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Conversational Korean

  • Deepen your understanding of Korean culture and business practices and show goodwill by expressing yourself in Korean.
  • Gain exposure to a language based on principles very different to those of English and appreciate the role of language in Korean culture and personal relationships.
  • Improve your business prospects, travel and tourism opportunities, and family relationships if you are a heritage speaker or you have married into a Korean-speaking family.

Korea's business success in companies like Hyundai and Samsung, its internationally popular youth culture, its trendy cuisine and the allure of Seoul as a destination are all drawing people to discover the Korean language. In this certificate program, you'll learn to exchange information on familiar topics and activities. You'll master the alphabet and you'll understand something about the levels of formality in Korean society. By the program's end, you'll have reached A2 in the grid used by the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

What You'll Learn

  • Know the basics of Korean, including the principles behind its unique alphabet.
  • Develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Korean.
  • Be able to exchange simple information on work and other everyday topics and understand others.
  • Follow the gist of the news and other media, including hit "K-Pop" music and TV dramas.
  • Understand simple advertisements, menus, timetables and personal letters.

Certificate Requirement(s)

You must complete four consecutive courses in Korean within three years of the date you register, earning an overall average grade of A (80-100 per cent) and attending at least 80 per cent of classes at each level. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is not available for this certificate.

Important: Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form.

Required Course(s)


Students beginning the program at Level I must complete Level II through Level V to earn the certificate.