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Harvard Summer Program- Korean Culture and Language Study, Seoul, Korea

Publish Date: Sep 29, 2015

Deadline: Jan 28, 2016

Seoul provides a stunning venue for exploring distinctive features of Korean culture, present and past. In this program, offered at a major university in Seoul, you examine Korea’s contemporary place in the world, as well as its past, through a content course and multitrack instruction in Korean language. Through framing activities, you experience various aspects of South Korean culture. 

No prior knowledge of Korean is needed to participate.

Course of study

You take one academic content course (course and description to be announced) and one of the following language courses. Language course levels may be revised as needed, upon acceptance.

KORE S-Ba Study Abroad in Korea: Elementary Korean (32194)

Hi-Sun Helen Kim
(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of Korean. The objective of the course is to equip students with communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at a basic level. Students learn how to express simple ideas such as identities, locations, time, daily activities, weekend plans, and desires; combine simple ideas in a variety of ways; and become familiar with various aspects of Korean culture, history, and daily life.

Prerequisite: none.

KORE S-120a Study Abroad in Korea: Intermediate Korean (32195)

Hi-Sun Helen Kim
(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

KORE S-120a is designed for students who have already taken elementary Korean (Ba and Bb) or students who have an equivalent proficiency level. This course aims to increase their ability to communicate in Korean in a wide range of daily life situations with an equal focus on expanding their knowledge of the fundamental grammar of Korean. Students are introduced to reading materials of increasing complexity on a variety of topics in modern Korean society and culture.

KORE S-130a Study Abroad in Korea: Pre-Advanced Korean (32646)

Hi-Sun Helen Kim
(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

KORE S-130a is the first half of the pre-advanced course and is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Korean 120 or have the equivalent proficiency level. Students consolidate previously learned grammatical patterns and vocabulary through written and audio-visual materials on a variety of topics. Emphasis is placed on developing abilities to present opinions and elaborate on ideas through discussion and writing. Chinese characters are introduced in this course.

KORE S-140a Study Abroad in Korea: Advanced Korean (32196)

(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

KORE S-140a is designed to provide students with greater reading skills and socio-cultural knowledge of Korean beyond the high-intermediate level. They develop skills in reading authentic materials from contemporary Korean media and fiction, and aural comprehension of contemporary television documentaries, news, and drama with decreased reliance on pedagogical aids. The course also aims to enhance their speaking and writing skills to discuss various issues of modern Korean society and culture.

KORE S-150a Study Abroad in Korea: High-Advanced Korean (32642)

(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

KORE S-150a is designed to provide students with advanced reading and speaking skills beyond KORE S-140a. The goal is to equip students with a superior proficiency level, via in-depth reading and discussion. Various prominent issues in modern Korean society and culture are the topics for the reading, discussion, and writing activities.


Course credit

You take one academic content course (course and description to be announced) and one language course. Language course-levels may be revised as needed, upon acceptance. 

See Study Abroad Credit Information.


Hi-Sun Helen Kim, PhD, Director of the Korean Language Program and Senior Preceptor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University


Before applying, review the Admission and Policies and FAQs pages.

You must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.

The application materials, outlined below, are due January 28, 2016:

  • A completed online application (available in early December) that includes:
    • A $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • A statement of interest in the program, including information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad (previous travel is not a prerequisite)
    • Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students)

You will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.


There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The cost of the program includes the following:

  • Tuition
  • Room and some meals
  • All scheduled excursions and extracurricular activities

In addition to the program fee, you are responsible for:

  • Textbooks
  • A health insurance fee (waived if you have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
  • Transportation to and from Seoul
  • The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
  • Any immunizations

How to pay and funding options

See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.


You stay in coed dormitories at a university in Seoul. All rooms are doubles and include breakfast.

Additional information

Contact Catherine Glover, cglover@fas.harvard.edu.

Students with disabilities

Contact the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. See Students with Disabilities for more information.

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