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Postgraduate Studentship in Korean Studies

The Academy of Korean Studies - The Graduate School of Korean Studies


Why Study at GSKS?

As an educational institute established and funded by Korean government with the aim of promoting Korean studies, we provide international students with full tuition wavier and close one-to-one guidance by professors which a 5:1 student-faculty ratio enables. In addition, 60% of our international students receive monthly stipend of 500 (doctoral degree students) or 333 (master’s degree students), and Korean language courses are offered free of charge to assist international students with academic writing, presentations, and discussions. Currently, approximately 300 students including about 150 international students from 40 different countries are enrolled in our master’s and 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.
  • Most courses are taught in Korean and some in English.

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)
  • Korean language proficiency equivalent to or higher than TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) level 4 

How to Apply

We recruit twice a year – application deadline for admission for a spring semester is early October, and for a fall semester early April. Application for 2020 spring semester will be open until 4 October 2019.

To apply, visit and complete the online application form. The following documents should be submitted via postal service or in person:

  • A completed, printed and signed online application form
  • A graduation certificate and official transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Research Plan
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A TOPIK certificate (if applicable) 

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 & 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)
  • Korean Classics and Global Communication (Interdisciplinary 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.


Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Seongnam-si - South Korea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Monthly stipend and full tuition wavier
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th September 2019
Expires: 20th December 2019

These videos are produced by current students of the Graduate School of Korean Studies in the Academy of Korean Studies.

These videos are produced by current students of the Graduate School of Korean Studies in the Academy of Korean Studies.

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