Korean Language Institutes in Korea
Plenty of universities in South-Korea provides Korean language programs for international students aiming to study in Korea. The language program is divided into 6 levels; each level takes 10 to 12 weeks to finish it. Tuition fees and course curriculums vary from school to school, so choose the course and school that best suits you. You can enjoy learning Korean language with people from other cultures and learn more about each other's cultures. If you have previous learning experience with the language, an evaluation test is conducted to put you in the right level.
There are many types of students who tend to study Korean in South-Korea. You can find a lot of Korean government scholars there because they are required to complete one year of Korean language course unless they have TOPIK level 5 or 6. Other type of students are students who want to enjoy living in Korea while studying the language; you can get a D-4 Visa if you are studying at one of those language institutions. There are others who need to learn the Korean language for work purposes and visa issues. You can also find some exchange students who already major in Korean language and their universities have exchange programs with Korean universities’ language institutions.
The Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) is a tool for testing the proficiency of non-native Korean speakers. The test is divided into 2 levels: TOPIK I and TOPIK II, where TOPIK II is a higher proficiency in the language. The score is valid for 2 years from the date of test results, and test-takers can find the schedule as well as registration for the test at the official TOPIK website www.topik.go.kr.
Eligibility and Benefits
Test takers include both overseas Koreans and foreign nationals who study Korean. The test results are useful when applying for Korean universities, companies, public institutions, or acquiring permanent residency status.
TOPIK I is beginner levels; the test consists of listening and reading sections. If you get a score higher than 80 you get level 1 and if you get a score higher than 140 you get level 2.
TOPIK II is intermediate/advanced levels; the test consists of listening, reading and writing sections. If you get higher than 120 you get level 3, higher than 150 you get level 4, higher than 190 you get level 5, and higher than 230 you get level 6.
You can find links for sample questions from previous exams on TOPIK official website. So, if you are studying Korean, go to the website and FIGHTING!!!
Written by Yomna Mostafa