Critical Language Scholarship Program | Korean
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The Korean Language

Requires One Year of Prior Study

The Korean language, spoken by an estimated 73 million people on the Korean Peninsula, is a complex mixture of Chinese lexical influences and a unique native word and sentence structure. While Korean grammar shares many similarities with Japanese, Turkish and other agglutinative languages, no definitive genetic link has been established between Korean and other languages in the world, and the language's origin remains a heated topic of academic debate. Korean boasts the most scientific script in the world, Hangeul, which was designed by a team of royal linguists by order of the Korean king in the 1440s.

Following a period of unprecedented economic growth, South Korea today has emerged as one of Asia's powerhouse economies. Korea's advanced modern business landscape boasts some of the most widely recognized brands in the world, and the country remains at the forefront of international developments in science and technology. Korea also boasts a rich popular culture that has become an export commodity of its own right in the form of food, popular music, and film.

Program Sites

Busan, South Korea
Pusan National University
Jun 05, 2022 - Aug 03, 2022
Gwangju, South Korea
Chonnam National University
Jun 19, 2022 - Aug 17, 2022

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Cynthia Johnson
Korean 2021
Gwangju, South Korea
David Fields
Korean 2010
Jeonju, South Korea
Marcus Dunn
Korean 2011
Jeonju