There are two ways to engage in a systematic study of Korea at the University of Pennsylvania:
- Major in East Asian Studies (EAST), with a concentration in Korea
- Minor in East Asian Studies (EAST), with a concentration in Korea
For more information on the EAST major and minor with a concentration in Korea, contact Dr. Ayako Kano. For more information on Korean language study, contact Ms. Haewon Cho.
Spring 2016 Current Course Offerings:
- EALC-080 (Intro to Korean Civilization), taught by Seok Lee
- EALC-121 (Korea in Age of Empires), taught by Sixiang Wang
- EALC-198 (Korean Popular Culture), taught by Sharlyn Rhee
- KORN-012 (Elementary Korean II), taught by Ji-Young Jung, Haewon Cho and Eunji Lee
- KORN-112 (Intermediate Korean II), taught by Eunji Lee
- KORN-132 (Korean for Heritage Speakers II), taught by Ji-Young Jung
- KORN-212 (Advanced Korean II), taught by Haewon Cho
- KORN-332 (Current Korean Media II), taught by Eunji Lee
- KORN-382 (Business Korean II), taught by Haewon Cho
- KORN-431 (Advanced Readings Modern Korea I), taught by Ji-Young Jung
- KORN-482 (Adv Business Korean II), taught by Daniel Sang Kim
For Graduate Students, click here.
Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships:
James Joo-Jin Kim Progam in Korean Studies Grants and Scholarships for 2015
James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will award up to four (4) grants, in an amount up to $2,000, to assist a member of the University of Pennsylvania faculty to conduct research on Korea. All faculty members, including Korean language lecturers and other instructors of Korea-related courses, are eligible to apply. Download Application.
- Language Lecturer Professional Development Grant
James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will award up to three (3) grants, each in an amount up to $1,000, to assist Korean language lecturers at the University of Pennsylvania with the cost of attending a conference or professional development opportunity related to their work. Download Application.
- Graduate Research Grant
James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will award grants (up to 3), each in an amount up to $2,000, to assist Penn graduate students in their research related to Korean studies. Any student enrolled in a graduate degree program at Penn is eligible to apply. Download Application.
- Undergraduate Summer Scholarship
James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will award up to five (5) scholarships of $1,800 each towards their participation in a Korea-related activity such as conducting research, presenting a paper, or working as an intern. Any student enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Penn is eligible to apply. Download Application.
- James Joo-Jin Kim Graduate Fellowship in Korean Studies
(updated for 2016-2017)
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 2016-17 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 is Monday, March 7, 2016 at 5:00 PM. lease e-mail all nominations to:
Associate Director of James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies
- 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.
- Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (East Asian languages are not offered between 2014-2018)
Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies (Academic Year 2016-2017; application window is now closed)
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 2016-2017 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, as well as teaching a course in the spring semester of 2017.
The fellowship will cover up to a 12-month period between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017, 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 be required to:
1. Remain in residence.
2. Teach one (1) courses for undergraduates in the spring semester of 2017.
3. Give a public presentation for Korean Studies Colloquium.
4. Mentor Kim Program undergraduate fellows.
Eligibility: Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree within five (5) years of the postdoctoral appointment year (in 2011 or later). The applicant who is offered a fellowship must have fully completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (dissertation deposited) by July 1, 2016.
- Letter of Application
- Application Form
- Statement of Research Interests and Experience (Part IV) in a separate document
- Two (2) letters of recommendations mailed or e-mailed directly from referees to David Dettmann at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the address below.
Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the Kim Program by Friday, January 8, 2016, 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:
David Dettmann, Acting Associate Director for Administration
Penn-Seoul National University Korean Studies Doctoral Student Exchange Program
(Academic Year 2016-2017)
For academic year 2016-17, Penn James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will select one (1) School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) doctoral student for participation in Penn-Seoul National University Korean studies Ph.D. student exchange. A nominee must be a doctoral student in a humanities or social science field who has completed coursework and is working on a dissertation focused on Korea. Hosted by SNU Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies during the period of affiliation (September 1, 2016-August 31, 2017), 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 4, 2015. Nominating chairs and nominees will be notified of the decision by mid-December.
Penn-in-Seoul Program (will not be offered in Summer 2016)
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.
For information on Penn Summer Abroad programs for Summer 2016, visit http://www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/locations/abroad.