Welcome to Korean Studies

Welcome to Monash University Korean studies, the recipient of a five year grant of up to $1 million (875 million Korean won) from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS), Korean Studies Promotion Service (KSPS) a division of the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea (2017-2022). Over the next five years, we plan to create a stronger Korean Studies at Monash and in the Melbourne and Metropolitan Region. The funding will go towards research development, educational expansion, student support and vocational training.

History of Korean Studies at Monash

Korean was identified as one of the four key Asian languages in the 1987 Australian Government’s National Policy on Languages alongside Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian. Korean language teaching was first started at Monash University in the late 1980s with Mr Jason Woo. Dr Adrian Buzo joined the staff as Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies shortly aftewards.  In 1991, Dr In-jung Cho and Dr Young-a Cho came to Monash to expand the Korean programme. Both applied linguists by training, they greatly expanded the language programme creating their own series of six textbooks tailored to the needs of Monash University Korean language students. The textbooks teach all four skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing systematically. The Chos also developed extensive online learning materials that are freely available to both students and the general public. In addition, the Chos initiated a Korean translation course for advanced level students of Korean.

Korea is one of Australia’s largest trading partners and the relationship between the two countries is constantly developing and expanding in a number of sectors, including trade, education and tourism. This means that employment opportunities are increasing for graduates with knowledge and skills in Korean language, culture and society. Korean Studies has been taught at the University since 1988. Our undergraduate program is designed to provide a solid foundation in Korea-related fields, and aims to help students acquire not only Korean language competency but also other valuable skills, such as intercultural communication skills. We also take pride in our innovative teaching as well as strong commitment to research. Opportunities for graduates in Korean Studies are diverse, including employment in fields such as trade, commerce, international relations, translation/interpretation, technology, government, education, tourism, and community services.


  • The Inaugural Annual Korean Speech Contest 2018 (한국어 말하기 대회)   Monash University Korean Studies presents The Inaugural Annual Korean Speech Contest 2018 (한국어 말하기 대회) Schedule DATE: 20 September 2018, 5-9pm § Place:  Building H1.16 Caulfield Campus, Monash University (close to Caulfield Railway Station) § Prizes: 1st prize: One cheque for $AUS 1500.00 §… Read more
  • Congratulations to Monash student Lorraine Lok Leung for passing the TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) Test at level 6 on 21 October 2017.  TOPIK is a written test designed to measure the ability of non-native speakers for expression and comprehension in the Korean language. The test measures proficiency in reading, writing, and listening comprehension in… Read more
  • Congratulations to  Niharishan Sathasivam (Korean Studies Proficiency 2 student) who served as the MC for the opening ceremony of the Korean Film Festival in Australia held at the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Melbourne, 7-14 September 2017.  Niha participated in the event after having served a three month internship at the Republic of Korea… Read more
  • The Korean Studies program at Monash University has been awarded a 5-year Core University Grant of up to $1 million (875 million Korean won) by the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS), Korean Studies Promotion Service (KSPS) a division of the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea. The title of the project is ‘Creating a Nexus… Read more
  • Dr Andrew Jackson‘s 2016 book, The 1728 Musin Rebellion: Politics and Plotting in Eighteenth-Century Korea, was one of five books selected for The AKS KSPS Academy of Korean Studies Korean Studies Promotion Service Book Award for 2016 announced in January 2018. The other winning publications were: UCLA Professor Robert E Buswell Jnr's English translation of Korean classic Numinous… Read more