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Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies emblem.png
Veritas, Pax, Creatio
Motto in English
Truth, peace, creation
Established1954 (1954)
FounderKim Heung-bae
PresidentKim In-chul
Academic staff
서울특별시 동대문구 이문동 270 (270 Imun-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul)
경기도 용인시 모현읍 왕산리 산89 (89 San, Wangsan-ri, Mohyeon-eup, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do)
, ,
South Korea

37°33′53″N 126°56′22″E / 37.564771°N 126.939358°E / 37.564771; 126.939358
CampusSeoul Campus (located in Seoul)
Global Campus (located in Yongin)
Colors     Bluish-green
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Revised RomanizationHanguk Oegugeo Daehakgyo
McCune–ReischauerHan'guk Oegugŏ Taehakkyo

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (abbreviated as HUFS; Korean: 한국외국어대학교) is a private research university based in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The university was founded in 1954 to promote foreign language education in post-war Korea.[2] The university is located in Seoul and Yongin. The university has 60 departments and offers 53 different language courses. The name of the university is derived from the romanization of the Korean word Hankuk (한국; 韓國; hanguk) which means Korea. The university is considered one of the best private higher education institutions in South Korea, especially on foreign language and social science. It has a graduate school of interpretation and translation.

Main Building of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS)

In 2008, JoongAng Ilbo ranked HUFS second in Korea for its research, faculty, reputation, and alumni representation among schools without a medical school. In 2010, the university was ranked as the best Korean university on the subject of globalization in the QS World University Rankings. In 2007, HUFS won third place of Korean universities on the National Customer Satisfaction Index, and was placed second in terms of internationalization two years in a row in the university rankings of JoongAng Ilbo. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings, the university ranked as the 13th best university in Korea and the 84th best university in Asia.[3]

The Seoul Campus


In April 1954, HUFS was founded as a college for studying foreign languages in by Kim Heung-bae with its first students studying English, French, Chinese, German and Russian. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the college expanded its programmes and became a university in 1980.

Polish President Bronisław Komorowski given a lecture at Hankuk University, October 2013.

In 1981, it opened its second campus in Yongin, a satellite city of Seoul.

In 2012, U.S President Barack Obama, during his visit to Korea, spoke at Hankuk University in Seoul about global progress toward nuclear non-proliferation.[4]


Hankuk University of Foreign Studies has over 50 departments covering Social Sciences, Eastern European Studies, Humanities, Asia-African Studies, and Natural Sciences. The university contributes to regional studies, with graduate courses in international and regional studies.

Since 2004 the closely associated Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, based at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, has been offering online courses in English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese, as well as Business Administration and Journalism and Mass Communication.

HUFS runs a foreign language examination system (FLEX). The FLEX Center is developing examinations for 19 languages in addition to the seven languages currently administered (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese). It plans for 26 languages more.[5]

As of October 2014, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies has academic exchange program agreements with 431 universities and 139 institutions throughout 88 nations.[6]

International exchange[edit]

  • 3-3-3-3 Strategy: HUFS is implementing the '3-3-3-3 strategy' to cultivate future leaders. HUFS intends to increase the proportion of international faculty, lectures in foreign languages, international students, and Korean students studying abroad for at least one semester to over 30 percent.
  • The 7+1 Visiting Student Program: Students study at an overseas university for at least one out of the eight semesters of their undergraduate years to gain a more international focus. HUFS provides support under the following three categories: 7+1 free-competition dispatch students(British-American zone), 7+1 dispatch students selected by departments and 7+1 dispatch students with superior entrance exam scores.
  • Dual Degree Program: Under the dual degree program, students receive a degree from HUFS and another degree from the University of Delaware, pursuant to an agreement between the two universities.
  • Student Exchange Program: Under the student exchange program, HUFS and a sister university overseas sign an agreement allowing for students from either institution to complete and receive academic credit for coursework taken on each other's campuses.
  • Short-term Language Study Abroad Program: Language studies at an overseas four-year university can earn students up to nine credits at HUFS. The program allows students to strengthen their language capabilities as well as become more internationally minded.
  • Self-financed Study Abroad Program: The Self-financed Study Abroad Program is a plan in which HUFS students may study in overseas universities and get the credits exchanged into the HUFS system. Since the student can choose any university (4-year colleges only) that the dean approves, there are more options compared to those on the Exchange or Visiting Student Program.


