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Korean Language Program

Program Overview

This course is designed to offer Korean language instruction to Koreans from overseas and foreigners who have completed high school and who are enrolled at KNU. Before instruction begins, students must take a placement test to determine their level. Qualified, experienced instructors with a Master’s degree or higher in the humanities or social sciences will use various approaches and audio-visual materials to facilitate interactive education.

In addition, our program of Korean cultural exploration will provide excellent opportunities for students to understand Korean culture and traditions

4 semesters/year, 10 weeks/semester (200hours/semester)

5 days/week, 4 hours/day, ※Cultural activity/semester

Excellent Staff of Instructors have years of work experience and advanced degrees in the field of language education A total of 6 levels designed to correspond to students’ development

Scholarships are given on the basis of academic achievement and attendance rates

Diverse Activities to Experience Korean Culture(Field trip, International Student’s Day, International Studnet’s Sports Day etc)

Support for Student Acclimation and Learning Process(KLP BUDDY, KSC etc)


2020 Winter Aug. 31 ~ Sep. 29 Oct. 5 ~ Oct. 8 Nov. 23 Nov. 30 ~ Feb. 5. 2021
2021 Spring Dec. 1, 2020 ~ Jan. 4, 2021 Jan. 5 ~ Jan. 8 Feb. 23 Mar. 2 ~ May. 11
2021 Summer Mar. 2 ~ Apr. 2 Apr. 5 ~ Apr. 9 May. 24 May. 31 ~ Aug. 6
2021 Fall Jun. 1 ~ Jul. 2 Jul. 5 ~ Jul. 9 Aug. 23 Aug. 30 ~ Nov. 10

Schedules for Vietnam Applicants

2021 Spring 20.11.01. ~ 20.12.01 20.12.05 ~ 20.12.10 02.23 03.02. ~ 05.11.
2021 Summer 02.01 ~ 03.02. 03.05 ~ 03.10. 05.24. 05.31. ~ 08.06.
2021 Fall 05.01. ~ 06.02. 04.05. ~ 04.09. 08.23. 08.30. ~ 11.11.
2021 Winter 08.01 ~ 09.01. 07.05. ~ 07.09. 11.22. 11.29. ~ 2022.02.09.

※ Schedules may be subject to change.

※ In case sstudents cannot arrive before the date of placement test, it may be necessary to take the placement test separately.


Korean Language Courses

  • Student-Centered Learning with a Systematic Curriculum
    A total of 6 levels designed to correspond to students’ development
    Advanced placement tests to match students’ abilities
    Systtmatic courses reflect learners’ needs considering the characteristics of Korean Language
    Integrated language courses include speaking, listening, writing, grammar, vocabulary, pronuniciation, expressions and comprehension
    Intimately connection Korea and Korean culture with textbooks and lesson plans
    More than 90% of graduates of Korean language courses go on to study their undergraduate degree at KNU
  • Comfortable and Effective Educational Enviro
    A limit of 15 students per class
    Active and interesting learning techniques using multimedia in classrooms
    Grading and general counselling provided by homeroom teachers
  • Excellent Staff of Instructors
    Instructors have years of work experience and advanced degrees in the field of language education
    Instructors invest great effort in developing effective teaching methods based on varied research activities and teacher-enrichment workshops
  • Support for Studnet Acclimation and Learning Process
    Scholarships are given on the basis of academic achievement and attendance rates at the end of each semester
    Prizes awarded to top-performing students each semester
    New students are assigned a KLP-BUDDY to help them adapt to the educational environment
  • Diverse Activities to Experience Korean Culture
    To help understand Korean history, culture, and life, numerous opportunities are provided to the students
    Field trips to historic sites and major Korean corporations
    Traditional Korean cooking classes
    Trips to water-slide park(summer), snow-sled park(winter), and strawberry farms

Class Hours

Period Class Days Per Week Class Hours Per Day
40 weeks 20 hours (Mon. through Fri.) 4 hours

