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Korean Language At Cornell
Language Information Courses Other Resources

Changing of the Guard
Language Contact Person: Meejeong Song
Phone: 255-8498
Office: 123 Rockefeller
Complete List of Staff
Office Hour: Tuesdays 1:30-2:20 or by appointment
The Korean language is spoken by more than 70 million people living on the Korean peninsula and its outlying islands (the Republic of Korea in the south and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the north) and it is ranked the 13th largest language group in the world. Hangul (한글), the Korean alphabet, was invented in 1443 by King Sejong and his royal scholars, and began to be recorded using a completely phonemic writing system. Hangul consists of 10 basic vowels and 14 consonants and the individual consonant and vowel letters are combined into syllable blocks to spell Korean words and sentences.

The Korean Language At Cornell
The Department of Asian Studies offers courses in Korean in four levels: Elementary, Intermediate, High-Intermediate and Advanced Korean. The Elementary and the Intermediate level courses are in two tracks:Heritage (KOREA1109-1110-2209-2210)and Non-Heritage (KOREA1101-1102-2201-2202). The KOREA 1101-1102 sequence is for true beginners who have had no or very little prior knowledge of Korean, and the KOREA 1109-1110 sequence (Elementary Reading and Writing) is for heritage students to improve their reading and writing skills.
Cornell Area Program Affiliation: East Asia Program
  • On-line Korean Placement Test and Written Exemption Test
    Placement Test: All students who wish to take a course are required to take a placement test to determine the right course for them, except KOREA 1101. The placement test can be taken anywhere any time of the year on-line at Students can take the test once per semester only. Results from this test cannot be used to pass any college language requirement or to be exempted from that requirement. For exemption in Korean, you must take the Korean exemption test.

    Exemption Test: Students who wish to be exempted from the language requirement may take the written exemption test. Those students should be familiar with advanced vocabulary on newspaper and be able to write one's opinion on current issues in Korea. The exemption test is scheduled twice per semester. Find the information of exact date and location at and go to the location on the scheduled test date. No need to sign up for the test.

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