Under the foreign language certification system, students who have double majors are required to achieve certain scores on the FLEX (Foreign Language EXamination) test for graduation, apart from graduation certification. In principle, students need to receive certification on their proficiency in foreign language. Many kinds of languages in FLEX: English, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Indian, Vietnamese, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Polish, Italian, Dutch and so on.


Global Campus

The university is composed of two campuses, the Seoul Campus located in the eastern region of Seoul, and its suburban campus in Yongin which is the Global Campus.[7]

Global campus teaches additional languages not provided in Seoul, namely Polish, Romanian, Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian, Serbian, Croatian, Ukrainian, Greek, Bulgarian, Central Asian Languages (Kazakh and Uzbek) and African Languages (Swahili) etc.


Seoul Campus[edit]

  • College of English
    • Department of English Linguistics and Language Technology(ELLT)
    • Department of English Literature and Culture
    • Department of English for International Conferences and Communication(EICC)
  • College of Occidental Languages
    • Division of French
      • Applied French Linguistics and Lieterature
      • FATI
      • French and European Studies
    • Department of German
    • Department of Russian
    • Department of Spanish
    • Department of Italian
    • Department of Portuguese
    • Department of Dutch
    • Department of Scandinavian Languages
  • College of Asian Languages & Cultures
    • Department of Malay-Indonesian
    • Department of Arabic
    • Department of Thai
    • Department of Vietnamese
    • Department of Hindi
    • Department of Turkish and Azerbaijani
    • Department of Persian
    • Department of Mongolian
  • College of Chinese
    • Division of Chinese Language, Literature and Culture
    • Division of Chinese Foreign Affairs and Commerce
  • College of Japanese
    • Division of Japanese Language, Literature and Culture
    • Division of Integrated Japanese Studies
  • College of Social Sciences
    • Department of Political Science and Diplomacy
    • Department of Public Administration
    • Division of Media & Communication
      • Journalism & Information
      • Broadcasting∙Film∙New Media
      • Advertising∙Public Relations∙Branding
  • College of Business and Economics
    • Department of International Economics & Law
    • Division of Economics
  • College of Business Administration
    • Business Administration Division
  • College of Education
    • Department of English Education
    • Department of French Education
    • Department of German Education
    • Department of Korean Education
    • Department of Chinese Education
  • Division of International Studies
    • Division of International Studies
  • Division of Language & Diplomacy
    • Division of Language & Diplomacy
  • Division of Language & Trade
    • Division of Language & Trade
  • Minerva College (Seoul)
    • Minerva College - Center for Writing & International Ethics (Non-Diploma)

Global Campus[edit]

