Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Pusan National University: Language Education Institute

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Approved Terms Approved Language Levels (year)
Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year* 3rd, 4th, 5th

* Pusan National University is on a quarterly academic calendar that does not line up well with Yale's academic calendar. As a result, Light Fellows studying at PNU usually choose to do so for either the Summer or Academic Year.

PNU offers a strong language curriculum for advanced level students and is also the only Light-approved program for Korean studies outside of Seoul. Though Busan is the second largest city in South Korea, there is quite a significant difference in the level of internationalization of the city when compared to Seoul. In Busan, students will likely encounter far fewer expats and English-speaking locals, which makes for a far more immersive learning environment. Additionally, unlike other programs in Korea, students studying at PNU have the option to stay in the dormitory on PNU's campus, which opens the door for more opportunities to engage with local students.

Program Application Notes:

  • Only the "Regular Course" program is approved for Light Fellowship funding.
  • Applications typically will not open until after Light Fellowship results are announced. It is your responsibility to check the application deadlines, but we recommend applying after you know your Light Fellowship results and only applying to the program you intend on attending. To our knowledge, Light Fellows have not had difficulty getting into their top choice programs in Korea.

Light Fellowship Application Notes:

  • Pusan National University is currently under "pilot" status for 3rd year Korean language study and above, so only a limited number of Light Fellows will be permitted to attend in the program each year. If PNU is your first-choice program, please make an appointment to speak with a Light Fellowship advisor as soon as possible. If you are awarded a Light Fellowship and admitted to the PNU program, you must email the Light Fellowship office before confirming your place in the program.