Traveling around is always awesome, and is full of positive emotions and memories. But during travel, we usually face different issues related to foreign language. And today we will talk about South Korea and the Korean language courses.
I started to study the Korean language in 2009 when I received a scholarship from the Korean Foundation. My first language courses were at Hanyang University. It was a short intensive program. The scholarship covered everything, except travel expenses. But still, it was a pretty good deal. The courses duration of 3 weeks.
A little bit of Korean language… Hangugo (한국어) — Korean language. Hanguk (한국) — Korea, Suffix ‘-o’ (-어) means ‘language’
During the courses, we stayed in the dormitory. There were 2 students in one room. The room was pretty wide: 2 tables, 2 beds, 2 wardrobes, toilet and shower room, etc. The classes were in another building. In order to get there from the dormitory, we could take a subway or free shuttle bus (about 15mins), or just walk (about 30 mins). As soon as it was winter, and it was kinds of cold outside, we usually took a shuttle bus.
About Hanyang University
Hanyang University was established in 1939. in 2017 it was ranked as the 5th university among all universities in South Korea. There are 2 campuses: the Seoul campus and Ansan Campus. Seoul campus has more than 15 faculties and 60 departments. And in Ansan campus teach more than 60 specializations. In total there are about 30,000 students on both campuses.
Many of you maybe heard about Hanyang University Hospital. That hospital is located on the territory of the Seoul campus. Many foreigners visit that hospital to get a health check-up or treatment.
Korean language courses can be found almost in any university. And usually, the tuition fee costs about 1,500 dollars per semester. One semester durations about 2–2,5 months, and about 4 hours per day. A study program varies from university to university. At Hanyang University every Wednesday we had a cultural class. So we were visiting different touristic places, tried Korean food, learned culture, etc. All expenses for cultural classes were covered by the university.