The Korean Language Program offers up to six levels of language study, emphasizing skills in cross-cultural communication and promoting a highly interactive learning environment. Through various extracurricular activities, such as the Virtual Reality lab, students have the opportunity to build cultural competency through cultural immersion. The Korean Terrace program also connects Princeton students with language partners from Korean universities via Zoom. Our small class sizes and regular program events foster a special sense of belonging to a community of learners who share the same goal of becoming proficient in Korean language.
Students seeking to fulfill the University A.B. language requirement must complete up to the second-year level (KOR 107 or equivalent). Heritage learners or students with previous Korean language study wishing to place out of the language requirement or seeking an accelerated course of study will need to take the Korean placement test (see Language Placement). Students seeking a Minor in Korean Language must complete six language courses (two or more of which must be beyond the second-year level).
When to enroll in a language course?
If you are taking a language course to meet the A.B. language requirement, it is advisable to get started as soon as possible. The beginning language sequence (KOR 101) is not offered in the spring term, so if you are starting from the 101-level and choose not to take a language course in your first semester, you will have to wait until the fall of your sophomore year. This, in turn, means that you would be completing the language requirement during your junior year, along with junior independent work and departmental courses. If you are entering a language at the 105- or 108-level, you risk forgetting what you know if you wait until sophomore year to fulfill the requirement. The best advice is to complete the language requirement without delay. Remember that a 101-level language course will not count toward your degree unless you take the 102-level course.
Elementary Korean (KOR 101/102
For beginning students who intend to build a solid foundation for further study in the Korean language.
Intensive Korean (KOR 103/108)
For heritage learners who have already had considerable amount of exposure to the Korean language and culture but have no previous formal instruction.
Intermediate Korean (KOR 105/107)
For students who have learned the basics of the Korean language and want to improve their language skills.
Advanced Korean (KOR 301/302)
Designed for students to continue expanding their linguistic repertoire and develop fluency in both oral and literacy skills.
Integrative Korean (KOR 303/308)
Fourth-year Korean course series advancing student language proficiency to the mid-advanced level and further developing literacy.
Contemporary Korean Language and Culture (KOR 401/402)
Fifth-year Korean course series accelerating student language proficiency to the high-advanced level while focusing on a deeper level of understanding of contemporary Korean culture and society.
Readings in Modern Korean (KOR/EAS 405; KOR 407/EAS 406)
Sixth-year Korean course series designed to advance student reading and writing skills to the superior level and to promote a deeper understanding of Korean language, culture, society, and history. LA distribution credit.
Practice speaking Korean with instructors and peers.
Fall 2023 Schedule:
- Time: Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
- Location: Mathey Dinning Hall
Language Table Practice speaking Korean with instructors and peers Virtual Reality Lab Virtually immerse yourself in Korean culture and language
Kimbap Workshop Make your own kimbap with K-pop in the background! Korean Seal Engraving Workshop Learn about traditional Korean seals and carve your own stone stamp Korean Folk Painting Workshop Learn about minhwa and paint your own piece Culture Night Play Korean games while enjoying live Korean music and dance performances End-of-Year Party Celebrate student achievements in Korean language while watching final project videos and enjoying Korean food