Essays The Understanding Korea Contest 2023

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

4. Prizes

TitleNumber of AwardeesAwards
Grand Prize2​Award certificate presented by the Ministers of MOFA and MOE,​Merchandise valued at 600,000 KRW
Excellence Prize4​Award certificate presented by the President of AKS,Merchandise valued at 400,000 KRW
Encouragement Prize6Award certificate presented by the Director of the Center of International Affairs, AKSMerchandise valued at 200,000 KRW

  ※ 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) 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.

Download Submission Form HERE

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