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Welcome to KOREA! Come Study in Korea!
The number of internationals who want to learn Korean (and watch Korean dramas and movies without subtitles!) is ever increasing thanks to the growing popularity of Hallyu, the Korean wave. The number of people who visit Korea to learn the Korean language is quite substantial already; however, many people have a difficult time deciding on where to study. In this article, we will cover 7 of the most popular language schools in Korea, located in the capital city of Seoul. Keep reading for a practical guide on some of Korea’s most popular Korean language institutes.
“Learn Korean under the sweet scent of the pear trees”
Ewha Womans University


Ewha Womans University was established in 1887 as Korea’s first private institution of higher education for women. The school gets its name from the groves of pear trees growing nearby (‘ewha’ meaning ‘pear blossom’ in Korean). Ewha, together with Yonsei University and Sogang University, is located in the Sinchon area



Language Programs

The Language Education Center of Ewha Womans University was first opened in 1988. It offers practical language training focused on conversational skills. The center's self-developed textbooks such as 'Pathfinder in Korean' and 'Ewha Korean' are also widely used abroad. The classes are composed of female and male students of various nationalities and ages.
 
Course Times Description
Regular course Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 3 times a week / Mon, Wed., Fri. / Morning class (11:00-13:10) / Evening class (19:00-21:00) / 72 hours per term / 10-15 students per class The course is focused on enhancing conversational skills in every day contexts with an emphasis on Korean speaking and listening. Evening classes provide training in business Korean.
Short-term course Summer & winter / Term: 3 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 60 hours per term / 10-15 students per class This program provides integrated intensive Korean learning (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Cultural lessons are included in the curriculum.
Intensive course Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 200 hours per term / 10-15 students per class Two alternating professors teach each class integrated Korean (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Students engage in everyday role-playing activities to enhance their speaking and listening skills. Cultural classes are included in the curriculum.

* The Language Education Center also runs Korean language classes for international students and exchange students enrolled in the university.


School Housing & Other Lodging
Students taking short-term intensive classes in February, July, or August can apply for a room in the university's Residence Hall. Room applications are taken during the registration period on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are notified of room allocations individually and may be assigned to either a single or a double room. Students taking regular language courses are not eligible to apply for school housing.

The monthly rent for private lodging in the Sinchon area (where Ewha Womans University is located) is around 450,000 to 500,000 won per person.

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Ewha Womans University

☞ Address: Seoul-si Seodaemun-gu Daehyeon-dong 11-1
☞ Directions:
Subway - Ewha Womans University Station (Subway Line 2) Exit 2 or 3
Bus - 161, 270, 272, 370, 470, 601, 606, 700, 9600, 9601, 9602, or 9706.
Get off at the Ewha Womans University bus stop.
☞ Inquires: +82-2-3277-2114 (Korean)
☞ Homepage: www.ewha.ac.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Ewha Language Center, Ewha Womans University

☞ Homepage: http://elc.ewha.ac.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Inquiries:
+82-2-3277-3183 (Korean, English)
+82-2-3277-3182, +82-2-3277-3185 (Chinese)
+82-2-3277-3184 (Japanese)

 

“Feel Korea in the world”
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies


The Hankuk University of Foreign Studies was first opened in 1954 with five departments (English, French, Chinese, German, and Russian Departments) and now offers education in 45 foreign languages. It also operates the nation's first interpretation and translation training at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is the top university in Korea for those specializing in foreign languages.

Language Programs

The university's “Foreign Language Training Center” was opened in 1974 and was reestablished as the “Center for Korean Language and Culture” in 2006. Over the last thirty years, a large number of internationals and Koreans living abroad have studied Korean language and culture at the center.
 
Course Times Description
Regular course Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 200 hours per term / 7-13 students per class Students are separated into classes by ability (Levels 1-6). Each level includes all areas of study: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Short-term course Spring & summer / Terms: 4 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.–Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 80 hours per term / 7-13 students per class In addition to learning Korean (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), the program offers hands-on cultural programs and special activities.

* The Center for Korean Language and Culture also offers regular college preparatory courses and special programs for internationals and Koreans from overseas who plan to go to college in Korea.

