Global Studies & Korean Language

Pusan National University
Busan, South Korea

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Global Studies & Korean Language

  • Location


  • 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

    Fall 1 2021

  • Program Dates

    Aug 15, 2021 - Dec 19, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 15, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    May 01, 2021

  • Credit

    12 - 18 Host University Units

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad Program Description

Enjoy a semester abroad in a beautiful city while honing your knowledge of global studies, and Korean and East Asian studies! This semester program at Pusan National University (PNU) offers you a variety of courses taught in English as well as Korean language courses.

You will be attending classes together with Korean students, ISA students, and visiting international students from all around the world. Courses will be taught by local and international faculty. PNU's Buddy Program provides you with an excellent opportunity to interact with PNU students, which promotes friendship among Korean and international students.

You can combine the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions at a discounted price. For more information about this option, please contact your ISA South Korea Program Manager.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

- At the time of application, you need a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your program.

- You must have full-time enrollment status at your home institution and have completed at least one semester at the time of application to the program.


A TEAN by WorldStrides Program

ISA's Asia and Pacific programs are operated by our partner division within WorldStrides, TEAN, who has over 25 years of experience in the region.
To apply for this program through TEAN, click the Apply Now button.

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


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

On-Site ISA Offices

Scholarship Opportunities



Host University Units

12 - 18

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 18

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 24

Academic Information

Course Availability and Selection

  • The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. While this list may be used as a general guide while completing your pre-registration form, the host university did not publish the final course list for this semester. This site will be updated once ISA receives the final list of courses, along with a note notifying students of the change.
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers and scheduling. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA South Korea Program Manager.

Course Credit

  • Per Pusan National University, 3 credits are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.
  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students’ home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the host university's course levels. Each course is associated with a recommended academic level, 1-4. Levels 1 and 2 are considered lower division, while levels 3-4 are considered upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions. 

Korean Language Courses

  • There is no Korean Language Placement test for semester programs. You will want to carefully check the syllabus of each course to choose the appropriate level for Korean language courses. If you wish to change the level after attending the first class, you are able to do so. However, ISA can’t guarantee there will be enough space in the course when/if you decide to change to a different level. 


  • The transcripts from Pusan National University will reflect credits for each course listed below. Please be in touch your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.


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Support & Funding


Yeseul Park

Resident Director, South Korea

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your 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. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

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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.

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.

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.



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 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.

A Step Back in Time; Suncheon

Suncheon is a scenic city located just 110 short miles from Buscan's center. Take nostalgic photos as you visit the vintage K-drama film sets, explore the beautiful Suncheon Bay wetland reserve and learn more about Korean traditions at Naganeupseon Folk village.


Cultural Activities in Busan

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Busan. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Busan special. These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a tour of Haedong Yonggung Temple, seasonal festivals, a baseball game, multiple community service days and Korean movie nights.


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