Are you a person who is interested in learning about the Korean society, culture or literature ?
If you’re interested in Korean studies. Then today’s topic will be very interesting for you in which I’m going to talk about an amazing scholarship opportunity for people who are interested in Korean studies.
When we talk about Korean studies it is different from typical learning of Korean language courses because you learn more than just language but society,culture, etc. at a deeper level.
There’s an institution called Academy of Korean studies. It’s a research institution and it’s very different from the other universities in Korea.
Generally in big classrooms with 30 to 40 students in a class. But because this is a research specific university. The ratio of research faculty is very good. Ratio of 5:1. On an average 1 professor for every 5 students.
They give this scholarship opportunity for master’s and PhD programs in different subject areas like Korean language, literature, sociology, politics, economics, culture and arts etc. But they don’t have any scholarships for science or commerce, engineering etc. Only for Korean studies.
If you have a bachelor’s in any subject . You can apply for a master’s degree. If you already have a master’s degree then you can apply for a PhD.
- The tuition fees are entirely waived. They won’t charge you any tuition fees for a master’s degree. Give you a stipend of KRW 750000/month i.e approx. $700/month.
The Institute is in Gyeonggi-do province which is not far from Seoul. You can come to Seoul in an hour or maybe less. It has a very beautiful campus surrounded by mountains and greenery.
- They also provide dormitory/hostel expenses: KRW 543000 per semester which is very cheap. Even if you pay dormitory fees from your stipend you will have almost KRW 600000 left with you.
- Apart from that they provide a lot of opportunities for learning Korean language. If you want to attend any writing or research classes. They bear the expense for any extra curricular activities you take part in.
- They also provide 2 way airfare. You don’t have to spend anything from your pocket.
If you want to boost your skills and become a scholar in Korean studies. That’s the most recommended place to enroll. If you want to become a lecturer, professor, a researcher or want to do anything related to Korea. Then this is going to help you.
Check out the AKS official website for more updated information.
Eligibility criteria :
They don’t ask for any specific percentage of marks.
Any graduate or postgraduate students can apply. You just have to submit your study plan about what you want to do. But they ask for Korean language proficiency of TOPIK level 4 or English language proficiency of TOEFL 80.
It’s a big bummer for most of the students but you can aim for achieving it in a year then you can be eligible for this scholarship.
Check out https://www.topikguide.com/ for TOPIK tests.
They have a course called Global Korean Studies which they have designed for International students. For that they require TOEFL or IELTS scores but the seats are low for English speaking students.
If you can achieve TOPIK level 4 and have bachelor’s and master’s degree, then you can be eligible for this scholarship.
Timing for registration :
They have two semesters in Korea. One semester starts in March ( Spring semester ). Another in September ( Fall semester ).
For the March session they announce for application from early September and for September sessions from early March.
In India we have the TOPIK test twice, once in April and another in October. If you can achieve TOPIK level 4 by April, 2022 then you can apply in the September session.
By self study it’s very difficult because TOPIK level 4 is very high. You have to enroll in any institution or take proper guidance.
You can check our TOPIK study package which contains everything needed to pass TOPIK 2 level 3 and 4.
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