Korea university Division of International Studies, Graduate School of International Studies

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Dean's Welcome

Welcome to College of International Studies (CIS) and Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), which are internationalizing “Liberty, Justice, Truth’, the educational philosophy of Korea University.


With the aim of training experts who can meet the intellectual demands of the global era, Division of International Studies (DIS) and GSIS of Korea University were launched in 2002 and 1991, respectively. To promote internationalization of the educational philosophy of Korea University further, DIS was promoted to College of International Studies (CIS) in March 2022, having two divisions, DIS and Division of Global Korean Studies (GKS). The CIS and GSIS now stand out as being the major programs of the university with nearly 700 students and 40 faculty members, including adjunct professors.


One of the most appealing aspects of CIS and GSIS is that they are pursuing interdisciplinary programs encompassing a wide range of disciplines, including International Commerce, International Development & Cooperation, and International Peace & Security, Regional Studies, and Korean Studies. The world faces many challenges, including US-China trade war, climate change, humanitarian emergencies, military conflicts and terrorism, which require approaches and solutions that cross the boundaries of academic disciplines. The interdisciplinary education at CIS and GSIS allows students to deepen their global perspectives and to gain valuable insights into the dynamics of global governance, international relations, international trade and business, and development organizations.


Moreover, the 3+2 combined/dual degree program between CIS and GSIS provides students with opportunities to complete both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in five years, while giving the benefits of expanding knowledge in diverse areas.


In addition, the interdisciplinary study at KU GSIS means that the program is intimately linked with not only other departmental programs of Korea University but also with the programs at leading universities overseas. Accordingly, KU GSIS offers, among others, dual degrees at overseas affiliated institutions, internship programs, summer programs abroad, and executive programs for corporate clients. Moreover, KU GSIS operates BK (Brain Korea) 21 Program, sponsored by National Research Fund under the Ministry of Education in Korea, fostering experts in ‘Glocal Conflict Management for an Inclusive Society’. Such exciting opportunities can be grabbed by high caliber students from all parts of the world.


Against this backdrop, I am very confident that our programs at CIS and GSIS are well designed to meet the high demands of the most talented students from all over the world. I am also privileged and thrilled to welcome those who are well motivated and determined to become future leaders of the international community. I thus sincerely look forward to welcoming you at CIS and/or GSIS of Korea University in the near future.


Moonsung Kang, Ph.D.


College of International Studies (CIS) / Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS)

Korea University, Seoul