School Housing & Lodging
Students enrolled in any of the center's programs may apply for school housing (single or double rooms). Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and students are individually notified of room allocations.

Private lodging around the school costs around 450,000 won a month. A “gosiwon” (small studio room) costs around 300,000 to 400,000 won a month.


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Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
☞ Address: Seoul-si Dongdaemun-gu Imun-dong 270
☞ Directions: 
Subway – Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Station (Subway Line 1) Exit 1 or 5
Bus – 261, 147, 1217, 1222, or 1215
Get off at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (외대앞)
☞ Inquiries: +82-2-2173-2114 (Korean)
☞ Homepage: http://builder.hufs.ac.kr/user/hufsenglish/index.html
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Russian, etc.)


Center for Korean Language and Culture, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

☞ Homepage: http://builder.hufs.ac.kr/user/hufskoreaneng/
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Inquiries:
+82-2-2173-2260 (Korean, English)
+82-2-2173-2262 (Chinese)
+82-2-2173-2269 (Japanese)

 

“A diversity of cultural learning experiences!”
Korea University


Opened in 1905, Korea University is the first modern institution of higher learning in Korea to be established by a Korean. It is one of the oldest and best-known universities in the nation. In the fall of every year, the university organizes a “friendly competition festival” with its rival Yonsei University, drawing a large crowd of local and international students.



Language Programs

Korea University’s Korean Cultural Educational Center, founded in March of 1986, offers a variety of cultural experiences designed to enhance students’ knowledge of Korean culture and the Korean language. Pottery, watching traditional arts performances, calligraphy, Taekwondo, and Samullori (traditional Korean percussion) are particularly popular classes. School clubs offer a variety of opportunities for fieldtrips and other activities.
 
Course Times Description
Regular course Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.–Fri. / 9:00 to 13:00 / 200 hours per term / 10-13 students per class Of the 20 study hours each week, 10 hours are used for learning and practicing new vocab. and 4 hours are used for intensive speaking practice. The remaining 6 hours are used to study reading, writing, and listening.
Summer Intensive Korean Course July only / Term: 4 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 80 hours per term (excluding fieldtrips) / Sat. fieldtrips & cultural experiences / 11-12 students per class Students are placed in a beginner, intermediate, or advanced class and receive 4 hours of intensive Korean lessons every day.
Special Korean Course for Japanese Students Spring & summer (sessions 1&2) / Term: 3 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.–Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 60 hours per term (excluding fieldtrips) / Sat. fieldtrips & cultural experiences / 11-12 students per class This course is designed for Japanese students or visitors who plan to learn Korean or Korean culture during their vacation or school holiday. Students are placed in a beginner, intermediate, or advanced class and receive 4 hours of intensive training every day.

* Korea University also offers special Korean language and culture programs for different groups of students, including outsourced training programs for groups that are interested in learning the Korean language, Korean culture lessons during summer vacations, and more.

School Housing & Lodging
Students enrolled in the regular program, summer intensive Korean course, or special Korean course for Japanese visitors (1st session) can apply for a dormitory room on a first-come, first-served basis. Private housing in the Anam area, where Korea University is located, costs around 500,000 won a month.


More info

Korea University
☞ Address: Seoul-si Seongbuk-gu Anam-dong
☞ Directions: 
Subway – Anam Station or Korea Univ. Station (Subway Line 6)
Buses –1017, 144, 1147, 1216, 7211, 1216, or 1147
Get off at Korea Univ. (고대앞)
☞ Inquiries: +82-2-3290-1114 (Korean)
☞ Homepage http://www.korea.edu/ (Korean, English)


Korean Language & Culture Center of Korea University
☞ Homepage: langtopia.korea.ac.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Inquiries:
+82-2-3290-2971 (Korean, English, Japanese)
+82-2-3290-2972 (Chinese)

 

“Learn Korean on Kyunghee's beautiful campus”
Kyunghee University


Established in 1949, Kyunghee University is well known for its Gothic-style buildings and beautiful landscaping. Its Oriental medicine department and hotel management department are among the top in the nation. Located nearby are Korea University and the Hankuk Unviersity of Foreign Studies.

