Korea University Seoul, South Korea

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Korea University’s Graduate School of International Studies (KUGSIS) offers one of the leading international relations programs in Korea and Asia. Since its establishment in 1991, KUGSIS has prepared students for leadership roles in governments, international organizations, multinational firms, international financial institutions, and NGOs. Its curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary studies as part of the school’s commitment to multicultural awareness and international interaction. Students in the Dual Master’s Degree Program can study with the top experts in their fields and gain new perspectives on international relations from the Korean Peninsula.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester
August/September - December
Spring Semester
March - June

Although KU's academic calendar begins in March, dual degree students will join KU after a full year at SIS and start classes at KU during the fall semester.


Students will enroll as full-time students alongside KUGSIS graduate students after completing their first year at SIS, and can apply up to 15 credits taken at KU toward an SIS degree. Research requirements for each degree must be completed separately, as these credits are not transferable and do not fulfill each respective institution's research degree requirements.

Subject areas include:

  • International Commerce
  • International Development and Cooperation
  • International Peace and Security
  • Regional Studies
  • Korean Studies (focus on contemporary social modernization and economic development)

Language Requirement

Courses at KUGSIS are conducted in English. 

Students also have the opportunity to enroll in Korean language classes.

Application Deadlines

Spring - Fall: October 1
Fall - Spring: March 15

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad.

Please note: This program is competitive and submitting an application does not guarantee admission.

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Suggested Program Match

This program is compatible with all on-campus SIS programs.

Students may take courses in the International Studies or Korean Studies programs.

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