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Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities

Korean Studies

Programme Code: AD 107 3416 6338 2305 5315

QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 14/002817/L4
Registration Validity Period:  01/07/2014 to ongoing

Application Code 報名編號 : AD107

Applicants who wish to apply for this theme should submit a separate application. (Application Code: AD107)


Programme Aims & Features

The programme features 6 themes. Upon completion of the first year curriculum, students will specialize in one of the four themes in the second year of their study (except Japanese Studies and Korean Studies themes), and, at the same time, select a combination of courses offered by the other themes.

Korean Studies

This programme aims to provide students with a broad-based arts education as well as a strong foundation in Korean. Students are able to acquire basic Korean language skills, develop communicative competence in everyday situations and gain valuable insight into Korean culture and contemporary Korean society.

Opportunities for Further Studies

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of recent years have articulated to*:
The University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese 
BA Chinese History
BA Chinese Language and Literature 
BA English Literature
BA Japanese Studies
BA Korea Studies
BA Philosophy
BA & BEd Language Education - Chinese (Double Degree) 
BA & BEd Language Education - English (Double Degree) 
BA Conservation
BA Education and Chinese
BA Global Creative Indutries
BA Linguistics
BA & BSc (Double Degree)
BA & BSc Social Data Science (Double Degree)
BSc Information Management

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Anthropology
BA Bimodal Bilingual Studies
BA Chinese Language and Literature
BA Chinese Language Studies & BEd Chinese Language Education (Double Degree)
BA Conservation
BA Cultural Management
BA Cultural Studies
BA English
BA English Studies
BA History
BA Japanese Studies
BA Linguistics
BA Philosophy
BA Religious Studies
BA Translation
BSc Community Health Practice 
BSocSc Gender Studies
BSocSc Global Studies

City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese
BA Chinese Language
BA Chinese & History
BA Creative Media
BA Digital Television & Broadcasting
BA English
BA English Studies
BA Linguistics & Language Applications
BA Linguistics & Language Technology
BA Media & Communication
BA Translation & Interpretation
BAS New Media
BBA Business Analysis
BBA Finance
BBA Global Business Systems Management
BEng Electrical Engineering
BSc Creative Media
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics 
BSocSc Asian & International Studies

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Bilingual Interdisciplinary Chinese Studies
BA (Hons) Chinese & Bilingual Studies
BA (Hons) English Studies for the Professions
BA (Hons) English & Applied Linguistics
BA (Hons) Language & Speech Sciences
BA (Hons) Linguistics & Translation
BBA (Hons) International Shipping & Transport Logistics
BSc (Hons) Nursing
BSc (Hons) Property Management
Broad Discipline of Hotel & Tourism Management
Broad Discipline of Language, Culture & Communication

Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Humanities
BA (Hons) Chinese Language & Literature
BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies and Creative Industries
BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature and BEd (Hons) English Language Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) History and BEd (Hons) Personal, Social & Humanities Education Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
BA (Hons) Religious Studies
BA (Hons) Translation
BA (Hons) Music
BA (Hons) Visual Arts
BBA (Hons) Accounting
BBA (Hons) Applied Economics
BComm (Hons)
BSocSc (Hons)
BSocSc (Hons) European Studies - French Stream
BSocSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSocSc (Hons) Geography

The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts &  Culture &  BEd (Hons) Music (co-terminal double degree)
BA (Hons) Creative Arts &  Culture &  BEd (Hons) Visual Arts (co-terminal double degree)
BA (Hons) Language Studies - Chinese Major
BA (Hons) Language Studies - English Major
BA (Hons) Language Studies & BEd (Hons) English Language (co-terminal double degree)
BA (Hons) Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
BEd (Hons) Chinese History
BEd (Hons) Chinese Language
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) (Primary) - General Studies / Mathematics Major
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - English Language
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - History Major
BSocSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
Lingnan University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Chinese
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
BA (Hons) Global Liberal Arts
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Translation
BA (Hons) Philosophy
BA (Hons) Visual Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling Psychology Concentration
BSocSc (Hons) Social Sciences

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the full-time top-up degree programmes offered locally by HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the following universities:

University of the Arts London

Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

University of the West of England, Bristol

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the civil service and other public institutions and services, and the private sector. You will find openings in fields such as journalism, translation, media, education, public relations and copywriting.


*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.  

