Korea Research Centre of Western Australia

서호주 한국 연구소

Welcome to the KRC

Established with support from the Academy of Korean Studies, the Korea Research Centre of WA is a hub for Korean Studies teaching and research in the Perth metropolitan area and Western Australia, aiming to train future scholars in Korean Studies through a strong focus on facilitating postgraduate and postdoctoral research opportunities, as well as research-led teaching. We are based at Curtin University on the Bentley campus. The KRC also welcomes affiliate members from outside Curtin University to collaborate on Korea-focused projects.

In addition, the Centre seeks to foster collaboration among researchers engaged in Korea-related research in West Australian higher education institutions, and connect them with key stakeholders in the WA business community, state government and non-profit organisations with Australia-Korea interests.

New Korean Studies major program at Curtin University from 2023!

From 2023 Curtin University will be offering a new major in Korean Studies both face to face and online via the Open Universities Australia.

Worldwide, Korean is the fastest-growing language among non-native speakers, and with the global intrigue of the K-pop and K-drama phenomena, the interest in Korean culture is no surprise. In Australia, over the past decade there’s been increasing awareness of Korean studies as a language/culture-based studies area, and Korea–Australia relations are growing in economic, political and intercultural importance.


In this course you’ll explore Korean society, culture, history, politics and international relations and gain a strong competency in the Korean language. You’ll also delve into issues that are influencing Korean society and its region – such as Asian pop culture, geopolitical challenges and gender representation in Asia.

Register for the major or beginners Korean here: Korean Studies Major (BA) | Curtin University 

For queries please contact: joanna.elfving-hwang@curtin.edu.au