• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Translation Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies More...
  • Minor code KORE-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate


Korean is the official language of North and South Korea and is spoken by Korean communities around the world; altogether more than 80 million people worldwide speak Korean. Korean is distinguished by a unique indigenous alphabet developed in the fifteenth century by the sage King Sejong. Sophisticated yet easy to learn, the Korean alphabet or Hangeul is widely known as “the beautiful script”.

At ANU, Korean is taught in a way that balances learning to communicate with developing student’s ability to begin to learn and appreciate some of the rich cultural resources available in Korean literature, film, culture and society. In an era of rapidly increasing connections between Korea and Australia a knowledge of Korean offers students the possibility to participate in the growing ties between these countries.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this minor, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced Beginner level of Korean to:

1. Recognise and pronounce all consonants and vowel sounds of Korean.

2. Read and write the Korean alphabet and its consonant clusters with accuracy. 

3. Demonstrate an understanding of grammatical points and constructions to appropriately conduct both written and oral communication in frequently occurring situations.

4. Demonstrate competence in everyday spoken language and in some depth on such topics as travel, dining, holidays, hobbies, peer group communication, and one’s own life and interests. 

5. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural communication practices in interpersonal relationships in university, social life and family; and of cultural practices such as national festivals, customs and cultures of food and drink. 

Other Information

A student may not take a course that is a prerequisite or a lower level than a course which they have already passed.

Students that are commencing language studies who have prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test before enrolling for the first time. Students will not be permitted to enrol in a course at a lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, and may be exempted from compulsory courses.

Areas of Interest

  • Asian Languages
  • Translation Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Language Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Linguistics
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
KORE1020 Korean 1 6
KORE1021 Korean 2 6
KORE2521 Korean 3 6
KORE2522 Korean 4 6
KORE3012 Korean 5 6
KORE3013 Korean 6 6
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