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Eligibility Exams for Dissertation

a. Comprehensive exam

 

1. General rules (Article 39 of the Constitution of the Graduate School - Detailed Enforcement Regulations for the Graduate School)

 

Program Eligibility for Exam Date of Examination

Master’s

Completed at least 18 credits , GPA 3.0 or higher

Spring exam: early April (application due mid-March)

Fall exam: early October (application due mid-September)

Doctoral

Completed at least 27 credits,, GPA 3.0 or higher

Integrated (master’s and doctoral)

Completed at least 45 credits, GPA 3.0 or higher

 

 

2. Special rules for each department

  • Please check the academic affairs administration and internal relations of each college or department for each department’s examination methods (written, oral), number of exams, and grading.

 

 

 

b. Foreign language exam

 

1. Applicability

  • Students registered in either the master’s, doctoral, or integrated programs

 

 

2. Examination subjects

 

Program Primary foreign language Secondary foreign language
Master’s One from English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese characters or Korean None
Doctoral English One from English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese characters or Korean
Integrated master’s and doctoral English One from English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese characters or Korean
International students All international students shall take the Korean language exam; doctoral students of the 19 departments listed below shall take the English exam for primary foreign language and the Korean exam as the secondary language

 

 

3. Second foreign language for doctoral degrees

  • The 19 departments that require a secondary foreign language exam are

Law, Korean Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Chinese and Japanese Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, History, Sociology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Korean History, Applied Linguistics and Culture Studies (interdisciplinary), Visual Culture (interdisciplinary), Human Ecology, Geology, Cultural Heritage Studies (interdisciplinary), and Cultural Heritage Studies (interdisciplinary).

 

※ The above-mentioned departments shall have their students take a corresponding foreign language examination.

※ A second foreign language exam for Cultural Heritage Studies (interdisciplinary) shall be required from 2011 Spring Semester onwards.

 

 

4. Dates for foreign language exams

 

Spring Fall

First Saturday of March (tentative)

First Saturday of September (tentative)

 

※ The actual dates for the English exam can be checked at the Institute of Foreign Language Studies website (http://langtopia.ac.kr).

 

 

5. Exam details

  • English : Consult the Institute of Foreign Language Studies’ Foreign Language Center website
  • Second foreign language : written short-answer questions, translation and composition

 

 

6. Passing the foreign language examination

 

Exam

Method

Implementing authority

Notes

English

Written examination

Institute of Foreign Language Studies

Consult Institute of Foreign Language Studies website

Lecture substitution

Institute of Foreign Language Studies

 

Substitution by authorized transcript

The Graduate School

TOEFL, TEPS, IELTS, TOEIC

Second foreign language

Written examination

The Graduate School

Once per term

Lecture substitution

Institute of Foreign Language Studies

German, Japanese, Korean, et al.

Substitution by authorized transcript

The Graduate School

See Exemption Standards

 

 

 

7. Authorized transcript standards for foreign language examination waiver (by course)

 

Language Program Exams Authority Standards for waiver Notes
English Master’s Doctoral TOEFL,TEPS, IELTS, TOEIC ETS et al. TOEFL CBT 213, TOEFL IBT 80, TEPS 660, IELTS level 6, or TOEIC 800  
German Master’s Doctoral ZMP Goethe-Institut Department of German Language and Literature and other departments’ acceptance  
Master’s Doctoral Testdaf (tdN-3) Domestic/Germany Department of German Language and Literature and other departments’ acceptance (level 3 and higher)  
French Master’s DELF French government DELF B2 and higher DALF A1, A2 DELF B1, B2 (applies to new students before 2015)
Doctoral DALF French government DELF B2 and higher DALF C1, C2 (applies to new students before 2015)
Chinese Master’s Doctoral HSK Chinese government New HSK level 5 (180) and higher Decided by the Taiwanese government’s Chinese Language and Literature Professors’ Council
Spanish Master’s / Doctoral Spanish government Diploma and a score higher than 70% on the Nivel Superior (C2) of the DELE examination  
Russian Master’s / Doctoral Russian government Authorized level 3 or 4 (within the past three years) on the TORFL examination  
Japanese Master’s / Doctoral Not applicable  
Korean Master’s / Doctoral Level 4 or higher on the S-TOPIK For international students beyond the quota