HUFS-UPEACE Dual Master’s Programme

About the Programme

Established in 2007, the HUFS-UPEACE Dual Master’s Programme includes study for two semesters each at the University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica and at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea (HUFS). Students will earn two Master’s degrees, one from the HUFS and the other from UPEACE upon completion of the programme.

This dual degree programme aims to contribute to the preparation of experts in the fields of human rights and international media who will actively engage in conflict prevention and resolution around the world.


About HUFS

Graduate School of International and Area Studies Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea or

The Graduate School of International and Area Studies (GSIAS) was established in 1996 for the purpose of cultivating area specialists equipped with research capability and linguistic competence in regional languages and English, well prepared to excel in the fields of  trade, diplomacy, politics, economy, society and culture, and international organizations.

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), which started out in 1954 with five foreign language departments, now teaches grand total of 45 languages. Thus GSIAS is well able to offer courses combining training in foreign languages and area-specific social science- based studies.


Areas of Academic Study

Under the dual degree programme, students choose one of the following 3 areas of study and corresponding MA programmes:

  • International Law and Human Rights  

Degree from HUFS: MA in Laws

Degree from UPEACE: MA in International Law and Human Rights

  • Media, Peace and Conflict Studies

Degree from HUFS: MA in Communication

Degre from UPEACE: MA in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Sustainable Development

Degree from HUFS: MA in International Development Studies

Degree from UPEACE: MA in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development

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Student Profile

  • Graduates or anticipated graduates of a four-year university who are recognized by law as being university graduates (Admission is open to all undergraduate majors).
  • A high level of English language proficiency is required.
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants with previous experiences in peace-related activities.


Academic Schedule

Overall Academic Schedule

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

HUFS Korea

UPEACECosta Rica



Operation of Semesters


Semester I 

 Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV 


12 credits







9/6 credits: Elective Courses Incl. Internship Credits (3/6)




3 credits: Thesis Guidance

UPEACE(21/24 credits)


21/24 credits



12  credits

21/24  credits

12/9 credits

Preparation Program
 GSIAS runs a preparation program for entering students in order to provide them with basic knowledge on politics, economics, society and culture, and international studies before the first semester starts.

Special Lecture Series
 GSIAS invites former and current Ambassadors of Foreign Missions in Korea and other eminent people in order to expose its students to a wide diversity of current affairs.

Spanish Language Course (non-credit) Extra Spanish language courses are provided by HUFS and UPEACE in order to help the dual degree students to adjust to a Spanish speaking environment in Costa Rica.


How to Apply

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