GSIS at a Glance

Founded in 1997 as the Institute of International and Area Studies,
the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS)
has evolved to become the premier graduate school of international studies in Korea.

Cultivating Connected Intellectuals

Since its foundation, GSIS alumni have gone on to become professionals in academia, as well as in public and private sectors. True to the motto, “think globally, act regionally,” GSIS programs aim to cultivate its students to connect with the world, both regionally and globally, through its integrated multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses both theory and practice.

Truly International

300 current students,
40% of international students,
50 countries represented in the student body
The student body at GSIS boasts of highly qualified graduate students from around the globe, including the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Africa.
This uniquely international and multicultural environment encourages students to widen their perspectives beyond national and cultural borders.

World Class Standards in Research and Education

With the nation’s largest and most prominent faculty body specializing in various areas, GSIS provides an encouraging research and educational environment.
Research Institutes
GSIS runs three institutes that specialize in international and regional studies to facilitate further in-depth research within GSIS and beyond.
International Studies Library
GSIS is one of the few graduate schools with its own specialized library. The International Studies Library (ISL) holds mainly research materials in the area of international commerce, cooperation, area studies and Korean studies. The ISL was designated as Korea’s “EUI (EU Information Center)” by the EU commission. It is stocked with more than 60,000 items.




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Ranked among the Best: SNU

Seoul National University, where GSIS is one of the many professional graduate schools, has been the academic pinnacle of Korea since its foundation. From CEOs to politicians, artists, scientists, and professors, thousands of SNU alumni are at the forefront of every sector in Korean society. The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions worldwide for prestigious research and education. The faculty and students at GSIS interact closely with their peers within SNU, forming a truly lively and vibrant academic community.
SNU consists of: 

(As of April 1, 2013)

  • 28,011 Enrolled students
  • 5,361 faculty members
  • 16 colleges and associated graduate schools
  • 9 professional graduate schools
  • 65 research institutes
  • #4 among Asian Universities (QS 2013)
  • #35 among World Universities (QS 2013)

Degree Programs


International Programs

01. Dual-Degree Programs
  • MIS – M.Sc. with ESSEC Business School in France
  • MIS – Master of Public Policy with GraSPP, the University of Tokyo in Japan


02. CAMPUS Asia Program
BESETO Dual Degree Master’s Program on International and Public Policy Studies. GSIS students can apply for the CAMPUS Asia program, which grants three Master’s Degrees course in SNU-GSIS, the School of International Studies at Peking University, and the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo.