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Korean Minor

The Korean Program at UNG started in 2010 and established a minor in 2012. Currently, it offers ten courses. The Korean courses from the 1001 level to the 3002 level, which are based on a communicative approach with focus on enhancing oral fluency through innovative instruction.

The KREN 3990 and 4990 courses, as specialized courses, utilize content-based instruction (CBI) for integrating both language learning and content on topics including Korean art, history, music, literature, popular culture and society.

How can Korean help with your other studies?

Students majoring in East Asian Studies or Strategic and Security Studies will directly benefit from the contents of the Korean Program which will be fundamental for preparing coursework that is interdisciplinary in their majors.

Study Abroad Information

The Korean Program at UNG has an exchange program with Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. Students can study abroad for one regular academic semester or the shorter summer semester.

Not only can students register for Korean language classes, but they can also take other classes in English. During the regular academic semester, students have to register for 12-credit-hours, whereas for the summer semester, they have to register for 6-credit-hours. Students will pay University of North Georgia tuition and university fees. Once at Sogang University, they will pay a 4-month housing fee that includes 2 meals per day while living on campus. The UNG Application fee also covers international insurance for the student.

Visit the Center for Global Engagement for more information.

Summer Language Institute

The Korean Program also participates in the Summer Language Institute (SLI). It is an intensive language program in which students complete courses in an immersion environment over six weeks during the summer. The SLI curriculum is designed with a focus on the communicative approach, performance-based learning, and task/activity-based learning using authentic materials and applying the Oral Proficiency interview (OPI) standards in language practice.

The SLI curriculum also offers extracurricular activities, including visiting the Korean community, cooking, screening films, learning Taekwondo and calligraphy. The program is designed to help students enhance their language skills while developing their cultural proficiency.

Career Opportunities

Korean is the third most spoken language in Georgia and the city of Atlanta has a Korean population of over 100,000. Moreover, close to 200 Korean companies are residing in the southeast, providing a number of regional career opportunities. In the past, not only did students with a Korean minor land internships and post-college jobs nationally and globally, but also earned nationally competitive scholarships.

A number of hospitals in Georgia are seeking bilingual nurses, and students majoring in Nursing are highly encouraged to minor in Korean in order to make themselves competitive in the job market.

Georgia and South Korea have thriving economic ties. Companies such as Kia, Hyundai, LG, Kumho Tire and Samsung have both offices and factories located throughout the southeast. Students minoring in Korean are desired by these companies because of the students' language skills and intercultural competency.

Student Accomplishments

Katie Smith

 Amanda Hamilton

;Soyeon Kim

  • Interned at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, HI in Summer 2018.
  • Minoring in Korean

Ryan Blanchard

  • Took the 1st place for the Korean Speech and Quiz Contest in the Southeastern United States in Georgia Institute of Technology in April
  • Winner of first annual Korean Speech & Quiz Contest at Georgia Tech
  • Received a Gillman Scholarship in 2014
  • Minored in Korean and Studied at Sogang University in
  • Interned at an education-related company in South Korea

Cole Thompson

  • Interned at the Korean Education Center in Duluth, GA in Spring 2018
  • Minored in Korean and studied at Sogang University in Seoul

Rachel Bryant

Darion Gibson

Lydia Eng

  • Interned at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, HI in Summer 2016
  • Minored in Korean

Tristan Raub

  • Interned at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, HI in Summer 2016
  • Minored in Korean and studied at Sogang University in Seoul
  • Served as Hapkido president at UNG until 2016

Kimberly Lattanaxay

  • Interned at KIA, a Korean Automobile Company at West Point, GA in
  • Took KREN 1001 through 1002

Alexander Speer

  • Received a Korean Government Scholarship in
  • Studied at Sogang University in Seoul
  • Took KREN 1001 through 1002

Edward Hardrick

  • Experienced the U.S. Army Cadet Command's Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program in South Korea in South Korea in 2014
  • Took KREN 1001 through 1002

Christina Colleen

  • Interned at the University of Seoul in South Korea in 2014
  • Minored in Korean and Studied at Sogang University in Seoul

Steven Patelis

  • Experienced the U.S. Army Cadet Command's Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program in South Korea in 2012
  • Took KREN 1001 through 1002

Kathryn Proctor

  • Received a Gillman Scholarship in 2012
  • Minored in Korean and Studied at Sogang University in Seoul

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