Inter-University Center for Korean Language Studies Now Accepting Applications

Korean language studies at Sungkyunkwan UniversityThe Inter-Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­ter for Kore­an Lan­guage Stud­ies at Sungkyunkwan Uni­ver­si­ty is now accept­ing appli­ca­tions for advanced aca­d­e­m­ic Kore­an lan­guage train­ing in the 2016 sum­mer ses­sion and the 2016 – 2017 aca­d­e­m­ic year. The Inter-Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­ter is an advanced Kore­an lan­guage train­ing insti­tu­tion for aca­d­e­m­ic researchers, grad­u­ate stu­dents, and prospec­tive researchers in Kore­an stud­ies as well as relat­ed pro­fes­sion­als. It is joint­ly oper­at­ed by Sungkyunkwan Uni­ver­si­ty and the exec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Inter-Uni­ver­si­ty Con­sor­tium, cur­rent­ly co-chaired by fac­ul­ty from UCLA and the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Columbia.

The IUC aca­d­e­m­ic-year pro­gram focus­es on build­ing basic aca­d­e­m­ic vocab­u­lary, devel­op­ing pre­sen­ta­tion skills, and enhanc­ing writ­ing abil­i­ties. A sep­a­rate inten­sive six-week pro­gram is offered dur­ing the sum­mer. The sum­mer ses­sion is designed for stu­dents need­ing to upgrade their skills before start­ing the fall semes­ter; stu­dents seek­ing to build on what they have learned dur­ing the pre­ced­ing spring semes­ter; and stu­dents seek­ing to refresh their aca­d­e­m­ic Korean.

Tuition is $5,000 per semes­ter for stu­dents from IUC mem­ber uni­ver­si­ties and $7,500 per semes­ter for stu­dents from non-mem­ber uni­ver­si­ties. For the sum­mer pro­gram, $2,500 for stu­dents from IUC mem­ber uni­ver­si­ties and $4,000 for stu­dents from non-mem­ber uni­ver­si­ties. Schol­ar­ships will be offered to select­ed appli­cants on a com­pet­i­tive basis.

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New M.A. Program in North Korean Studies at the University of Central Lancashire

UCLAN logoThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Cen­tral Lan­cashire in Pre­ston, Lan­cashire, Unit­ed King­dom, has announced the estab­lish­ment of a new, full-time, one-year M.A. pro­gram in North Kore­an Stud­ies begin­ning in Sep­tem­ber 2015.

The pro­gram is described as an inten­sive course with a social sci­ence dis­ci­pli­nary foun­da­tion but giv­ing stu­dents the option of fol­low­ing a social sci­ence, lan­guage, or mixed social science/​Korean lan­guage path­way to a degree.

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Winter Abroad at Yonsei

image: Yonsei UniversityYon­sei University’s Win­ter Abroad at Yon­sei pro­gram offers two short-term win­ter ses­sions for inter­na­tion­al stu­dents at its Sin­chon cam­pus from Decem­ber 26, 2013 to Feb­ru­ary 12, 2014.

The pro­gram is open to all stu­dents cur­rent­ly enrolled in an accred­it­ed col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty as well as high school seniors who have been accept­ed to an accred­it­ed university. 

Two sep­a­rate three-week ses­sions are offered: Decem­ber 26, 2013, to Jan­u­ary 16, 2014, and Jan­u­ary 21 to Feb­ru­ary 12, 2014. The pro­gram pro­vides inten­sive morn­ing course­work and after­noon class­es in the Kore­an lan­guage or taekwondo. 

For appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures, sched­ules, fees, hous­ing, and oth­er infor­ma­tion, see

Academy of Korean Studies Graduate School Accepting Applications

image: AKS logoThe Grad­u­ate School of Kore­an Stud­ies in the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies is now accept­ing appli­ca­tions for master’s and doc­tor­al degree pro­grams for 2014 spring semes­ter. Tuition fees are ful­ly waived for inter­na­tion­al students. 

Appli­cants should apply on line at and sub­mit required doc­u­ments by Octo­ber 31, 2013. 

For more details, see the Eng­lish-lan­guage announce­ment at or the Kore­an-lan­guage announce­ment at

New M.A. Program Offered at Rutgers

image: Rutgers sealBegin­ning in the fall 2013 semes­ter, the Depart­ment of Asian Lan­guages and Cul­tures at Rut­gers, the state Uni­ver­si­ty of New Jer­sey, will offer a master’s degree in East Asian Lan­guages and Cul­tures. The fac­ul­ty includes schol­ars in the human­i­ties dis­ci­plines of lit­er­a­ture, his­to­ry, reli­gion, lin­guis­tics, and lan­guage. The pro­gram is designed for stu­dents inter­est­ed in pur­su­ing a Ph.D. degree in the Unit­ed States as well as for those who wish to devel­op a gen­er­al inter­est in East Asian human­i­ties and cultures. 

Those inter­est­ed in the pro­gram should vis­it the department’s Web site for addi­tion­al detail and appli­ca­tion instruc­tions: The dead­line for fall admis­sion is August 1; the dead­line for spring admis­sion is Decem­ber 1.