Students Katharine Sampson and Julie Ritz learned to speak Korean – and even taught a bit of English – during a summer program facilitated by two Suffolk University professors.

They took an intensive course at the Korean Language Institute of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

“I probably learned more in five weeks than I would a whole semester somewhere else,” said Sampson. “You not only learn how to speak the language, you also learn how to write it.”

Co-anchor of 'Wall Street English'

Sampson, a senior majoring in Communication and Journalism, worked as an intern at one of Korea’s major television networks. She co-anchored and helped select and transcribe videos for the daily 10-minute segment “Wall Street English.” The Korean viewing audience is taught six new words or phrases in English during each broadcast.

Ritz, a sophomore studying international affairs, was focused on grasping as much of the Korean language and culture as she could – inside and outside of the classroom.

Hopes to return as a teacher

“Taking part in this summer program was amazing,” said Ritz, who aims to return to Korea someday as an English teacher. “You get to experience a culture different from your own and meet new friends halfway across the world.”

Both students received scholarships from the Jongha Scholarship Foundation of the KCC Information and Communications Corporation in Seoul.

The program was facilitated by Suffolk University Professors Henry Kim of the Department of Economics and Ron Suleski, director of the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies.