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East Asian Languages and Cultures

Language Contact and Email Address:

Joowon Suh


Korean Language Program

The Korean Language Program has been committed to and contributed to Korean language and culture education since its incorporation into the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in 1962. As the program expands, the teaching staff has been working relentlessly to maintain excellence in its instructional quality by constantly creating innovative teaching materials and developing effective learning tools and activities.

The Korean Language Program has established a wide-ranging curriculum, in which five levels from First Year to Fifth Year and eight different courses are offered, including Introductory Korean, Accelerated Korean for Heritage Speakers, and Advanced Korean in Mixed Script. These courses provide students with the tools for genuine communication with native speakers of Korean, the necessary facilities to further their individual research or professional interests, and the understanding of Korean culture and heritage for both self-enrichment and cultural contributions. While the aims of language instruction remain consistent and in accordance with language program objectives, the program always seeks innovative ways to achieve these goals to coincide with the aspirations, interests, needs, and backgrounds of the particular students of the present.

Students who enroll in a Korean language course have an opportunity to apply for Il Hwan and Soon Ja Cho Fellowship to study Korean in a summer immersion program in Seoul.

Taking courses in Korean will allow you to fulfill the language requirement at Columbia.

Please check the Columbia Directory of Classes for the latest information on Korean language offerings. Search for “Korean.”