academic ability, language proficiency, and academic background (shown in personal statement and a recommendation letter) takes place.

B. 2nd Process : A Video Interview

○ A video interview is held to those who have passed the 1st Process.

○ Interview schedule will be informed individually. Applicants who do not participate in the interview are automatically disqualified.

Contact Us

If you have any queries about the program or the application process, please contact us at or +82-31-730-8183.


Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree Program


○ Korean History

○ Diplomatics and Bibliography

○ Philosophy

○ Korean Linguistics · Korean Literature

○ Anthropology · Folklore

○ Religious Studies

○ Musicology

○ Art History

○ Cultural Informatics · Human Geography

○ Political Science

○ Sociology

○ Education

○ Korean Culture and Society (Only available for Master’s degree program)


Seongnam City - South Korea

Perched on the side of Cheonggye Mountain, 30km south of the center of Seoul, the campus provides a fantastic setting for the academic pursuits of students with its peaceful atmospheres and natural environments. Also, students can reach dynamic youth culture of Gangnam area within 30 minutes by bus as well as artistic and historic heritage of Seoul city center within an hour.


- Application guidelines in English : - Notice

- Application guidelines in Korean

- AKS Facebook page :

- AKS Instagram : @grad_aks

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