Admissions

If you’re a current UW-Madison student and currently enrolled in a Korean language course, you can apply now!

If you have never studied Korean, your first step is to enroll in ASIALANG 105: First Semester Korean as soon as possible. Important: First Semester Korean is only offered in the Fall.

If you have a background in Korean and aren’t currently enrolled in a Korean language course at UW-Madison, please contact professor Seunggon Jeong to schedule a Korean placement test to determine which course would be most appropriate for you.

Current UW-Madison students are also encouraged to attend an information session (usually offered once per semester) or to meet with an advisor to learn more about the program.

The Korean Flagship Program welcomes applications from transfer students who have previous experience studying Korean, but interested students should note that the Korean Flagship Program has a separate admissions process, and that admission to the Korean Flagship Program is contingent upon admission to UW-Madison.

Transfer students with previous experience studying Korean who wish to begin the Korean Flagship during their first semester at UW-Madison should plan to apply to the program during the semester before they begin at UW-Madison (e.g. apply in the fall to begin the program in the spring). Most transfer students in this situation need to take a placement test to determine which level of Korean at UW-Madison is best for them. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a placement exam.

Transfer students without prior experience studying Korean are encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss whether or not the Korean Flagship Program is a feasible option for them, given their student standing (e.g. freshman, sophomore) and other possible time constraints. Students beginning the program without prior experience studying Korean typically need 4-5 years to complete the program.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of few universities in the U.S. that host ROTC programs in conjunction with the Air ForceArmy, and Navy. These programs offer students the opportunity to earn a commission as an officer in any of the three armed services while pursuing their bachelor’s degree. The Korean Flagship Program is a great match for ROTC cadets interested in studying Korean and provides special scholarships(link) for contracted ROTC cadets.

In addition to the requirements of the Korean Flagship Program and of the student’s academic major(s), ROTC cadets must also plan for summer ROTC training requirements and plans to defer their commissioning as an officer until after completing the KoreanOverseas Flagship capstone year abroad. Students interested in combining Korean Flagship with ROTC should meet with their commanding officer(s), as well as with an advisor from the Korean Flagship Program, to discuss an individualized plan of study for meeting these requirements. The Korean Flagship Program works closely with each of the three ROTC units on the UW-Madison campus.

High school seniors with previous experience studying Korean are eligible to apply for the Korean Flagship Program at the same time that they submit an application for admission to UW-Madison. Generally speaking, the program recommends that interested students submit an application in the spring semester of their senior year (before the program’s March 15 application deadline), when they are more likely to know the status of their application for admission to UW-Madison. Please note that admission to the Korean Flagship Program is contingent upon admission to UW-Madison.

High school seniors without prior experience studying Korean can still apply for admission to the Korean Flagship Program, but this option is recommended only for those who consider admission to the Korean Flagship to be a major factor in their decision to attend UW-Madison. For all other students, the program recommends enrolling in ASIALANG 105: First Semester Korean during the fall semester. Students can then apply to the program during the fall semester (before the program’s November 15 application deadline) after gaining more experience with the language.

High school students of all ages are also encouraged to apply to participate in the UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language and Culture Academy, a summer precollege program to introduce students to Korean language and culture.