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Program Content

Academic Calendar

The curriculum of the KU-KFOP program, a part of the UHM/UWM Korean Flagship Program, is managed in collaboration with the UHM/UWM Korean Flagship Center.  Before 2012, the KU-KFOP program began its school year in July and held its commencement ceremony the following June. Since 2012 changes, the undergraduate program runs July to June.
Month Schedule Student Activity
1 Intensive Korean 2 (3weeks)


2 Intensive Internship Program (2weeks) OPI Test (1st)

Spring Semester Begins

(Major Course, Media Korean, Internship)

4 Midterm Exam School Trip
6 Final Exam, Commencement OPI Test (2nd)

Entrance Ceremony ,

Undergraduate Intensive Korean 1 (3weeks)


Fall Semester Begins 

(Major Course, Media Korean, Internship)

Ko-Yeon Competition, Chuseok Gathering

10 Midtern Exam M. T.

Making Kimchi, DMZ Tour

12 Final Exam  

* Student activities and events are subject to change.




The curriculum of the KU-KFOP program consists of the following four components: major courses, Media Korean, an internship program, and other cultural activities.

Major Courses (3 credits)

Students in the KU-KFOP program select and take undergraduate or graduate level major courses at Korea University in order to learn Korean for academic purposes. Through Korean-mediated classes and individual or collaborative presentations, students are able to enhance their Korean proficiency and knowledge of their field of study.

Advanced Media Korean Course (3 credits)
The main goal of Advanced Media Korean course is to help students’ understanding of recent events occurred in Korea. Through a variety of media data (including newspapers and broadcasting), students are able to learn about various political, economic, social, and cultural phenomena and pending issues while enhancing their Korean skills. Three times a week, they attend 75 minute-classes that utilize data from various media (including newspapers, television/radio broadcasting, and the Internet), and receive one-to-one feedback from instructors on their in-class assignments. 
Internship Program (3 credits)
In addition to main areas of study, language and major courses, students participate in various forms of internship activities related to their specialty areas. The internship organizations include government agencies, businesses, campus organizations, research institutions, and NGOs.  
Cultural Activities

Students are able to enhance their understanding of Korean society and culture through diverse events and activities that provide cultural experience in addition to Korean language and major courses. 

  • Cultural Activities: Watching Korean performing arts, Making Kimchi, Chuseok Meeting, Playing traditional games for New Year’s Day
  • Activities on Korea University: Seminars and discussion meetings with KU students, Attending annual Ko-Yon Competition 
  • Field Trips: Spring Graduation Trip(Jeju), Fall MT(Daeseong-ri), DMZ Tour



Intership Program

In addition to the main study areas of the KFOP, language and major courses, students are involved in various forms of internship activities related to their specialty areas. Through internship programs, students will be able to obtain the advanced Korean language abilities required for professional tasks at organizations related to their field of study. They will also have the opportunity to experience the workplace culture of Korea. The internship programs are available at various organizations, including government agencies, businesses, campus organizations, research institutions, and NGOs. 


 Internship Organizations

Our Flagship alumni are taking their great role as Korean Specialist in the various meaningful area such as US Government, NK Organization, Korean issue related Laboratory and etc. 


Classification Name Note

North Korea

(Human Rights)

Related Organization

Daily NK North Korea-related Internet Media
People who Support Women's Rights Supports defected North Korean Women
North Korean Human Rights Information Center Promotes North Korean Human Rights
North Korean Human Rights Defected Youth Union Support North Korean Youth
North Korea Strategy Center North Korea Studies



Korea University Museum History Reserch
Family Medicine, Korea University Hospital Medical Specialty
Rehabilitation Medicine, Korea University Hospital Medical Specialty
Ilmin International Relations Institute International Relations
National Culture Institute South Korean Studies
International Support Center, International Division Supports Exchange Students
Asian Research Institute Northeast Asian Studies
NGO Cyber Diplomatic Mission VANK Promotes South Korean History
Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan Military Sexual Slavery Issues
Holt Children's Services Inc. Chile Welfare
We-Friends, Migrant Health Association in Korea Supports Multicultural Families
International Democracy Institute Policy Research
Research Institution Institute for Far East Studies, Kyungnam University North Korean Studies
The Korea Social Policy Institute Policy Research
Hyundai Research Institute South Korea Economic Policy
Korean Institute for Defense Analyses South Korea Defense
East Asia Institute North Korea and East Asia Studies
Buniness D Tribe Advertisement Production

Daum Soft Inc. (Affiliate Company of Daum Communications)

Software Production
Government Organization King Sejong Institute Foundation Korean Dissemination and Institute Operation
National Hangul Museum Hangul Resources Exhibition

Intensive Korean 1 / Intensive Korean 2 Courses

The KU-KFOP program provides the Intensive Korean 1 course for undergraduate students who have at least one year of study at either the University of Hawaii or University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students who have completed one semester at KU take the Intensive Internship course and the more advanced Intensive Korean 2 course. The Intensive Korean 1 course helps students adapt to unfamiliar Korean society and prepare for the next step. Through the Intensive Korean 2 course, students are able to enhance not only their Korean proficiency but also their capabilities as experts on Korea 
These intensive Korean courses include the following classes: “Media Studies,” which helps students to develop their perspective on various social issues in Korea; “Discussion” which involves thorough preparations and discussions on diverse topics; “Cultural Studies” which aids students in learning Korean culture and proprieties; “Special Lectures” which provides lectures from invited experts in various fields, including political, economic, social, and cultural areas. 

Student Management and Evaluation

By creating a journal on students’ weekly learning activities, the KU-KFOP program helps students to identify the improvement of their Korean language ability. In addition, through regular interviews with a program coordinator, students are able to resolve various problems that they are facing in Korea. Upon completion of the required courses (Advanced Media Korean, major courses, and the internship program) with an average attendance rate of 80% and an average grade of B or higher, students will finish the program.