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Learn the Korean language at Edinburgh
Korean is one of 14 one-semester foundation language courses open to all students at the University of Edinburgh. These foundation courses are free, whether taken as part of a degree, or above and beyond degree requirements (extra credit). They are SCQF level 07 and, if taken as part of a degree, are worth 20 credits each. You’ll receive 40-44 hours of tuition through the semester, with two two-hour classes per week. Foundation 1 is for absolute beginners who have no previous knowledge of the language. Foundation 2 is for students with some previous knowledge.
We have excellent teaching and research expertise in Korean Studies and, more widely, in Asian Studies.
Specialists include Dr Youngmi Kim, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for our masters programmes in Korean Studies, and Dr Holly Stephens, Lecturer in Japanese and Korean Studies.
Together, Youngmi and Holly's research and teaching interests range from the history and culture of the Korean Peninsula, to comparative politics, international relations, political economy, and socio-economic inequalities.
Colleagues in Asian Studies' expertise is, again, wide-ranging and we have a strong track record in interdisciplinary approaches.
Meet our Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow / Visiting Scholar
We are delighted to welcome Dr Gabor Sebo to Korean Studies at Edinburgh as our Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow / Visiting Scholar for the 2019/20 academic year.
Originally from Hungary, Gabor obtained his PhD from the Department of North Korean Studies at the Korea University, South Korea in 2018. His research examines the unorthodox cinematic approach of the South Korean film director, Shin Sang-ok, brought into the politically dominated film trajectory of North Korea between 1983 and 1986.
Gabor is the author of a number of publications and conference papers on the topic of North Korean cinema.