The University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce  the 2nd annual STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy for High School Students

June 18-June 29 and July 9-20, 2018 (no instruction the week of July 2-6)

The 4-week summer UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy is a non-residential, non-credit program for high school students interested in exploring Korean language and culture. Through engaging, interactive learning activities, students will learn to communicate in Korean while exploring Korean cultural practices and traditions. No prior knowledge or experience with Korean is required or expected.

Pending funding from STARTALK, the program will be offered at no cost to participants.

Classes will be taught by experienced UW-Madison instructors of Korean language, with special workshops led by experts in Korean martial arts, cooking, dance, and drumming.

About the program: High school student participants in the Korean Language and Culture Academy will: 

  • Learn Korean language through highly interactive activities. Language learning will be integrated with exploration of rich and exciting aspects of Korean culture.
  • Explore traditional and modern Korean culture through hands-on workshops.
  • Learn about teen life in Korea first-hand by videoconferencing with “K-buddy” peers in Korea.
  • Travel to the Chicago area to experience Korean-related sites. 
  • Explore the global phenomenon of Korean popular culture, including K-pop and television dramas.
  • Synthesize learning through creative final video projects.

Faculty: The Academy will be directed by Dr. Byung-Jin Lim, associate professor of Korean in UW-Madison Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UW-Madison. Instructors are experienced teachers of Korean for the UW-Madison Korean Language Program in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures.

Program schedule:  June 18-June 29 and July 9-20 (no instruction the week of July 2-6), 9am-2pm (M-F)

Eligibility: High school students (grades 9-12) with no or limited proficiency in Korean. (Interested students with prior experience with Korean should contact the program to determine eligibility.) Both rising 9th-graders and rising college freshmen are eligible. 

Application: The online application will be open in spring 2018. The application consists of the application form, high school transcript (unofficial is ok), letter of recommendation from a teacher, and short essay on why the applicant is interested in participating in the program.  Sign up for the email list (below) to receive notification when the application is ready. 

Cost: Pending funding from STARTALK, the program will be offered at no cost to participants.  In addition, the program plans to offer Madison Metro bus passes to interested students, as needed. Participants will need to supply their own lunches. Discounted parking will be available on the UW-Madison campus on an as-requested basis.  

Location: The program will take place on the UW-Madison campus.

Questions?: Contact Wendy Johnson (; ph: 608-890-2867), program coordinator

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Contact information: Wendy Johnson (program coordinator); Byung-jin Lim (program director)


 The UW-Madison Korean Language and Culture Academy is a program of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Language Institute.