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Discovering the language

Korean has been taught at Inalco since 1960. Initiation focuses on contemporary studies. The library (BULAC) also has one of the richest Korean collections in Europe. Students can take advantage of a range of scholarships for summer study, advanced training and research. Increasingly appreciated by companies working with the Far East, Korean is one of the entry-level languages for the International Commerce program.

Studying Korean at Inalco


The Korean Studies Department teaches students the Korean language and civilization. Its practice is based on these two inseparable fields. From the undergraduate level onwards, courses include language and civilization, as well as literature, economics, history, religion, social life, institutions and politics.

The Department of Korean Studies offers a complete curriculum taught at Inalco from the beginner's level up to the national Bachelor's and Master's degrees; training that may continue into the postgraduate level (DEA, Doctorate) under the responsibility of Inalco's Doctoral School.

The Department of Korean Studies welcomes both those who plan to make Korean studies the primary objective of their studies, as well as those who have the desire to complement their main training, completed or in progress, in another discipline, or those who wish to develop their professional skills through mastery of the Korean language and in-depth knowledge of Korean civilization.

Example courses

  • Grammar through texts
  • Civilization and methodology of the "three Koreas"
  • Geography of Korea
  • Korean literature