  • College of Interpretation and Translation
    • School of English for Interpretation and Translation
      • English-Korean Interpretation and Translation Studies
      • Interpretation and Translation for International Trade and Relations in English-Speaking Areas
      • English Literature and Translation
      • TESOL & English Linguistics
    • Department of German Interpretation and Translation
    • Department of Spanish Interpretation and Translation
    • Department of Italian Interpretation and Translation
    • Department of Chinese Interpretation and Translation
    • Department of Japanese Interpretation and Translation
    • Department of Thai Interpretation and Translation
    • Department of Arabic Interpretation and Translation
    • Department of Malay-Indonesian Interpretation and Translation
  • College of Central and East European Studies
    • Department of Polish
    • Department of Romanian
    • Department of Czech and Slovak Studies
    • Department of Hungarian
    • Department of South Slavic Studies
    • Department of Ukrainian Studies
  • College of International and Area Studies
    • Department of French Studies
    • Department of Brazilian Studies
    • Department of Greek Studies and Bulgarian Studies
    • Department of Indian Studies
    • Department of Central Asian Studies
    • Division of African Studies
      • East African Studies
      • West African Studies
      • South African Studies
    • Department of Russian Studies
    • Department of Korean Studies
    • Division of International Sports and Leisure
  • College of Humanities
    • Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of History
    • Department of Knowledge and Contents
  • College of Economics and Business
    • Division of Global Business and Technology
    • Department of International Finance
    • Department of Management Information Systems
  • College of Natural Science
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Statistics
    • Department of Electronic Physics
    • Department of Environmental Science
    • Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology
    • Department of Chemistry
  • College of Engineering
    • Department of Computer and Electronic Systems Engineering
    • Department of Information Communications Engineering
    • Department of Electronic Engineering
    • Global Division of Information Technology
    • Department of Industrial and Management Engineering
  • Minerva College (Global)
    • Minerva College - Center for Writing & International Ethics (Non-Diploma)

Minerva College is not an official college nor a division but offers a variety of lectures. Based on which, HUFS undergraduates choose to take a course to fill out the credits. HUFS undergraduates are supposed to take "Minerva Liberal Arts Lecture(1), Minerva Liberal Arts Lecture(2)", which are mandatory courses for graduation as well as "Freshmen Seminar" in each department. The Minerva Liberal Arts Lectures feature overall understanding of History, Linguistics, Communications, Philosophy, Politics, Discussion and Debates, Report and Essay, all of which are based on Humanity Studies.

Graduate School[edit]

Graduate School[edit]

  • Humanities
    • English Linguistics
    • English Literature
    • English Translation
    • French Language and Literature
    • German Language and Literature
    • Russian Language and Literature
    • Spanish Language and Literature
    • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
    • Japanese Language and Literature
    • Chinese Language and Literature
    • Middle East Languages and Literature (Arabic Linguistics, Arabic Literature)
    • Central and East European Languages and Literature
    • Korean Language and Literature
    • Comparative Literature
    • Linguistics and Cognitive Science
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Information and Archival Science
    • Global Culture & Contents
    • Turkic·Central
  • Social Science
    • International Affairs
    • Political Science and International Relations
    • Public Administration
    • Law
    • Communication and Information
    • International Economics and Law
    • Economics
    • Management
    • Management Information Systems
    • International Business
  • Natural Science
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Statistics
    • Environmental Science and Engineering
    • Bioscience and Biotechnology
  • Engineering
    • Information Communications Engineering
    • Electronics Engineering
    • Computer and Electronic Systems Engineering
    • Industrial and Management Engineering

Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation[edit]

  • The Master's Programs
    • Two-Language Programs
      • Korean-English
      • Korean-French
      • Korean-German
      • Korean-Russian
      • Korean-Spanish
      • Korean-Chinese
      • Korean-Japanese
      • Korean-Arabic
    • Three-Language Programs
      • Korean-English-French
      • Korean-English-German
      • Korean-English-Russian
      • Korean-English-Spanish
      • Korean-English-Chinese
      • Korean-English-Japanese
      • Korean-English-Arabic
  • The Doctoral Programs
    • Korean-English
    • Korean-French
    • Korean-German
    • Korean-Russian
    • Korean-Spanish
    • Korean-Chinese
    • Korean-Japanese
    • Korean-Arabic

Graduate School of International and Area Studies(GSIAS)[edit]

The mission of GSIAS: The Graduate School of International and Area Studies represents a culmination of the innovative ideas and fresh perspectives generated by its forerunners at HUFS. Created in 1996, the mission of GSIAS has been to educate the next generation of experts and leaders in the fields of international and area studies, to conduct research and engender scholarship that advances understanding of important global, regional and national issues in wide-ranging geographic domains of the world and to create knowledge, cultivate wisdom, and encourage action to effectively deal with the complicated problems and challenges of today's international affairs and promote the causes of universal values.

