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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 213 King Sejong Institutes in 76 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 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 – 10 a.m. to noon
    • Monday/Thursday – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday/Friday – 6:30-8:30 p.m. (in Spanish)
    • Wednesday – 6-9 p.m.

    Sejong Korean 2

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

    Sejong Korean 3

    • Tuesday/Friday – 6:30-8:30 p.m. (in person)
    • Tuesday/Friday – 6:20-8:30 p.m. (online)
  • Korean Culture

    All classes offered from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    • K-Calligraphy (Hangul)
    • K-Pop Sing and Dance
    • K-Drama & Movie
    • K-Culture
    • Korean History of Military Medicine during the Korean War
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