Undergraduate Courses in Korean Studies at Oxford
Statue of a Buddha overlooks Seoul skyscrapers from Pong’ŭnsa Temple
At the undergraduate level, Korean Studies at Oxford is currently available only as a minor (or optional paper) with the degrees in Chinese and Japanese. Students of Chinese or Japanese usually choose Korean Studies in three papers (courses): Language, Text reading, and Essays in Korean Culture. Students may take just one paper (course) in Korean Language. More detail is available through the links to the right: ‘Korean with Chinese Studies’ and ‘Korean with Japanese Studies’. The aim of these courses is to teach basic, functional Korean for production. Conversational skill development aims at preparing students to live in Korea: ordering and buying things, asking directions, expressing likes and dislikes, and agreeing and disagreeing. Students practice reading at a more complex level with vocabulary that covers a wide range of topics including history, culture, literature, and current affairs. Additionally, students learn a variety of Chinese characters with both classical and modern usage.
Undergraduate students who are preparing three papers in Korean for the Chinese or Japanese courses may apply for a Lee Yun Taek Summer Scholarship that subsidises up to ten weeks of intensive language training in Korea during their summer vacation. We ordinarily send our students to the Korean Language Course at the Institute of International Education, Kyunghee University in Seoul, which we believe is one of the best Korean language courses available at the moment.
Although Korean Studies is not currently offered as a BA course at the University of Oxford, for a glimpse of who future BA students might be and what they might do with their degrees, follow this link.