Korean Language & Culture

Pusan National University
Busan, South Korea
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Korean Language & Culture

  • Location

    Busan

  • Host University

    Pusan National University

    Pusan National University (PNU) is ranked as one of the top 100 universities in Asia in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. Located in the hills of the northern part of Busan, PNU is accessible to the rest of the city via public transportation. PNU campus gives off the vibe of a small student town with its own shuttle bus system. ISA students will get the chance to have an authentic Korean experience by studying at a public university but will also feel very much at home on the campus. ISA students will have the opportunity to take courses from PNU's Global Studies and Korean and East Asian Studies programs. In addition, students can take courses from the College of Business, offering an opportunity to learn and gain experience from a fast-growing university, city, and country. Semester students may also participate in the numerous clubs and organizations available through the student activity center.

  • Term

    Summer 2 2019

  • Program Dates

    Jul 22, 2019 - Aug 14, 2019

  • Program Length

    Summer

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 25, 2019

  • Credit

    3 - 3 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $3,450

Program Description

Make your summer entertaining and educational by choosing this three-week summer program at Pusan National University (PNU). This program is focused on understanding and experiencing various aspects of Korean culture, both traditional and modern. You will be taking an integrated Korean language & culture class (beginner or intermediate) and have experiential learning through various cultural activities and field trips. This program consists of three academic credits or 45 contact hours, and it includes one course.

The cultural component of the courses will be taught in English, while the Korean language courses will be partially taught in Korean. No Korean language experience is required. The classes are comprised of international students from all around the world.

 

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

  • At the time of application, you should have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your program.
  • You should have a full-time enrollment status at your home institution and have completed at least two semesters at the time of application to the program.
  • Please contact the ISA Busan Program Manager with any questions.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

On-Site ISA Offices

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Crystal Giedt

Program Manager, South Korea

BUSAN TEAM

Seunghyun Cho

Resident Coordinator, South Korea

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

View all Funding Options

Housing

ISA Housing provides you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Korean lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of South Korea. While participating in this program at Pusan National University, you will stay in the on-campus dorm with other international and visiting students. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in South Korea and in the U.S. The key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can have a fantastic stay in Busan.

Pusan National University Dorms

The PNU dormitories are conveniently located on campus, which helps you immerse yourself into Korean student life and get to your classes in no time. There is a shuttle bus that stops in front of the dormitory entrance and goes directly from the dormitory to the rest of campus. On the basement floor, you will find a cafeteria where you can have meals, included in the program cost. Additionally, the dormitories offer a fitness center, laundry rooms, and 24-hour convenience store. You will stay in a double-capacity room with a private bathroom inside. PNU dormitories have separate buildings for male and female students. With that, opposite sex guests will not be permitted to visit your room.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

ISA excursions allow you to explore the picturesque, historical, and unique landscape of South Korea that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on two weekend trips and one day trip to the following destinations.

Seoul & Bridging Cultures Program

Seoul is not only the country's capital but also its cultural and economic center. The ISA Busan program will start in Seoul, where you will have the opportunity to visit some of South Korea's most important cultural sites and experience firsthand how Seoul has influenced the rapid rise of South Korea. You will also learn how to use public transportation in South Korea before heading to Busan to begin your program.

Tongyeong

Tongyeong is situated right on South Korea's southern coast. It has long been famous for being a relaxed and laid-back destination for Koreans looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors come from all over the country to experience the region's popular seafood and natural wonders, including pristine forests and emerald seas.