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Interest in South Korea has increased markedly during the last decades, due to the country’s growing role in the world economy, its technical innovations, and exciting popular culture and beauty industry. Korean is the 16th most widespread language in the world, spoken by more than 78 million people.

During your studies in Korean you will primarily be engaged in language studies, but you will also have the opportunity to take 30 credits in courses aimed at expanding your understanding of Korean society and culture, such as courses in Korean history, traditional culture and political relations.

Beginner courses in Korean are offered every autumn semester, as part of the six semesters required to attain a bachelor’s degree. All courses are offered as freestanding courses.

During your sixth semester you will produce a bachelor’s thesis partly based on Korean language sources.

You will also be afforded the opportunity to study Korean in South Korea through one of Stockholm University’s many exchange programs.

After completing your bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible to enrol in our two-year Master’s Programme in Asian Studies, which affords an opportunity to deepen your skills in Korean language and culture, as well as learning more about Asia as a region. During the master’s programme you will have the opportunity to study abroad or participate in an internship. With a master’s degree you will also be eligible to apply to our doctoral programme.

Career opportunities

Our students usually combine studies in Korean with courses in other subjects, such as economics or political science. Our students have pursued careers at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and in the media. Some work for travel agencies, as translators, teachers and researchers.

Courses and programmes


To receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Languages and Cultures specializing in Korean, enrol in our freestanding courses.

To receive a Master’s Degree in Asian Languages and Cultures specializing in Korean, you enrol in one of the master’s programmes listed under “Education”.

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