Location
  • South Korea
    • Busan
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

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Provider
Housing
Apartment Dormitory
Jun 27, 2024
Dec 07, 2023
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About Program

Known for its incredible beaches, rugged mountain ranges and historic temples, Busan offers a one-of-a-kind combination of a comfortable climate, historic culture and fun entertainment. Though it’s the second-largest city in South Korea, Busan maintains a chill beachside atmosphere complete with plenty of cool bars, small boutiques, trendy cafes and sensational seafood. The urban hub is on the coast and dissected by mountains making it just as tempting to nature lovers as city slickers!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Here at TEAN, we strive to be a leader in supporting students from all backgrounds to be able to travel and learn abroad. Our aim is to empower our students and help prepare them for a life-changing experience. Everyone's identity is unique to them and can be an integral aspect on where a person chooses to study or intern abroad. Our entire TEAN team is here to help you feel informed, comfortable, empowered and supported throughout every step of your journey. In addition, we have a dedicated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team that is ready to act as your resource! The DEI team is passionate about advocating against social injustices, racism, homophobia, xenophobia and all discriminatory social constructs. It is their priority, along with TEAN’s, to ensure students of all backgrounds have access to and are encouraged to travel, specifically through study abroad.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Here at TEAN, we strive to be a leader in supporting students from all backgrounds to be able to travel and learn abroad. Our aim is to empower our students and help prepare them for a life-changing experience. Everyone's identity is unique to them and can be an integral aspect on where a person chooses to study or intern abroad. Our entire TEAN team is here to help you feel informed, comfortable, empowered and supported throughout every step of your journey. In addition, we have a dedicated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team that is ready to act as your resource! The DEI team is passionate about advocating against social injustices, racism, homophobia, xenophobia and all discriminatory social constructs. It is their priority, along with TEAN’s, to ensure students of all backgrounds have access to and are encouraged to travel, specifically through study abroad.

Neurodivergent Support

TEAN is committed to facilitating quality programming to students with varying levels of neurodivergence. Our entire TEAN team is here to help you feel informed, comfortable, empowered and supported throughout every step of your journey. In addition, we have a dedicated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team that is ready to act as your resource! It is their priority, along with TEAN’s, to ensure students of all backgrounds have access to and are encouraged to travel, specifically through study abroad.

Accessibility Support

TEAN is committed to facilitating quality programming to students with varying levels of accessibility. Our entire TEAN team is here to help you feel informed, comfortable, empowered and supported throughout every step of your journey. In addition, we have a dedicated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team that is ready to act as your resource! It is their priority, along with TEAN’s, to ensure students of all backgrounds have access to and are encouraged to travel, specifically through study abroad.

Impact

Sustainability

TEAN’s Choose Earth initiative is our way of building environmental and social responsibility into the ethos and outcomes of education abroad. At TEAN, we believe that studying abroad should include learning about – and finding solutions to – our most challenging societal problems, such as sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity, resource use, habitat preservation, gender inequality and social injustice in a globalized world.

Ethical Impact

To this end, TEAN is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities abroad that help build the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to become locally engaged, civically minded and globally responsible. We believe that studying abroad should include learning about – and finding solutions to – our most challenging societal problems, such as sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity, resource use, habitat preservation, gender inequality and social injustice in a globalized world.

Program Highlights

  • Busan is a major port city and plays a crucial role in international trade. It is home one of the busiest ports in the world, connecting South Korea to various global destinations.
  • Pusan National University (PNU) is ranked one of the top 100 universities in Asia.
  • Program includes an orientation in Seoul to get to know the city, learn about Korea’s rich history, and meet other TEAN students.
  • Students can learn about the rich history, traditions, and customs of the country, while also experiencing its vibrant modern culture, including K-pop, fashion, and cuisine.
  • PNU is a budget-friendly program with an included meal plan.

Popular Programs

Pusan National University

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. Students can choose from global studies, Korean and East Asian studies, and a variety of other courses, while taking advantage of PNU’s inclusive campus. This budget-friendly program also features an orientation in Seoul, an overnight trip to Japan, and included meal plan for a comprehensive semester abroad.

TEAN: Summer in Busan

Spend the summer studying Korean language and culture in South Korea’s second-largest city, Busan. Known for its beaches, mountains, and urban areas, Busan is home to Pusan National University. 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. Take class Monday through Thursday, then head out on organized field trips on Friday and over the weekend for an immersive learning experience.

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4
  • Safety 5
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Michelle
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Independence

I came here to Korea looking to become more independent. Where I come from in the States, I also do things with others. However, being in a country that has another primary language and is independent has made me branch out. I was able to go to stores alone. Travel hours away by myself in the subway system. I was even able to socialize more and make a lot of friends. Overall, I enjoyed the independence this program gave me. It has also given me a new sense of identity that I plan to use back in the States.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Raw squid. I was very hesitant to eat it at first, but I am very glad I did! This is not something I normally eat or would try at home but once I was offered to try it. It became a new favorite of mine.
Pros
  • New friends
  • A different outlook on the culture besides what is shown on the media.
  • Independency
Cons
  • The language barrier
  • Homesickness
  • Curfew
24 people found this review helpful.
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MJ
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A-Life changing summer in Busan

I had an amazing experience studying abroad in Busan, South Korea. I felt that Busan, in comparison to Seoul, allowed me to immerse more into Korean culture and language.

As soon as I met everyone in my TEAN program, it felt like we shared a sense of community, and we got along with well with each other really quickly. When you're studying abroad, you're often surrounded by like minded people, who share a lot of the same basic interests as you! The resident director for TEAN Busan, Yeseul Park, is very kind, inclusive, and excited to help you get the best experience out of your program. I often felt that she went above and beyond to make sure that we were having an enjoyable and safe experience. Getting to talk to her and explore Busan and Seoul with her was a very happy experience. She gave a lot of helpful insights as a native Korean.

The program at PNU was exciting and allowed me to get close with students from all over the world. We spent a lot of time together, and quickly started to hangout during our free time. The PNU campus is beautiful and sits in between mountains. There are a ton of fun restaurants, karaokes, stores, and sports venues to visit near/on campus. In terms of the Korean classes, the teachers were ecstatic and helpful. They were so passionate about helping us learn and enjoy ourselves!

Looking back, I wish that I had known that when TEAN places you in the PNU summer program, it's not just TEAN students in the program. The trip begins with just TEAN students in Seoul, but when you get to PNU, you're immersed in PNU's program, with other international students. This was an amazing experience and made it better, I just remember that I was surprised when there were other international students in the program.

Overall, I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking for an immersive and exciting experience in South Korea! My experience truly helped me grow so much as an individual. I will never forget my 2023 summer in Busan.

Pros
  • Language and Cultural Immersion
  • Meeting people from all over the world
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