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The Korean Program at ASU is the first and only program devoted to Korean language and culture at the university level in the state of Arizona. The program, launched in 1995, has a history of engaging students’ academic curiosity and nurturing students as they become increasingly fluent in Korean language and culture. Over twenty years later, the program continues to inspire students and is an increasing draw to students here at ASU. 

Currently, the program supports five full-time faculty members, whose different interests and specialties create a rich and stimulating Korean program. The program also encourages and supports opportunities to study abroad in Korea. The program continues to expand, and has recently launched a Korean minor, following the establishment of the Certificate Program in Korean in 2011, both of which are steps toward the establishment of an undergraduate major and graduate program in Korean Studies at ASU.

The Korean Program offers Korean language courses in all four levels from Elementary (First Year) to Advanced level (Fourth Year) in order to equip them with the practical language skills necessary to function in an increasingly internationalized and competitive marketplace. The Korean Program continues to be committed at all levels to achieving a balance in emphasis among the four language modalities of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Furthermore, in order to respond to the diverse needs of its students the Korean Program offers an array of specialty courses in:

  • premodern and modern literature,
  • history,
  • religion,
  • linguistics,
  • film/visual culture,
  • popular culture,
  • and gender studies. 

As with knowledge of other foreign languages and cultures, many career opportunities are open to graduates with proven knowledge of Korean such as:

  • Technology
  • the public sector
  • foreign services
  • national security and intelligence
  • international diplomacy
  • journalism and media
  • law
  • health care
  • finance
  • international business education
  • translation and interpretation
  • travel industries worldwide
  • film, new media, and performance management

There are many businesses that are working with Korean companies and employers would like to hire someone who has Korean background.  Employers will value cultural insights and communication ability when working with their Korean counterparts.  Having a Korean minor at ASU will benefit you to improve your qualifications in the field of global business.

You can obtain the Korean Studies Certificate and/or Minor in Korean along with your current field of study. Majority of our students study:

  •  another Asian language
  • global studies
  • international business
  • engineering
  • sustainability
  • communication
  • education
  • law

Many of our students are interested in teaching English in Korea through the EPIC, TALK  programs or in Korean private companies. There are also successful students who go to Korea through the Fulbright Fellowships.  Other students have enrolled graduate programs both in the U.S. and Korea.

To discover more about our programs, contact our advisors! 

Sookja Cho
Assoc Professor, Korean and Comparative Literature

Cho's research fields range from Pre-modern Korean and Chinese literature and culture; Sino-Korean exchange and East Asian comparative literature; performance literature; and oral storytelling and folk literature.

Young Oh
Assoc Professor, Chinese

Oh works on the cultural connection among East Asian societies, with particular foci on the language and the book.

Ebru Turker
Assoc. Professor, Korean

Turker teaches courses on Korean language and Korean linguistics as well as general linguistics courses.

Judit Kroo
Asst Professor, Modern Japanese Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies

Kroo is a sociocultural linguist whose work examines how younger adults in Japan and Korea contest dominant ideologies governing ‘the good life', creating alternative spatialities on and off line.

Bomi Oh
Lecturer, Korean MY

Oh has developed the curricula for a sequential first-year, second-year, and fourth-year Korean language program as well as the corresponding materials.

When Bridget Harding began looking for jobs in her field of sustainability, she noticed something interesting about every interview she had — the first thing employers asked her about was her ability to speak Korean. While her major in Sustainability and certificate in Korean don't seem to go together Harding confesses knowing Korean has launched her career in the Sustainability field.
Kevin Salter completed his degree in Japanese with a certificate in Korean Studies in 2016. At SILC, Salter appreciated how learning Japanese also meant learning about history, culture and traditions, which added to his fluency. Now in sports branding, Salter uses his expertise to coordinate with his company's Japanese partners. "Being able to facilitate communications through cultural difference among my peers has been a perk in the workplace. "


Korean Students Association (KSA) Our purpose is to share the Korean culture, history and society for ASU students as well as provide Korean students with mutual acceptance and friendship.

