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Language & Culture Institutes

In recent years, there has been an increase in worldwide interest in learning Korean. Language is a prerequisite to understanding a culture. One way to gain a better command of Korean is to enroll in one of the many language and culture institutes in Korea. There are many universities and language institutes that offer both language and culture courses, as well as branches of the King Sejong Institute in countries worldwide.

University Language Institutes
Several major universities in Korea provide Korean language education, including Yonsei, Ewha, Sogang, Korea, Seoul National and Kyunghee University, all of which have multi-level intensive Korean language programs. Although their curriculum, teaching methodology and textbooks vary, these educational institutions are well-organized and active in educational research development for their programs and linguistic pedagogy in general.

Learning Korean language

Yonsei University's Korean Language Institute, established in 1959, was the first of its kind in Korea, teaching the language to missionaries and diplomats. It is now one of the country's most popular and respected programs. To enroll, prospective students must apply at least two months in advance to obtain a visa, but are accepted up to one month before the start of classes. The 10-week program consists of 200 class hours of class, and students can choose between an intensive 6-level course accelerated course or an 8-level, 2-year course.

* For more information, please visit the official website (English, Chinese and Japanese).

Seoul National University's Korean Language and Culture Center, established in 1969, provides a variety of courses through its Korean Language & Culture Program (KLCP).  The year-round course is designed to improve international students' comprehensive conversation skills in Korean that runs all the year round. KLCP provides intensive Korean language training to international students admitted to Korean universities and to others interested in engaging in work related to Korea or the Korean language.
* For more information, please visit the official website (English, Chinese and Japanese) or
email at klp@sun.ac.kr
Korea University established its Korean Language and Culture Center in 1986, and has so far taught over 25,000 students of all nationalities. The Korean Language and Culture Center (KLCC), affiliated with the Institute of Foreign Language Studies at Korea University, offers a systematic curriculum, distinguished faculty, textbooks and teaching materials tailored to the specific linguistic features of Korean, effective and up-to-date teaching methodology, and a friendly and caring atmosphere.
* For more information, please visit the official website (English, Chinese and Japanese).
Other notable universities with Korean language programs include Sogang University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Sungkyunkwan University, Konkuk University, KyungHee University, Hanyang University, Hongik University, Ewha Women's Univeristy and Sookmyung Women's University among others.
* Please refer to the below list of Korean Language Institutes in Korea and its web site information.

Korean Language Institutes in Korea (Universities)

University Web Site
Ewha Language Center http://elc.ewha.ac.kr/EduKorean/eng/index.jsp
Hanyang University International Language Institute http://www.hyili.hanyang.ac.kr/Eindex.html
Hongik University International Language Institute http://huniv.hongik.ac.kr/~korean/
HUFS Center for Korean Language and Culture http://www.hufs.ac.kr/user/hufsenglish/index.html
Konkuk University Language Institute http://kfli.konkuk.ac.kr/
Korea University Korean Language and Culture Center langtopia.korea.ac.kr/
Kyung Hee University Institute of International Education eng.iie.ac.kr
Seoul National University Language Education Institute http://lei.snu.ac.kr/site/en/klec/main/main.jsp
Sogang University Korean Language Education Center klec.sogang.ac.kr
http://koreanimmersion.org
Sookmyung Women's University LinguaExpress http://lingua.sookmyung.ac.kr/mbs/KoreanEn/index.jsp
Sungkyunkwan Language Institute http://koreansli.skku.edu/
Yonsei University Korean Language Institute www.yskli.com
Private Language Institutes
Private institutes like the Seoul Korean Language Academy, Ganada Korean Language Institute, The Language Teaching Research Center (LTRC) and many others also offer their own Korean language programs. This is ideal for students who want to study Korean but don't have the time or financial means to attend a full-time university program. These private institutes offer a wide range of choices that are flexible to accommodate the needs of their students. The class hours vary depending on the class, but usually range from two to four hours a day. Similar services can also be found in the Seoul Global Center, a consultation center for foreign residents in Korea.

Korean Language Institutes in Korea (Private Language Institutes)

Private Language Institute Web Site
Ganada Korean Language Institute http://gkli.co.kr/
Seoul Korean Language Academy http://seoul-kla.com/new/en/main.html
The Language Teaching Research Center (LTRC) http://www.ltrc.co.kr/eng/
King Sejong Institute-Korean language education abroad
The King Sejong Institute leads Hangeul education worldwide, making Korean more accessible to the world. Launched by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in March 2009 to unite worldwide Korean language institutes, the King Sejong Institute aims to foster Korean language education abroad.
Portrait of King Sejong (1397-1450), the creator of Hangeul
The King Sejong Institute is nurtured as a unified brand name for globalizing Hangeul through systematic cooperation between government ministries, enhancing recognition and accessibility of the Korean language worldwide. Among such global language institutes are the United Kingdom's British Council, the Goethe Institut of Germany, Academy Francaise of France and China's Confucian School.

