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Faculty of Croatian Studies in Zagreb launches Korean culture and language course

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ZAGREB, Sept 15 (Hina) – A course in Korean language and culture was launched on Monday at the Faculty of Croatian Studies (HS) of the University of Zagreb, the faculty informed on Tuesday.

Ninety-six students enrolled in the course, which is beyond all expectations, and for the next 16 weeks, they will attend free classes four hours a week. This course is due to last until 28 December.

The enrolment quota was filled in just five days, HS said and added that the greatest interest was by students (79), while other entrants are 13 working people enrolled in the course and four secondary school students.

The course is being conducted in cooperation between the University of Zagreb and Chung-Ang University in Seoul and the King Sejong Institute Foundation (KSIF) 

The course will be taught by EunGyeong Kim from Seoul, with administrative support by Lin Seonghyun Kwon, a post-graduate student of Croatian Studies.

HS Dean Pavo Barisic welcomed Ms. Kim and entrants and expressed his pleasure that in Croatia a King Sejong Institute was opened.

Barisic noted that the institutes of the King Sejong Foundation exist in 76 countries, 26 of which are in Europe.

More than 130 countries have applied for this year’s call for cooperation and 30 new institutes have been approved, Barisic said. He underscored however that this is a great honour for the Croatian Studies Faculty.

The course will be available for at least three years and if interest continues the course may be extended in the future, according to Barisic’s statement.

Once the students have completed the course they will be eligible for a student or working visa in South Korea.

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