K-Pop Dance Evolution The first official K-Pop Dance Club at Arizona State University! Our goal is to appreciate and express K-Pop's globalization through dance and performance. As a group, we learn various K-Pop choreography and perform at ASU events. Anyone from any dance background (no experience to Kai from EXO) are welcome to join!

Korean Music Student Association This club is for Korean Music Performers, Music Educators and Music Therapists. We established this club to have a good rapport each other, and we have had a music concert every year for everyone.

The SILC Attaches Club is a club that brings all languages and cultures from SILC together. People are able to learn about different cultures in a fun way when studying a language. Understanding different cultures is such an important attribute to have, and it is one you can obtain through SILC Attaches. This club creates community events, outreach projects, and plans fun get-togethers.

Study Abroad

Seoul National University (SNU) (exchange program) Seoul National University has 16 colleges offering courses in areas of study such as humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, engineering, fine arts, music, education, and liberal studies. Most courses are taught in Korean, but many courses are taught in English. Students are welcome to enroll in any classes they desire, as long as they meet any applicable course or language prerequisites.

Yonsei University (exchange program) A truly global, buzzing city and the host of the Olympic Games in 1988 and the World Cup in 2002, Seoul is the South Korean capital and also the country's biggest - by far. Seoul is also amongst Asia's most expensive and wealthy cities.The heritage and tourism scene within Seoul is undeniable, with fortresses, temples, shrines, palaces and ceremonies all vying for your attention, along with modern skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, and multi-media and entertainment complexes, including the world-famous K-Pop scene, around the Itaewon, Jamsil and Namsan districts.

Korea University International Summer Campus (exchange program) Seoul is a city rich in history and tradition, founded in 1392. It is now the capital city of South Korea, and traces of the former dynasty are still very much a part of the city's landscape. The capital city with an exciting modern architecture and a cosmopolitan community, Seoul is the political, cultural, commercial, financial, educational and recreational center of South Korea. It is home to major corporations, banks, government offices, leading schools and universities, theaters and entertainment facilities. Seoul also offers rich and satisfying tourist attractions and events.

Korea University Business School (exchange program) With a large number of course options that fit directly into the ASU WPC majors and the WPC International Business Certificate, KUBS is a perfect option for business students looking to study in one of Asia's largest and most significant cities. KUBS offers courses in Accounting, Finance, International Business, Logistics, Service & Operations Management (LSOM), Management, Marketing, and MIS.  Exchange students also have the option of taking one or two courses in other disciplines offered at Korea University, such as Korean language or culture. For a complete list of courses visit the KUBS course website (remember to change the "Dept." dropdown to "Korea University Business School").


The ability to speak another language opens up more opporutunities for scholarships and fellowships. Take a look at our SILC scholarshipsASU also offers an extensive database for you to search through and find the right ones to apply for. 

John H. & Sandra B. Koo Scholarship: Established through the generosity of the Koo family, this annual award is given to ASU undergraduate students who excel in Korean language, literature, or culture. The recipients are selected in late February by the Korean faculty at the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC). The award is presented at the SILC’s annual award ceremony in April. If you have any questions or would like more information about the award or the application process, please contact Sookja Cho (Sookja.Cho@asu.edu) and Bomi Oh (Bomi.Oh@asu.edu).

In the Study Abroad Office, Shira Burns (shira.burns@asu.edu) oversees applications to programs. Study Abroad’s deadlines for applying for all programs are September 25th for the spring and February 15th for the fall. ASU financial aid is accepted for all programs on Study Abroad’s approved list.

Here is a list of a few scholarships specific for language:

Fulbright | Boren | Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship | USAC Study Abroad Scholarship  | Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Fellowships and Internships

U.S. Department of State has a student internships program through Pathways. 

Thomas Perking Undergraduate and Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

European Union Internships in Europe.

European Union Internship in the United States.

Cultural Embassador Program