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Study Abroad Opportunities in Korea

Yonsei University - Korean Language Institute (KLI)

The Korean Language Institute (KLI) at Yonsei University was established in 1959 and was the first intensive Korean language course in the country. Through quality language instruction, KLI seeks to fulfill its mission of introducing Korean history and culture to students, missionaries and diplomats. KLI is a big operation with nearly 1,600 students per term and 130 full time instructors. KLI attracts students from all corners of the world and this eclectic student body creates a stimulating and challenging learning environment.

Program Options: Students will likely be interested in one of the following options offered by KLI:

  • Regular Program: Intensive Korean language program; 10-week sessions, 20 hours of instruction per week and four entry dates each year (April-June; June-September; September-December; January-March)
  • Special Summer Program: This program is particular appropriate for beginning to intermediate language learners.  In the lower levels, conversational Korean is emphasized and listening, reading and composition increasing introduced in more advanced classes.  Classes are held Monday-Friday 09:00-13:00 and in the afternoon students are introduced to Korean culture through special activities and excursions (late June-late July).
  • 3-Week Program: Intensive short-term Korean language program with four entry dates each year (March; August; late August-mid September; February). Many students choose to begin their studies at KLI with this program before moving on to the Regular Program.

Location: KLI is located on the campus of Yonsei University, the oldest private university in Korea which was founded in 1885 by Christian missionaries. The Yonsei campus is beautiful, spacious and a green retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown Seoul which is just minutes away on public transportation. Seoul is the Capital of Korea and one of the largest cities in the world with a population that exceeds 10 million. Visitors will be amazed and enchanted with the soulful character of the Korean people and their seemingly contradictory allegiance to family and tradition juxtaposed against the modern economic powerhouse the country has become.

Housing: KLI students may apply to live on-campus in traditional self-catering residence halls of Yonsei University but places are limited so interested students should apply early. KLI can also introduce students to private, off-campus residence halls called Hasook-jib. These facilities typically provide private accommodation, partial board and many are close to the Yonsei campus.

Contact Details:

Korean Language Institute, 50 Yonsei- ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 120-749, Korea
Email: yskl@yonsei.ac.kr
Tel: +82-2-2123-3464 ∼ 5
Fax: +82-2-2123-8662

Sungkyunkwan University - Sungkyun Language Institute (SLI)

The Sungkyun Language Institute (SLI) was originally established as the "Audio-Visual Education Center" at Sungkyunkwan Universityin 1964, and re-organized in 1996 as the present institute. It seeks to enhance students’ Korean language skills and knowledge of Korean culture by developing effective teaching methods and materials and offering an excellent curriculum taught by highly-qualified teachers. With classes consisting of about 15 students as well as all of the cultural events, trips, international meetings, help provided by 'friends' and club activities, SLI provides an outstanding environment for international students to learn Korean both on and off campus.

Program Options: Students will likely be interested in one of the following options offered by SLI:

  • Regular Program: Intensive Korean language program; 10-week program providing a total of 200 hours of instruction; 5 levels, ranging from beginner to advanced, and 4 entry dates per year (Spring: March-May, Summer: June-August, Fall: September-November, Winter: December-February).
  • 3-Week Program: Intensive program focused on grammar, writing, speaking and listening using Korean movies and soap operas. Special afternoon courses with customized options and flexible schedules as well as cultural experiences/field activities also available. Two entry dates per year (Spring: March, Summer: August).

Location: SLI is located on both Sungkyunkwan University campuses. The Humanities and Social Sciences Campus is situated in the heart of Seoul near Daehakro. As the cultural, economic, and political center of Korea, Seoul provides infinite opportunities for foreign students.  In particular, Daehakro, a lively arts, theaters, music, and restaurant quarter in Seoul, provides an exciting environment for student life. The Natural Sciences Campus is located in Suwon, about an hour from Seoul. Home to over 1 million residents, the city offers a great deal of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities, and students are easily able to put into practice the language skills they have learned in the classroom.

Housing: SLI students may apply to live on-campus in a traditional self-catering residence hall, but places are limited so interested students should apply early.  SLI can also introduce students to private, off-campus private accommodations.

