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Ross King (Professor of Korean Language and Literature, University of British Columbia)

“Researchers in Korean Studies outside East Asia have long envied their colleagues in Chinese and Japanese Studies for the opportunities available to them for high-level training in advanced academic Chinese and Japanese at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (formerly known as the ‘Stanford Center’ and based now at Tsinghua University) and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (Yokohama). And many eager students of advanced academic Korean have been frustrated over the years with the lack of high-quality intensive training opportunities, not only in their home countries, but also in the standard 어학당 programs that have proliferated in South Korean universities. The IUC at SKKU is the long-awaited response to this deficit, and is designed specifically for high-achieving advanced learners with a ”Standard Average European’ language as their first tongue and excellent proficiency in English who have ‘run out of road’ in their Korean language studies.“


Daniel Pieper (Korea Foundation Lecturer in Korean Studies, Monash University)

“I attended the IUC while in the final stages of writing my dissertation, and the small class sizes, personalized attention and specialized expertise of instructors allowed me to incorporate my own research and primary source material into the curriculum, which greatly facilitated my progress. The program is also one of the few to provide various levels of hancha education and training in reading mixed script. The IUC very effectively bridges the gap between the Korean proficiency offered in advanced courses in most universities and the language proficiency needed for academic purposes. The program should be a requirement for any non-native speaker who is serious about using Korean in a professional capacity.


Spencer Lee-Lenfield (Ph.D. Candidate, Yale Comparative Literature)

“The curriculum at IUC-Sungkyunkwan centers the needs of serious-minded academic researchers by making the development of essential research skills (reading research articles, understanding lectures, writing in correct academic Korean, participating in educated spoken discourse, and accurately summarizing, repeating, and critiquing high-level content) the core exercises of advanced language study, rather than the "elective" modules they often constitute in other universities' Korean-language programs. One summer term bolstered my Korean and improved a number of weak spots; returning for a full academic year imparted immense holistic progress across academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking. I now read full-length monographs, attend lectures, watch broadcast material, send professional emails, and compose drafts in Korean with confidence. The program is emphatically not for non-academics, but offers indispensable specialized linguistic training for scholars at all stages, from advanced undergraduates to established ladder faculty looking to build Korean proficiency beyond the level of mere grammar and mechanics.”