Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

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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[edit]

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