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The San Antonio King Sejong Institute at St. Mary’s University is supported by the South Korean government and in partnership with Dongseo University of South Korea. The King Sejong Institute (KSI) fosters and supports education in Korean language and culture through academic and non-academic courses and programming.


King Sejong Institute at St. Mary’s

There are 244 King Sejong Institutes in 84 countries around the world but only 13 locations in the United States, including the newest institute at St. Mary’s.

Professor Seongbae Lim, Ph.D., of the Greehey School of Business, has been appointed director of King Sejong Institute. Lim is recognized as a world-renowned expert in the field of innovation and convergence, and recently made a presentation at the United Nations titled, Achieving Sustainable Development through Innovation. Professor Lim teaches business courses on the Asian community, inviting more than 100 outstanding guest speakers, impacting thousands of students and community members.

The St. Mary’s King Sejong Institute, by providing Korean language and culture educational and programming opportunities for our campus and for the community, will play a major role in improving our students’ ability to understand cultural diversity and how to collaborate with people from different backgrounds. 

The King Sejong Institute periodically hosts events for the community to attend. In addition, anyone who is interested in Korean language and culture can participate in free community classes offered throughout the year.


Student Opportunities

The King Sejong Institute will invite the students from around the world who win first place at the Speaking and Writing Contest to visit Korea. During their stay, the students, who come from many cultural backgrounds, will learn about Korean together by participating in a diverse Korean culture experience program.

The King Sejong Institute will also provide various scholarship opportunities to the KSI students to foster their desire to learn. For example, it offers financial support for language training and the completion of academic degree at Korean universities.

For information about the program or the class offerings, contact the Institute at sejong@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3454.


Upcoming Free Community Classes

The following classes take place from August 29, 2022, to December 16, 2022.

  • Korean Language

    Sejong Korean 1

    • Tuesday/Thursday – 9-11 a.m.
    • Monday/Thursday – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday – 6-9 p.m.

    Sejong Korean 2

    • Monday/Thursday – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Sejong Korean 3

    • Tuesday/Friday – 6:30-8:30 p.m. (online)
  • Korean Culture

    All classes offered 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    • Korean History of Military Medicine during the Korean War
    • Korean Art Painting
    • K-Drama and Movie
    • Korean Culture
    • K-Pop Sing and Dance

Instructors

  • Woojung Lee
    KSI Operator, Program Coordinator, Instructor

    Classes taught:

    • Sejong Korean 1

    Education:

    • B.A., Business Administration, Kookmin University
    • Korean Language Instructors Completion, Korean Language Institute, Yonsei University
  • Sujin Kim
    King Sejong Institute Instructor

    Classes taught:

    • Intro to Korean I
    • Second-Year Korean I
    • Sejong Korean 1
    • Sejong Korean 2
  • Bitsol Kim
    King Sejong Institute Instructor

    Education:

    • M.A., Korean Language as a second or foreign language, Seoul National University

    Classes taught:

    • Intro to Korean I
    • Intro to Korean II
    • Sejong Korean 1
    • Sejong Korean 3
  • Yoon Yeop Hwang
    King Sejong Institute Instructor

    Education:

    • Ph.D., Microbiology, Seoul National University

    Classes taught:

    • History of Military Medicine during the Korean War
  • Seok Ki Lee
    King Sejong Institute Instructor

    Education:

    • B.A., Fine Arts, ChuGye University

    Classes taught:

    • Korean Painting Art
  • Brandy Phillips
    King Sejong Institute Instructor

    Education:

    • Associate of Arts, Dance, Northwest Vista College

    Classes taught:

    • K-Pop Sing and Dance by SMASH
  • Yukyung Jung
    King Sejong Institute Visiting Intern

    Education:

    • Film and Media Arts Sophomore, Seoul Institute of the Arts

    Classes taught:

    • K-Culture
    • K-Drama and Movie class
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