Language Programs

Kyunghee University’s Korean Language Program, first opened in 1993, offers a magnificent campus with excellent lecturers and facilities. Although the program doesn’t have a long history, the school is the official institute for teaching Korean to foreign invitational scholarship students and to non-native Korean scholarship students.
 
Course Times Details
Regular course Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 200 hours per term (excluding fieldtrips) / ~15 students per class
*Once a week, afternoon culture classes (taekwondo, etc.)
After taking a placement test, students are divided into classes based on their skill level. The course is designed for students who plan to enroll in the university's undergraduate or graduate program upon completion of the course. Through a one-on-one buddy program, the school offers more opportunities for international and local Korean students to connect with each other.
Short-term course Spring & summer / Term: 3 weeks / Classes: 4 times a week / Mon.-Fri. (no class on Thurs.) / 9:00-13:00 (48 hours per term) OR 14:00 – 16:00 (24 hours per term) / Includes Korean culture classes / Fieldtrips on Thurs. / ~15 students per class

* Kyunghee University also offers regular training programs for foreign high school students and foreign office workers, as well as programs for Embassy staff and their families. To help students better understand Korean culture, the university runs several classes in Korean history, politics, economy, movies, songs, and more.
School Housing & Lodging
Any student enrolled in the school's Korean language programs can apply for a single or double dormitory room. Applications for school housing can be made via email and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are notified of housing assignments two weeks before classes begin. During the summer term when the demand for dorm rooms is high, the school's Institute of International Education offers information on nearby lodging facilities.

Private housing near Kyunghee University costs between 500,000 won and 600,000 won per month.

More info

Kyunghee University
☞ Address: Seoul-si Dongdaemun-gu Hoegi-dong 1
☞ Directions: 
Subway – Hoegi Station (Subway Line 1) Exit 1
Buses –1215, 273, 1222, 147, 261
Get off at Kyunghee Univ. or Gyeonghui Middle.High School
☞ Inquiries: +82-2-961-0114 (Korean)
☞ Homepage http://www.kyunghee.edu/ (Korean, English)


Institute of International Education, Kyunghee University

☞ Homepage http://eng.iie.ac.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Inquiries +82-2-961-0081~2 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

“A grand campus and a quality education”
Seoul National University


Established in 1946, Seoul National University is the top university in Korea. The school has a long history filled with tradition and has a campus so expansive that it is serviced by local buses. The school is connected to Gwanaksan Mountain.



Language Programs

Opened in 1963, Seoul National University's Language Education Institute offers Korean language training, administers publicly-certified language proficiency tests, and publishes journals on Korean linguistics. The institute has contributed greatly to the globalization of the Korean language.
 
Courses Times Description
Regular course Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 09:00-13:00 (Morning) / 13:30-17:20 (Afternoon) / ~12 students per class The course (levels 1-6) combines lectures with cultural activities such as samullori, hanji crafts, and Korean cooking.
Evening Course Spring, summer, fall, & winter terms / Term: 10 weeks / Gwanak campus (Monday, Thursday) / Yeongeon campus (Tuesday, Thursday) / 6.30pm-9.20pm / 60 hours per term / ~12 students per class The evening course focuses on conversational Korean used in everyday life (levels 1-4).
3-week Korean Intensive Training Summer & winter / Term: 3 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 60 hours per term / ~12 students per class This course is a short-term intensive program that provides integrated Korean learning (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).

* In the summer, the Seoul National University Language Education Institute also offers a 5-week, short-term Korean language program for students from English-speaking countries and short-term programs for Japanese university students. There are also advanced Korean language classes for those who have completed (or can test out of) Level 6 of the regular program.

School Housing & Lodging
Only those enrolled in the institute's regular programs (morning, afternoon, advanced classes) can apply for school housing. Students may stay in the dormitories for up to three consecutive semesters; dorms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are individually notified of room assignments. When on-campus housing is in high demand the institute offers information on nearby lodging.

