Seoul National University


In February 1989, Seoul National University established the Center for Area Studies to foster academic research of global regions and to respond to the increasing demand for a truly global perspective in Korea. In March 1992, the President of the Republic of Korea appointed the Center of Area Studies to be one of a select few national research institutes to specialize in this endeavor. From that time forward, the scope of Center activities expanded beyond the traditional boundaries of Seoul National University, reaching a high level of interaction with area specialists nationwide. Throughout the entire period of its existence, the Center has been a force for promoting area studies in Korea.

The expansion of international and area studies in Korea and the endeavors by Seoul National University to meet these requirements gave rise to the optimal opportunity to capitalize on this convergence of needs and ability. With the accreditation of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) in March 2003, the combined history of the Center

APSIA Membership: Full APSIA Member School



Graduate School of International Studies
San 56-1, Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu
Seoul 151-742, Korea

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Degree Requirements

Master of International Studies -

  • Minimum credits required for graduation: 45 credits
    • 4 required courses (except for Korean Studies majors)
    • At least 6 courses from the student's major program (3 courses of practical skills)
    • 2 courses from elective courses (1 course of practical skills)
    • 2 courses from other GSIS major programs (1 course of practical skills)
    • 1 course of "Reading and Research" for thesis
  • Qualifying examinations for graduation
    • Qualified standard in English (Korean for Korean Studies majors)
    • Qualified standard in a second foreign language
    • Qualified standard in the major field of study
  • Minimum number of registration semesters required for graduation: 4
  • A thesis for a master's degree

Fields of Specialization

International Commerce Program

International Cooperation Program

International Area Studies Program

  • North and South American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • European Studies
Korean Studies Program

Core Courses

4 required courses
  • Understanding International Economic Relations
  • Understanding International Cooperation
  • Understanding East Asia
  • Research Methodology and Skills
Reading and Research for thesis

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