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The Department of Korean Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) offers a multifaceted and in-depth Korean Studies program. We seek to enable our students to comprehend and study the rich cultural, literary, philosophical and religious history and heritage of Korea, while at the same time we aim to equip them with skills that allow them to plunge headfirst into the waves of modern Korea.

Our curriculum is based on intensive language education, and although it primarily centers on Modern Korean, it includes special introductions to Middle Korean and Literary Chinese (the lingua franca in premodern East Asia), as well as a sound training in philological methods, which puts students in a position to conduct Korean Studies more versatilely and with broader vision in an East Asian context. Hence, students of Korean Studies at RUB will obtain a wide array of indispensable tools, knowledge and perspectives to study, understand and enjoy Korea in all its richness and diversity.

Korean Studies at RUB has for a long time served as a center for the study of premodern Korea. As the first institute of its kind in Western Germany, the Department of Korean Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum is the oldest among the existing institutes of Korean Studies in Germany. Thus, the then newly established chairs of Korean Studies at Tübingen (1984), Hamburg (1992), and Vienna (2005) were filled by candidates from Bochum.

Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE)

From July 10th to 13th 2015, the Korean Studies Department at RUB hosted the 27th Biannual Conference of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE). For further informationen please follow the link to the official AKSE conference homepage.
Report on the Ruhr-University's homepage: Nachbericht der RUB

Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) Grant Projects

From 2009 to 2014, the Department of Korean Studies and the Department of East Asian Religions at RUB as well as the Institut für Koreastudien at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) ) have conducted a joint project titled Circulation of Knowledge and the Dynamics of Transformation under the auspices of the AKS Overseas Leading University Program for Korean Studies, granted by the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS). Due to renewal of AKS support in 2014, the Departments of Korean Studies at RUB and FUB are continuing their cooperation in the AKS Core University Program for Korean Studies Transcoding as Cultural and Social Practice. The current project places special emphasis on the development of teaching tools and materials.

Courses and Theses

Please click here for a list of previous B.A. and M.A. courses: course list.

A selection of M.A. theses can be found in the following document.


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Bochum Korean Studies Lecture Series

Emotional Rules of Anger in "The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyŏng" (in Korean)
Prof. Jung Byung-Sul (Seoul National University)
Venue: OAW Haus 2.06
Date: 21 June 2022 (Tuesday) | 18.15 - 19.30


Prof. Dr. Marion Eggert
Office hours: by email arrangement

Departmental academic adviser
Dr. Martin Gehlmann
Room: 2/08, Universitätsstr. 134
Tel.: +49 (0) 234 32-22919
Fax: +49 (0) 234 32-14787

Office Address

Street Address
Universitaetsstr. 134
floor: 2, room 04, 07 - 09, 31
44801 Bochum, Germany

Postal Address
Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
Fakultaet fuer Ostasienwissenschaften
Sektion Sprache und Kultur Koreas
44780 Bochum, Germany