Homo Academicus

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Homo Academicus
공부하는 인간: 호모 아카데미쿠스
Genre Documentary/News program
Starring Lilli Margolin
Scott Yim
Jenny Martin
Bryan Kauder
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean/English
No. of episodes 5 (as of June 7, 2013)
Producer(s) 정현모, 남진현
Running time 60 minutes
Original network KBS1
Picture format 1080i (ATSC, ISDB)
Audio format Stereo
Original release February 28, 2013 – Present
External links
Website www.kbs.co.kr/1tv/sisa/academicus/
Homo Academicus
Hangul 공부하는 인간: 호모 아카데미쿠스
Hanja 工夫하는人間: 호모 아카데미쿠스
Revised Romanization Gongbuhaneun In-gan: Homo Akademikeuseu
McCune–Reischauer Kongbuhanŭn In'gan: Homo Ak'ademik'ŭsŭ

Homo Academicus (Hangul공부하는 인간: 호모 아카데미쿠스) is a South Korean documentary television program broadcast by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). It is narrated by Yoo Seung-ho, and hosted by Lilli Margolin, Scott Yim, Jenny Martin, and Bryan Kauder.[1][2]


The program features four Harvard University students who travel the world visiting culturally historic areas and places of learning.[3] The correspondents interview students and parents in an effort to show contemporary methods of and motivations for studying, and to place traditions, conversations, and landmarks in an historical context.[4] The program depicts how cultural differences, privileges, and inequities affect education and styles of learning. It is hosted in English and narrated in Korean, with subtitles for each language. Countries covered by the show's correspondents include China, France, India, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Uganda, and the United States.[5][6] Partnership with BBC on which to be shown internationally is in the works.


Episode 1[edit]

Theme: The Old Desire (오래된 욕망)
Air date: February 28, 2013

Episode 2[edit]

Theme: Descendants of Confucius (공자의 후예)
Air date: March 7, 2013

Episode 3[edit]

Theme: Questions and Memorizing (질문과 암기)
Air date: March 14, 2013

Episode 4[edit]

Theme: The Best Study (최고의 공부)
Air date: March 21, 2013

Episode 5[edit]

Theme: Speaking of Studying Again (다시 공부를 말하다)
Air date: March 28, 2013

DVD releases[edit]

Season One
DVD Name Ep# Disc# Release Date (South Korea) Special Features
Season 1 5 3 May 21, 2013[7] All 5 episodes of series


  1. ^ "유승호 나레이션 인터뷰". YouTube. February 25, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "하버드대 학생 4인에게 입학 비법 물으니". Women's DongA Magazine. February 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "<공부하는 인간> 정현모 PD가 밝힌 최고의 공부법". KBS Culture. March 17, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "첫 방송 편". YouTube. February 21, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Harvard students marvel at lonely, hard-studying Korean students". the hankyoreh. January 10, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "KBS - 공부하는 인간 (Homo Academicus) Behind the Scenes". YouTube. January 11, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "첫 방송 편". KBSKShop. February 21, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 

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