The Korean Language Program serves undergraduates and graduates at Harvard University, and from other universities as well. In order to respond to the diverse needs of its students and to equip them with the practical language skills necessary to function in an increasingly internationalized and competitive marketplace, the Korean Language Program continues to be committed at all levels to achieving a balance in emphasis among the four language modalities of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. In addition to coursework, most courses offer students cultural activities such as viewing authentic Korean video materials, creating and presenting their own skits, having discussions with native speakers, and taking field trips. Students are encouraged to participate in summer internships, and in overseas study programs.
About the Korean Language
Korean is a language spoken natively by the 74 million Korean people living on the Korean peninsula, including 26 million North Koreans and 48 million South Koreans, as a heritage language by 5.3 million in the United States, 0.7 million in Japan and 0.5 million in the former Soviet Union, and as a foreign language by an ever-increasing number of non-Koreans worldwide because of its overwhelming economical success since 1970s. In terms of the number of speakers, Korean is rated as the eleventh among over 3,000 languages existing on the globe.
The Korean language curriculum is arranged in a four-year sequence of courses and additional advanced courses after the four-year sequence. It has two different tracks.
Non-heritage learners' track
Kor Ba Bb -> Kor 120a 120b -> Kor 130a 130b -> Kor 140a 140b -> Kor 150a 150b
Heritage learners' track
Kor Bxa Bxb -> Kor 120a 120b or Kor 130a 130b -> Kor 140a 140b -> Kor 150a 150b
The determination of which track an individual student should take is made based on the individual student's needs and backgrounds and the results of the Korean Language Placement Test are important factors in this process.
Hi-Sun Kim, Senior Preceptor in Korean
Director of the Korean Language Program
Phone: (617) 495-5928
Address: 5 Bryant St. #208