Asian History

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: Korean
Foreign:$ 2.41 k / Semester(s) Deadline: Feb 1, 2025
60 place StudyQA ranking:5609 Duration:4 semestrs

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The study of Asian history allows one to come into contact directly with the basic historical material of various Asian regions and nationalities, a highly worthwhile and interesting endeavor in itself. Moreover, it allows one to understand in a systematic way the flow of world history through acquaintance with the historical experiences of various peoples in a large historical arena. Majors in the discipline are therefore expected to show a keen intellectual curiosity and an earnest diligence in the pursuit of academic excellence. With the rise in the stature and importance of Asia, experts on Asian history are in wide demand in academia and in the fields of diplomacy and trade.

The department issues an annual publication, SNU Papers on Asian History, in order to encourage student research output. Starting in the 1980s the department has sponsored the "Dept. of Asian History Colloquium" year round in order to facilitate the exchange of opinions and information among those majoring in Asian history. At the colloquia professors and graduate students read papers and discuss the latest research trends from overseas. The department makes every effort to aid students in creating the optimal environment needed for research, and also trains them to be competent in classical and modern Chinese and Japanese. Student majoring in Asian history are required to take a certain number of courses in the department in order to graduate. The department undertakes field trips to historical sites every year. In order to acknowledge outstanding research efforts on the part of students, it awards prizes to the best undergraduate and master's degree theses. From the quality and range of undergraduate and graduate degree theses, it can be seen that these efforts have steadily borne fruit.

Many students go on to teach Asia history in universities around the country, and many of the scholars who play a leading role in the sub-committees of the Asian History Association are also graduates of the department. They are also actively engaged in joint research projects and take prominent responsibility for organizing academic conferences. Judging from the high motivation of the graduates in academia much can be expected from them in the future. Those alumni who have chosen to seek alternative careers are active in wide range of fields, including other academic disciplines, journalism, government service and business and industry. The department is renowned in academic circles both at home and abroad for the high standard of research conducted by both the faculty and graduates. Numerous books and articles written by its members have been translated into several foreign languages, and continue to exercise considerable influence on the study of Asian history in other countries.

  • Studies in Qin-Han Dynasties
  • Studies in History of Nan -Bei-Chao Period in China
  • Studies in Ming China
  • Studies in Qing China
  • Studies in Socio-Economic History of Asia
  • Studies in Cultural History of China
  • Studies in Chinese Historiography
  • Studies in Political Institutions of China
  • Studies in Chinese Gentry
  • Studies in the Evolution of Land-Ownership in China
  • Studies in History of East Asian International Relation
  • Studies in East-West Relations in Pre-Modern Era
  • Studies in Conquest Dynasties
  • Studies in Vietnamese History
  • Studies in Meiji Restoration
  • Studies in Intellectual History of Japan
  • Studies in Japanese Feudal Society
  • Studies in Yuan China
  • Studies in History of Pre-Qin China
  • Seminar in Ancient History of East Asia
  • Seminar in Medieval History of East Asia
  • Seminar in Early Modern History of East Asia
  • Seminar in Contemporary History of East Asia
  • Seminar in Central Asian History
  • Seminar in South-East Asian History
  • Seminar in Islamic Civilization
  • Seminar in Contemporary History of Japan
  • Seminar in Japanese Social History
  • Studies in Social History of the Middle East
  • Studies in Ottoman History
  • Studies on the Oracle Bone and Bronze Inscription
  • Studies in Republican China
  • Studies in History of Chinese Communist Movement
  • Studies in State and Society in Sui and Tang Period
  • Studies in Reform and Revolution in Modern Chinese History
  • Seminar in Intellectual History of Asia
  • Reading and Research
  1. Online application
  2. Either proof of Korean or English proficiency is required;     1) Korean Proficiency: TOPIK level 3 or higher     2) English Proficiency: TOEFL (PBT 550, CBT 213, iBT 80), TEPS 551, IELTS 5.5 or higher     3) Other official documents indicating proof of language proficiency (ie. SNU Korean Language Center Level 4 or higher)
  3. Personal Statement and Study Plan
  4. Letter of Recommendation
  5. Counselor Reference
  6. Official High School Transcript and Graduation Certificate
  7. A Copy of the Applicant’s Passport
  8. Certificate of Facts concerning the Entry and Exit
  9. Portfolio, Records of Achievement, etc.
  10. Agreement for Verification of Academic Record

If you wish to apply for the scholarship program, please fill out the scholarship application form every semester. Application period:

  • During November(1st semester)
  • During May(2nd semester)

International Student Scholarship

  • GPA requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher (average of the previous semester)
  • Funding: Tuition and fees (partial or fully funded)
  • Eligibility: International student in the government-funded (government-invited) scholarship, international student

    (self-funded), Korean student living overseas and studying in Korea (undergraduate and graduate course)

