The School of Modern Languages’ Korean program was launched in Fall 2002, and now offers a minor program, provides first through fourth-year level language instructions, serves more than 300 students annually, and is on track to become one of the largest Korean programs in the Southeast.
Courses are available for both heritage and non-heritage students, and online courses are available at the first and second-year level. Upper level course offerings include a number of content courses, such as Business Korean; Exploring Modern Korea; and Issues and Technology in Korea. For information on Korean courses at Georgia Tech, see the Georgia Tech catalog or view a summary of available Korean Courses.
The city of Atlanta has a Korean population of over 100K, and more than 180 Korean companies have a presence in the Southeast, providing a number of local and regional opportunities for student internships and involvement in the local Korean-American community. The School of Modern Languages is actively engaged in developing and expanding these opportunities for students.
The Korean program also offers a faculty-led summer study abroad program every year (additional details below) and Georgia Tech has a number of exchange programs and international internship opportunities in Korea. Add it all up, and Georgia Tech provides a number of ways for students to expand their Korean language proficiency and intercultural competence.
Programs of Study
Minors in Korean
To earn a Korean minor, students need 15 credits of Korean at or above the level of KOR 2002. To accelerate progress toward a minor, students can participate in the LBAT Korea program (see below). Korean courses are also available as part of the minor in East Asian Studies and the minor in International Business, Language, and Culture.
The Korea Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) summer study abroad program is an intensive, immersive program in Korea. It is offered at both the second-year (prerequisite: KOR 1002) and third-year (prerequisite: KOR 2002) level. During the LBAT, students can earn 9 credits of 2000-level (second-year) or 3000-level (third-year) Korean in eight weeks. In addition to intensive classroom instruction led by Georgia Tech faculty, the LBAT includes fieldwork projects and professional site visits to companies and government institutions that provide firsthand experience with business structures and protocols and a heightened understanding of current technological and socioeconomic issues facing the country.
Georgia Tech also offers a number of semester-long exchange programs in Korea.