Generic Skills
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Advanced Chinese Language
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • English for Arts and Humanities

Experiential Learning

  • The Journey of Self-Discovery


Year 2

Bilingual Communication

  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Professional Communication Strategies
  • Introduction to Translation
  • Practical Writing for Marketing and Public Relations
  • Reading and Writing in Chinese


Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Introduction to Chinese Literary Criticism
  • Studies of Classical Texts and Culture
  • Studies of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Reading and Writing in Chinese


English Studies

  • Introduction to Literature in English
  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • Literary Linguistics
  • Professional Communication Strategies



  • Aesthetics: Art, Beauty, and Contemporary Life
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • From A Barren Rock to Asia’s World City: A history of Modern Hong Kong
  • Civilisations, Ideologies and Politics: The Making of Modern Europe since 1850s
  • Selected Topics in Philosophy


Japanese Studies

  • Japanese I
  • Japanese II
  • Contemporary Japanese Society
  • Introduction to Japanese Studies (Year 1 course)
  • Understanding Popular Culture in Japan (Year 1 course)


Korean Studies

  • Korean I
  • Korean II
  • Contemporary Korean Society
  • Introduction to Korean (Year 1 course)
  • Understanding Korean Culture (Year 1 course)


Specialism Electives


Year 1

Choose TWO from the following


  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Chinese Literature
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Modern Chinese Language


Year 2

Students of a particular theme (except Japanese Studies Theme and Korean Studies Theme) can choose ONE out of three options listed below.


Bilingual Communication

  • Language, Society and Culture
  • Studies of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Introduction to Literature in English

Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Language, Society and Culture
  • Media Publishing Industry and Production
  • Advanced Chinese for Business and Commerce

English Studies

  • Creativity and Creative Industries
  • Aesthetics: Art, Beauty, and Contemporary Life
  • Questioning Cultural Identity


  • Questioning Cultural Identity
  • Gender and Society
  • Introduction to Literature in English

Core Curriculum Courses

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • Choose THREE courses from the Core Curriculum
The Specialism Electives courses do not apply to Japanese Studies Theme and Korean Studies Theme.
Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.
Ng Yeuk Nam
Ng Yeuk Nam
  • 2021-2023 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities (Korean Studies)
  • 2023 BA Korean Studies (Year 3), The University of Hong Kong

It was a challenging yet worthwhile experience for me to study in the CC for two years. Reminder to all present and future Korean Studies students at CC, once you put effort into your academics, everything will work out nicely.

Leung Lok Ching Kirsten
Leung Lok Ching Kirsten
  • 2020-2022 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities (Korean Studies)
  • 2022 BA Korean Studies (Year 3), The University of Hong Kong

The lecturers at CC were dedicated to teaching and guiding students in a best-learning environment. There are a variety of courses available with engaging lectures and captivating content at CC. Particularly in the Korean Studies theme, I gained insight into Korean history and culture that enhanced my learning at HKU now. It is definitely worth to study at CC if you want a fruitful learning experience!

  • 2020-2021文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2021 香港大學文學士一年級


  • 2020-2021文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2021 香港大學文學士一年級


Si-tou Ching Yee
Si-tou Ching Yee
  • 2019-2021 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities (Korean Studies)
  • 2021 BA Korean Studies (Year 3), The University of Hong Kong

During the past two years, I have learned a great deal of things from college teachers. The teachers were all very supportive and friendly and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to them for helping me with my lessons. Besides, I am really grateful for everything that CC has given me. My study experience at CC not only complemented my academic studies but gave me new insight into the society we live in.

Yiu Lai Yam
Yiu Lai Yam
  • 2019-2020 文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2020 香港中文大學 (翻譯學)
  • 其他取錄︰香港城市大學 (翻譯及語言學)

光陰似箭,昔日徬徨迷惘的心情與現在興奮雀 躍的心情形成強烈的對比。這一年,歷經波 折,但亦能遇到一群志同道合的朋友以及循循 善誘的老師,大家互相勉勵,共同渡過短暫而 忙碌的副學士生活。有時候,繞一條較長的路 未必是壞事,只因它可能會為你帶來意外的收 穫。

Leung Kin Shing Ken
Leung Kin Shing Ken
  • 2019-2020 文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2020 香港大學(文學學士)

The road to happiness is paved with adversity.

Wat Tai Sze
Wat Tai Sze
  • 2018-2020 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities (Korean Studies)
  • 2020 BSocSc, Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong (Senior Year)
  • Other offer received: BA (Hons), English Studies for the Professions, The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer received: BSocSci (Hons), Global and Hong Kong Studies, The Hong Kong Education University


Chan Sheung Wah
Chan Sheung Wah
  • 2017-19 (Korean Studies)
  • 2019 HKU Bachelor of Arts (Year 3)

I am grateful that CC has provided me a chance to enter university and to accomplish my goals. Lecturers and services provided by SDCS gave me a lot of opinions and information concerning my study path. As a student at CC, although you may experience hardship and difficulties, your hard work will pay off and you will achieve what you want.

  • 2015-17 文學副學士 (語言及人文學科)(韓語及韓國文化)
  • 2017 就讀香港城市大學 (語言學及語言應用)學士課程三年級