※ 4 semestersX10 weeks X 5 days * 4 hours = 800 hours

Level Descriptions(Goals and Contents)

Level Goals and Contents
Level 1
  • To learn basics of Korean language such Korean alphabet, sentence structure, past-present-future tense.
  • Can understand and express oneself on simple topics.
  • Can do everyday tasks such as making phone calls, asking a favor, suggesting, and use expressions reguired in public facilities.
  • Can pass TOPIK Level 1-2.
Level 2
  • To learn intermediate level grammar and expressions used in daily life such as endings of modifier form and various auxiliary words.
  • Can understand and express oneself on topics related to private life such as work, hobbies and appointments.
  • To learn how to make an explanation and description necessary to use public institutions like immigration office or travel agency as well as to maintain social relationship.
  • Can pass TOPIK Level 1-2.
Level 3
  • To complete intermediate level Korean course.
  • Can understand and express oneself on simple and familiar topics as well as social issues related to career, events, nation, and culture in paragraphs.
  • Can speak well in most of the situations when using facilities and maintaining social relationship, and also not to have difficulty in having a daily talk.
  • Can perform simple tasks like filling out documents.
  • Can speak using abstract subjects and idiomatic expressions often used.
  • Can pass TOPIK Level 3-4.
Level 4
  • To complete intermediate and high level Korean course.
  • Can understand relatively ordinary new and newspaper articles.
  • Can understand and express oneself fluently on familiar social topics.
  • Can understand and express oneself on unfamiliar topics throughout politics, economy, society and culture.
  • Can pass TOPIK Level 4-5.
Level 5
  • To complete advanced level.
  • Can use abstract words describing social phenomena correctly.
  • Can produce technical texts required for business and academic fields.
  • Can understand the intention of the speaker or infer the content of familiar social or abstract topics.
  • Can understand most newspaper articles and the contents of tests on policy, economy, and society.
  • Can pass TOPIK Level 5-6.
Level 6
  • Preparation course for studying undergraduate and graduate school in Korea.
  • Can write academic articles, speechs, and documents.
  • Can understand most news or broadcasting discourses.
  • Can understand the situation of the writings and the psychology of the characters in representative essays and novels.
  • Can understands and use idiomatic expressions and academical writings.
  • Can pass TOPIK Level 6.

Attendance and Grading Detail

Students are expected to attend classes for more than 80% of the class hours in order to be promoted to the next level. A student may be permitted a leave of absence for conformable reasons such as an accident or illness.


  • ① Scholarships will be awarded differently based on outstanding students who rank within the top 28% and register for the next semester by the scholarship criteria.
  • ② 2% of students who make the biggest improvement compared to last semester can receive a scholarship.

Registration Information

Admission Process

Applicant submits the documents ▶ Documents reviewed by admissions office ▶ Results announced ▶ Applicant sends tuition fee, application fee, and insurance fee ▶ Official letter of admission sent to applicant ▶ Applicant applies for a visa in the Korean Embassy located in their country ▶ Entering Korea

Admission Requirement

Foreigners or overseas Koreans who have completed high school or equivalent.

Application Fee, Tuition Fee, and Insurance

  • Application Fee : 70,000 KRW per person
  • Tuition Fee : 1,300,000 KRW per semester(10weeks)
    ※ Students are required to purchase the books on their own and it is not included in the tuition fee.
    Insurance : Students are required to purchase health insurance.

Payment Details

Account Holder : Kyungpook University
Bank Name : Daegu Bank
Swit Address(Code):DAEBKR 22
Account Number : 504-10-278966-0

  • The exchange rate is calculated according to the rate at the time of payment.
    (Note: Due to the floating rate in Korea, the exchange rates will fluctuate.)
  • Payment should be in the name of the applicant.
  • Personal checks are not accepted.
  • Write the applicant’s name on the deposit slip or the receipt after the remittance, and send it to our office by Fax or e-mail.
  • Contact us for more details: Tel: +82-53-950-2445 Fax: +82-53-950-6724

Postponement, Cancel, Refund


Postponement of enrollment is not possible.


