Oriental Languages

The College of Oriental Languages is Korea’s best educational institution in Oriental languages and area studies.
It includes the Department of Chinese, which has the longest history among its peers in Korea; the Department of Japanese, the first like it in Korea; the Department of Malay-Indonesia, the only program available in this specialty in Korea; and the Department of Arabic. Regardless of borders, races, cultures and major fields, the College of Oriental Languages continues learning and strives to renew itself to cultivate global leaders who will lead the globalization of the Asia-Pacific region.

Differentiated Academic Features Fostering specialists in nine different Oriental languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Indonesian, Arabic, Thai, Vietnamese, Hindi, Turkish and Persian, the College of Oriental Languages focuses on cultivating human resources with a profound knowledge of local cultures and societies, including politics, economy, literature and art, as well as having top-class language skills. Academic features have been differentiated to study every field relating to local areas, including anthropology, politics, economy, history, comparative linguistics, and comparative literature as well as practical languages, in a comparative perspective with Korea.

Department of Vietnamese Receives the “Medal for Promoting the World People Friendship” The Department of Vietnamese is both internally and externally recognized for its contribution in promoting friendly cooperation between Korea and Vietnam and developing Vietnamese studies in Korea. In fact, in June 2004, it received a “Medal for Promoting World People Friendship” from the Vietnamese government. The Department of Vietnamese at HUFS has translated and published “Korean Literary History,” “New Stories of Mount Golden Turtle,” “The Story of Chunhyang: Korean Traditional Tales in Vietnamese,” as well as comparative studies, including a “Vietnamese-Korean Dictionary,” and “Comparative Study of Vietnamese-Korean Tales.” It continues to serve as a bridge for bilateral academic exchanges.