The cost of private housing near Seoul University is between 350,000 won and 450,000 a month. A studio (called a “one room”) is around 400,000 or 500,000 won with a deposit and around 600,000 or 700,000 won without a deposit.

More info

Seoul National University
☞ Address: Seoul-si Gwanak-gu, Gwanak-ro 1
☞ Directions: 
Subway – Seoul National Univ. Station (Subway Line 2) Exit 3 – School shuttle bus
Buses –5511, 5513, 5516, 5517, 5613, 6511, 5614, 5522, 5412, or 501
Get off at Seoul National University
☞ Inquiries: +82-2-880-5114 (Korean)
☞ Seoul University Homepage: http://www.useoul.edu/ (Korean, English)


Language Education Institute, Seoul National University

☞ Homepage: language.snu.ac.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Inquiries: +82-2-880-5488 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

“Learn to speak Korean fast!”
Sogang University


Established in 1960, Sogang Unviersity is located in the Sinchon area near Yonsei University and Ewha Womans University. Though it is relatively small, it is one of the leading universities in Korea.



Language Programs

The Korean Language Education Center at Sogang University was established in 1990 and emphasizes learning through speaking. Classes are 4 hours a day, 2 hours of which are focused on Korean speaking. Written tests are given only 2 or 3 times a semester. Levels vary from 1 to 4 (20 books in all).
 
Courses Times Description

Regular course
(20 hours a week)

Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 200 hours per term / ~12 students per class There are 7 different course levels, each teaching Korean listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Speaking skills are enhanced through conversation drills and activities. Each class is taught by three instructors and is combined with cultural lessons.

Regular course
(15 hours a week)

Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 10:00-13:00 / 150 hours per term / ~12 students per class The course is the same as the 20-week regular course but excludes the writing portion. Writing is replaced with homework assignments. Each class is taught by two instructors and is combined with cultural lessons.
Evening Course Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 18.50-20:40 / Mon., Tues., Thurs. / 60 hours per term / ~12 students per class The Sogang evening course is for those who cannot take the daytime program. The classes are tailored to the students' learning needs.

* Sogang University also offers short-term courses for groups of 15 or more (by request) as well as classes based on Korean movies and songs.

School Housing & Lodging
Sogang University dormitories only have space for 5 language students per term, so on-campus housing is limited. However, the school arranges private lodging and homestays through a contracted service provider.

Housing in the Sinchon area is around 450,000 or 500,000 won a month per person.


More info

Sogang University
☞ Address: Seoul-si Mapo-gu Sinsu-dong 1
☞ Directions: 
Subway –Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2) Exit 5, 6 OR Daeheung Station (Subway Line 6) Exit 1
Buses – 110A, 110B, 153, 604, 730, 5712, 7016, 8153
Get off at Sogang University
☞ Inquiries: +82-2-705-8114 (Korean)
☞ Homepage: http://www.sogang.ac.kr/english/index.html (Korean, English)


Korean Language Education Center, Sogang University
☞ Homepage: http://klec.sogang.ac.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Inquiries: +82-2-705-8088 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

“A school with proud traditions!”
Yonsei University


Yonsei University was established in 1899 as the first medical school in Korea. Today, it is one of the top universities in the nation. Yonsei is located in the Sinchon area nearby Ewha and Sogang universities.



Language Programs

Yonsei University’s Korean Language Institute (KLI) was added to Yonsei’s main campus in April of 1959 and has a long and proud history. The time-tested curriculum is taught by some of the area’s leading professors and is comprised of 4 parts: reading, writing, speaking and listening. A branch of Yonsei’s KLI has even been established in Los Angeles, USA (Dec. 1997); KLI continues to contribute to the advancement of the Korean language at a global level.
 
Courses Times Description
Regular course Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 09:00-13:00 (Morning) / afternoon class (13:40-17:30) (200 hours per term) / around 13 students per class There are 8 levels of Korean classes for beginners and 6 levels for those with more advanced Korean skills.
Evening Course Spring, summer, fall, & winter / Term: 10 weeks / Classes:  from 6.30pm to 9pm on Mon., Tues., Thurs. / 90 hours per term / 8-12 students per class The course is designed for those who cannot attend classes during the day. Levels are from 1 through 8. The curriculum is the same as that of the regular course.
3-week Short-term Course Spring, summer (1st & 2nd terms) & winter / Term: 3 weeks / Classes: 5 times a week / Mon.-Fri. / 9:00-13:00 / 60 hours per term / ~13 students per class Korean classes are offered in the morning and cultural classes in the afternoon (Taekwondo, Korean cooking, Samullori, etc).

