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Korean Program

Why Study Korean?

The global explosion of the Korean culture industry, including K-pop, K-drama, variety shows, films, and webtoons, makes Korean one of the most interesting languages to learn today. Did you know that there are more than 78 million speakers of Korean in the world, including large groups in China, Japan, Russia, the United States, and Canada? This places Korean as the fourteenth most widely used language in the world, and second among Asian languages in the entire U.S. In addition, South Korea is an important economic partner to the U.S., home to a fast-paced youth culture that is driving the country's digital industrial revolution. At the same time, Korea remains a region of vital American geo-political interest, with the continuing threat posed by North Korea. All of these contemporary reasons, combined with Korea's long and distinguished tradition of prizing life of letters, makes Korean an exciting and versatile language, and your next foreign tongue. In the U-M Korean Language Program, you will have the chance to not only learn the language, but to learn about South Korea’s culture and life.

Korean Language Courses

Korean Language Courses

ASIANLAN 135: First Year Korean I

ASIANLAN 136: First Year Korean II

ASIANLAN 138: Intensive First Year Korean

ASIANLAN 235: Second Year Korean I

ASIANLAN 236: Second Year Korean II (Completion of this course with a grade of C- or better meets the LSA Language Requirement)

ASIANLAN 238: Intensive Second Year Korean (Completion of this course with a grade of C- or better meets the LSA Language Requirement)

ASIANLAN 335: Third Year Korean I

ASIANLAN 336: Third Year Korean II

ASIANLAN 435: Advanced Reading and Writing in Korean

ASIANLAN 436: Advanced Spoken Korean

ASIANLAN 437: Business Korean

ASIANLAN 438: Media Korean

ASIANLAN 479: Teaching Korean in the Community 

Korean Language Program Activities

Language Tables

Hosted by KLP faculty and student staff, language tables help students deepen their experience of the Korean language, culture, and society in a participatory setting. The events include a game night, a singing contest, and an impromptu skit.

Seoul National University Exchange

KLP students engage in online exchanges with students at Seoul National University throughout the year.

Global Course Connections in Seoul, South Korea

In the Spring term, KLP students have the opportunity to take their Korean language learning to a practical setting through the three-week Global Course Connections program led by KLP faculty.

Nam Essay Contest

The contest honors the memory of Elder Sang Yong Nam, a benefactor whose generosity and personal dedication helped create momentum for the establishment of the Korean Language Program at the University of Michigan in the early 1990s. Students write an essay on a given topic and the best essays are recognized with scholarship awards of up to $200 at the annual celebration in April. 

Korean Language Awards

The best student performances in each class are recognized at the annual celebration in April. Awardees receive a book prize. 

Midwest Speech Contest & Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)

With generous support by the Nam Center for Korean Studies, KLP students are fully funded to take part in the Midwest Korean Speech Contest and take the TOPIK exam administered by the Korean government.

Korean Language Funding Opportunities