The number of King Sejong Institutes has risen from 17 in March, 2009 to 28 in November, 2010. It offers language courses in 25 countries around the world. The National Academy of Korean Language, which oversees the project, plans to build 200 more King Sejong Institutes by 2016.

The government has also set up a comprehensive website called the "U-King Sejong Institute," bringing together related Hangeul education websites operated by different institutions. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism aims to offer an integrated online education in the Korean language worldwide by 2012.

* For more information on the King Sejong Institute and its location worldwide, please visit the official website . (multilingual services to be updated).

* For more information on where to find a Korean language institute near you, please visit the official website (multilingual services to be updated)..

Learn Korean online

There is a wide range of public and private Korean language programs that offer online Korean lessons, mostly for free of charge. Learn Korean online with the help of these free websites' listening activities, video content and grammar exercises.

The Korean government offers Korean Language programs via online and a range of free digital materials for learners, providing them with support and training. Moreover, private institutes offer several online language programs to foreigners, members of multicultural families and overseas Koreans who want to learn Korean and better understand the language and the culture.

Lessons are mostly aimed at the beginner although people with a little experience of Korean may find some parts useful. The online education is mostly free, making the cyber class available to anyone, anytime, and anyplace. Here is a short list of some online Korean language programs.
Learn Korean online
Nuri-Sejonghakdang
Being an online affiliate of Sejonghakdang (or the King Sejong Institute), Nuri-Sejonghakdang is a Korean language study website run by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It is intended to offer customized online study services for learners, providing different course works for foreign workers, multicultural family members and youth. It also provides an introductory teacher training program to those who wish to become Korean language teachers, in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning at Seoul National University.

Originally initiated in the year 2009, the project is still ongoing and constantly updated in terms of both system and content. By 2015, a multilingual open portal service is to be provided in full force, with online trainings in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Spanish among many others.

* For more information, check out their official website (multilingual services to be updated).

Korea Tourism Organization
Korea Tourism Organization provides online Korean language lessons in close collaboration with KBS World Radio and Paichai Korean Language Institute. Learners can choose between a beginner and intermediate section based on their level. The beginner section introduces basics of the Korean language including Hangeul, the Korean alphabet along with grammar and simple expressions. The Intermediate section takes learners on a language adventure through Korea's most well-known tourist destinations. The "Korean Expressions for Travelers" also available at the website consists of 270 Korean expressions, which can be used for travelling around Korea.

* For more information, please visit the official website of Korea Tourism Organization.

Overseas Koreans Foundation
The Overseas Koreans Foundation, an organization established under the Department of Foreign Affairs is intended to support overseas Koreans in keeping the identity in their country of residence. The online Korean lesson program run by the Overseas Koreans Foundation offers a variety of courses for both youth and adult. It presents language use in rich social and cultural contexts and operates a number of participatory activities in the Community Section. 

* For more information, please visit the official website at: http://study.korean.net/ (Korean). You must create an account in order to get full access to the contents and other services. If you need assistance when creating a new account, visit the following web page (Korean).

KOSNET
KOSNET (Korean Language Study on the Internet) Program is provided by the National Institute for International Education (NIIE), a government organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, responsible for overseas Koreans education.

* The website is designed to provide on-line services and information geared to the needs of educational institutions for overseas Koreans and foreigners who wish to learn Korean. KOSNET is one of the most popular Korean language courses on the Internet and is served in four different languages: English, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. For more information, visit the official website.

Other online Korean language programs
Similar services can also be found in a number of private organizations and University institutes, which provide free and paid e-learning programs. Please refer to the below table and website links for further information.

Other online Korean language programs

Name of Institution Web Site
The Cyber University of Korea's e-Learning Campaign for Multicultural Families http://ecamp.kdu.edu/
Sogang University's Korean language education center http://korean.sogang.ac.kr/
KBS World http://world.kbs.co.kr/learn_korean2/
http://world.kbs.co.kr/learn_korean/lessons/e_index.htm
Online Korean Language Education http://language.snu.ac.kr/site/en/klec/click-korean/index.jsp
Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) http://korea.prkorea.com/wordpress/english/category/lets-learn-korean/

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