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Department of Korean Studies

Immersed in the language and culture of Korea
Established in 1991, we are one of the first and longest standing Korean departments in the country.

Utilising the specialist knowledge of our academic staff, we have maintained distinctive strengths in teaching and research in history, culture and society, media and communication, language and linguistics and Korean values and thought.

We provide students with a broad foundation in Korea-related fields, encompassing not only language skills but also a range of units such as Korean history, linguistics, culture and society, translation and interpretation, and media and communications. 

Our study offering

Korea is a dynamic nation at the epicentre of Northeast Asia. Korean Studies provides a broad foundation in Korean language as well as history, linguistics, culture and society and media and communication. Equip yourself with crucial language skills and an in-depth knowledge of this intriguing nation.


*Available as a major and minor within the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  


Our research

Our strengths in research cover the following areas:

  • Korean culture and society
  • Korean media and communication
  • Korean language and linguistics
  • Korean history and politics
  • human rights and international relations
  • gender studies


Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in Korea where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand. 

  • Korea University, Seoul
  • Seoul National University
  • Yonsei University, Seoul

Our people


See our school's calendar for a full listing of upcoming events.

Department Chair


  • School of Languages and Cultures, Room 506, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, The University of Sydney NSW 2006

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