KAEC

KOREAN-AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL COMMISSION

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About KAEC

The governments of the United States of America and Republic of Korea provide the Korean-American Educational Commission(KAEC) with an annual budget for its operation of the Fulbright program and other activities set by the KAEC Board. The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the cultural and educational exchanges.

The Korean-American Educational Commission in Seoul, also widely known as the Korea Fulbright Commission, is governed by a board of directors consisting of equal numbers of Koreans and Americans representing government, education and the private sector. The KAEC Board of directors makes decisions on overall policies of the Fulbright program in Korea.

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Grant Programs

The Commission selects Koreans and Americans for various categories of Fulbright grants and provides administrative support for the grantees. Over 290 awards are made annually. For Koreans, KAEC administers grant programs for graduate study, lecturing, research, and the study of U.S. institutitons. For Americans, it offers grant programs for lecturing, research, and also an English Teaching Assistant program in which grantees serve as teachers at elementary and secondary schools in Korea. Besides these regular programs, KAEC also administers other grant programs as requested by both governments and non-governmental organizations in both the ROK and the U.S.


EducationUSA

The Commission houses and operates the U.S. Education Center, located on the first floor of the Fulbright Building in Mapo-gu, Seoul. Affiliated with the U.S. Department of State, the Center provides accurate information on the full range of educational opportunities in the United States through individual and group advising sessions, special lectures and presentations by U.S. schools, and active participation in key education fairs that regularly bring representatives of U.S. schools to Korea. The Center offers high-speed internet access and an expanding range of information and services via the internet.


Testing Programs

KAEC provides services related to iBT TOEFL and Revised GRE test centers in recruitment and expansion at the four-year colleges/universities in Korea. In addition, it operates Prometric test centers for delivery of computer-based tests. It also works with other orgarnizations to administer and facilitate such high-stakes accademic admission tests as the LSAT, AP.

History

In September 1945, the Honorable J. William Fulbright, then a freshman senator from the State of Arkansas, introduced legislation to finance educational exchanges between the United States and partner countries around the world. The bill was passed by the 79th Congress of the United States and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on August 1, 1946.

In every country where the program operates, it is supported financially by the United States government. Korea is one of the countries in which the program is operated and funded on a binational basis, i.e. funded by the ROK Government also.

KAEC, the organization managing these exchange activities today, is known as the Fulbright Commission; KAEC is the only organization promoting educational exchanges between the U.S. and Korea which are formally recognized, officially sponsored and jointly funded by both governments.

During the 67 years that the Fulbright Program has operated in Korea, KAEC has made over 6,744 awards - including about 3,666 awards to Koreans and about 3,078 awards to Americans.

The Korean alumni of the Fulbright Program hold important positions in all the leading academic institutions in Korea as well as in many other walks of life. Many of the American alumni also are well situated to contribute to a mutual understanding between Korea and the U.S., especially in the educational field.

KAEC receives annual budgetary allocations from both the U.S. and the R.O.K. governments. A significant amount of cost-sharing is obtained each year from host institutions in both countries and from a variety of other sources.

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Organization

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) has the overall responsibility for managing the Fulbright Program worldwide. The board is composed of twelve members drawn from academic, cultural and public life who are appointed by the President of the United States. The members of the board are private citizens with a non-official and impartial perspective.

The immediate responsibility for the Fulbright Program in Korea, however, rests with KAEC itself. KAEC has its own board composed of ten regular and two alternate members equally divided between citizens of the Republic of Korea and citizens of the United States of America. At least two regular members on each side officially represent the Korean and American governments while the remaining board members are private citizens of Korea and the U.S. who reside in Korea and are educators or persons otherwise knowledgeable about educational exchange activities between the two countries. The KAEC board meets periodically to nominate candidates for Fulbright awards and deliberate on matters which affect the management of the Fulbright Program in Korea.

