Message from the Dean

Graduate School of International Studies

Dean's Message


Welcome to the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Seoul National University!

Since its establishment in 1997, GSIS has been cultivating global leaders who can take on the challenges presented by the increasingly complex global society. With distinguished faculty members who are renowned scholars in their fields, in Korea and abroad, GSIS offers a unique and outstanding curriculum that brings together different disciplines and area studies with concentrations in International Commerce, International Cooperation, International Area Studies, and Korean Studies.

GSIS is a truly international institution, not only in its reputation and curriculum, but also in its composition. As of September 1, 2018, 166 Korean Students and 143  international students from 48 countries are currently enrolled at GSIS. We encourage our students to share the unique perspectives they hold from their diverse backgrounds in their studies and to transcend the limits of national and cultural borders. Another important focus of GSIS is to open various opportunities for students to gain further global experience, from double-degree programs with the School of International Studies at Peking University in China and the Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Tokyo in Japan, to short-term intensive programs abroad. With the global competence they acquired at GSIS, GSIS alumni are making their mark in the world, in the academia as well as the public and private sectors, as the future leaders of Asia.

The next stage for GSIS is to become the global top academic institution in the field of international and area studies. As the pivotal hub for East Asian studies in the larger framework of international studies, we will continue to combine the disciplines and area studies that our school excels at, to develop our capacity for research and education to a world-class level.

I hope to build on the great foundation GSIS has laid so far and bring out the full potential of GSIS with the tight community we have here at the school. I hope you will continue to show interest and support our endeavors as we make the leap to the top.


JEONG, Jong-Ho


Dean, Graduate School of International Studies

Seoul National University