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The Korea Center-King Sejong Institute in the Office of International Programs is hosting a Virtual Speech Contest June 25 at 9 a.m. on Zoom. The contest is open to all Auburn University students, but participants must have previously or be currently studying Korean language and have not grown up speaking Korean as a first language. The grand prize winner of the contest is awarded a scholarship to travel to Seoul, South Korea for 10 days to attend a hands-on cultural camp at the King Sejong Institute and explore the Korean culture through language, cuisine, festivals and more.

Speech contest participants are required to create a 1-4 minute script on one of the following topics: 1) Similar but different: Your culture and Korean culture. 2) Share what your goals are for the next 10 years and what you expect for your future. Speech scripts are due by June 12, and participants must be able to give their speech in Korean on June 25 via Zoom. To register and submit your script, visit

In addition to the grand prize, first, second and third place winners of both the beginner (levels 1-4) and intermediate (levels 5-8) contests will be awarded prizes. First place winners will receive an iPad mini, second place Apple AirPods Pro and third place will have tuition waived for one Korean language class offered by KC-KSI.

“Participating in the speech contest offers Auburn students an incredible opportunity to expand their knowledge of the Korean language and possibly receive a fully-paid Korean cultural experience,” said Ellie Lee, director of academic programs, Korea Center-King Sejong Institute.

For questions, please email To stay up-to-date on the Korea Center-King Sejong Institute’s programming throughout the year, visit