B.A. in Korean for Professionals2020-04-13T13:26:59-10:00

The B.A. program aims to prepare American students to function in Korean as professionals in their chosen academic or professional fields. Through the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Korean for Professionals is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Korean Flagship graduates who possess professional-level language proficiency (ILR 3, ACTFL Superior) in Korean,  and have successfully completed a one-year overseas component with advanced cultural skills, while living and working in Korea will receive the Language Flagship Certified Global Professionals certificate.

Highlights of the Program

Professional-level proficiency
The goal of the curriculum is to cultivate students who are able to function in professional-level Korean in their chosen academic or professional fields.

Dual major
Students can apply for two or more majors to complement their language study. For example, Political Science is one of the most common second majors.

Financial aid
Both merit-based and need-based financial aid is available. For detailed information, please refer to our resources page.

Tutorial program
The tutorial assistance program provides one-on-one tutoring for students who qualify. Tutors are Korean native speaker UHM graduates students, often with academic training in the student’s domain.

Overseas component
The one-year overseas component (housed at Korea University) provides intensive language training and domain study in an immersion environment.

Overseas Internships
Students are assigned to internships where they can gain experience in the Korean work culture.


Application Deadlines

You can apply throughout the year. 


Various levels (from novice to advanced) of incoming proficiency in Korean are welcome. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required, and applications are welcome from students who meet the following two requirements:

  • Acceptance into UHM, including current UHM students, transfer students, and incoming freshmen
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0


You need to be a UHM student to apply for the Korean Flagship BA program.

    1. A completed UHM KLFC BA application form
    2. (a) Current UHM students: Current UHM transcript
      (b) Transfer students: Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
      (c) Incoming freshmen: High school transcript
    3. A five- to ten-page academic writing sample in English
    4. Two letters of recommendation written in English and printed on the recommender’s institutional letterhead and sealed OR sent electronically directly from the recommender.


The application process requires that applicants send application materials to:

Korean Language Flagship Center
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
1859 East-West Road, Suite 110
Honolulu, HI 96822

For more information, please contact:

Lydia Chung, Korean Language Flagship Center
Phone: (808) 956-8469
E-mail: flagship@hawaii.edu