Contact Details:

Address: Dasan Geongjegwan 3 F, 53 Myeongyun-dong 3ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-145, Korea
Email: skkuinfo@hotmail.com
Tel: +82-2-760-1224
Fax: +82-2-760-1300

Kyung Hee University - Korean Language & Studies

The IIE (Institute of International Education) of Kyung Hee University is a specialized language and culture teaching institute which has one of the best group of instructors and newest facilities in Korea. Through its well established regular courses, the Korean Studies Program educates non-native Koreans interested in learning about Korean culture and language.

Program Options: Students will likely be interested in one of the following options offered by IIE:

  • Regular Course: 10.5-week sessions, 20 hours of instruction per week and four entry dates each year (April-June; June-September; September-December; January-March)
  • Advanced Course: 3-week sessions, 20 hours of instruction per week and four entry dates each year (March; August and Late August-mid September)

Sample Time Table:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
09:00-12:50: Korean Language Instruction
14:00-16:00:  Korean Culture Studies

Thursday
09:00-16:00:  Field Trip

Dowoomi (Helper) Program: Through the Dowoomis program, students are assigned to KHU students or graduate students as language partners and as “buddies” to help them adapt to life in Korea. The program allows students go beyond just an academic relationship and into a personal, friendly relationship, and in the process allow students to interact and share their cultural heritages. For the foreign students in particular, they will be introduced to diverse segments of Korean culture up-close and receive personal assistance from the helpers during their stay in Korea. Dowoomis are available for 5 or more hours of contact a week.

Language of Instruction: Korean

Contact Details:

Address: 1 Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-701, Korea
Email: cie@khu.ac.kr
Tel: +82-2-961-0081~2
Fax: +82-2-959-9018

Dongguk University – Korean Language Education

Korean Language Education (KLP) at Dongguk University is a specialized program encompassing language and cultural instruction. Its purpose is to help foreigners and overseas Koreans develop accurate and fluent communicative competence and a deeper understanding of Korean culture. Professional Korean instructors, using learner-centered teaching methods, help students efficiently master the language and understand Korean culture more clearly.

Program Dates: Spring: March- May; Summer: May-August; Fall: August-November; Winter: November-January

Program Attributes:

  • Study in small classes at a level appropriate for your needs and Korean language proficiency
  • Learn from friendly and qualified instructors with advanced training in teaching Korean as a foreign language
  • Participate in various cultural activities and field trips unique to Dongguk, such as Buddhist cuisine preparation and temple stays
  • Participate in the Korean Student Helper Program which pairs KLP and regular Dongguk University students. In addition to building friendships, the popular program allows foreigners to speak in an informal setting, sharpen speaking and listening skills and gain insight into contemporary Korean culture.
  • Be part of an exciting academic and cultural environment at Korea's oldest Buddhist school
  • Receive a detailed evaluation of your language skills and official certification

Language of Instruction: Korean

Contact Details:

Address: Service Center for Foreigners, the Office of the International Program and Education, Dongguk University, Hyehwa Hall 1F, 26 Pil-dong 3-ga Jung-gu Seoul 100-715 Korea
Email: scf@dongguk.edu
Tel: +82-2-2260-3438 ∼ 40
Fax: +82-2-2260-3879

Seoul National University – Korean Language Education Center (KLEC)

The Korean Language Education Center (KLEC) at Seoul National University seeks to develop students’ Korean language skills and understanding of Korean culture. Its program is aimed toward international students and overseas Koreans intending to learn Korean as a foreign language or their second language. The KLEC integrates all language skills and emphasizes the development of practical language abilities through a rich assortment of learning-engaged activities as well as to provide the optimal teaching method for each student to improve their Korean conversational skills. Moreover, KLEC provides students with various opportunities to experience and learn about Korean culture

Program Options: Students will likely be interested in KLEC’s regular program, but special programs are available as well:

  • Regular Program: Provides six levels and students are placed into the appropriate level based on command of Korean language. Those who complete level 6 may study in the advanced academic class designed to develop Korean language skills in professional areas. KLCP is provided year round with four sessions (Spring: March-May; Summer: June-August; Fall: September-November; Winter: December-February).

Special Programs:

  • 5-Week Summer Korean Language Program: Short-term Korean language program designed for students to study Korean language and culture on their summer break (June-July). Classes offered at two levels of proficiency: beginning and intermediate.
  • 3-Week Intensive Korean Language Program: Recommended for students who wish to learn Korean language and make maximum progress in a short period. Highly structured syllabus focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Intensive course offered twice a year (Summer: August, Winter: January); 60 hours of instruction.
  • Korean Language Teachers Training Program: Aims to cultivate experts in the area of Korean language education both in and out of Korea and contribute to the globalization and improvement of Korean language instruction. This program offers theoretical education including studies in Korean language, general linguistics and Korean language educational methodology as well as systematic practical training in on-going class observation, mock classes and student guidance. Four entry points per year (Spring: March-June; Summer: July-August; Fall: September-December; Winter: January- February).