The daily operations of KAEC are carried out by a binational secretariat headed by an executive director who reports to the KAEC board. The secretariat makes recommendations, but all policy decisions and nominations for awards are made solely by the KAEC board in line with the guidelines established for the Fulbright Program by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The principal non-governmental organizations supporting KAEC in its management of Fulbright exchange activities are:



Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
IIE/CIES
1400K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20005
http://www.cies.org

CIES, which is affiliated with IIE, is responsible for many aspects of the administration of the research and lecturing programs for both Koreans and Americans. For Koreans, CIES confirms all university affiliations in the United States for senior scholars - on the basis of preferences stated by the grantees and approved by KAEC. As CIES is responsible as well for follow-up activities of various kinds, all Korean research or lecturing grantees are required to maintain contact with CIES throughout their entire period of stay in the U.S. For Americans, CIES is responsible for receiving and screening all applications for lecturing or research awards and then forwarding them to KAEC. All inquiries by American senior scholars regarding application for a Fulbright award should be directed to CIES.



Institute of International Education (IIE)
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
http://www.iie.org

With its headquarters in New York City and network of regional offices throughout the United States, IIE provides services to KAEC in the administration of its student programs. For Koreans, IIE handles the placement and supervision of all graduate students supported by a Fulbright award. These students must maintain contact with an IIE representative throughout their entire period of stay in the U.S. For Americans, IIE is responsible for receiving and screening applications for Fulbright student awards and then forwarding them to KAEC. All inquiries by American students regarding Fulbright awards to Korea should be directed to IIE.

Activities and Objectives

image description KAEC supports both Grant Program and Non-Grant Program activities.

Grant Program activities involve Fulbright awards and include administrative services to a number of other grant programs.

Non Grant Program activities involve student advisory and testing services, but also include other consultative and logistical services to the Korean and American academic communities. KAEC also administers the Humphrey public servant development program in Korea on behalf of the Republic of Korea Civil Service Commission. KAEC publishes a Korean language on-line monthly newsletter entitled the Education U.S.A.. Newsletter.

KAEC provides services related to Internet-Based TOEFL test centers in recruitment and expansion at the four-year colleges/universities in Korea.

In collaboration with IIE, KAEC administers the General Electric (GE) Foundation Scholar-Leaders program for Korean students in selected engineering and related fields with financial support from the GE Fund of the United States.

KAEC seeks to preserve and enhance the existing friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the peoples of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea by supporting academic and professional exchanges that enhance the educational and cultural interests, social and economic development and political aspirations shared by both peoples. KAEC also is dedicated to the promotion of mutual understanding among all peoples under the guiding inspiration of the Fulbright ideal. Fulbright awards are not just to provide financial aid but to promote mutual understanding and respect for cultural values. Thus accepting a Fulbright award represents a lifelong commitment of service and cooperation.

Working Hours

KAEC operates Monday through Friday (except Korean and American holidays) from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

2018 Korean and American Holidays.

  • January 1, 2018 New Year's Day (K)
  • January 15, 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday (A)
  • February 15~16, 2018 Seol-Nal (Lunar New Yeat Day (K)
  • February 19, 2018 Presidents' Day (A)
  • March 1, 2018 Sam Il Jul (Independence Movement Day) (K)
  • May 7, 2018 Orininal (Children's Day) (K)
  • May 28, 2018 Memorial Day (A)
  • June 6, 2018 Hyun Choong Il (Memorial Day) (K)
  • July 4, 2018 Independenca Day (A)
  • August 15, 2018 Kwang Bok Jul (Independence Day) (K)
  • September 3, 2018 Labor Day (A)
  • September 24~26, 2018 Chusok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) (K)
  • October 3, 2018 Kae Chun Jul (National Foundation Day) (K)
  • October 8, 2018 Columbus Day (A)
  • October 9, 2018 Han Geul Nal (Korean Alphabet Day) (K)
  • November 12, 2018 Veterans Day (A)
  • November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Day (A)
  • December 25, 2018 Christmas Day (K)

(K) - Korean Holiday (A) - American Holiday

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Fulbright Building 23, Baekbeom-ro 28-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, 04156
02-3275-4000 02-3275-4028

한미교육위원단

Korean-American Education Commission