Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad

Pusan National University: Language Education Institute

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PNU offers a strong language curriculum for students of all levels 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, participation in this program includes access to library, and other campus facilities opens the door for more opportunities to engage with local students.

Category Program Description 
# of students in program ~300-400 international students enrolled per quarter 
Avg. class size No more than 20 students in each class
Dorm Available?  Yes, Residence Hall is across from KLEI building. Students are responsible for bedding, pillows, and towels. Curfew applies. Students staying in the residence hall also have access to the 3 meals/day in the dining hall. 
Language buddy available?  Yes, program organizes local program partner, field trips, and cultural activities for students. 
Approved Levels   2 - 6*
Approved Terms Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year* 

*Students will need to take placement test to determine levels. Abroad program levels do not necessarily correspond to Yale language level. 

**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 + Fall or Academic Year.

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. 

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. Since there have been fewer Light Fellowship students who have participated in this program, you may find it helpful to make an appointment to speak with a Light Fellowship advisor to talk more about the program. 

Looking to speak to a returnee? Find former fellows who participated in the PNU program here. 

Read program reports from peers here