1989 Center for Area Studies
In February of 1989, Seoul National University (SNU) established the Center for Area Studies to foster research on region-specific issues and to respond to the increasing demand for global perspectives within Korea.
1997 School of International and Area Studies (SIAS)
In 1997, the Center for Area Studies expanded to become the School of International and Area Studies (SIAS). SIAS was launched as a joint course program, offering students an array of masters' degrees including economics, business administration, political science, art and law. At the same time, trade negotiations, international cooperation, area studies, and Korean studies were firmly established as major fields in SIAS.
2003 Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS)
On 1 March, 2003, the school expanded once again to become the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), the premier graduate school of international affairs and area studies in Korea. This history of institutional development reflects SNU's continual efforts to meet the demands of a dynamic world. Consistent with this mission, GSIS SNU has established itself as an institution that continues to meet the challenges of today, training the international experts of tomorrow.