Lecture/Research Scholarship

  • GPA requirement: 3.3 GPA or higher (average of the previous semester; excluding new students)
  • Eligibility: Graduate student recommended by the advising professor; an annual income of less than KRW 12 million
  • Working condition: 10 or more hours a week (40 hours/month)
  • Responsibility: Assist the lectures by the professor, general electives and research; help students with their course; manage assignments; manage laboratory; fulfill administrative duties for the undergraduate course, etc.
  • Funding: Current student: Fully funded tuition and fees and monthly scholarship;

    Research student: Monthly scholarship

  • Termination: If on leave of absence, disciplinary action or determined to be unqualified for other reasons

Core TA Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Returning graduate student and research student
  • Funding: Type A – Tuition (partially funded) and monthly research aid / Type B  – Half of the monthly research aid
  • Duration: 1st semester : March – August (6 months) /

    2nd semester: September – February of the following year (6 months)

  • Responsibility: Attend the assigned lecture; supervise discussion; check assignments; focus on Laboratory

    sessions/Experiment/Practice courses; assist practice, etc.

SNU Foundation Scholarship

  • GPA requirement: 3.3 GPA or higher (average of the previous semester)
  • Funding: Tuition and fees (partially or fully funded)
  • Feature: Scholarship funded by some 200 funds created by Seoul National University Foundation

The following is the scholarship programs offered for graduate applicants. Students may apply for the programs before or during the admission application period. The annual announcement will be posted on this websitehttp://en.snu.ac.kr/apply/info.

Graduate Scholarship for Excellent Foreign Students (GSFS)

Eligibility

  • Asian students, excluding Japanese and Chinese nationals, who wish to study one of the designated graduate programs
    * The programs eligible for this scholarship are subject to change, and different by applicants’ nationalities. The eligible programs list is announced every semester.

Number of Recipients

  • Approximately 20

Subsidies

  • Tuition fee: full tuition exemption for a maximum of 4 semesters
  • Living expenses: 500,000 KRW per month (different according to recipients’ majors)

Application Period

  • During admission period for international students every semester

Selection Procedure

  • Applicants who submit admission application to SNU’s Office of Admissions ⇒ applicants submit scholarship application to SNU’s Office of International Affairs ⇒ Selection made by respective Colleges/Schools based on the admission documents ⇒ decision noticed

Contact

  • SNU staff in charge: 82-2-880-2519, intlscholarship@snu.ac.kr

Silk-Road Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Applicants from the countries in the ‘Silk-Road’ area who want to study humanities or social sciences, including Korean language, history, culture, politics, and economics

Number of Recipients

  • About 5 new graduate students

Subsidies

  • Tuition fee: full tuition fee exemption for a maximum of 4 semesters
  • Living expenses: maximum of 600,000 KRW per month for 4 semesters
  • Airfare: maximum of 1 million KRW for one economy round trip
  • Korean language training fee: fee exemption at the Language Education Institute

Application Period

  • During admission period for international students every Fall semester

Selection Procedure

  • Applicants who submit admission application to SNU’s Office of Admissions ⇒ applicants submit scholarship application to SNU’s Office of International Affairs ⇒ Selection made by respective Colleges/Schools based on the admission documents ⇒ decision noticed

Contact

  • SNU staff in charge: 82-2-880-2519, intlscholarship@snu.ac.kr

Overseas Koreans Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Overseas Korean students who wish to take graduate degrees at SNU

Subsidies

  • Full tuition exemption
  • Living expenses: 800,000 KRW per month for 4 semesters
  • Insurance fees: approximately 30,000 per month
  • Settlement expenses aid upon initial arrival: 500,000 KRW (one-time payment)
  • Airfare for one economy round trip
  • Language training expenses: for 2 semesters

Application Period

  • March and September

Selection Procedure

  • Applicants submit applications to Korean embassies in their countries ⇒ the embassies make the first selection ⇒ the Overseas Koreans Foundation make the second selection

Contact

  • SNU staff in charge: 82-2-880-2519, intlscholarship@snu.ac.kr

Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)

Eligibility

  • International students applying for SNU’s graduate programs

Number of Recipients

  • 325

Subsidies

  • Full tuition fee: tuition exemption for 4 semesters for master’s program and 6 semesters for Ph. D program
  • Living expenses: 900,000 KRW per month
  • Airfare: one economy round trip
  • Korean language training fee: for one year
    * Korean language training is mandatory and when the student does not achieve TOPIK grade 3 within a year, she/he is not eligible to enter the degree program
  • Others: medical insurance, research fund, thesis printing fees, settlement and returning expenses

Application Period

  • February

Selection Procedure

※ Applicants choose one of the following application methods.

  • University Recommendation Program: applicants submit applications to SNU’s Office of Admission ⇒ the National Institute for International Education make the selection
  • Embassy Recommendation Program: applications submit applications to Korean Embassies in their countries ⇒ the National Institute for International Education make the selection

Contact

  • SNU staff in charge: 82-2-880-6971, sck590@snu.ac.kr
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