The Characteristics of GSIAS: GSIAS is one of the leading professional postgraduate schools of international and area studies in Korea and in Asia, and the program is known for its cutting-edge scholarship, excellent teaching programs, and outstanding outreach and exchange programs. It has played a leading role in advancing our understanding of the challenges of the current period of time and educating the next generation of national and international leaders. During the recent years, the Graduate School of International and Area Studies has focused on three main areas: education, research, and outreach. In the area of education, GSIAS has launched new programs, hired new faculty, and enhanced study abroad opportunities for students. GSIAS is, in fact, the only postgraduate school in Korea that offers the most comprehensive post-graduate programs in fields covering almost every geographic sphere of the world. It currently runs nine region- and nation- based departments, which include Departments of North American Studies, European Union Studies, Latin American Studies, Korean Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Russian and CIS Studies, Indian and ASEAN Studies, and Middle East and African Studies.

A dual-degree program in United Nations Peace Studies was introduced in 2007, and another new master's program in international development was created in 2010. Under the auspices of the Korea International Cooperation Agency, annual 20 distinguished mid-career governmental officials and experts from 20 promising countries from all around the world have experienced KOICA-sponsored international development program during 2010-2017. In 2018, international studies has been opened newly.

In the field of research, GSIAS has concluded numerous MOUs and cooperative relationships with many prestigious institutions within and outside Korea, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT), the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), the National Research Fund (NRF), the Seoul Development Institute (SDI), etc., to carry out various research projects. It also created in early 2010 a GSIAS-affiliated think-tank, named the Center for International Cooperation and Strategy (CICS), aimed at facilitating policy-relevant research activities and outreach programs. The Center hosted a major international conference in June 2010 under the title “Towards an East Asian Community: Why and How?" In December 2010, CICS organized a high-level Korea-Middle East Forum in Cairo jointly with the Al-Ahram Institute for Strategic Studies and MOFAT.

In the areas of exchange, GSIAS has embarked on many ambitious overseas exchange and internship programs with such prestigious institutions as MOFAT, Korea Trade Agency (KOTRA), and a number of domestic and international organizations. In the second half of 2010, the European Union (EU) and MEST jointly selected GSIAS as the lead Korean institute for the Education Cooperation Program between the EU and Korea for the following three years. GSIAS has also succeeded, in collaboration with the Institute for EU Studies, in hosting the EU Centre in Korea Project within the University from the European Commission in the same year. A “Global e-School Program in Korean Studies” was introduced within GSIAS in 2011, with the financial support from the Korea Foundation. The Graduate School has run a three-plus-one (3+1) study abroad scheme for many years and is about to strengthen the program in order to provide our students with a better opportunity to improve their academic and practical capabilities in the concerned fields. Based on its fourteen years of experience as a center of academic excellence, the Graduate School of International and Area Studies is now preparing another stage of ambitious expansion in the 21st century.

The Graduate School of International and Area Studies has 11 departments covering every area of the world. Students major in one of the three social fields of politics, economics, or society and culture. The curriculum focuses on theoretical and analytical skills, language mastery, and practical knowledge necessary to excel in the professional world. Candidates write a faculty-supervised Master's thesis in either English or their regional specialty language

Since its establishment in 1996 with the goal of systematizing and globalizing Korean Studies, the Korean Studies Department at GSIAS has produced many competent graduates through an active support system that boasts a comprehensive scholarship program for international students. Graduate students are able to nurture their intellectual interests by selecting courses from a broad curriculum covering Korea's politics, international relations, economy, society, and culture and history in conjunction with courses in the Korean language that help students develop fluency. Graduates are now working in their home countries as specialists in various Korea-related fields. The department also admits Korean students with the aim of training them to teach the language and about the country in all aspects.