Expect for unavoidable circumstances involving illness, natural disaster, etc.
Students must request and receive permission to cancel their registration.
Tuition will be refunded based on and in accordance with KNU refund regulations.

  • The refund application date is lncluded as refund regulation base date
  • Based on 80 hours/4 weeks (per month)
Date of
Refund Application
Before the Semester Starts 1,300,000 FullRefund
1st-7th Day of the
1,126,660 2/3 of the futiton fees from the current
month, and all of the tution fees from the
remaining months
8th-10th Day of the
1,040,000 1/2 of the futiton fees from the current
month, and all of the tution fees from the
remaining months
11th-20th Day of the
780,000 Tuition fees for the remaining months
21st-27th Day of the
606,660 2/3 of the futiton fees from the current
month, and all of the tution fees from the
remaining months
28th-30th Day of the
520,000 2/3 of the futiton fees from the current
month, and all of the tution fees from the
remaining months
31st-40th Day of the
260,000 Tuition fees for the remaining months
41st-50th Day of the
0 No refund
Before the Semester Starts 1,300,000 FullRefund

Required Documents

  • 01. Completed Application Form for Korean Language Course Download
  • 02. Study Plan (written in Korean or English) Download
  • 03. A Copy of the applicant's Passport and Alien Registration Card(if available)
  • 04. Bank Statement showing funds held of at least USD 10,000
  • 05. 3 passport-sized photos(3.5 x 4.5cm, white background)
  • 06. Apostille/Legalization-Academic certificate and Transcript of final degree from current school
  • 07. Parents’ Certificate of Employment/Tax payment
  • 08. A Copy of Full Birth Certificate
  • 09. Certificate of tuberculosis check including a chest X-ray from designated hospitals(Those applicants from high risk countries of tuberculosis)
  • 10. Proof of current employment and career (those applicable)
  • 11. Certificate showing your Korean skills(those applicable)
    • ※All the documents need to be notarized and translated into English or Korean.
    • ※All documents should be sent via airmail.
    • ※Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicant.
    • ※Additional documents may be required for some applicants.
    • ※Current Visa holders should ask the office before applying for the program.

Visa(D-4) and Alien Registration

Visa(General Student Visa, D-4)

This visa is for students who are going to study a foreign language. After receiving the admission documents from KNU, apply to the embassy for D-4 visa. Processing of the visa application takes approximately one month and the visa is usually valid for six months.

Campus Life Resources


With one’s student ID card students can read library resources, use computers,and self-study. But using the lending service is not available.


Rooms Mon.-Fri. Saturday
Resource Library During semester : 08:00-21:00
During break : 08:00-18:00
General Reading Room
Floor 1~Floor 4 : 06:00~24:00
Basement reading room : 06:00~the next day 02:00
During exam periods, basement reading room is open 24 hours.
New Year's Day, Chu-suk : closed

※ Subject to change

Sports Promotion Center

With one's student ID card students can use Sports Promotion Center under the same conditions as the KNU students


Shinhan Bank
  • Location: 1st Floor at Bokjigwan (Student Union Building), 1st Floor Global Plaza
  • Telephone: 950-5280
  • Service hour: Mon.-Fri. 09:00-16:00
Daegu Bank
  • Location: Next to Bukmun (KNU North Gate)
  • Telephone: 944-1081
  • Service hour: Mon.-Fri. 09:00-16:00

Post Office

  • Location: 1st Floor Bokjigwan
  • Service hour: 09:00-16:30

Contact Us

  • Office of Korean Language Program
  • Address: Foreign Language Institute 1F, Kyungpook National University, 80, Daehakro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea, Zipcode: 41566
  • English: Tel) +82-53-950-2445, Fax) +82-53-950-6724, E-mail)
  • Vietnamese: Tel) +82-53-950-2448, Fax) +82-53-950-6724, E-mail)
  • Office hours: (Mon-Fri) 9:00am ~ 12:00pm / 1pm ~ 6pm