Spend the summer studying Korean language and culture in South Korea’s second-largest city, Busan. With beaches, mountains and urban areas, Busan boasts a little bit of everything, including one of the top 100 universities in Asia, Pusan National University (PNU). Choose to stay either three weeks or five weeks in an engaging Korean studies class learning the language as well as about the country’s history and culture. (Students studying for five weeks choose an additional elective course as well.) Take class Monday through Thursday, then head out on organized field trips on Friday and over the weekend for a thoroughly immersive learning experience.


Choose from a 5-week program (6 credits) or a 3-week program (3 credits). Both programs include a Korean Culture and Language class while students on the 5-week program can choose an additional course (see below)

Dive into Korean culture and make the most of your time in Busan with organized field trips on Fridays and over the weekend

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

Explore more of South Korea during your included 3-day TEAN orientation in the capital of Seoul

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. While staying in a hotel in Insadong, one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods, you’ll meet their 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 summer.


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 10 universities in South Korea and Top 100 universities in Asia, according to the 2019 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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TEAN’s Summer in Busan program is divided into two sessions. Students can choose to join either the first session, which is five weeks long and includes a Korean Language & Culture class plus one academic course in English, OR the second session, which is three weeks long and only includes the Korean Language & Culture course. Classes are held Monday through Thursday with field trips on Fridays and weekends.

Course availability is based on enrollment numbers and scheduling. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations.

Required Course

Korean Studies (Korean Language & Culture) (3 credits)
Students will take a basic or intermediate Korean language class based on the results of the placement exam on-site. They will learn Korean through the use of various mediums, such as textbooks, K-pop songs, K-dramas and literature. Not only will students learn basic Korean expressions they can readily use during their time in Korea, they also will study the culture that is inherent in the language and alphabet. Along with language instruction, English-taught lectures will cover a range of Korean cultural topics, including history, politics and the economy, religion, literature, the ‘Korean Wave’ and everyday life, to gain a deep understanding of contemporary Korean culture.

In-class cultural experiences include a cooking class, taekwondo lessons and more. Students will also enjoy included field trips to Busan and Gyeongju for an immersive, experiential summer experience.

5-week program only

Select one of the below electives:
Introduction to International Relations: From Donald Trump’s America to South Korea and the Oceans (3 credits)
This introductory course is an excellent opportunity for students to learn the basic concepts of international relations and politics in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The course looks at various countries and their leaders, highlighting how one country’s political decisions affect other regions around the world as well as individuals. We will also take a look at South Korea and see how its location and maritime links have helped it develop. This course takes a fresh look at international relations, making it suitable for anyone with or without political knowledge.

Korean Cinema and Filmmaking (3 credits)
The course addresses modern Korean history through in-depth discussions on Korea’s rapid economic development, political history and cultural milieu. Students will be exposed to the film production process in Korea along with gaining an understanding of intended messages in major Korean cinematic works. This course will consist of lectures, screenings, student group presentations and discussions.

The Ocean’s Role in Climate (3 credits)
Busan is a harbor city surrounded by the seas making it is an excellent location to experience how global oceans play a fundamental role in life on our planet. This course introduces students to the mechanisms by which the global oceans impact our climate and ecosystems. To understand linkages between the ocean, atmosphere and global carbon cycle, this course explores the fundamental drivers of ocean flow, heat and saltwater transport. We will also introduce important climatic phenomena such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and its impact on our weather, societies and global economies. Providing a contemporary look at future threats to our oceans, such as Global Warming, ocean acidification and anoxia, the course is be taught by four scientists from the IBS Center for Climate Physics in a seminar format to encourage student participation. From the third week on, students will work on a hands-on science lab project that explores the interaction between ocean temperatures and the global water cycle.

Living the Intentional Life in a Sea of Possibilities (3 credits)
You can live your dreams. There are many ways to achieve the life you want, and one of those is to live life intentionally. When you realize that you are more than just a brain in a body living in the physical world, and if you trust that the universe is a friendly and creative place, you can live an intentional life. This course will help you to discover and practice the mindset to live an intentional life in a sea of possibilities.



  • 2.5 GPA. Students with a slightly lower GPA should contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Completed at least one semester of university study.

Dates, Fees & Inclusions

Application Deadline

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

Summer 2020 Dates

Application Deadline April 25
5-Week Program Arrival Date June 21
TEAN Orientation in Seoul June 22 June 23
Housing Move In (Travel to Busan) June 24
University Orientation June 25
5-Week Program Ends July 22
3-Week Program Arrival Date July 20
TEAN Orientation in Seoul July 21 July 22
Housing Move In (Travel to Busan) July 23
University Orientation July 24
3-Week Program Ends Aug 11

Summer 2020 Fees

5-Week Program

3-Week Program

*All prices listed include housing for a double room

What’s Included

  • Tuition for 2 courses (5-week program) or 1 course (3-week program)
  • On-campus international student accommodation
  • Meal plan during the program (14 meals/week)
  • Comprehensive overseas health insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • TEAN Arrival Orientation Program
  • Help with student visa preparation (non-U.S. citizens)
  • Travel arrangements and advice
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Academic advising
  • Airport pickup and reception
  • Pre-departure planning sessions and assistance from U.S.-based TEAN staff (including pre-departure guide for students and immigration/visa assistance)
  • Host university orientation
  • A truly one of a kind adventure!

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,500)
  • Books ($40-100)


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
Jagalchi Fish Market

Many people visit Jagalchi Fish Market, but few are brave enough to try the raw seafood. If you order seafood in a restaurant in Jagalchi, they will most likely cook your food for you fresh…so fresh, in fact, that you’ll see it wriggle in the pan! Popular dishes are octopus and eel.

Photo of Allison Bader

Allison Bader

Assistant Program Manager

Busan Tip
Gyeongju Day Trip

My favorite day trip from Busan is going to Gyeongju, Korea’s ancient capital that’s only an hour away by bus. Gyeongju is a small town with plenty of places to explore. The ancient observatory called Cheomsongdae and the gorgeous Donggung Palace, a temple that sits atop Wolji Pond, are my personal favorites.

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