Qualifying Examination

Requirements and Procedure

Subject Tests
Students must have been enrolled for a minimum of two semesters and earned at least 12 credits.

Language Tests
Language tests may be taken at any time while the student is enrolled at GSIS.

Application
Application forms for the qualifying examinations are due at the beginning of each semester.

Exam Subjects

Exam Subjects
 Foreign LanguageMajor
Subjects
Notes
First Foreign LanguageSecond Foreign Language
M.A. Required Required Required Students must meet the test score requirements for English and
a  second foreign language.

Foreign Language Requirements (as of 2017 students)

Degree CourseFirst Foreign LanguageSecond Foreign Language
MIS

 

English

Choose one of the following;

German, French, Chinese, Russian,

Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Character
(* Students of Korean Studies major are allowed to choose Chinese Characters)

① For international students and Koreans national residing abroad can choose one from above    
     including Korean. They can’t choose their mother tongue.

     (It is compulsory for international students and Korean

     students both from non-English speaking countries to take English.)

② International students and Koreans national residing abroad who both are majoring Korean   
     Studies, and DCPP students are required Korean 
Doctoral program English Not required
For international students who are from English speaking region have to choose one from German, French, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Character, Korean.
  • Students who earn at least 3 credits in foreign language courses after enrolling in GSIS and receive a B0 or higher may be exempt from taking that language test on their qualifying examinations. (Note: Students who take foreign language courses during their study abroad programs may be exempt from taking the test on their qualifying examinations, but will not be able to transfer their credits for the courses.)
  • Students who have passed SNULT Level 3 or higher are exempt from the second foreign language requirement.
  • Students who take courses in French or German and receive a C- or higher are exempt from taking the respective language tests on their qualifying examinations.
  • To meet the Korean language requirement, international students must score  60 points or higher on the Korean language test. However, students who receive  'S'  in “Korean Language & Culture 1” or “Korean Language & Korean Culture 2” courses are exempt from taking the Korean language test.
  • Korean Examination:  Students can take Korean written examination (students who fail written examination once or more may take oral examination).
  • Students of Development Cooperation Policy Program can select Korean language for their qualifying examinations.
  • Students may submit a language test score (taken within last two years) to meet their foreign language requirement.  Langauge tests recognized by GSIS are mentioned under:
    •  Students who use English as an official language are regarded as English speakers.. 
    • Language courses credits for qualifying examination will not  be included in official credit.

Language Tests Recognized by GSIS

Language Tests Recognized by GSIS
LanguageTest nameLevelOrganization
German ZD(low) Over ZD Goethe-Institut
ZMP(middle)
ZOP(high)
Test Daf
French DELF Over A2 French Government
Chinese HSK (舊)Over level 6 
(新)Over level 5
Chinese Government
CPT Over 600 points
Spanish DELE Over beginner's level Centro Cultural Español
Japanese JPT Over 600 points International Communication Foundation (ICF)
JLPT Over N2 Japan Foundation
JTRA Over level 2 JTRA
Russian TORFL Basic level or higher TORFL Korean Center

English Proficiency Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements
DegreeProgram (Major)Minimum Score Requirement
MIS International Commerce TEPS: 751
TOEFL: IBT104
International Cooperation
International Area Studies TEPS: 701
TOEFL: IBT 100
Korean Studies
DIS International Studies TEPS: 751
TOEFL: IBT104

* Only IBT TOEFL scores or TEPS scores (within 2 years) are available (not CBT/PBT TOEFL scores).

Major Subjects of Qualifying Examination (as of 2017 students)

Major Subjects of Qualifying Examination
DegreeProgram (Major)SubjectNotes
MandatoryElective (select 1)
MIS International Commerce International Economic Relations International Cooperation
International Business Relations
Understanding the East Asia
One of the following subjects may be taken as an alternative to Understanding the East Asia:
- Contemporary World Politics
- International Trade Issues in Comparative Perspective
- Studies in Regional Monetary and Financial Integration
International Cooperation International Cooperation International Economic Relations
International Law
Understanding the East Asia
Select 2
International Area Studies
Understanding The East Asia International Economics
International Cooperation

Korean Studies
International Student (select 2)
Korean Society
Korean History
Politics in Korea
Korean Student Modern Korean History and Society
Modernization and Transformation of Korea Society
Int. Development Cooperation Policy
Program
International Development Policy
Global Development and Development Cooperation

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