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The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies offers different Korean classes in fall vs. spring. The classes available in fall 2023 are

  • KOR 101, Elementary Korean I
  • KOR 203, Intermediate Korean I
  • KOR 305, Advanced Korean I
  • KOR 408, Changes & Continuities in Korean History

In spring 2024, the Korean offerings will be

  • KOR 102, Elementary Korean II
  • KOR 204, Intermediate Korean II
  • KOR 306, Advanced Korean II

For a complete listing of Korean courses and course descriptions, consult http://catalog.unc.edu/courses/kor/.  KOR 101 through KOR 306 are offered every year. Students who have completed KOR 306 or placed into 4th-year level may take any of the 4th-year courses in any order, and one of these is usually offered each fall.

If you’re a beginner (no previous knowledge of Korean), register for any section of KOR 101. Note that this class will not be offered in spring semester.

Beginning Korean is also being offered–in remote format–in summer 2023:

  • KOR 101 in first summer session (starts May 17)
  • KOR 102 in second summer session (starts June 26)

New students are eligible to take summer courses (second session only for first-years, either/both sessions for transfer students). If you have been accepted for fall, Admissions will change your starting semester from fall to summer at your request.  Taking summer courses could allow you to learn a year’s worth of Korean before fall even begins. More information is available on the Summer School website.

If you have prior knowledge of Korean and want to take Korean, you must take a placement test. This is true for everyone, regardless of how you learned Korean (in high school, at home, etc.) and regardless of any test credit or transfer credit you may have. Click here for information on the online Korean placement test.

On this page is a self-assessment guide that you can use to estimate your probable placement. You are welcome to go ahead and enroll in the class that you think is right for you when you get to register for fall courses. If your placement doesn’t turn out to be what you predicted, the department will try to help you switch into the correct class. It’s also possible you’ll have to wait until spring to continue studying Korean if you place into a class only offered in spring.

If you have trouble getting into the Korean class you want, please refer to the information and help in this registration FAQ: https://asianstudies.unc.edu/registration-faq/, or contact Lori Harris at lori@unc.edu.