Study abroad in one of South Korea’s most charming cities, the seaside town of Busan, for a culture-rich and community-focused semester. With beautiful beaches and mountains, Busan provides a welcoming base from which to dive into Korean culture while studying at a leading school, Pusan National University (PNU), ranked as one of the top 100 universities in Asia. Here students can choose from global studies, Korean and East Asian studies, and business courses, while taking advantage of PNU’s inclusive campus. Rated highly by both students and advisors, this budget-friendly program also features an orientation in Seoul, cultural excursions – including an overnight trip to Japan – and included meal plan for a comprehensive semester abroad.


Choose courses in business, Korean studies, global studies or East Asian studies at Pusan National University (PNU), one of Asia’s top 100 universities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings

Live in Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city surrounded by the sea and mountains...there’s always something to do whether you like a city scene or the great outdoors!

Dive into student life thanks to PNU’s welcoming campus, plenty of activities and college town feel

Explore more of South Korea during your included TEAN orientation in the capital of Seoul – get to know the city, learn about Korea’s rich history, and have an adventure or two all while getting ready for the semester ahead

Benefit from access to TEAN’s Busan Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details

TEAN Orientation

Jump into your new life in South Korea with a TEAN Orientation program in Seoul – the country’s capital as well as its cultural and economic center. You’ll meet your fellow TEAN classmates while discovering some of Seoul’s most interesting sites, Korea’s intriguing culture and the delicious cuisine. At the end of the three days, you’ll travel to Busan for a city tour and to get settled into your new home for the semester.


PNU’s on-campus dormitories offer all you need in the heart of student life including easy access to a shuttle bus that goes around the campus, a fitness center, laundry room, 24-hour convenience store and cafeteria (your meal plan is even included in the program cost!). Student housing is simple but modern with double room units featuring two twin beds, two desks, shared bathroom. PNU dormitories have separate buildings for male and female students. (Please note that guests of the opposite sex are not allowed to visit.)

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in South Korea, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Busan Resident Coordinator for informal discussions and cultural activities. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Meet the Team


About Pusan National University

Particularly well known for business and global studies, Pusan National University (PNU) is one of South Korea’s leading research universities, ranked as one of the Top 15 universities in South Korea and Top 100 universities in Asia, according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings. The public university is located in the coastal city of Busan, fringed by mountains and offering a small college town feel on-campus, complete with its own shuttle bus.


Pusan National University has a traditional campus situated on the edge of the city in Busan’s Yeonje-gu district. Visit the google map link below to see the location.

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Students can take courses in the following departments: Business Administration, Global Studies, Korean and East Asian Studies and Korean language. These are the only departments that can guarantee classes are taught in English (with the exception of Korean language). Students enroll in 4–5 subjects per semester (3 credits), which usually transfers as 12-15 U.S. semester credits. View full list of courses.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Asian Business Studies
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • History
  • Political Science
International Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Korean Language / Studies



  • 2.5 GPA. Students below a 2.5 GPA are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Must be currently enrolled at a two or four-year institution and have completed one semester at the time of application.

Events & Excursion

Events and Excursions

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. Examples include:

A Seaside Escape in Tongyeong

Spend a day at the laid-back, port city of Tongyeong on South Korea’s southern coast. From experiencing breathtaking views at the top of Mount Mireuk to the busting traditional Jungang market and more, the day trip is filled with cultural discoveries.

Stepping Back in Time in Suncheon

Two and a half hours away from Busan, Suncheon is a particularly scenic city known for its K-drama film sets, picturesque Suncheon Bay wetland reserve and preserved Naganeupseon Folk Village, a planned commoner village established during the Joseon Dynasty. Make sure you have your camera ready and batteries charged before the journey!

A Taste of Japan at Tsushima Island

Travel by ferry to the Japanese Tsushima Island on an overnight excursion visiting the Kaneishi Castle Ruins, Banshoin Temple, Hachimangu Shrin and more. Learn more about the history of the last princess of Korea, the Japan-South Korea relationship, how to make the famous Japanese matcha tea and try on traditional Japanese kimono.

Program Dates

Application Deadlines

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Oct 18
Fall Deadline April 19
Fall Extended Deadline May 10

Spring 2020

Arrival Date Feb 25
Classes Begin March 1
Program Ends June 20

Fall 2020*

Arrival Date Mid-Aug
TEAN Orientation Aug 21 Aug 25
Classes Begin Aug 31
Classes End Dec 11
Exam Period Dec 12 Dec 18
Program Ends Dec 19

*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to the fall semester.

Fees & Inclusions

Fall 2020

Tuition, program fees and on-campus housing = $9,850

Spring 2021

Estimated tuition, program fees and on-campus housing = $9,850

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4-5 courses)
  • On-campus international student accommodation
  • Comprehensive overseas health insurance
  • Services of local Resident Coordinator
  • Orientation Program in Seoul, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural activities
  • All excursions
  • Meal plan during the program (14 meals/week)
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Academic advising
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception
  • Host university orientation
  • A truly one of a kind adventure!

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,200)
  • Student visa ($100)
  • Books ($200)
  • Travel insurance ($350)


TEAN Scholarships

Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

We Love Busan

Seunghyun Cho

Resident Coordinator - Busan

Busan Tip
Seokbulsa Temple

The most unique hike in Busan is to Seokbulsa Temple, which is famous for its large and intricate wall carvings. It’s affectionately nicknamed the “Indiana Jones temple”. It’ll take about two hours one way, but it’s worth every step!

Photo of Allison Bader

Allison Bader

Assistant Program Manager

Busan Tip
Film Festival

If you consider yourself a film buff, the Busan International Film Festival (colloquially known as BIFF) is the biggest film event of the year. Held every October, it’s a great chance to check out films from all over the world – often actors and directors are in attendance and hold special Q&As with the audience after the screenings!


What is your role at TEAN? Explain your day to day.
I work with students studying abroad on our Asia programs, including China and Korea as well as the internship programs. I help them with every step of the process, from the time they apply to the time they go abroad.

How did your semester in Manchester influence/encourage you to spend two years in South Korea teaching English after graduation?
Studying in Manchester gave me so much independence! Navigating a foreign city on my own using public transportation was a big deal for me. Fortunately, the people in Manchester were incredibly nice and helpful. Before I knew it, the semester was over, and I jumped at the next opportunity to go abroad. My semester abroad made living abroad full-time after graduation seem like an achievable reality and, once I found a tangible way to do that, I went for it!

What do you think someone can gain from an experience abroad?
I think being abroad really changes your view of yourself and what you’re capable of for the better. You’re much more adaptable, competent and resilient than you think you are. When you learn how to face and handle challenges away from home for the first time, you learn that you can depend on yourself in hard times, which I think is a very powerful thing.

What’s the best dish you’ve had throughout your travels? Include what it is, why you liked it and what’s in it.
My favorite Korean dessert is called patbingsu, which is shaved ice topped with red beans, chopped fruit and condensed milk! It’s incredibly refreshing on hot summer days, and a perfect treat to eat while sitting in a cool cafe or by the beach.

What are some highlights from your travels?
I loved visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia, snorkeling in the Philippines, hiking to Seokbulsa Temple in Busan, and eating all the delicious street food in Taipei and Bangkok.

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