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The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies offers different Korean classes in fall vs. spring. The classes available in fall 2021 are KOR 101, 203, 305, and 408 (Changes & Continuities in Korean History). In spring 2022, we plan to offer KOR 102, 204, and 306.

For a complete listing of Korean courses and course descriptions, consult http://catalog.unc.edu/courses/kor/.

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–this summer: KOR 101 in first summer session (starts May 19) and KOR 102 in second summer session. New students are eligible to take summer courses; 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.