Academy of Korean Studies 23rd Summer Program for International Students

photo of Academy of Korean StudiesThe Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies has announced its 23rd Sum­mer Pro­gram for Inter­na­tion­al Stu­dents. This inten­sive sum­mer pro­gram for under­grad­u­ate stu­dents was devel­oped in fur­ther­ance of the Academy’s mis­sion “to cul­ti­vate young lead­ers, who can con­tribute to the devel­op­ment of Kore­an stud­ies.” The pro­gram is com­posed of com­po­nents such as lec­tures on Korea, inten­sive Kore­an lan­guage instruc­tion, field trips, excur­sions, and tra­di­tion­al cul­tur­al activ­i­ties. Since its begin­ning in 1993, some 637 stu­dents from 45 coun­tries have attend­ed the pro­gram, accord­ing to the Acad­e­my.

The 2015 sum­mer pro­gram will run for four weeks, from Mon­day, July 13, to Fri­day, August 7. Except for some Eng­lish lec­tures, most of the pro­gram will be in Kore­an. There­fore par­tic­i­pants need to pos­sess basic Kore­an lan­guage skills. The pro­gram is open to under­grad­u­ate stu­dents of sec­ond year or above from uni­ver­si­ties abroad who are major­ing or minor­ing in Kore­an stud­ies and those who have tak­en Korea-related lec­tures from their uni­ver­si­ties. Grad­u­ate stu­dents and stu­dents who hold Kore­an nation­al­i­ty are not eli­gi­ble for this pro­gram.

Appli­ca­tions are being accept­ed from Jan­u­ary 12 to Feb­ru­ary 27, 2015. Appli­ca­tions received after that dead­line will be not con­sid­ered.

Appli­ca­tions require sub­mis­sion of a six-page appli­ca­tion form, which can be down­loaded at; offi­cial uni­ver­si­ty tran­scripts; a “Kore­an Pro­fi­cien­cy Eval­u­a­tion Sheet,” includ­ed in the appli­ca­tion form; two let­ters of ref­er­ence (to be sent direct­ly to by the rec­om­menders; and, option­al­ly, a Score Report for Kore­an Pro­fi­cien­cy Test. All doc­u­ments should be writ­ten in Kore­an or Eng­lish. Oth­er­wise, a cer­ti­fied trans­la­tion of the doc­u­ment into Kore­an or Eng­lish should be added.

All doc­u­ments except the let­ters of ref­er­ence should be com­bined into one PDF file and sent by e-mail to with the sub­ject line: Appli­ca­tion Doc­u­ments for the 23rd AKS Sum­mer Pro­gram for Inter­na­tion­al Students_Name of the Appli­cant.

Results will be announced indi­vid­u­al­ly via e-mail on March 31, 2015.

The Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies will cov­er the cost of reg­is­tra­tion, lec­tures, accom­mo­da­tions, and meals dur­ing the pro­gram as well as expens­es incurred dur­ing field trips and excur­sions. Par­tic­i­pants are respon­si­ble for their own trav­el expens­es, includ­ing the round-trip air­fare and trans­porta­tion fee between the air­port and the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the pro­gram coör­di­na­tor, Ms. Ki-eun Bae, by tele­phone at +82–31-709‑9843 or by e-mail at