Call for Essays: The Understanding Korea Contest 2023

July 01, 2023

The Center for International Affairs (CEFIA) of Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) are pleased to announce the Call for Essays for the Understanding Korea Contest 2023. Please review the guidelines outlined below and ensure to adhere them when submitting your essay. ​Hosted by the Center for International Affair at AKS, the Understanding Korea Project aims to rectify misconceptions and enhance the quality of content about Korea in international textbooks.

1. Essay Topics


International Images of Korea

  • Images of Korea as presented in international instruction materials (international textbooks, internet sites, etc.)
  • Proposals on how to improve the image of Korea

​Notable Applications of using Understanding Korea Materials

  • Notable Applications of using Understanding Korea materials and proposals for new materials.

※Understanding Korea materials published by AKS are available on the site below (Website: → Understanding Korea Materials)

2. Eligibility

Foreigners, Koreans living abroad

3. Submission

Submit via the official website of the Academy of Korean Studies

  • Language: Korean or English
  • Essay Length: Approximately 3 pages in A4 format

※Download the application form from “Notice” on the Academy of Korean Studies website or the Center for International Affairs website, complete the provided application form and submit accordingly. Incomplete or incorrect submissions may be disqualified.

※ Applications can be submitted using either Topic 1, Topic 2, or both.

4. Prizes

  1. Grand Prize: Award certificate presented by the Ministers of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Ministry of Education (MOE), Merchandise valued at 600,000 KRW (2 awardees)
  2. Excellence Prize: Award certificate presented by the President of AKS, Merchandise valued at 400,000 KRW (4 awardees)
  3. Encouragement Prize: Award certificate presented by the Director of the Center of International Affairs, AKS Merchandise valued at 200,000 KRW (6 awardees)

※The awardee is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use.

5. Application Period

June 1 - July 31, 2023, 18:00

※Applications submitted after the deadline (Korea Standard Time/ KST) will not be considered for evaluation.

6. Announcement of Winners

September 25, 2023 (scheduled)

※The result of the contest will be posted on the Center's website, (​ and all winners will be notified individually.

7. Contact

The Center for International Affairs of the Academy of Korean Studies

  • Email:

※For any inquiries regarding the contest, please direct your questions exclusively via email.


2023 The Understanding Korea Application Form.doc

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