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Chilean university opens course on Korean language

By 임정요

Published : April 15, 2016 - 10:40

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Chilean university has launched a course on the study of the Korean language as learning Korean appears to be the latest craze among Chileans, the South Korean Embassy in Santiago said Thursday.

The Virginio Gomez Professional Institute, affiliated with the University of Concepcion, located in Chile's second-largest city of Conceptcion, held a ceremony along with the embassy the previous day to celebrate the opening of the course.

It marks the first time a Korean language course has been launched in a city other than the capital of Santiago.

The university will offer the course for 90 minutes twice a week, with 30 students enrolled.

As part of efforts to diffuse Korean learning, the South Korean mission has had Korean language courses open at major universities and high schools, and organized Korean language speaking contests since offering a TV program on learning Korean in 2014.

About 300 students are learning the Korean language at a course jointly run by the embassy and Duoc UC, a Chilean college in Santiago. Additionally, the King Sejong Institute, a South Korea-sponsored Korean language school, and the Central University of Chile are offering Korean language education for 150 students each. (Yonhap)