Xing Lin, "Restoration," Seoul, South Korea

Program Overview

The Korean Language Program serves undergraduates and graduates at Harvard University, and from other universities as well. In order to respond to the diverse needs of its students and to equip them with the practical language skills necessary to function in an increasingly internationalized and competitive marketplace, the Korean Language 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. In addition to coursework, most courses offer students cultural activities such as viewing authentic Korean video materials, creating and presenting their own skits, having discussions with native speakers, and taking field trips. Students are encouraged to participate in summer internships, and in overseas study programs.

About the Korean Language

Korean is a language spoken natively by the 74 million Korean people living on the Korean peninsula, including 26 million North Koreans and 48 million South Koreans, as a heritage language by 5.3 million in the United States, 0.7 million in Japan and 0.5 million in the former Soviet Union, and as a foreign language by an ever-increasing number of non-Koreans worldwide because of its overwhelming economical success since 1970s. In terms of the number of speakers, Korean is rated as the eleventh among over 3,000 languages existing on the globe.

Ashton Howard, "A Peek," Andong, South Korea