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Graduate School of International and Area Studies

Graduate School of International and Area Studies The Graduate School of International and Area Studies was established in 1996 for the purpose of cultivating area specialists equipped with research capability and linguistic competence in regional languages and English, well prepared to excel in the fields of trade, diplomacy, politics, economy, society and culture, and international organizations.
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, which started out in 1954 with five foreign language departments, now teaches grand total of 45 languages. Thus the GSIAS is well able to offer courses combining training in foreign languages and area-specific social science- based studies. In April 2007 the GSIAS added two new dual-degree programs with the UN-mandated University for Peace, the aim of which is to help produce graduates with the qualities of global leaders. In sum the graduate school has the following characteristics:

- GSIAS is an area-specific graduate school which offers the most diverse programs of any university in Korea across the whole range of social science disciplines: political science, economics, and social and cultural aspects of all reasons of the world.


- Regarding the tuition fee, GSIAS offers the highest percentage of scholarships among all area studies graduate schools in Korea, and it actually provides scholarships to all students.


- GSIAS has an experienced corps of Korean professors proficient in regional languages combined with expert knowledge in the social sciences. It also has a number of full-time professors who are native speakers of regional languages.


- GSIAS produces graduates equipped with practical linguistic competence combined with area-specific knowledge through enrollment in a variety of elective courses.


- GSIAS offers multidisciplinary studies across the range of the social sciences focused on area specialization.


- GSIAS operates credit exchange programs with domestic and overseas universities and provides abundant learning opportunities to students by linking its curriculum with various regional studies and language programs at HUFS.


- GSIAS operates a “3+1 student dispatch system” that allows students to study abroad at an overseas university for a semester, affording them the opportunity to develop creative and practical understanding about specific areas while cultivating leadership skills.


- GSIAS has established HUFS-UPEACE Dual Master’s Programs (International Law and Human Rights / Media, Peace and Conflict Studies/ Sustainable Development) which include study for two semesters at the UN-mandated University for Peace based in Costa Rica.



1. Faculty Kim Won-Ho, Ph.D. (Univ. of Texas at Austin) Latin American Studies
Kim Chanwahn, Ph.D. (Univ. of Delhi.) Indian Politics and Economy
Cho Young-han, Ph.D (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Korean Culture and Society
Kang Jun-Young, Ph.D. (National Politics Univ., Taiwan) Law
Park Yong Koo, Ph.D. (Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Studies) Japanese Politics
Hong Wan-Suk, Ph.D.(Moscow State Univ. of International Relations, Russia) Political Science
Seo Jeong-Min, Ph.D. (Univ. of Oxford) Middle East Politics
Ohn Daewon, Ph.D. (London School of Economics and Political Science)International Relations
Kim Youngchan, Ph.D. (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Communications
Yang Yoonjeong, Ph.D. (Univ. of Oxford) Social Policy
Kim Si-hong, Ph.D. (Gregorian University) Sociology
Lee Sang Jik, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University) Economics
Andrew Wolman, LLM.(George Washington Univ.) Law
Ekra Miezan, Ph.D. (Univ. of Massachusetts) Communication
Rasmus Karlsson, Ph.D. (Lund University) Sustainable Development
Xu Ming, Ph.D. (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
Sato Daisaku, Ph.D. (University of Tsukuba) Economics
Mason Richey, Ph.D. (Binghamton Univ.) European Political Economy


2. The Master's Programs

1) Departments

Department Concentration Medium of Instruction
Korean Studies Politics/Economics/Socio-Cultural Studies Korean
Chinese Studies Politics/Economics/Socio-Cultural Studies Chinese
Japanese Studies Politics/Economics/Socio-Cultural Studies Japanese
Indian and ASEAN Studies Politics/Economics/Socio-Cultural Studies English
Middle East and African Studies Politics/Economics/Socio-Cultural Studies English
Russian and CIS Studies Politics/Economics/Socio-Cultural Studies Russian
European Union Studies Politics/Economics/Socio-Cultural Studies English
U.S. and Canadian Studies Politics/Economics/Socio-Cultural Studies English
Latin American Studies Politics/Economics/Socio-Cultural Studies English
International Development Studies International Development English
U-PEACE
(HUFS-UPEACE Dual Master’s Program)
International Law & Human Rights/
Media, Peace & Conflict Studies/
Sustainable Development
English


2) Degree Requirements

- A minimum of 40 credit hours (45 hours for U-PEACE and HUFS-KOICA SP) as advised by program supervisor with the minimum grade point average of 3.00 out of the maximum of 4.50 points

- Two years (four semesters) of residence for coursework

- Proficiency test in the foreign language

- A thesis written under the supervision of an advisory professor in the department

- Oral defense of the thesis conducted under a committee of 3 professors



3. The Doctoral Programs

1) Departments

Department Concentration(Major) Medium of Instruction
Korean Studies Politics / Economics / Socio-cultural Studies Korean
International Area Studies Chinese Politics Chinese
Chinese Economics Chinese
Chinese Socio-cultural Studies Chinese
Japanese Politics Japanese
Japanese Economics Japanese
Japanese Socio-cultural Studies Japanese
Indian and ASEAN Politics English
Indian and ASEAN Economics English
Indian and ASEAN Socio-cultural Studies English
Middle East and African Politics English
Middle East and African Economics English
Middle East and African Socio-cultural Studies English
Russian and CIS Politics Russian
Russian and CIS Economics Russian
Russian and CIS Socio-cultural Studies Russian
European Union Politics English
European Union Economics English
European Union Socio-cultural Studies English
U.S. and Canadian Politics English
U.S. and Canadian Economics English
U.S. and Canadian Socio-cultural Studies English
Latin American Politics English
Latin American Economics English
Latin American Socio-cultural Studies English
International Relations International Politics English
International Trade and Commerce English
Comparative Socio-cultural Studies English


2) Degree Requirements

- A minimum of 36 credit hours as advised by program supervisor with the minimum grade point average of 3.00 out of the maximum of 4.50 points

- Two years (four semesters) of residence for course work

- One year of Thesis Guidance after course work

- A qualifying examination in 3 selected fields

- Proficiency test in the foreign language

- Dissertation proposal defense conducted under a committee of 3 professors

- A dissertation written under the supervision of an advisory professor in the department

- Oral defense of the dissertation conducted under a committee of 5 professors



4. Combined Bachelor/Master's Degree Program This program allows eligible students to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in five years by combining a bachelor's degree program and a master's degree program and reducing one semester from each of the programs (graduating after 3.5 years in the bachelor's program + 1.5 years in the master's program). It enables those who have fulfilled graduation requirements for a bachelor's program and exhibited outstanding scholastic performance and academic achievements to advance into the master's program in graduate school early by reducing the amount of time required to finish the program.
To be eligible for this program, a student must have completed a total of 96 units by the end of the first semester (fifth semester) of his or her third year in a bachelor's prgram at HUFS and earned a minimum GPA of 3.5. To apply to GSIAS under this program, a student's primary major in the undergraduate program must be related to the master's program he/she is applying for and he/she must obtain a recommendation from the head professor of the department in GSIAS he/she is applying to (department of major). Students shall be selected on the basis of document review and interview.


5. Admissions

1) Eligibility

- Master's Program : Applicants having obtained (or expected to obtain) a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in Korea or an overseas country

- Doctoral Program : Applicants having obtained (or expected to obtain) a Master's degree in related fields or its equivalent in Korea or an overseas country


2) Admission Requirements

- Document Review & Interview

- English Essay Test (U-PEACE Program Only)


3) Degree Requirements

To be announced via web site:(http://gsias.hufs.ac.kr)



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