+ search

Korean Studies

Degree type
Language of education
Dutch, English
24 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
Please enquire
Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
Please enquire
Education type
Start of program
Please enquire
Application deadline
Please enquire
Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The two-year MA in Korean Studies is unique in the Netherlands.

It stems from a long line of Leiden-based Korean scholars, with the first centre for Korean Studies in Western Europe offering classes at Leiden in 1947. Since then the department has grown from strength-to-strength, capitalising on its strong connections with Korean universities and institutions and its international reputation for the quality of its research. Today, staff participate in research projects with colleagues from around the world and sit on a variety of editorial and advisory boards.

The programme is led by staff internationally renowned for their research on cultural and societal issues in pre-modern and modern Korea. You will have access to teaching and research opportunities—including original source materials— within the fields of: Religious practice and popular culture Literature The social history of religions Modern nationalism and collaboration Modern and contemporary history and Historiography.

The programme is divided over two years. Semester 1: In Leiden you will follow courses offered through the Asian Studies research master’s programme. Semester 2 and 3: You will spend two semesters in Korea, where you will develop your language skills through intensive study courses. Semester 4: Time is devoted to writing and reading skills, advanced language training, and the final thesis.

To acquire: a high level of fluency in Korean; a broad knowledge of Korea and the ability to analyse Korean issues; an overview and understanding of Korean Studies’ history and current developments; interaction of Korean Studies with such disciplines as Anthropology, History, Art History, Social Sciences, Literature, and Religion; the ability to carry out independent research at an academic level.

Admission requirements

Previous education

BA degree in Korean Languages and Cultures or its equivalent from a recognised university (see website www.mastersinleiden.nl).

Knowledge minimum

Sufficient command of Korean. See website www.mastersinleiden.nl for details.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL paper based: 570, TOEFL computer based: 230, TOEFL internet based: 88

More information about Master Admission


Share your thoughts on
studying abroad.

Join the study in the Netherlands facebook community!


Share your thoughts on
studying abroad.

Join the study in the Netherlands facebook community!

We use non-commercial cookies only. More information. Close this message.×