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Korean Language Course /


Korean Language Course Program

The Korean Language & Culture Program (KLCP) was first developed in 1969 by SNU's Language Education Institute to provide intensive Korean language training to foreign students admitted to Korean universities and to others interested in learning about Korean language and culture. Since then, over 28,000 students from more than 90 countries have graduated from the KLCP, and the program has grown to annually enroll about 3,000 students. Many graduates go on to serve the public and private sectors by engaging in work related to Korea or the Korean language.

For more information, please visit the Korean Language Education Center website.
If you are currently residing in Korea, you may visit the Center office at Seoul National University, Bldg. #137, Room 101.

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Regular Program

SNU’s Korean Language Education Center offers ten-week sessions to foreigners or students from overseas. Students may begin the program in any session. All students are required to take a placement test, so that they can be assigned classes according to their command of the language. Students who are accepted into the Korean Language Program are eligible to apply for either a General Short-Term Visa (C-3) or a General Student Visa (D-4). The Center provides housing for its international students, but on a first-come, first-served basis.

Teacher Training Program

The Center offers the Korean Language Teacher Training Program which aims to foster experts who will provide Korean language education at home and abroad, thus contributing to the internationalization of Korean and the enhancement of the quality of Korean language education provided domestically and globally. See the Center’s website for detailed information on application processes.

Short-Term Program

The SNU Korean Language Education Center offers short-term classes for those who wish to learn Korean for everyday usage. No prior knowledge of Korean is necessary at level one, and those who have mastered the basics can enroll in levels two and three. Visas cannot be obtained on the basis of acceptance to these shorter programs.

Last updated in 2020