About Us

The Korean Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania currently offers a complete curriculum in Korean language with 19 classes, covering six full years of Korean language courses. This includes elementary, intermediate, and advanced-level language courses. We also offer tailored instruction to heritage speakers through two courses up to the second-year level. Upper-level students can study Korean in our content-based courses such as Current Korean Media and languages for specific purposes courses such as Business Korean and Academic Korean.

To see all Korean courses offered in Fall 2018, click HERE.

Why Study Korean?

  • With more than 77 million speakers, Korean is the thirteenth most widely spoken language in the world and the eighth most widely spoken language at home in the US.
  • Hangul, the Korean alphabet, is relatively easy to learn due to its scientific and phonetically based script. Students typically master it within a week.
  • Economically, South Korea is the eleventh-largest economy in the world and the sixth-largest trading partner of the US, following China, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Germany.
  • Korea is also a world leader in technological innovation. According to the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index, Korea is the world’s number one most innovative economy, and has been for five consecutive years.
  • Korean is a critical-need foreign language to US national security, with many job prospects in the government sector.
  • Due to its long history and dynamic political, social, and cultural development in recent years, Korea offers many areas to explore in a variety of academic disciplines.
  • Korea is home to the internationally popular K-pop, K-drama, and K-beauty industries, as well as many more! By learning the language, you can understand and enjoy these cultural products on a deeper and more personal level!