HUFS has the longest history of teaching and research about China of any university in Korea. More than 100 alumni work as full-time professors of Chinese Studies in both domestic and overseas universities, and many graduates work as China specialists in private companies as well as for the government. The graduate school's Chinese Studies Department offers the most diverse curriculum in Korea and provides learning and research opportunities through classes taught by full-time Chinese-speaking professors. The department's top-level scholarship system for new and continuing students achieves a synergistic effect through building cooperative relationships with the university's Foreign Studies Research Center and the prestigious Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation.

The educational goal of Japanese Studies at GSIAS contrasts with that of traditionally organized Japanese departments in Korea that focus on linguistic and literary studies. The program at the GSIAS aims to offer a comprehensive and systematic understanding of Japanese politics, economy, society, history, and culture in order to produce Japanese specialists who will play a constructive role in the domain of knowledge-informatization in 21st-century Korean society and also contribute to the expansion of Korea-Japan relations in all fields. In order to achieve this educational goal, the department operates student exchanges with the University of Tsukuba and Yamaguchi University. With a deep understanding about Japan, graduates of the Japanese Studies Department show a high annual employment rate; many of them enter international companies, the national government, Japanese companies in Korea, or work in the media. Also, as Japanese pop culture is opening up more and the Korean wave is having an influence in Japan, it is expected that graduates of the Japanese Studies Department will contribute to the serious academic understanding of this contemporary phenomenon of cross-cultural impact.

Department of Southeast Asia and India covers eleven countries. Mainland Southeast Asia includes Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Islands in Southeast Asia include Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, and East Timor. South Asia includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. The department offers interdisciplinary Master's and Ph.D. degrees in this macro-region. As with the other GSIAS departments, students choose a concentration in politics, economy, or society and culture, and one of the languages of South Asia or Southeast Asia. The department curriculum is designed for individuals who want to enrich their knowledge of the South or Southeast Asia region, taking into account regionalization organizations like ASEAN and SAARC. Students entering the program are usually interested in careers in the foreign service, government, international assistance/development enterprises, or teaching. The GSIAS program has special strengths in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and India.

Middle East and African Studies aims at fostering specialists with the ability to analyze and consider the future prospects of the rapidly changing countries of the Middle East and Africa through accurate assessment of their current politics, economy, society, and culture. In order to cope with the heterogeneity of the countries comprising the mega-region of the Middle East and Africa, the department set up a high-quality expert training program led by professors specializing in the major languages of each area (Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, and Swahili). With more than 10 faculty members, the department provides students with a learning environment of the highest quality, instructional programs built on a solid academic foundation, and delivered by a faculty with extensive experience and world-class credentials. The department not only offers a number of scholarships to students with academic excellence and zeal but also supports students’ trips to the Middle East and Africa's regions every summer.

In December 1991 the fifteen Republics that had formed the Soviet Union became independent sovereign states, twelve of which became the new Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The fifteen post-communist countries are no longer closed spaces, but have become wide-open “lands of opportunities” for many countries in the world, including Korea. The educational aim of Russia-CIS Studies Department is to produce active and creative specialists who will play a key role in developing partnership relations between the countries of the region and Korea. The chief characteristic of this department is that it pursues policy -oriented studies based on the use of social scientific methods and knowledge that can be directly applied in the field. Based on a command of knowledge of the fifteen countries including linguistic competence in Russian, regional languages, and English the educational focus of the department is on a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the complex Russia-CIS mega-area. This is reflected in a thriving multidisciplinary program that aims to cultivate the qualities needed by specialists in the professional fields of politics/diplomacy, trade/investment, and cultural interchange.

