CLS Korean 한국어

2017 Program Sites

No Prior Language Study Required

Program sites will be announced in the spring.

The Korean Language

The Korean language, spoken by an estimated 73 million people on the Korean Peninsula, is a complex mixture of Chinese lexical influences and a unique native word and sentence structure. While Korean grammar shares many similarities with Japanese, Turkish and other agglutinative languages, no definitive genetic link has been established between Korean and other languages in the world, and the language's origin remains a heated topic of academic debate. Korean boasts the most scientific script in the world, Hangeul, which was designed by a team of royal linguists by order of the Korean king in the 1440s.

Following a period of unprecedented economic growth, South Korea today has emerged as one of Asia's powerhouse economies. Korea's advanced modern business landscape boasts some of the most widely recognized brands in the world, and the country remains at the forefront of international developments in science and technology. Korea also boasts a rich popular culture that has become an export commodity of its own right in the form of food, popular music, and film.

Featured Alumni Profiles


  • Kirstin Johnson
    CLS Korean 2014
    Wonju, South Korea
    Alumni Ambassador

  • Laura Viera
    CLS Korean 2015
    Gwangju, South Korea
    Alumni Ambassador

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