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Chinese Language and Literature, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #37 (QS) ,
The aim of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature is to foster a renewed appreciation of the traditions of East Asian civilization through the study of the language and literature of China. 


As Korea shares a common cultural background with China, an adequate understanding of Chinese culture can provide students with insights into Korean culture as well. An objective understanding of China is all the more important in today's age of political and economic blocs, where the role of East Asia is increasing steadily. The curriculum of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature puts a heavy emphasis on acquiring a high level of proficiency in modern and classical Chinese. The fostering of these basic language and literature abilities in Chinese is essential for studying the heritage of Chinese literature which boasts perhaps the longest history and the largest scale among the world literatures. Majors in Chinese may choose to concentrate their studies in one of two areas: Chinese literature or Chinese linguistics. The curriculum for the literature concentration is composed in such a way as to allow undergraduates, over a period of four years, to become acquainted with various genres of Chinese literature developed over many thousands of years.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Seminar in History of Chinese Literature
  • Seminar in Modern Chinese Literature
  • Seminar in Chinese Linguistics
  • Studies in Chinese Ci Poetry & Sanqu Literature
  • Seminar in Chinese Grammar
  • Studies in Chinese Phonological Theories

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Seoul

  • 1853935 - 1761660 KRW/month
    Living Costs

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