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Korean Language Studies

Offered in Washington DC

The Korean Language Program offers a progressive and skills-based learning experience for graduate students in the fields of international relations and/or development. Through innovative classroom activities, students are given the opportunity to develop and refine their Korean skills and to increase their understanding of Korean culture, politics, economics, and social issues by applying authentic language materials to their academic courses and professional interests.

Typical classroom activities include drills on grammar and vocabulary, classroom debates, and professional discussions. In all activities, the focus is on speaking, grammar and vocabulary development, and listening skills in order to prepare the student to achieve their language goals. The development of all language skills necessary to meet proficiency requirements are incorporated into the program (Speaking, Reading, and Listening).

Pre-proficiency level courses:

Korean Novice, Korean Novice High, Korean Intermediate Low, Korean Intermediate Mid and Korean Intermediate Mid II.

Post-proficiency level courses:

In addition to the Basic Program, we also provide instruction at levels higher than the school's language proficiency requirement, to accommodate students’ individual language goals. These courses are at a higher level of proficiency or tailored to the students’ specific needs or interests.

Korean Intermediate High I, Korean Intermediate High II, Korean Intermediate High III, Korean Advanced Low, Korean Advanced Mid I, Korean Advanced Mid II, Korean Advanced High I, Korean Advanced High II, and Korean Advanced High III.

For more information on the full range of proficiency levels, please see the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

Proficiency exams are offered at the beginning of the Fall semester and at the end of the Fall and Spring Semesters, as required. The proficiency exam schedule for the Korean language will be announced on the school's Language Department webpage.

The Korean language can be used to meet the MA language graduation requirements of the Functional Studies programs and Korea Studies. PhD students meeting their second foreign language requirement need only to pass the Korean language reading examination at the Intermediate Mid-level.


For Korean language students, you must complete, at a minimum, Korean Intermediate Mid I.

For non-Korean language students, you must gain clearance for eligibility from the Korean Language Program Coordinator to take the Korean proficiency exam.

All proficiency exams are coordinated by the Korean Language Program Coordinator.

In order to meet the school's language proficiency requirements, students must obtain the following levels per language skill:

Listening: Intermediate Low
Speaking: Intermediate Mid
Reading: Intermediate Mid