Korean Language Studies

The Korean Language Program currently offers six levels of language study: Elementary (KOR 101/102), Intermediate (KOR 105/107), Advanced (KOR 301/302), Contemporary Korean Language and Culture, 5th Year Korean, (KOR 401/402), and Readings in Modern Korean, 6th Year Korean (KOR 405/407, EAS 405/406).

Completing two years of Korean (up to KOR 107/108) satisfies the university foreign language requirement. Students who wish to place out of the language requirement need to take the Korean language placement test, comprised of three sections: online test (vocabulary, grammar, reading), speaking, and writing. The Korean placement test for the 2022-2023 Academic Year is available online between June 15 and July 29 for the fall semester, and between November 21 and December 2 for the spring semester. If you are confident that you can place out of KOR 107/KOR 108 in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement at Princeton, you may take the test at other times by appointment.

Taking seven Korean language courses (up to KOR 401) is required in order to obtain the Korean Language and Culture Certificate offered by the Department of East Asian Studies.

Korean Language Table

  • Wednesdays, 6 p.m. at Mathey College dining hall

Please contact Ho Jung Choi ([email protected]) for questions about Korean Language Studies, in general.

Although learning any Asian language requires significant commitment, most students find learning Korean highly enjoyable. Princeton's approach to Korean language study stresses intercultural communication skills that incorporate aspects of Korean culture while comparing it with the cultures of other nations.

An advantage of learning Korean at Princeton is small conversation classes. With each conversation class limited to ten students, they have ample opportunity to use the language on a regular basis. As the semester progresses, students in the class develop a special sense of belonging to a community of learners who share the same goal of becoming proficient in the language.

For those who wish to continue to study Korean in South Korea, the program in East Asian Studies may provide financial support for summer language study, upon completion of at least one year of language study at Princeton. There are also internship opportunities in South Korea available through the Princeton in Asia program office, located on campus.

South Korea has become one of the largest trading partners of the U.S. This means that various sectors of the society will have demand for someone with Korean expertise. Thus, Korean language qualifications are beginning to be attractive to prospective employers in business, law firms, governments, and schools. Be prepared early and grab your opportunity before it passes by!

Normally students electing a beginner's course in any language will receive credit only if two terms are completed.

Last updated: 11/08/2022