This 10-week course explores the various wonders of Korea through lectures and workshops with the UK and Korea’s leading experts on Korean culture. This year we celebrate 10 years since the first K-pop academy with an online make-over.

Join us for a series of fun, educational lectures and workshops on the online platform, covering everything from K-Pop dance workshop to traditional Korean clothing and cuisine. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, location or current knowledge of Korean culture! Special guest speakers for this 19th edition include Prof J. Kiaer (University of Oxford), Dr Anders Karlsson (SOAS), Korean food expert Da-Hae West, and choreographer Jay Kim.

Upon the completion of the course you will have developed a deeper understanding of Korea and Korean culture, from this we hope that your affinity with Korea will last a lifetime.

And that’s not all: Calling all K-Pop Academy graduates all over the world.
Join the K-pop academy again and expand your knowledge of Korean culture, meet like-minded people and share your passion. To accommodate graduates we have made this edition’s programme more fun and advanced than in previous years.

What are you waiting for? Check out the programme details and full timetable below, and apply now for your chance to take part.

Programme Details:

  • Dates: 27 February - 1 May 2021
  • Time: Every Saturday afternoon
  • Location: Online

How to Apply:

  • Option 1 – Fill out and submit the online K-Pop Academy Application Form (Click here)
  • Option 2 – Make a video introducing yourself and telling us why you’d like to participate in the K-Pop Academy (feel free to use the questions on the application form as a guide). Please send your completed application to

If you have any questions about the course or application process, please do not hesitate to get in touch via this email address:

The application deadline is Wednesday, 17 February – applications received outside of the application window will not be considered.

Student selection is made upon a lottery-based system after an eligibility check against the following criteria:

  • You must be 16 or over
  • You must have a keen interest in K-Pop and Korean Culture


  • Sat, 27 February 2021
    • Orientation
    • Understanding Korean History
      Speaker: Dr Anders Karlsson (Senior Lecturer in Korean at SOAS, University of London)
  • Sat, 6 March 2021
    • Korean Contemporary Art
      Speaker: SooJin Lee (Art Historian and Assistant Professor, Hongik University)
  • Sat, 13 Mar 2021
    • Korean Language through Korean Wave
      Speaker: Prof. J Kiaer (Associate Professor of Korean Language and Linguistics, University of Oxford)
  • Sat, 20 March 21
    • Traditional Korean Music History
      Speaker: Hyelim Kim (Daegeum performer and ethnomusicologist)
  • Sat, 27 March 21
    • Taekwondo
      Instructor: Master Jongho Kim
  • Sat, 3 April 21
    • K-Pop Dance Workshop
      Instructor: Jay Kim (International Choreographer)
  • Sat, 10 April 21
    • Traditional Korean Dance: Ganggangsullae
      Instructor: Yerin Lee, (Producer & Dancer / Y Dance, PhD Student / University of Roehampton)
  • Sat, 17 April 21
    • Korean Clothing: hanbok and its style in the K-Pop MV
      Speaker: Dr Jungtaek Lee (Researcher in Korean Dress and Fashion at SOAS, University of London)
  • Sat, 24 April 21
    • How to Make Kimchi
      Speaker: Da-Hae West, Korean cookery teacher
  • Sat, 1 May 21
    • Traditional Korean Art
      Speaker: Dr Charlotte Horlyck (Senior Lecturer in the History of Korean Art at SOAS, University of London)
    • Online Graduation

*Please note that the programmes listed above may be subject to change.*

Artwork design by Hyunjin Esther Jo, Service Designer studying at Royal College of Art (RCA)