European Union Studies at GSIAS develops European region specialists at a time when relations between Korea and the EU are anticipated to grow substantially. Especially after the signing of the free trade agreement between Korea and the EU, we anticipate growing need for experts to actively deepen exchange between the world's largest economic area and Korea. To this end, the department provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary program focused on the EU's politics, security, economy, society, and culture and those of its 27 member states. Students in the EU Studies Department at GSIAS cultivate the basis for becoming EU specialists through systematic and rigorous study of the dynamic changes in the EU's politics and international relations, economy, and society and culture, with the overall focus on the process of European integration. During the course of their study, students are required to improve their linguistic competence in one or more of the languages of the EU member states (including English, which is the main language of instruction). Language command is tested upon graduation. Most graduates work in businesses, research institutes, international organizations and trade promotion institutions. In addition, some graduates have expanded their career aspirations in the direction of government-affiliated institutions, diplomacy and higher education .

U.S. and Canadian Studies Department aims at producing area specialists able to compete on the global stage as competent professionals with regional knowledge in the fields of politics, economy and society, and culture. To this end the department offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary education through graduate seminars and special lectures. The detailed curriculum is divided into three fields: politics and diplomacy, economy and management, and society and culture. The politics and diplomacy track consists of courses both on domestic political progress and structure and on diplomacy and national security. The economy/management track studies North American finance and international management policies in the changing global business environment. The society/culture track provides a systematic understanding of the culture of the North American region from its history and popular culture to social structure and changes in family and race. All course work is done in English. Students are expected to raise their English skills to a high level and conduct their own research based on their understanding of and interest in their field of specialization.

Department of Latin American Studies aims at cultivating area specialists with knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean region in the fields of politics, economy, business, and society, and culture. To this end the department offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary program through graduate seminars and special lectures. The sub-major field of politics consists of courses focusing on understanding the macro-region's political development and democracy, political economy, and international relations. The economy/business track is composed of courses on Latin America's macro-economy, the region's interaction with the world economy, and regional economic integration. The society/culture concentration consists of courses providing a broad understanding of Latin American and Caribbean society covering history, culture, social structure, and changes in race and religion. Thanks to a grant from the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, the Latin American Studies Department offers a course each semester alternating between a Latin America Policy Seminar and a Latin American Business Seminar. High-ranking officials from Korean and foreign governments, domestic and international organizations and firms, as well as scholars and experts are invited to present lectures in these courses. The professional development activities of students receive support from abroad-based institutional linkages with the region's universities and selected organizations,as well as with Korean institutions that facilitate direct contacts and enhance exchanges/study abroad programs and internship opportunities.

The Department of International Development Studies was established in 2010 with a goal of fostering students with interests in contributing to the world development to acquire an understanding of interdisciplinary and multidimensional aspects of development and underdevelopment in the world. Students have opportunities to learn wide and deep from i) a broad range of available courses not only from the department but also from ten other departments at the GSIAS mostly specializing in respective area studies of many developing regions of the world; ii) discussions with fellow students from more than 20 different developing countries each year; and iii) one semester abroad under exchange ties with over 200 partner institutions in the world (*subject to competitive selection). Career chances for graduates are widely ranged from public, private, domestic to international.

The GSIAS established the Department of International Studies during the first semester of 2017 and recruited the first students for its master's degree program during the second semester of 2017. The Department aims to admit students who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and cultivating their analytical skills in the area of international affairs. The Department faculty has recognized strengths in teaching and researching in the fields of International Security, Cultural Heritage, International Organizations and International Trade.

HUFS-UPEACE dual degree program is the first established in Asia in 2007. Students study one year each in Korea and Costa Rica. Upon program completion students earn a dual master's degree from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and the United Nations Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE). Students will earn a dual master's degree from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and the University for Peace upon completion of the programme. By operating dual academic degree programs with UPEACE, the Graduate School of International and Area Studies at HUFS aims to contribute to cultivating experts in the fields of human rights and international media and sustainable development who will actively engage in conflict prevention and resolution around the world.

Law School[edit]

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies has a school of law.

