Welcome to the GW Institute for Korean Studies!


Founded in the year 2016, the GW Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) is a university wide Institute housed in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. The establishment of the GWIKS in 2016 was made possible by a generous grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS). The mission of GWIKS is to consolidate, strengthen, and grow the existing Korean studies program at GW, and more generally in the greater D.C. area and beyond. The Institute enables and enhances productive research and education relationships within GW, and among the many experts throughout the region and the world.

Fall 2019 Announcements & News

September 2019

  • GWIKS North Korea Program Application is now open! Please see details here.
  • GWIKS invites applications for the Korean Studies Book Manuscript Workshop for faculty who is working on their second book. This workshop will provide support for faculty in the humanities and social sciences who are in the middle phase of writing the second monograph. The application is due on August 30, 2019. Check the page for further details.
  • Korean Major Starting in Fall 2019! We are delighted to share with you that the Korean major has been officially approved by the University. With the addition of four new courses (Advanced Conversation and Composition I and II, Introduction to the History of the Korean Language, and North Korean Society and Culture) all approved, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures will be offering the major from Fall of 2019.

GWIKS Videos

GWIKS Inaugural Ceremony

2018 Hahn Moo-Sook Opening

Concert & Lecture