Korean Studies

2019 Korean Learning Students' Short Film Festival
2019 Korean Learning Students' Short Film Festival

Korean Studies Program at Mason

Korean is the 6th largest spoken language in the U.S. in 2010 as shown by the Language Map at www.mla.org. and has a growing popularity globally. The Korean Studies Program at George Mason University currently offers basic language courses as well as diverse content courses, ranging from Korean literature through Korean pop culture courses. We currently offer both minor and major degrees in Korean studies as well as various study abroad programs and internships in Mason Korea. It is our goal to meet students’ diversified needs in terms of a strong foundation in language proficiency and professional knowledge in Korean culture, which are required in various fields today, including international relations, transnational corporations, education, translation studies, federal and local governments, and other global cultural industries. 

Resources for Korean Studies Advising

We currently offer four levels of basic language courses (i.e., KORE 110, KORE 201, KORE 202, KORE 301). Please find below the proficiency guideline for our basic Korean language program. 


Students who are interested in pursuing a minor or major degree in Korean studies can seek advising by contacting the Korean studies program coordinator, Prof. Jihye Moon at jmoon9@gmu.edu. Students who need to declare a degree, change a degree or catalog year, or have other official forms to be approved by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, please contact the undergraduate academic advisor, Prof. Xi Chen at xchen8@gmu.edu. Students who are interested in studying abroad in Mason Korea and Global Gateway Program can contact the Mason Korea U.S. coordinator, Ms. Grace Lee at glee36@gmu.edu. Students who are interested in the semester exchange program at Yonsei University can contact the GEO office or Ms. Liz Adema at Sareg@gmu.edu. Students can find more information about study abroad applications and GEO scholarships at http://studyabroad.gmu.edu/ Also, the full course database for Global Gateway (Mason Korea) as well as Yonsei University are available through the CERS system below, where students can also make their course equivalency requests:


Korean Learning Students' Short Film Festival

Mason Korean Studies program has been holding “Korean Learning Students’ Short Film Festival” since 2010. Students who enroll Korean language courses are required to create a short film as one of their final projects. The film genre varies depending on students’ proficiency level. Elementary level students are usually expected to create dramas, intermediate level students are to create commercials, intermediate-high level students are to create news, and advanced level students are to create documentaries. Best film works are nominated at the end of each semester and shown at the film festival. The Best and the Second Best Films are awarded each semester with students’ show case performance.

Resources for Studying Korean Language

National Institute of Korean Language:  www.korean.go.kr

Korean dictonaries:       https://krdict.korean.go.kr/mainAction


Korean encyclopedia:     https://terms.naver.com/    


Korean word flashcards:  http://quizlet.com/subject/korean/

Korean learning contents: http://www.talktomeinkorean.com/





- Information about Korea:   http://washingtondc.korean-culture.org/en



Resources for Working & Studying in South Korea  

Critical Language Scholarship:  https://clscholarship.org/languages/korean

BOREN Scholarship:  https://www.borenawards.org/

Korean Government Scholarship: https://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/main.do

Korvia (Teaching English):  https://www.korvia.com/

TALK (Teach and Learn in Korea): www.talk.go.kr

EPIK (English Program in Korea): www.epik.go.kr

TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) www.topik.go.kr

OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview):  https://www.languagetesting.com/oral-proficiency-interview-opi/

Resources for Modern and Classical Languages Students