Policies & Requirements

The following program policies and application/registration forms should be reviewed by all students admitted to the program. Any questions regarding program requirements should be directed to the program coordinator.

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Co- and Extra-curricular Programming

Korean Flagship students are required to attend as many extracurricular events as possible. Korean Flagship extracurricular events provide important opportunities for students to get to know other students outside of their “cohort,” meet scholars and other Korean-speaking visitors to campus and learn about their research or work, expand their cultural knowledge, and practice using their Korean in social situations. These activities are an important part of the program, and attendance is monitored by program staff.

During the semester, residents of K-House (사랑채) should also plan to attend regular ILC dinners and to sit at the K-House table.

Criteria for Satisfactory Progress

To make satisfactory progress, students must:

  • Meet proficiency benchmarks and complete course requirements, as specified in their individualized study plan;
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 in Korean courses, and cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Enroll in at least 3 credits of Korean each semester;
  • Participate in 2 hours of tutoring, following program policies and tutoring guidelines;
  • Actively participate in Korean Flagship extracurricular activities and other programming for Korean Flagship students;
  • Participate in Korean Flagship assessments;
  • Create and maintain a profile in the National Security Education Program Student Certification System.

Students who are not making satisfactory progress will be notified first orally, then, if necessary, in writing. Students who receive a written notice may be placed on probation. Students on probation must meet the terms of the probation to remain a student in the Korean Flagship Program.

Student Certification System

The Student Certification System (SCS) is a database managed by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) in the U.S. Department of Defense, which funds the Korean Flagship Program at UW-Madison. NSEP uses the SCS to track student enrollments and determine the amount of funding, including funding for Language Flagship Scholarships, to provide for the Korean Flagship Program.

It is extremely important that students keep their profiles in the Student Certification System up-to-date!

For log-in issues or other SCS questions, please contact the program coordinator.

Tutoring Guidelines

Tutoring is a critical component of the Korean Flagship Program that provides students with extra practice and focused, individualized attention as you progress through the program and work to meet proficiency goals. Korean Flagship advisors determine general areas of focus for tutoring (e.g. conversation, academic writing); students decide with their tutors how best to organize tutoring sessions, based on these general areas of focus, and on individual interests and needs.

Students meet with their tutors for at least 2 classroom hours (50 minutes) each week, at a mutually convenient time. Depending on a student’s level in Korean, tutoring may take place in small groups.

Tutoring sessions may be held in the dedicated Korean Flagship room, 1334 Van Hise Hall. If space is unavailable, space may also be reserved in 1332 Van Hise Hall, or at another location.

Students are responsible for coming prepared to tutoring sessions with ideas for topics to discuss or aspects of Korean language to practice. Tutoring sessions should be primarily driven by students; they are not independent study or formalized courses for which tutors will prepare lesson plans.

Students should give tutors 24-hours written notice if they need to reschedule a tutoring session in a given week. In case of emergency, or on less than 24-hours notice, please contact both your tutor and program coordinator. When possible, make-up sessions for missed tutoring should be rescheduled within the same week.

Please direct questions or concerns about tutoring to director Byung-jin Lim.


All Korean Flagship students must participate in regular assessments of their developing proficiency in Korean. Results of these assessments are used to determine if students are reaching targeted levels of proficiency and to identify areas of focus for Korean Flagship tutoring.

Each year, students in Second Year Korean and above will participate in LTI OPI, LPT, and RPT  exams. Handbooks for these assessment exams can be found on the Korean Flagship Program Canvas page.

Students of all levels will also sit for the Test of Proficiency in Korean exam each April.

Korean proficiency assessments are rated using one of two scales: The Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale, used by the U.S. government, or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale, used by U.S. schools, colleges, and universities.  Both scales are used in assessing global, functional abilities in a language, in four different skill areas: speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Speaking is assessed through an oral proficiency interview (OPI); other skills are assessed through online proficiency tests.

The Language Flagship has three levels of recognition for students who complete Language Flagship programs:

Flagship Certification with Distinction: Completion of a Domestic Flagship Program and an Overseas Capstone experience, including direct enrollment and an internship, as well as meeting or exceeding the proficiency minimum of ILR 3 in speaking, reading, and listening. ILR 3 proficiency or higher must be demonstrated in all three modalities to be eligible for certification with distinction.

Flagship Certification: Completion of a Domestic Flagship Program and an Overseas Capstone experience, including direct enrollment and an internship, as well as meeting or exceeding the proficiency minimum of ILR 3 in speaking, and an ILR 2+ in reading and listening.

Flagship Completion: Completion of a Domestic Flagship Program and an Overseas Capstone experience, including direct enrollment and an internship, as well as the demonstration of a postcapstone proficiency of less than ILR 3 in speaking.