Penn-in-Seoul Program (Not Offered in Summer 2015)
The Penn-in-Seoul program provides Penn undergraduates the opportunity to spend their summer in Seoul, South Korea, one of the most tech savvy and dynamic cities in the world. While in the program, students will enroll in East Asia: Past & Present (History 005) and at least 1 course at Seoul National University and may participate in a 4 week internships at a multinational corporation, a research center or think tank, or a government agency. Although we will make every attempt to match students with an internship provider, placement is not guaranteed. No previous knowledge of Korean is required to participate in the Penn-in-Seoul program, however, being fluent in Korean may be beneficial in the internship placement process. Please contact the Penn Summer Abroad office for more information.
More information can be found at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/locations/abroad/seoul.
For Undergraduates: Majoring and Minoring in Korean Studies
There are two ways to engage in a systematic study of Korea at the University of Pennsylvania:
- Major in
- East Asian Studies, with a concentration in Korea
- East Asian Languages and Civilizations, with a concentration in Korea
- Minor in
- East Asian Studies, with a concentration in Korea
For more information on majoring and minoring in Korean Studies, please contact Dr. Frank L. Chance
Current Course Offerings [Spring 2014, PDF File]
Registrar Information and East Asia Course Descriptions
For Graduate Students, click here.
Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships:
- James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies grants and scholarship
- James Joo-Jin Kim Graduate Fellowship in Korean Studies
The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will award one (1) first-year Ph.D. student in SAS a full fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. Covering first-year tuition, fees, stipend, and health insurance, this fellowship helps the Kim Program, as an interdisciplinary group, to recruit a deserving doctoral student in Korean studies to Penn. The following are the main criteria for selection:
1) academic excellence
2) central work in a recognized field of Korean studies
3) full departmental funding for student after the first year
Nominations will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Kim Program. The graduate chair of each nominee's department must provide complete application materials as a PDF. A graduate chair making more than one nomination must rank the candidates. Deadline for nominations will be announced at at later date.
- Y. H. Park Fellowship in Korean Studies
The Y.H. Park Fellowship funds a Ph.D. or a master student in the humanities, social sciences, international management, international studies, or fine arts whose primary research area is Korea and whose dissertation will be on Korea. Applicants are expected to continue their scholarly activities outside of Korea after completion of their degrees. They must have sufficient Korean-language proficiency to use Korean-language sources in conducting research and writing dissertations. The Park Fellowship will provide funding of approximately $33,000 (sufficient to cover the cost of Reduced Ph.D. Tuition, a 12-month stipend and health insurance). In order to apply, student must first secure nomination by the head of his or her department/program. Each year, the deadline is usually in early May. For more information, please contact Associate Director of Education Karen Lawrence.
- Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies (Academic Year 2015-2016) - now accepting applications!
The James Joo-Jin Kim Program at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies for the 2015–16 academic year. The postdoctoral program is open to scholars from all fields whose research relates to Korea. The fellow will be expected to participate in Kim Program events and related activities at Penn and in the Korean Studies community. Depending on teaching interests and demand, the fellow may teach one or two courses.
The fellowship will cover up to a 12-month period between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016, and will carry a stipend of $50,000. Health insurance (including medical, dental, vision, and life; more information can be found here: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/deans-office/postdocs/postdocstaff.htm) will be paid for by the Kim Program. The postdoctoral fellow will be provided an office and access to libraries and resources at Penn.
The fellow will also be expected to:
1. Give a public presentation for the Korean Studies Colloquium.
2. Teach one or two one-semester courses for undergraduates, depending on teaching interests and demand.
Eligibility: Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree within five years of the postdoctoral appointment year (in 2010 or later). The applicant who is offered a fellowship must have fully completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2015.
- Letter of Application
- Application Form (can be downloaded here)
- Statement of Research Interests and Experience (Part IV) in a separate document
- Two letters of recommendations mailed or e-mailed directly from referees to Melissa DiFrancesco at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the address below.
Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the Kim Program by Friday, January 9, 2015, at 5:00 pm. Applications (except for letters of recommendation, which should be sent directly from the referee) should be submitted in one, complete pdf via e-mail to email@example.com, or via mail to the address below.
Applications may also be mailed to:
James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies
Williams Hall, Suite 642
255 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Further inquiries should be directed to:
Melissa DiFrancesco, Assistant Director
Penn-Seoul National University Korean Studies Doctoral Student Exchange Program
We are pleased to announce that Penn School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and Seoul National University (SNU)'s Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies recently signed an agreement to exchange Ph.D. students in Korean studies. In 2015, Penn James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will select one (1) doctoral student for participation in Penn-SNU Korean studies Ph.D. student exchange program. A nominee must be a doctroal student in a humanities or social science field who has completed coursework and is working on a dissertation focused on Korea. Hosted by the SNU Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies <http://kyujanggak.snu.ac.kr/kiks/index.do> during the period of affiliation (September 1, 2015–August 31, 2016), the student will still pay Penn any tuition or fees that (s)he may owe. The exchange student will be chosen on the basis of the competitively established merit of the proposals in light of resources offered by the partner university A completed application form and a letter from the academic advisor must be e-mailed to the Kim Program <firstname.lastname@example.org> by 5 pm, Friday, December 12, 2014. Nominating chairs and nominees will be notified of the decision by mid-December.
- Completed application form found here
- Letter from the academic advisor
Please note that this agreement complements the existing undergraduate student exchange agreement between Penn SAS and SNU, as well as Penn-in-Seoul which, as a summer abroad program, sends a group of Penn undergraduates to Seoul for internships and SNU coursework. Since Penn and SNU began collaborating on Penn-in-Seoul in 2011, about 70 students have participated, including 18 taking part in this year's program.