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Free Korean Classes, Language Exchanges

Free Korean Classes, Langu...

Koreans are very eager to share their culture with the rest of the world, and that includes their language. If you want to learn Korean, you have a number of options available to you, including some that are free and others that are nearly free- language classes and language exchanges. We have listed some of those of which we are aware in Busan, Daegu and Seoul.

Busan Foundation for International Activities (BFIA) - Korean Classes
Levels : Pre-beginners, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced
Location: Busan Metropolitan City Hall 1st floor, City Hall Station.
Students: 15 students per class
Cost: none
Tel: 051-865-0133

Daegu Friendship Club - Language Exhange
This club organizes occasional language exchanges, often advertised on its facebook page. You can contact them at daegu@galbijim.com

Hami Mami’s at Club That - Language Exchange
Hami Mami’s, on the 1st floor of Club That in downtown Daegu, has recently been promoting language exchanges, sometimes on Wednesdays and sometimes on the weekends. Contact: 011-815-8169 or blankcanvase@gmail.com

Hana Republic - Language Exchange
Location: Near Sinchon Station (line 2), exit 3.
Time: Friday 7:30 pm ­ 10 pm
Cost: W10,000 (includes drinks and food)
Info: kabc@nate.com, 010-9327-1251

Galwol Community Welfare Center - Korean Classes
Location:  near Sookmyung Women’s University Station (line 4 - stop 427), exit 2
Time:  4:00-5:30 PM each Saturday
Cost: free (recommended donation of W1,000)
Levels: from total beginners to advanced
Extra: after class, teachers and students usually go out for dinner and drinks

KOTRA - Korean Classes
Levels: Beginners, Pre-business, Business and Advanced Discussion
When: Mondays and Wednesdays / Tuesdays & Thursdays
Morning Class: 10:00AM to 11:30AM / Evening Class: 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: Invest Korea Plaza Building (IKP)
Subway line 3, Yangjae Station (342) Exit 7. Transfer to Buses bound for Bundang or Sungnam
Green bus: 4432 / Blue bus: 140,440,462,470,471,407,408.
Get off at Nonghyup Hanaro mart or KOTRA (IKP is located accross from Hyundai/Kia Motors)
Cost: free of charge for Staff of foreign invested businesses and diplomats as well as their families
Info: 1600-7119 

Lean On Me (subsidiary organization under English Ministry of Seoul Presbyterian Church - Gangnam/Daechi area) offers Saturday Conversatonal Korean and Reading & Writing courses for beginner and intermediate levels. Registration/material fee 10,000 KRW for rotating 5-week class. Info/ Registration: shinhae85@gmail.com.

Myeongdong Language Exchange Club - Language Exchange
Location: Outside exit 5 at Myeongdong Station (line 4- stop 424) in central Seoul
Time:  every Sunday from 4PM
Cost: none (except for the coffee)
Language Exchange Options: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese,
Info:  discgolf@naver.com

Seoul Global Center along with some of the Global Village Centers  - Korean Classes
Cost: Free (does not include textbook)
Levels: Range from Beginner to Advanced
Hours: day and evening hours available, also weekdays and weekends
Info at Seoul Global Center: 02-2075-4180 / hotline@seoul.go.kr
Location: 5th,7th floor of Seoul Global Center
Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Stop 131, Exit 6. Go straight for about 3 minutes.
Re Global Village Centers - each center has its own contact information. 

YONGSAN DISTRICT OFFICE - Korean Classes as of 2011
Cost: Free (students pay for own books)
Levels: Beginner as of February 2011 - higher levels to follow
Hours: 10:30am to 12:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location: Yongsan District Office, Itaewon. Head toward the Crown Hotel. The District Office is the big building on your left before you reach the hotel. To register go to the Family Support Department (가정복지과) on the 5th floor of the Yongsan District Office. The person in charge of this program is Sang-cheol Jeon (전상철). NOTE: Bring your alien registration card or passport with you when you go to register.
Info:  02-2199-7152 (Korean speaker only)

Scroll below for other language-learning options such as websites/blogs, books, etc.

K4E Editor: Korea4Expats.com tries to ensure that the information we provide is accurate and complete,  offers of free classes can appear and disappear quickly and without notice. Should you note any errors or omissions in the content above, please contact us at info@korea4expats.comKorea4Expats wishes to thank 10Magazine for sharing the results of their research with us. We have integrated that information in the list above and added more over time.

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Last Updated on 2015-05-08

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