**Excursions may not be available for all programs and sessions. Some excursions may be optional and will cost an additional fee.**​


Busan is the second largest city in South Korea and it is  the fifth largest shipping port-city in the world. Busan is located on the southern tip of the Korean peninsula and is well known for its natural beauty - beaches and mountains. Sometimes Busan is even called "the summer capital of South Korea." Beyond going to the beach, Busan offers a wealth of historical and cultural landmarks, such as Oryukdo Skywalk, the largest seafood market in Korea, Jagalchi Sijang and and the impressive ocean-side Buddhist temple, Haedongyonggungsa. 

Cultural Activities in Seoul

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Seoul. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Seoul special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included tours of Gyeongbok Palace, The War Memorial Museum, shopping in the historical markets of Gwangjang, Dongmyo, Insadong & Hanbok and Korean movie nights.


K-Drama Set Experience; Dae Jang Geum Park

Explore one of the largest outdoor film sets where many historical dramas, movies and advertisements have been filmed; Dae Jang Geum Park in Yongin. Dating from the post-Three Kingdoms Period to the Joseon dynasty, the architecture on set has been thoroughly researched and recreated using the authentic techniques of the day. Take a journey back in time to historic drama sites and to check out where popular scenes were shot.


Korea's Traditional Food Capital; Jeonju

Historic Jeonju is one of Korea’s most picturesque cities, known for it's historic architecture. With more than 800 traditional Korean Hanok houses clustered in a single area, Jeonju retains a rustic and elegant charm that brings you back to the Joseon Dynasty. As the birthplace of bibimbap, there are myriad varieties of bibimbap in local restaurants, along with enormous selections of street food. Give your adventurous taste buds a treat in this foodie city!


Korea University Cultural Activities & Excursions

Together with international and ISA students, you can participate in excursions and cultural activities organized by your host university.* The exact list is not confirmed but may include the following:

  • K-Pop Music Show
  • Korea University K-Pop Flash-mob
  • Lotte World Amusement Park
  • Taekwondo Class
  • Korean Calligraphy Class
  • Boryeong Mud Festival
  • Korean Folk Village
  • Nanta Performance Show
  • Panting Murals

*Please note, ISA staff will not be in attendance.


Temple Stay

Spend the weekend at Jeondeungsa Temple, one of the oldest and most famous temples in Korea. This excursion is the perfect introduction to Buddhism in Korea, as you'll be able to practice meditation and enjoy tea time with the head monk.