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Learn Korean Language: Korea University Korean Language Program

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Just like Yonsei University Language School, Korea University Language Program is also divided into four categories; speaking, listening, reading and reading. If you’re thinking of applying to Korea University Language school, or perhaps would just like to know more about it, then this is for you. Here, we break down every information about the Korean language program for you: eligibility, applications process, visa application, grades and what to expect, as well as compare the differences and similarities between Korea University and Yonsei University. If you’ll like information on Yonsei Language Program, click here. Meanwhile, if you are looking to learn some quick Korean vocabularies for beginners, click here. We add new lessons twice a week.


For all their language programs, the minimum requirement is a high school diploma. Unlike Yonsei University, recent high school graduates with impending graduation/diploma certificate are eligible to apply.

Required documents

  • A completed application form, of course.
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport (and a Korean alien card if any).
  • A copy of your high school graduation certificate(or the most recent school attended) and transcripts.
  • Two passport photo.
  • For applicants from non-English speaking countries, you are required to translate and notarize all academic documents
  • Proof of employment (for applicant sponsoring themselves)
  • A notarized sponsorship letter from a gainfully employed Korean citizen aged 20 or older residing in Korea (for applicants from 21 countries listed below, as required by the Ministry of Justice)

For those who wish to apply for a language school D-4 visa, you must provide the following:

  • A bank statement issued in the last 90 days with an account balance of at least 10,000 USD or its equivalent in your home country’s currency.
  • If the statement of account isn’t issued in your name, perhaps a family relative like parents or siblings, you must provide a relationship certificate for both. In other words, a birth certificate of the applicant and another in the name of the bank statement holder.
  • Health insurance proof – not a strong required although it is listed on their website.

Applicants from these 21 countries – China, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Ghana, Egypt, and Peru must submit the following, as required by South Korea’s Ministry of Justice:

  • Korean consulate notarized copies of every academic document
  • A notarized copy of applicant’s birth certificate and that of family sponsor (if any)

Important – Any submitted document would not be returned.

Application fees and tuition fees

  • A non-refundable payment of KRW 60,000 is required for an application.
  • Tuition fees payment of KRW 1,630,000 per semester for level 1 ~ 6 for the morning program
  • Tuition payment of KRW 1,470,000 per semester for the afternoon program. Only level 1 ~ 5 available.
  • Optional – Dormitory fees of KRW 693,000, on a first come first serve basis.
  • All payments are to be wired to the school’s bank account.
  • Bank Name: KEB Hana Bank, Kodae Branch
  • Account Title:고려대학교 국제어학원 (IFLS, Korea University)
  • Account Number: 391-810002-32904 (regular program only)
  • Bank Address: 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, 02841, Korea
  • Swift Code: KOEXKRSE

Tuition fees discount

  • 10% reduction for married couples or siblings enrolled in Korea University Language Program simultaneously.
  • 20% reduction for diplomats dispatched by foreign government agencies and their families.
  • 10% reduction for children of a Korean University alumni or staff member.
  • 20% reduction for Korea University student currently enrolled at the university.


  • For students who wish to apply for a visa can apply for a short stay visa – C3 visa, or a language school visa – D4 visa.
  • The school provides no “help” whatsoever in students’ visa application process.

The Korean immigration may request the following documents:

  • A bank statement issued in the last 90 days with no less than 10,000 USD or its equivalent.
  • Admission letter from the school
  • A Korean sponsor (applies only to applicants from a few countries)
  • A sponsorship letter from your Korean sponsor (applies only to applicants from a few countries)

Refund policy

  • Admission fee of KRW 60,000 is non-refundable
  • One week before the starting date – 90% Refundable
  • Within 2 weeks of class commencement – 70% Refundable
  • After 2 weeks or more of class commencement – Non-refundable


Korean University language school currently offers 3 Korean language programs split into different categories.

  • Regular program – morning and after class
  • Youth summer school
  • Short-term Intensive Program during the spring, fall, winter and twice during the summer

For more details about their other Korean language programs, call them at:

Attendance policy

Just like Yonsei University language school, the attendance policy for Korea University Language Program is very strict. Skipping class 10 times or missing 40 hours(its equivalent) would earn you an automatic F in all categories, no matter how exceptionally good you are. Exceptions can be made for illness or death in one’s family and in such cases, students must provide proof.

Grading policy

Although not explicitly stated on their website, we believe class participation makes up about 20% of total grades.

  • 80% – Midterm 40% + Final 40% – (Speaking 25% / Listening 25% / Reading 25% / Writing 25%
  • 20% – Class participation, comprehension, pronunciation, intonation, etc.

If for any reason you choose to miss, or somehow not able to take any of the two examinations – midterm and final exam – you cannot advanced to the next level.


Each student is required to buy textbooks and a workbook, not included in the tuition fees. The books are available in English, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. The prices range from 20,000 – 40,000 won ($17 – $35).

Yonsei University

  • Teachers and instructors are instructed to ONLY speak Korean language AT ALL TIMES, no exceptions
  • New vocabularies and homework every single day
  • Intense focus on grammar
  • You must be active in class as it counts towards your final grades
  • Staff and school rules are rigid
  • No Yonsei University students' discount
  • Probably the most reputable language school in Korea
  • Students are a lot more diverse - you'll find students from every corner of the world

Korea University

  • School trips - about 2~3 per semester and students who miss are marked absent for the whole day
  • Contests - usually between classmates and other classes of the same level
  • Celebration with teachers at the end of every semester
  • Teachers and school rules are less rigid and may make few compromises in very few circumstances
  • Intense focus on speaking
  • Korea University students get discounts
  • Students are less diverse - a big percentage of the students are Asians, mainly Chinese and Japanese
  • Students can actually request to retake promotion exams (in certain circumstances) if they fall short by just one or two points


Good luck on your applications. Leave comments or send us an email if you have further questions.

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