Program Overview

As Korean culture and business soars into global recognition, more students and travelers are taking flight to experience this beautiful country. Busan is one of those cities that adds to Korea’s lore of incredible vistas and a vibrant city life. Seaside and typically warmer than Seoul, Busan is the top tourist destination within Korea. The World Endeavors study abroad program in Busan, South Korea is held at Dong-A University, which has been listed in the top 1000 universities in the world. With multiple campuses across Busan and a healthy mix of national and international students, you’ll be set up for easy exploration and the opportunity to make lifelong global friends.


  • Diverse extracurricular activities, student clubs, and events that enrich your academic experience and help you make international friends.
  • Enroll in a tuition-free Korean language course at multiple skill levels.
  • Immerse yourself in Korean culture, from traditional temples to modern K-pop, shopping malls, and bathhouses.
  • Enjoy Busan’s stunning beaches, bustling street food markets, and picturesque landscapes.


  • Current official undergraduate degree transcript. Must be enrolled in a higher education institute (a reputable, accredited college or university) and must have completed at least 1 academic semester.
  • Valid passport until at least 12 months after your program start date. Copy of your passport (photo page).
  • A free form personal statement and a study plan limited to one A4 page in English (What do you want to achieve through this student exchange program?)
  • Dong-A University application form
  • All international students residing outside Korea will need to apply for a student visa at the embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea in their home country. The application process can be extensive but World Endeavors staff will walk you through it!
  • You will also apply for an Alien Residence Card once in Korea. The card works as an identification card and enables you to make trips abroad during your semester in Korea. The host university will help you get the Card after you’ve arrived.
  • You will have to leave Korea within 1 week of the semester’s ending date, otherwise you’ll be heavily fined by the Korean Immigration.


Busan is a trendy, relaxed city that’s perfect for anyone seeking a unique study abroad experience. Combining majestic mountains, glittering beaches, rich seafood markets and bustling nightlife, Busan will capture your heart as you study abroad at Dong-A University. The main campus is located at the base of Seunghaksan Mountain and overlooks the rainbow buildings of Gamcheon Cultural Village, all within walking distance of the ocean.


Students will be provided with on-campus housing in dormitories.

Life in Busan

Life in Busan is a delightful mix of modern cityscapes and natural beauty, surrounded by mountains and picturesque coastal areas. It’s easily the biggest, most diverse, and explorable city in South Korea.

Busan being a major city with a focus on tourism, there’s a good chance you’ll find a balance between English and Korean communication. Navigating Busan should be relatively straightforward, as signs and announcements are often available in both Korean and English. However, having some basic Korean phrases or a translation app on hand can be helpful, especially when taking taxis or interacting with locals in restaurants.


World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!


Dong-A University, situated in the bustling coastal city of Busan, South Korea, is a prominent South Korean institution committed to academic excellence while fostering a vibrant cultural fluency. Dating back to the early 1940s, the university has grown into a dynamic hub of learning, research, and innovation. Dong-A University (DAU) offers courses and programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Academic credit and transcripts are issued by Dong-A University after the successful completion of the program. Dong-A University is a fully-accredited, state-recognized Moroccan institution of higher learning.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.


Applicants who wish to study abroad with World Endeavors in Busan, South Korea must have completed high school (or equivalent), must be at least 18 years of age, be currently enrolled in an accredited, reputable college or university, and must have completed at least 1 academic semester. Additionally, some programs may have minimum GPA requirements. Please contact a World Endeavors advisor for more detailed eligibility criteria.

Course Load

Undergraduate students will have the option to choose from a wide array of course offerings according to their desired field of study. Students will also be able to enroll in free tuition basic Korean language course! See Dong-A’s undergrad fields of study below:

  • College of Humanities
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • Administration
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Health Science
  • College of Arts and Sports
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Design and Environment
  • College of Seokdang Honors
  • College of General Education
  • College of Natural Resources and Life Science

What's Included/ Costs


  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from Dong-A University
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number


  • Round-trip airfare to Busan
  • Housing security deposit (refundable)
  • Meals
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
Study in Busan, South Korea (Dong-A University)
Cost: $13,600

Dates & Deadlines

Fall Semester 2024: September 2nd – December 21st, 2024

Application Deadline: June 1st, 2024

Spring Semester 2025: February 27th – June 20th, 2025

Application Deadline: November 15th, 2024

Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.


  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations


  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports


  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


South Korea is a captivating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity. Here are some recommended activities and places to check out in your spare time:

  • Go to Namsan Seoul Tower: For a panoramic view of Seoul, trek up or take a cable car to Namsan Seoul Tower, especially beautiful during the evening.
  • Visit Palaces in Seoul: Explore historical sites such as Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces. Don’t miss the changing of the guard ceremonies.
  • Try Korean BBQ: Taste Samgyeopsal (pork belly) or Galbi (marinated beef ribs) at local BBQ places.
  • Explore Traditional Villages: Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul and Jeonju Hanok Village in Jeonju offer a glimpse into traditional Korean life.

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South Korea FAQs

Is South Korea safe?

Although petty crimes in busy areas exist, South Korea is a safe destination with low crime rates. While there’s ongoing tension with North Korea, daily life is stable. The country’s robust healthcare system effectively managed COVID-19. Visitors should be aware of local customs and watchful in traffic. It’s wise to consult recent travel advisories before planning a trip.

How big is South Korea?

South Korea, located on the Korean Peninsula, covers an area of approximately 100,210 square kilometers (38,690 square miles). It’s roughly similar in size to the U.S. state of Indiana or the country of Hungary. Despite its relatively compact size, South Korea boasts a diverse landscape ranging from mountainous terrains to coastal plains, and it’s home to a population of over 50 million people.

What type of government does South Korea have?

South Korea is a democratic republic with three branches: executive, legislative, and judiciary. The President, elected through direct popular vote for a single five-year term, acts as both head of state and government. The National Assembly represents the legislative arm, while the Constitutional Court stands at the pinnacle of the judicial system. The President cannot be re-elected for a consecutive term.

Do I need a visa to travel to South Korea?

Whether you require a visa for South Korea depends on your nationality and the visit’s purpose and length. Many races have visa-free access for short stays (usually up to 90 days) for tourism or business. A visa might be needed for extended stays or specific purposes like work or study. Always consult the latest guidelines and contact the World Endeavors team for advice before planning your trip.

What is the capital of South Korea?

The capital of South Korea is Seoul. Nestled along the Han River in the northwest, Seoul stands as the nation’s political, economic, and cultural epicenter. A blend of ancient heritage and contemporary marvels, the city boasts historical sites like palaces and temples alongside cutting-edge skyscrapers. As a global metropolis, Seoul symbolizes South Korea’s remarkable evolution and modern achievements.

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