Korea Institute

The Korea Institute is devoted solely to the support and development of Korean Studies at Harvard, as the central hub for Harvard faculty, students, leading scholars in the field, and visitors to join together as a community for the study of Korea.

Among the numerous scholarly activities and cultural events supported by the Korea Institute are the Kim Koo Forum on Current Affairs, the Korea Colloquium series, a Korean Film series (open to the general public), and other programs devoted to Korean history, literature, language, and more. (See calendar.) Now entering its fourth decade, the institute celebrated its 30th anniversary with a (60 year) retrospective of Korean studies at Harvard. Photos and videos from this and other events can be found at the institute's Facebook and Vimeo pages.

Korea scholars from the undergraduate to the tenured faculty level should visit the institute's Resources page to learn about travel opportunities and upcoming fellowship and research grant deadlines.

A highlight for undergraduates and graduate students each summer is the chance to study and work in South Korea.

The Korea Institute partners with the Harvard Summer School (HSS) to offer a study abroad opportunity for undergrads to travel to Seoul and join with Korean students to take classes taught by Harvard professors. Each summer small teams of students produce several short documentary films engaging with some aspect of Korean culture and society. In 2012 HSS students produced documentary shorts on subjects ranging from contemporary shaman religious practices to the Korean B-Boy dance phenomenon to the changing role of women in Korean society, and more. Janin Alfonso ('15) writes, "I thank HSS and the Korea Institute for allowing me the chance of a lifetime..."

The Korea Institute also offers opportunities for Harvard College students to attend, at reduced or waived tuition rates, the summer session at institutions such as the Ewha Womans University, Seoul National University, and others.

In addition, undergraduates may apply for summer internships (for the duration, or for two weeks following the summer school session) sponsored by the Korea Institute in partnership with various corporations, NGOs, and even the Korea National Assembly.

For graduate students the institute offers a small number of travel grants to conduct summer research or fieldwork in Korea. Javier Cha (PhD candidate) writes, "I am truly grateful to the Korea Institute for providing me with this fantastic opportunity to carry out my summer research in Seoul..."

Student Video Clips

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Korea Institute - Harvard Summer School - Student Video Clips from Harvard Social Science Division on Vimeo.

Special thanks to Susan Laurence, Associate Director of the Korea Institute, and Jina Kim, Outreach and Events Manager, for photos, videos, and information for this feature.

(Posted March 2013.)