Location: KLEC is located on the campus of Seoul National University, the first national and one of the most prestigious universities in Korea. Seoul is the capital and largest city in Korea with over 10 million inhabitants and home to a great deal of Korean cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities. The city’s mix of modern and traditional provides an ideal location for any study abroad student seeking a well rounded global education.

Housing: KLEC provides students in the regular program (morning and afternoon classes) with dormitories in and out of SNU campus. Priority is given to new students on a first come first serve basis. The maximum length of stay is 3 sessions (9 months).

Contact Details:

Address: Rm 101 Bldg. 137-1. Korean Language Education Center, Seoul National University, 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742, Korea
Email: klp@snu.ac.kr
Tel: +82-2–880–8570, 5488
Fax: +82-2–871–6808

Sogang University - Korean Language Education Center (KLEC)

The Korean Language Education Center (KLEC) at Sogang University was established in 1990. Since then, roughly 10,000 international students have passed through this program and about 1,300 students are enrolled each year. KLEC differs from other Korean language education centers by refusing to make grammar the focus of class. Instead, we focus on speaking. Toward that end, out of the four hours of daily instruction, two hours are devoted to speaking. The KLEC program is one of the two Korean language programs approved by the Blakemore Foundation for its advanced study grants.

Program Options: Students will likely be interested in one of the following options offered by KLEC:

  • Regular Program: Intensive Korean language program; 10-week sessions, either 20 or 15 hours of instruction per week and four entry dates each year (Spring: March-May; Summer: June-August; Fall: September-November; Winter: December-February).

Location: KLEC is located on the campus of Sogang University, one of the leading research and liberal arts universities in Seoul. The University was established in 1960 by the Society of Jesus to provide education based on the Catholic beliefs and inspired by the Jesuit educational philosophy.  Seoul is the Capital of Korea and one of the largest cities in the world with a population that exceeds 10 million.

Housing: In order to get a real taste of Korean culture, we recommend that students stay at a boarding house close to the University. There are many boardinghouses around Sogang University and the cost of boarding (including two meals daily) is approximately 400,000-500,000 won per month.

Contact Details:

Address: Sogang University, 1-1 Sinsoo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-742, Korea
Email: ckss@sogang.ac.kr
Tel: +82-2-705-8088-9
Fax : +82-2-701-6692
Sookmyung Women’s University - Korean Language Program

The Korean Language Program at Sookmyung Women’s University offers the following program to students from overseas.

Program Dates: Spring: March-June; Summer: June-September; Fall: October-December; Winter: January-March

Program Attributes:

  • Certificates: A certificate is awarded upon completion when students successfully complete the course
  • Scholarships: There are two kinds of scholarship - Academic Scholarship and Perfect Attendance Scholarship.
  • Cultural Experiences: Special activities are offered twice a term to help students familiarize themselves with Korean culture and further develop their language skills.
  • Students' Night: A Students' Night is held at the end of the year and students get a chance to show how their Korean language skills they have improved over the year.

Language of Instruction: Korean

Contact Details:

Address: 53-12 Chungpa-Dong 2Ga, Youngsan-Gu, Korea
Email: lingua@sookmyung.ac.kr
Tel: 82-2-710-9623 / 9165 / 9640 / 9818
Fax:: 82-2-710-9278

Chung-Ang University (CAU) - Korean Language Institute

Through the regular program of the Korean Language Institute at Chung-Ang University (CAU) students learn not only Korean language but also Korean culture. The program offers six distinct levels from beginning to advanced, and at all levels students attend classes 20 hours per week. The Korean Language Institute currently operates a volunteer system to help foreign students enrolled in the course to learn more about Korean language and culture through activities and excursions outside of the classroom with regular CAU students.

Program Dates: Spring-March; Summer-May; Fall-September; Winter-November

Language of Instruction: Korean

Contact Details:

Address: Korea Language Institute, Chung-Ang University, 221, Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, Korea
Email: korean@cau.ac.kr
Tel: +82-2-822-6237.6274
Fax: +82-2-822-6488

 
   
Last Updated: 11/14/11