Why study Korean?

Korean, 한국어 (Hangugeo), is the official language of Korea and is spoken by more than 77 million people worldwide. The number of Korean language learners has grown due to South Korea’s increasingly visible roles in the world economy, technological innovation, and global pop culture.

  • The Korean alphabet, 한글 (Hangeul), is one of the most scientific alphabets and is easy to learn.
  • Learning the Korean language can open job opportunities, earn scholarships, and allow students to study abroad. Students in the Korean program can gain a greater perspective into Korean art, music, literature and lifestyle through Korean pop culture, multimedia (K-POP music, K-Dramas) and so many more!
  • Korea is very enthusiastic about learning English; therefore, the recruitment of Korean-English speaking individuals is in crucial demand. Several ‘Teaching English in Korea’ programs are funded by the Korean government and provide helpful websites and aid for the application process. Teaching English in Korea immerses individuals into the Korean culture and develops their Korean speaking capability.
  • Korean, a rapidly emerging foreign language is also of global importance in the U.S., meaning there will be a high demand for Korean-English bilinguals.
  • Learning Korean provides new career opportunities with prominent international companies such as Samsung, Hyundai, and LG, as well as government work in the U.S. and Korea. In essence, the mastery of the Korean language will secure a competitive edge in any Korean-English related work field.

While learning Korean, students will be introduced to a broad range of Korean language and culture. 

Language Courses

The UTSA offers three levels of Korean including Elementary 1&2, Intermediate 1 & 2, Advanced Korean 1 & 2, Conversational Korean, and Korean Language through K-dramas.

Culture Courses

Students can learn Korean culture through various courses including Korean culture through K-films, Korean culture through K-drama series, Travel in Korea, Korean Pop Culture, and so on.

Study Abroad

The faculty-led summer study abroad program in Korea provides intensive Korean Language and cultural education to improve students’ Korean language competency and understanding of Korean culture.


The UTSA Modern Languages also hosts various Korean cultural events such as Korean movie night, Kimchi festivals, Korean Major Day, etc.


logo.jpgThe Korean Culture Club

The Korean Culture Club seeks to unify students through the different aspects of Korean culture such as music, food, television, and more.

We strive to nurture a welcoming environment for students who are interested in Korean culture and provide a space to explore similar interests through fun and interactive activities.

Learn more and engage with the Korean Culture Club!

kbc-1.jpgThe Korean Book Club

The Korean Book Club at UTSA is an organization that encourages and promotes its members to learn and practice their Korean skills. By using children’s stories, show scripts, and Korean folktales, the members gain valuable practice with speaking and understanding Korean in an educational environment. We also focus on cultivating a respect for the language and welcome any and all students to join, even if they have never studied Korean before! The KBC aims to create a welcoming community for anyone and everyone to learn and study Korean with likeminded peers! 

Learn more and engage with the Korean Book Club!

Group of students at Choi Sunu House in Korea

Study Abroad

Learn more about your study abroad opportunities for Korean!

Contact Info

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Associate Professor of Practice, Modern Languages and Literatures


MH 4.02.01B


Senior Lecturer, Modern Languages and Literatures


MH 4.02.01A