Graduate School of Education[edit]

Graduate School of Politics, Government and Communication[edit]

Graduate School of Business[edit]

Graduate School of TESOL[edit]

HUFS Graduate School of TESOL is one of the top specialized graduate schools that provide a master's course in TESOL in Korea along with Sookmyung Woman's University and Hanyang University.

For a more extensive and directed version of a major, HUFS Graduate School of TESOL is divided into two concentrations: the Department of English Language Teaching and the Department of ELT Contents Development. [8] The program offers late afternoon and evening courses for the working students who are unable to attend classes during the day.

Auxiliary educational organizations[edit]

  • Foreign Language Testing and Training: The foreign language training institute was established in 1974 with support from the government and the Korea International Trade Association to provide language training to public officials and staff of companies who do business abroad.
  • Center for Interpretation and Translation: The agency specializes in interpretation and translation studies.
  • Center for Korean Language and Culture: The Center for Korean Language and Culture is an educational institute that provides Korean language education to help people from around the world to achieve a good command of Korean and a correct understanding of Korean culture while also nurturing Korean language teachers.
  • i-HUFS Enterprise: A school-based business, i-HUFS Enterprise was founded in November 2003 to apply the knowledge and information about languages and culture that HUFS retains for the education of students and for study by professors toward research to develop educational programs that can generate profit.
  • Global Leadership Academy: The Global Leadership Academy opened in 2001 to produce area experts based on education in 45 major languages used worldwide and the area studies programs available at HUFS.
  • University Press Center: Established in 1954 together with the university, the University Press Center has published 39 foreign language dictionaries including Korea's first Russian-Korean dictionary in 1963 and a ‘Practical Malay∙Indonesian-Korean dictionary’ in 2008.
  • FLEX Center: The center was established to manage and operate FLEX(Foreign Language Examination). FLEX was developed by HUFS and is jointly administered with the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Tests are administered in seven languages: English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.
  • HUFS TESOL Professional Education Center: In response to the rising demand for English teachers equipped with language and teaching knowledge, the HUFS TESOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Professional Education Center was established as an independent educational institution. The center offers all instruction required of English education professionals including teaching methods and application of theory to the field, as well as the evaluation, review, and production of learning materials in addition to English language training.
  • Seoul Institute for Continuing Education: The Seoul Institute for Continuing Education was established in August 2010 to realize the philosophy of continuing education. It serves local communities by granting public access to HUFS teaching faculty and educational infrastructure.

Notable alumni[edit]

2009 Distinguished Alumni Award[edit]

  • Lee Duk-sun: Dept. of German, Entering Class of '58
  • Lee Yun-sung: Dept. of Spanish, Entering Class of '64
  • Song Seung-whan: Dept. of Arabic, Entering Class of '76

2010 Distinguished Alumni Award[edit]

  • Jung Eun-ah: Dept. of Korean Education, Entering Class of '84. KBS announcer.
  • Choi Meng-ho: Dept. of Russia, Entering Class of '69. Vice-president of Dong-a Ilbo.
  • Cho Myung-deok: College of Law, honorary alumnus.



  1. ^ Abbreviations of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korean: (한국) 외대((韓國) 外大; Hanguk Oedae). In English: HUFS
  2. ^ "영어 홈페이지". www.hufs.ac.kr. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. ^ "HUFS - Hankuk (Korea) University of Foreign Studies". 16 July 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  4. ^ President Obama Speaks at Hankuk University.
  5. ^ FLEX, http://builder.hufs.ac.kr/user/hufsenglish/ac_5.jsp
  6. ^ exchange program agreements, http://www.hufs.ac.kr/user/hufsenglish/index.html, viewed 05/08/2008
  7. ^ "Campus Environment". www.hufs.ac.kr. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  8. ^ http://tesolgs.hufs.ac.kr/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°35′50″N 127°03′31″E / 37.597215°N 127.058537°E / 37.597215; 127.058537