48 months
37947 USD/year
35019 USD/year
11936 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Korean program is offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University and includes courses in the language, culture, literature, drama and linguistics of Korea.


Students studying Korean program from The Ohio State University progress from an elementary working knowledge of the language to oral and written fluency. From the very beginning, students familiarize themselves with Korean phonology and orthography, thereby getting a firm understanding of how the writing system decodes the sound of Korean.

In the Korean individualized instruction track, students opt to first familiarize with basic patterns of pronunciation and language structure by use of Romanization, then swiftly transition to the Korean writing system. The rich body of Korean literature and performance tradition is first studied in English translation; as students progress in the major and develop their language skills, they perform readings and workshops in Korean.

Possible careers

Korean is applicable to a variety of settings in the United States and abroad. Mastery of Korean allows students to consider careers in such fields as education, translation and interpretation; government; international trade; banking; print or electronic media; social work; diplomatic services; broadcasting and popular entertainment; tourism; or art.

Korean majors may also continue into graduate/professional school in Korean, East Asian, Asian-American studies and related fields. Many employers are eager to hire graduates who are fluent in Korean because their businesses interact with Korean speakers. 

Careers in which Korean is the primary emphasis include teaching Korean at all levels; interpreting and translating for the United Nations, government, or for private and public organizations; and a variety of positions in the travel and hospitality industries at home or abroad, such as flight attendant, travel agent, tour guide or hotel management personnel.

Careers in which proficiency in Korean is a good secondary tool include banking and finance, business, sales, export purchasing, foreign market analysis, journalism, foreign correspondence, science and research, library science, hotel management, publishing, radio and television broadcasting, and teaching English in universities and private institutions in Korea and to employees in corporations abroad.

Possible jobs suitable for Ohio State graduates with Korean language majors include trade specialist for the Ohio Department of Development, consultant for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, translation and interpretation services catering to the business and government sectors, and employment overseas and/or with corporations based in the Republic of Korea. Fluency in Korean language and culture prepares students for careers in international/global contexts. 

Students can explore career options by utilizing Career Connection as well as the Arts and Sciences Career Services Office. Career Connection focuses on helping students establish a career direction while the Arts and Sciences Career Services Office assists students with finding internships—experiences that are essential to testing out the suitability of career fields under consideration.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Korean majors are required to design their programs from courses in language, culture, literature and linguistics. 
  • Majors must complete at least 33 credit hours in Korean and Korean-related work. Programs should be planned in consultation with an advisor. 
  • Prerequisite courses include Korean 1101 through 1103 and Korean 2231. These courses do not apply toward the major. 
  • Additional electives and general education requirements totaling 121 hours are required by the College of Arts and Sciences for graduation. 
  • Electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


121 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of university preparatory courses
  • High school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA 
  • Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores 
  • Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
  • Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement(e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service) 
  • Status as a first-generation university student 
  • High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37947 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 37947 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    35019 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35019 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    11936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11936 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Columbus

940 - 1520 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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