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Korean Minor and Undergraduate Certificate Program

The Korean Program offers Minor in Korean and Undergraduate Certificate Program in Korean. A Minor in Korean is available for students majoring in other fields or those with an interest in East Asia in general. It may be of particular interest to students studying history, international relations, other languages and literatures, business, or technology, as well as to those seeking employment with the government or international agencies. The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Korean is designed to afford students the opportunity to advance oral and written communication skills in Korean in culturally appropriate manners. The certificate enables students to pursue careers in organizations that seek persons with communicative skills in Korean, such as international business, education, and government organizations. It also benefits students who obtain jobs in local organizations whose employees represent bilingual cultures.

Please see the University Catalog for more information about Minor and Undergraduate Certificate Program in Korean.

Click on the link below to download the form for the Korean minor program.

Scholarship for Korean Courses at Cal State L.A.

Pictured: explore Korean traditional painting as part of the
Cal State L.A. Summer Intensive Korean Program, 2008

Strategic Language Initiative (SLI):

The 2011 Summer Study Abroad Program in Seoul

California State University, Los Angeles is pleased to announce the availability of a scholarship for the four-week SLI Summer Intensive Korean Program at Korea University, Seoul, Korea in 2011. The scholarship covers tuition and fees, room, and $500 for food. Participants are responsible for airfare. The program provides intensive Korean language instruction at the intermediate level or above and extensive cultural enrichment experiences during the program period. This is a highly competitive and immersion program designed to fill the critical need for strategic and diplomatic expertise in the Korean language. Program participants are expected to use their own financial means to take our advanced-level Korean courses in the following Fall,Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters.

Location: Korea University, Seoul, Korea
Duration: June 30, 2011 – July 29, 2011
Hosting Institution: Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
California State University, Los Angles
Level of instruction: Intermediate and Advanced
Requirements: Students are required to participate in the full program, including the orientation (Selected students will be notified of the orientation date).
Benefits: Scholarship covers tuition and fees, room, and $500 for food as well as oral and written proficiency testing fees.
Curriculum Information: - Students will spend four weeks in intensive language learning, involving classroom activities for 6 hours per day.
- Students will participate in a variety of cultural enrichment activities, such as excursions. These cultural activities are an essential component of the language acquisition process and attendance is mandatory.
- Students will be required to attend all program activities, including classroom instruction and cultural excursions. Absences will only be excused for medical reasons or family emergency.
Eligibility: - 18 years of age or older on July 5, 2011
- A minimum GPA of 2.75
- Heritage or non-heritage Korean learners who have sufficient proficiency to be placed at the intermediate-level instruction
- Good academic and social standing
- High motivation
- Long-term commitment
- Clear academic and/or professional goals

* Priority is given to current CSU students followed by those from California community colleges, Universities of California, and others.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION CRITERIA: Since there are limited spaces for this program, the selection process is competitive. Initial screening is based on a completed application, transcripts from previous high school (freshman) or college work. Finalists will have to submit a letter of recommendation, take oral and written tests in Korean, and have an interview in English.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The deadline is May 10, 2011.

APPLICATION FORM: You can fill out the application form and submit it online.
Click here to go to the online application page.

From 2007, California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) has been offering the federally-funded Korean program as part of the California State University Consortium for the Strategic Language Initiative (SLI), which is designed to provide selected students with the opportunity to develop strategic and diplomatic expertise in the Korean language. In addition, CSULA started offering a Certificate Program in Korean in Spring 2009. Click here for a Korean Certificate Program form.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dr. Namhee Lee, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, CSULA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032; phone: (323) 343-4244; e-mail: For more information about the Strategic Language Initiative Project, please visit: