Pusan National University

Busan
Republic of South Korea

Language of instruction

Korean
English

Pusan National University was founded in 1946 with the ideology of truth, liberty and devotion. PNU aims to foster capable talents who can teach and study in-depth academic theories while contributing to the development of the country and society. It is ranked within the Top 100 universities in Asia.

PNU is located in Busan, on the south-eastern tip of the Korean peninsula. It features a coastline of superb beaches and scenic cliffs, mountains which provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views, and hot springs scattered throughout the city.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester March–June
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

View the PNU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

PNU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Full-time study load

Undergraduate students:

15 credits per semester at PNU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Postgraduate students:

9 credits per semester at PNU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at PNU.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the PNU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
International business
International relations
Political science
Korean
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Korean Medicine are not available to exchange students. 

The Department of Korean Language and Literature requires high level of proficiency in Korean in order to enrol in major courses. 

Additional academic information

Please see PNU English taught course list for course offering:

  • Courses from DGS (Department of Global Studies) and KEASP (Korean and East Asian Studies Program) are highlighted in yellow
  • Instructions of finding syllabus and Korean Language courses are also included. 

All undergraduate exchange students are allowed to take Korean language courses (3 credits each) offered by PNU's International Language Institute under KEASP Curriculum:  

  • Beginners' Korean (I and II)
  • Intermediate Korean
  • Advanced Korean
  • Learning Korean in Drama
  • Learning Korean in Songs

Students are allowed to study across faculties. 

PNU has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Pusan National University has comfortable dormitories available to students who come from outside Busan. Exchange students are given priority in the allocation of places, or students can opt to find off-campus accommodation.

Cost of living

Guides are available to help you understand the cost of living while studying at PNU and prepare a budget for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Exchange students are not eligible to purchase PNU's group medical insurance.

International students at PNU must have health insurance which guarantees minimum coverage of USD 10,000 for injuries and illness. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Korean Embassy for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.