I propose to travel to Korea in order to (1) learn the Korean language in a one month immersion course, and (2) develop several contacts and at least one collaboration at Korean universities in the field of nanophysics. I will transplant to Hope College the know-how of the high level Korean experts in this field. A key indicator of scientific success is the preparation that I will undergo in the preceding months to engage at the international level by working as a visiting faculty member at the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials at the University of Maryland. An indicator of linguistic success is the existing heavy use of the Korean language in my own home by other family members. This sabbatical will serve my personal need to speak the language of half of my family. It will benefit Hope College through the bridge building with Korean institutions of higher education in accord with goals already established by the College.