Korean History

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: Korean
Foreign:$ 2.38 k / Semester(s) Deadline: Feb 1, 2025
60 place StudyQA ranking:5312 Duration:4 semestrs

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A wide range of courses are offered by the department, including lectures and seminars on the various historical periods and others on the history of specific subjects. The courses on the historical periods help students build up overall interpretive skills in analyzing the history of particular time periods, and the courses on specific topics enable them to gain professional knowledge in various fields. As a result, students are taught a comprehensive and systemic approach to the study of history. In meeting the rising demand for experts on Korean history both within and outside of Korea, the department puts much effort into training professional historians, and also into developing the resource of the Kyujanggak Archives (former royal archives now housed on campus at Seoul National University), where many precious documents on Korean history are kept.

Students engage in diverse extra-curricular activities. Through active participation in the departmental student association, students are presented with opportunities to engage in autonomous decision-making within the framework of college life. By participating in various academic study groups and forums, students are able to instill in themselves a sense of history that enables them to examine historical and social issues more thoroughly. Students also develop a love for the Korean land and people through two academic field trips each year (spring and autumn). Many students are also actively involved in various student clubs.

Graduates are found in all works of life, but are especially prominent in academia. Graduates of the department occupy leading positions in the field of Korean history, with over 60 graduates serving as college faculty (over 100 if one takes into account graduates of the previous Department of History of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). Other popular career choices have been journalism and publishing. Many graduates are active in major radio and television broadcasting corporations, newspapers, magazines and publishing houses. Due to their background in the humanities, graduates are also welcome in educational and business circles.

  • Studies in Ancient History of Korea
  • Studies in Medieval History of Korea
  • Studies in Modern History of Korea
  • Studies in Contemporary History of Korea
  • Studies in Korean Epigraphy
  • Studies in Korean Social History
  • Studies in the History of Korean Social Stratification
  • Studies in the History of Korean Foreign Relations
  • Origin of Korean People
  • Formation of Ancient State in Korea
  • Ancient Culture of Korea
  • Topics in Ancient History of Korea
  • Topics in Medieval History of Korea
  • Topics in History of Korean Buddhism
  • Topics in History of Korean Confucianism
  • Studies in Political History of Early Choson
  • Studies in Political History of Late Choson
  • Studies in Intellectual History of Late Choson
  • Studies in Intellectual History of Modern Korea
  • Studies in Traditional Korean Historiography
  • Studies in Modern Korean Historiography
  • Studies in Social Change of Late Choson
  • Studies in History of National Independence Movements
  • History of Social Movement in Korea
  • Studies in History of Korean Arts
  • Seminar in Koryo Period
  • Studies in Political History in Koryo Dynasty
  • Korean History and North -Eastern Asia
  • Studies in Kinship in Korean History
  • Seminar in Kyujanggak Collection
  • Seminar in History of Korean Science
  • Studies in Korean Economic History
  • Studies in Early-modern History of Korea
  • Topics in Early-modern History of Korea
  • Topics in Modern History of Korea
  • Topics in Contemporary Korean History
  • Studies in Korean Palaeography
  • The Periodization of Korean History
  • Studies in Research of Korean Historical Materials
  • 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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