Korean Language & Culture Program

Studying Korean at WashU

Washington University offers an excellent opportunity to pursue students'  interest in Korean studies.  Korean program currently offers five years of Korean language classes.  Students can also take courses in Korean civilization, Korean religion and history as well as contemporary Korean literature and films.  Korean language classes are usually small, and they provide settings for great classroom interactions and personal attention from the faculty. 

Students can travel to Korea and experience the unique culture first-hand.  Some of our students study abroad during their junior years at Yonsei University or Seoul National University in Seoul.  Others spend a summer in Korea to enhance their language skills and experience the Korean culture.  There are opportunities for internships and workshops that are supported by scholarships and grants.

On the Washington University campus itself, there are many ways to celebrate the Korean culture.  One of them is the Spirit of Korea Festival that is held in every April. It celebrates both traditional and contemporary Korean culture, and it is one of the main events organized by student groups such as KSA (Korean Student Association) and KISS (Korean International Student Society).  The festival attracts enthusiastic participation of many students from diverse backgrounds.  Students can be a part of a cool hip-hop dance group or a graceful traditional fan dance troop.  There is also a Samulori (traditional Korean percussion music) band if one enjoys the passionate, high energy Korean rhythm.   Of course, there is Taekwondo club on the campus for those who are into the sport of ancient martial arts.

The Lunar New Year Festival is another event where Korean culture is celebrated with other Asian cultures such as Chinese and Japanese.  There is the Korean Film Festival or Film Series featuring celebrated Korean films every semester.  Hangul Day Celebration, New Year's gathering, and the End of the Semester Study Break gatherings with Korean games and food are fun times for students to share with other Korean language students at the university.

If you wish to meet with the Korean faculty or to visit one of the Korean classes, contact korean@wustl.edu.  The faculty would be happy to meet you to answer your questions about the Korean program at the Washington University in St. Louis.

The Language

The language program enables undergraduate students to attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, and to acquire the cultural knowledge and competency needed to communicate effectively in a Korean environment.

The Literature and Culture

The Korean program at Washington University offers students the opportunity to discover and explore Korea's rich and unique cultural and literary traditions, beginning from earliest times up to the twenty-first century. Looking beyond language, students will become familiar with the major landmarks of Korean culture and civilization-- its history, literature, philosophy, religion and arts-- and they will acquire a greater appreciation of the rapid changes taking place in Korea today.

Korean Language & Culture Program

Major & Minor Requirements

Washington University offers an excellent opportunity to pursue students' interest in Korean studies. Korean program currently offers five years of Korean language classes. Students can also take courses in Korean civilization, Korean religion and history as well as contemporary Korean literature and films. Korean language classes are usually small, and they provide settings for great classroom interactions and personal attention from the faculty.

Learn more about major and minor requirements

Korean Study Abroad

It is strongly encouraged for all students of Korean language to study abroad in Korea, both to improve their Korean language skills and to better the understanding of Korean culture and people from the experience of living in Korea. The Korean program has a study abroad exchange relationship with a number of programs in Seoul, Korea. Students can select programs for summer, semester, or year-long study that award Washington University degree credits.

The College of Arts and Sciences Overseas Program provides a variety of study abroad options for students studying in Korea. For a general overview of semester and academic-year study abroad programs, visit the College of Arts & Sciences Overseas Programs homepage.

Yonsei University & Seoul National University

Two of the most prestigious universities in Korea, Yonsei University and the Seoul National University offer exchange students a wide range of courses taught in English and Korean in the areas of East Asian Studies, International Relations, and International Businesses. These universities are also well known for their Korean Language Programs.

 

 

College of Arts & Sciences Overseas Programs

Contact

Have questions? We would love to help you explore studying Korean at WashU. 

 

Contact the Korean Program