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Graduate School of Korean as a Foreign Language (GS'KFL)

Korea’s first and only graduate program dedicated to fostering professionals in Korean language education and translation

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, at the forefront of Korea’s globalization with 45 foreign language education programs

Graduate School of KFL, fostering professionals in KFL education, KFL translation and Korean culture & literature studies

Graduate School of KFL
1. Department Overview
A. Department of Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language
- Offers comprehensive courses that encompass education theories/practicums to teach techniques required by the teaching professionals and educators of KFL.
- Imbues students with a higher level of professional expertise with research programs on Korean language education and field teaching experiences.
- Helps students develop a global perspective and the creativity required to overcome the challenges encountered by professionals in the field.
- Contributes to the promotion of the global community by supplying quality professionals in Korean language education overseas through a diverse global network.

B. Department of Korean as a Foreign Language & Translation
- Fosters professional KFL translators specialized in Korean language translations, Korean studies translations, and business translations through courses on high-level Korean language translations and community translation.
- Offers a comprehensive and inter-departmental program developed specifically for KFL translation education in collaboration with the Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation and the Department of Korean Language Education.
- Offers a professional program for foreign nationals residing in Korea who will become valuable members of our multicultural society.

C. Department of Korean Culture & Literature for Foreign
- Fosters professionals who are able to effectively introduce Korean culture and literature to non-Koreans.
- Drives the development of our emerging academic field of convergence through a professional program that helps students gain a profound understanding of Korean culture and literature, cultural theories as well as knowledge and skills for application in the field.
- Fosters global talent based on close collaboration with an international network of Korean studies organizations.

2. Career Paths after Graduation
Teaching & Education: (Overseas) Korean language teachers, administrators of Korean language institutions in Korea and overseas, teaching professionals, developers of Korean language textbooks and education content, professional educators of Korean culture, etc.
Translation & Interpretation: Translators of Korean literature, simultaneous interpreters, etc.
Diplomacy & International Administration: Local staff for Korean overseas missions, government staff for international relations, etc. International Trade & Economy: Positions in multinational corporations, Korean businesses, trading companies, etc.
Culture & Media: Film and drama translators, international exchange planners, professional guides for Korean culture, etc.
Research: Researchers of the Korean language, Korean literature, Korean culture, Korean studies, and comparative cultural & literature, lexicographers for dictionaries, etc.

3. Certificates Offered
CourseCertificateAwarded by
KFL EducationKorean Language Teacher, Grade IIMinistry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
KFL TranslationCertification of Professional Translation AbilityGraduate School of Interpretation and Translation Graduate School of KFL


Admissions for Spring 2022
1. Admissions Schedule
ScheduleEarly DecisionRegular Decision
Application OpenedFrom Oct. 18(Mon) to Oct. 29 (Fri), 2021From Nov. 22  (Mon) to Dec. 3 (Fri), 2021
Interview Venue Announced15:00, Nov. 3 (Wed) 15:00, Dec. 3 (Wed)
InterviewPlanned for 10:00, Nov.6(Sat) Planned for 10:00,Dec. 11(Sat)
Final Decisions Announced15:00, Nov. 17  (Wed) 14:00, Dec. 22  (Wed)
Admission Deposit PaymentNov. 22 (Mon) to Nov. 26 (Fri)Dec. 27 (Mon) to Dec. 31 (Fri)

* The admission plan and schedule is subject to change based on available openings and other circumstances.


2. Programs
A. Department of Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language
B. Department of Korean as a Foreign Language & Translation
C. Department of Korean Culture & Literature for Foreigners


3. Eligibility (for Master's Program)
A. For those having successfully completed a Bachelor`s degree or expected to graduate in February, 2018
B. For those equivalent to the above approved by the related academic policy


4. How to Apply
•STEP 1 – Fill out and submit the online application form
•STEP 2 – Print out the application form and submit required documents to the Administration Office of the Graduate School of KFL
※ Admission Requirements(Master’s program)

 - A copy of online application form(Document Preparation & Output available on the Internet)
    (Your picture is required to proceed the online application.)

 - A copy of study proposal(Download available on our homepage)

 - An original copy of the final or scheduled diploma of undergraduate.

 - An original copy of Academic transcript

 - A copy of Consent of Academic Record Verification(Download available on our homepage)
※ Candidates who have completed their degree programs overseas are required to undergo the Apostille authentication process or to submit a notarized copy issued by their respective embassies in Korea.


5. Admission Process
※ All applicants are required to attend the interview (A video interview can be arranged for candidates who reside overseas.)


6. Interview Location
  - Seoul Campus, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (more detailed interview venue is to be announced)


7. Other Notice
A. Our program offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities including foreign students scholarships, alumnus scholarships, academic scholarship, etc.
B. Students can complete the program in a minimum of three semesters(evaluation needed)
C. Our program offers courses dedicated to fostering professionals in KFL education and KFL translation.
D. Upon graduation, students can receive the certificate of Teaching Korean as Foreign Language (Level II) (KFL Education majors), or the certificate of Professional Translation Ability (KFL Translation majors).


8. Administration Office of the Graduate School of KFL, Huankuk University of Foreign Studies
TEL. 02-2173-3982–3 FAX. 02-2173-3358

Graduate school Building, Room no.106-1
107, Imun-ro, Dongdaemu-gu, Seoul, 02450, Korea