Why Study Korean at Iowa?

The University of Iowa is the only educational institution in Iowa teaching Korean language and culture. We offer various extracurricular activities, such as festive holiday events (e.g., Seollal and Chuseok), Speech Contest, K-pop contest and the Sejong Talks. We also encourage study abroad in our partner universities in Seoul. Students can practice their Korean at the conversation group and with the Korean peer tutor!

Many UI graduates who studied Korean are working at global companies in their countries and teaching English, as well as pursuing higher education in Korea.

Korean Words Hangul

Korean Courses

Browse available language and culture courses available for students.

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Cultural Activities and Events

Find celebrations, activities, exhibitions, and other events to connect with and enhance social development with members of the community.

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Language and Culture Resources

As a means of communicating values, beliefs and customs, language has an important social function and fosters feelings of group identity and solidarity. It is the means by which culture and its traditions and shared values may be conveyed and preserved.

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Study Abroad

The program encourages students to study abroad to develop their linguistic and intercultural competencies. The University has several opportunities to select from.

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Student and Alumni Voices

Hear testimonials directly from the students and alumni of the program.

Faculty Specializing in this Area

Joung-A Park


Sang-Seok Yoon, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Korean Program
Assistant Professor