During Your Visit
Each scholar invited to affiliate with the Center for Korean Studies is expected to actively participate in the Center's programs. Scholars are asked to give talks based on their research at least once during their stay at Berkeley and should attend CKS-sponsored talks and seminars on a regular basis. All scholars are asked to submit a final report on the progress of their research, including copies of publications or drafts of papers completed during the period of their stay.
Research Project: It is important that all visiting scholars make successful progress in their research program while they are affiliated with CKS. As a signal for completion of the scholar's research program, all visiting scholars and other affiliates are required to submit a final report (5 pages minimum) on their research to the Chair when the affiliation ends.
CKS Colloquia and Conferences: Korean visiting scholars are expected to attend as many Center colloquia and other public activities as possible. The scholar must at some time present an oral report or a public lecture, in Korean or English, on his or her research. Such lectures are free and open to the public.
Services Provided by CKS
Services and priviledges provided to CKS affiliates include the following:
- Access to UC Berkeley’s libraries (including the East Asian Library)
- Access to electronic resources and campus Wi-Fi internet (via a CalNet account)
- Issuance of a Berkeley e-mail account
- Issuance of a Cal ID card
- Access to occaisional meeting spaces (by request only, subject to availability)
- Access to photocopying and printing
- The ability to audit (for no credit) courses with the instructor’s approval
- Occaisional access to invite-only dinners or events with visiting speakers (varies by semester)
- Access to events exclusively for Visiting Scholars (learn more on the Visiting Scholar Activities page)
- A list of additional services can be found on the VSPA Campus Benefits and Privileges page
Access to these services is granted after the required in-person onboarding/registration meetings with the CKS Visiting Scholar Program Coordinator and HR Representative.
Other Helpful Information
Parking Near Campus
*Please note that the majority of on-campus parking (except as indicated in the link above) is permit parking only for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students. Unfortunately we cannot provide parking passes to Visiting Scholars.
Request an Extension
The period of affiliation for CKS visiting scholars is usually one year. However, extensions of up to one additional year can be made on a case by case basis.
Extension Request Process
1. Submit a two-page description to email@example.com (in English) on the current status of your research and a justification for why the extra time is needed. This must be submitted at least 4 months prior to the original end date recorded on the scholar's DS-2019 form. Academic Scholars are required to provide a written letter from their academic instution to verify the status of their sabbatical leave.
2. Requests will be reviewed by the CKS Visting Scholar Program Committee and either approved or rejected. Do not extend your lease or any other housing arrangements until your extension has been approved. If an extension is granted, secure housing before making the decision to accept the extension because extensions on housing agreements, whether university housing or private housing, are not automatically guaranteed.
3. Once you have secured the necessary housing and accepted your approved extension, submit the required fees (outlined below).
Explanation of Fees
|Fee Type||Amount of Fee||Description|
|DS-2019 Processing Fee||$400||This fee is for the Berkeley International Office (BIO), which produces your DS-2019 form. When extending your appointment, your DS-2019 needs to be re-issued to match your new appointment dates. For more information please review BIO's DS-2019 Extension Instructions.|
|VSPA Fee (Visiting Research Scholars)||$1,500||This fee is payable online by credit card and goes to the VSPA office, which is in charge of all Visiting Scholar Programs at Berkeley. In order to maintain your university ID card and library access when extending your visit, you must pay this fee. Do not pay the fee until AFTER your extension has been approved.|
|VPSA Fee (Visiting Student Researchers)||$2,500||This fee is payable online by credit card and goes to the VSPA office, which is in charge of all Visiting Scholar Programs at Berkeley. In order to maintain your university ID card and library access when extending your visit, you must pay this fee. Do not pay the fee until AFTER your extension has been approved.|
|CKS Visiting Scholar Fee (Academic and Students)||$2,300||This is the academic and student affiliation fee for Visiting Scholars at CKS. This is the amount paid by Visiting Scholars who have a Ph.D and hold a teaching appointment at a university. CKS does not prorate the fee for scholars extending their visit by less than an additional year.|
|CKS Visiting Scholar Fee (Non-Academic)||$10,000||This is the non-academic affiliation fee for Visiting Scholars at CKS. This is the amount paid by Visiting Scholars who DO NOT have a Ph.D and hold a teaching appointment at a university. CKS does not prorate the fee for scholars extending their visit by less than an additional year.|
4. After your fees have been paid, provide photo copies of the following documents to Dianne-Enpa Cho:
- Electronic I-94 record
- Visa stamps for scholar and dependents
- All current and previous DS-2019 documents for scholar and dependents
- Copy of original two-page extension request
Request an Early Departure
Scholars are expected to stay in residence throughout their entire affiliation period. Exceptions may be granted in cases of extreme hardship. If a visiting scholar decides to terminate their affiliation earlier than the recorded date, they must notify the Center at least two months in advance to get approval for the change so that the DS-2019 form can be amended. The Center for Korean Studies reserves the right to refuse to approve requests for early termination without good cause, or that have been submitted late (less than two months prior to the original end date). Terminating early without approval may result in the affiliates' visiting scholar status being designated as incomplete. Scholars must also submit their final report before their departure.
Visiting Scholars may leave up to 12 days early without getting an amended DS-2019, but should still notify the Center in advance to confirm. Visiting Scholars may arrive up to 30 days prior to the start of their affiliation or leave up to 30 days after the culmination of their affiliation without penalty.
|Administrative Fee||$500||More than 14 days early|