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Graduate Dissertation

Comprehensive exam

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

General rules
Program Eligibility for Exam Date of Examination
Master’s Completed at least 12 credits, GPA 3.0 or higher Spring exam: late March (application due early-March)
Fall exam: late September (application due early-September)
Doctoral Completed at least 21 credits, GPA 3.0 or higher
Integrated (master’s and doctoral) Completed at least 30 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.

Foreign language exam

1. Applicability

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

2. Examination subjects

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 French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese characters or Korean
Integrated master’s and doctoral English One from 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 16 departments listed below shall take the English exam for primary foreign language and the Korean exam as the secondary language
  • All international students shall take the Korean Language Exam : Doctoral students on the 16 departments listed below shall take the Korean language exam for their primary foreign language and the English exam for their secondary foreign language
  • Students are prohibited from taking one of these exams in his/her own first or native language

3. Second foreign language for doctoral degrees

  • The 16 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, Visual Culture (interdisciplinary), Cultural Heritage Studies (interdisciplinary) and Comparative Literature & Comparative Culture(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

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

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 Score "B" and higher
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)

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(New TEPS 361), IELTS level 6, or TOEIC 800
German Master’s Doctoral ZMP Goethe-Institute 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 DELF 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

8. Korean Language Examination

  • As you fully know, students must pass the Korean Language Examination in order to obtain a degree. There are three ways to pass the exam.
  • * For Inquiries in Graduate School : email "graduate2@korea.ac.kr"
  • ① Achieving Level 4 or higher in the Test of Proficiency in Korea (TOPIK): Students should upload their test scores at KUPID within the designated period (Please check the homepage, early March & September)
  • ② Completing Korean language course(s) at the Korean Language Center (alternative to the TOPIK exam)
  • - Completion of the regular course (level 2 or higher) during the spring/fall semester with a grade of “B” or higher
  • - Completion of an 8-week regular course (level 2 or higher) during the summer/winter semester with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • ③ Passing the Korean language exam administered by Korea University (exams are implemented every March and September)
  • - Students can apply through the Portal website one month before the exam starting from Exams every semester.
  • - The exam is comprised of multiple-choice and short-answer questions.

9. Exemption for Foreign Language Exam

Korean Language Center(http://klc.korea.ac.kr) offers to be exempt from the Korean Language Examination among the below 3 options.

  • ① Option 1. Passing the General Course Level 2 or higher
  • ② Option 2. Passing the 8-week Course(Summer or Winter period)
  • ③ Option 3. Receive Level 4 or higher for TOPIK(KLC administered TOPIK exam in case)