The Korean language program in the Department of Asian Studies is one of the fastest-growing language programs at UBC.

Curriculum

The Korean language program caters primarily to non-heritage learners at the lower levels, but more ambitious learners should enroll in the upper level courses. Beyond just the linguistic competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking, the program offers courses in Korean history and literature.

Serious students who want to speak Korean and learn the Korean alphabet are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities in South Korea at Ehwa Women’s University, Korea University, Yonsei University or Seoul National University.

Placement Tests

All incoming students who wish to take any Korean (KORN) course are required to complete an online placement questionnaire to obtain a placement approval for registration, unless you are one a returning UBC student who has successfully completed a Korean prerequisite course.

Once you’ve completed the online placement questionnaire, you will receive one of two possible next-steps:

1) If you receive a certificate for a specific course, you don’t need to attend the interview. You can register for the course at any time.

2) You will be asked to attend an in-person placement interview to determine your appropriate course level. You must attend your interview before the first day of class.

Due to current advisories about COVID-19, all upcoming placement interviews have been cancelled. New dates for placement interviews will be posted once the situation has improved. 

Due to current advisories about COVID-19, all upcoming placement interviews have been cancelled. New dates for placement interviews will be posted once the situation has improved. 

For all questions specifically for Korean courses (KORN) please email Eurie Shin directly at eurie.shin@ubc.ca.Emails should include your full name and student number in the title. If your inquiry is about a certain course, add the course code in the title as well. You may experience delays if the email title convention is not followed.Please allow between 2 -5 business days before sending in another email with the same inquiry.