* Yonsei University also offers special Korean language and culture classes for students from the USA during the summer, as well as advanced Korean needed in a business context.

School Housing & Lodging
Students enrolled in the school's regular course, 3-week short program, or summer programs can apply for a dormitory room online at the dormitory homepage (http://ih.yonsei.ac.kr) during the registration period. Room assignments are posted on the website or are sent to students via email.

KLI also offers information on private lodging near the school. The monthly rent for housing near Yonsei University is around 450,000 to 500,000 won per person.

More info

Yonsei University
☞ Address: Seoul-si Seodaemun-gu Seongsan-ro 262
☞ Directions 
Subway –Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2) Exit 2 or 3
Buses – 163, 170, 171, 270, 6711, 6714, 7014, 7720, 9600, 9601
Get off at Yonsei University or Sinchon Station
☞ Inquiries: 1599-1885 (Korean)
☞ Homepage: http://www.yonsei.ac.kr/eng/ (Korean, English, Chinese)


Korean Language Institute, Yonsei University

☞ Homepage: www.yskli.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Inquiries:
+82-2-2123-8550 (Korean, English)
+82-2-2123-3465 (Chinese)
+82-2-2123-8551 (Japanese)

 

“Systematic, step-by-step training!”
Hallym University of Graduate Studies


The Hallym University of Graduate Studies was established in 2004 as an educational institution for the training of global talents. The graduate school consists of the Department of International Studies, the Department of Convention Event Management, and the Department of U.S. Law. The school is located in the Seolleung area where subway line 2 and the Bundang line meet.



Major language programs

The Hallym Korean Language Education Center at the Hallym University of Graduate Studies runs Korean language training programs with a special focus on Korean culture experiences. The center offers systematic and step-by-step training to meet the different needs of its students, as well as overseas language training programs through a partnership with its sister university. Language students can also seek assistance in pursuing graduate studies in Korea.


Curriculum Programs
Regular program - Spring and fall terms, 15 weeks per term
- 4 times a week: Mondays, Tuesdays,
Thursdays, and Fridays / 4 hours per day
(* Class hours are flexible.)
- 10 to 15 students per class
Short-term program - Summer and winter terms, 6 weeks per term
- 4 times a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays,
and Fridays / 4 hours per day
(* Class hours are flexible.)
- 10 to 15 students per class

* The Hallym Korean Language Education Center also offers additional programs for those hoping to pursue careers as translators or international conference interpreters and programs for those planning on studying the Korean language at the graduate level.

Dormitory and boarding
Those taking classes at the Hallym Korean Language Education Center can apply for a gosiwon or one room (studio) recommended by the center. The rent of a one room studio with meals, shower facilities, and convenience facilities costs between 400,000 to 500,000 won a month.

More Info

Hallym University of Graduate Studies
☞ Address: Seoul-si Gangnam-gu Daechi-dong 906-18
☞ Directions:
Subway: Seolleung Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 1,2 / Hanti Station (Bundang Line), Exit 1,2.
Bus: Take Bus 363 or 4418 and get off at Dogok Sageori (4-way Intersection).
☞ Inquiries: +82-2-3453-9333 (Korean, English)
☞ Homepage: http://www.hugs.ac.kr/ (Korean)

Hallym Korea Language Education Center, Hallym University of Graduate Studies
☞ Hallym Korea Language Education Center, Hallym University of Graduate Studies
http://web.hallym.ac.kr/~seoulhallym/A/ (Korean, English, Chinese, Mongolian, Vietnamese)
☞ Inquiries:
+82-2-555-4912 (Korean, English, Mongolian)
+82-10-8641-6411 (Chinese)

 
Date 01/21/2014



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