Korean studies

About Korean studies

Language teaching at Monash uses interactive and multimedia resources to bring Korean culture and language to life. You’ll be introduced to Hangul, the Korean phonetic writing system, which will enable you to type in Korean from beginner’s level onwards. Our academics are world leaders in the field of Korean history, literary studies and language education.

Why study Korean?

Korea is one of Australia’s largest trading partners, and the close political and strategic relationship between the two countries is constantly developing and expanding in a number of sectors, including trade, education and tourism. Developing a high level of linguistic and intercultural competence will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs and it will diversify your career options.

What will you study?

Studying Korean is as much about the language as it is about society and culture. You’ll explore topics such as:

  • Korean language (introductory, intermediate, proficient or advanced)
  • Hangul, a phonetic writing system
  • Korean business, journalism, science, law and tourism.

As well as your language units, examples of content units you may choose include:

  • Global Asia
  • Language, culture and society on the Korean Peninsula
  • Korean studies advanced: Literature and writing
  • Korean Research Project

What careers will you be ready for?

Korean studies will open up career opportunities in areas of:

  • Interpreting and translation
  • Trade
  • Tourism
  • Diplomacy
  • Business
  • Banking
  • Teaching and much more.

Who will be teaching you?

Dr Lucien Brown is Senior Lecturer in Korean studies and a specialist in Korean linguistics, second language acquisition and language pedagogy.

Dr Andy Jackson is Associate Professor in Korean studies and a specialist in Korean premodern and modern history, with an interest in theories of rebellion and North and South Korean film.

Global study

With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Korean language and culture to enhance your learning.

Exchange programs include:

  • Korea University – Korea
  • Seoul National University – Korea
  • Yonsei University – Korea.

GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee

The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.

Australia’s leading university language program

When you study languages at Monash, you'll be studying at Australia’s largest international university, ranked in the top 1% in the world for Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences. We offer the most comprehensive, flexible and well-integrated program incorporating language acquisition with cultural competence. Choose from a wide range of Asian and European languages: Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean; and French, German, Italian, and Spanish and Latin American studies (within the European Languages Area of Study). Find out more about Languages at Monash.

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Handbook

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Asian languages at Monash

Studying languages from across Asia opens you up to a global future and rewarding student experience.

Career options

  • Trade
  • Commerce
  • International relations
  • Tourism
  • Community service
  • Education

Overseas opportunities

All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the overseas exchange programs with Korea, where we have agreements with four prominent universities.