Korea University (KU) is an exciting place to study about Korea then and
Korea now. First, our Global Korean Studies (GKS) program is situated in
a highly multicultural environment. KU students come from all over the
world (more than 100 countries), creating a dynamic environment in which
a diverse group of students from different cultural, linguistic, and
philosophical backgrounds share their ideas and study together.
Second, the students have many opportunities to explore Korea in its regional
and global contexts. Our program is special in that we emphasize global as
well as regional perspectives and multidisciplinary approaches that combine
insights from political science, sociology, culture, history, economics, and
legal studies. Our program is also tailored to meet the needs of diverse students.
Specifically, our curriculum is designed to provide education in both Korean
and English so that students can build proficiency in both languages.
Third, GKS students can expect ample exposure to both theoretical and
practical knowledge. GKS’s courses are taught by an international faculty
educated at some of the world’s finest universities. Students also benefit
from our mentoring program, in which students are introduced to a faculty
member as their personal mentor. Many of our faculty members are active
shapers of Korean and international policy through their roles as consultants
to and officials in the Korean government, international institutions, firms,
and NGOs. This offers our students a wealth of concrete experiences, insights,
and access into the inner workings of such organizations. Students can
further benefit from professors’ active research agendas. They can apply for
a double-major with many other KU departments to customize and creatively
strengthen their unique academic profile.
To gain practical knowledge to navigate Korea in the world, students are
encouraged to gain on-the-job experience by engaging in internships in
international organizations, government institutes, and domestic and
international companies. Moreover, students have opportunities to
participate in the activities of a number of directly attached policy and
research centers like the EU Centre, the International Human Rights Center,
the Center for Global Climate and Marine Governance, the East Asia
Research Center, and the UNDP Seoul Policy Center.
Fourth, as members of one of Korea’s oldest and highest ranking universities,
GKS students gain access to an immense range of university resources.
This includes the university’s vast global network of 744 partner universities
in 78 countries, including University 21, a network of 18 leading universities
in 9 countries that promotes international student exchange.
Finally, Korea University’s GKS program is further enriched through its
location in the capital city of one of the world’s most economically and socially
dynamic countries. Situated at the geographical heart of East Asia, Korea
constitutes a prime example of late 20th century rapid economic development
and socio-cultural transformation and is now increasingly sharing its
development experience and knowledge with countries throughout the
rapidly globalizing world.
In short, GKS offers an exceptional curriculum and opportunities for
experiential learning. Join us, experience Korea beyond K-pop, and build
a foundation for your future.