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Ewha Womans University

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Program Snapshot

Open to both male and female exchange participants, Ewha University offers a dynamic location just 10 minutes from Seoul’s downtown. Inside the classroom, students have the opportunity to study across a variety of different fields and also further their language skills through the Intensive Korean Language program on campus. Outside of the classroom, students can take advantage of the buddy program, participate in cultural parties, and view Korean arts and performances. Students are sure to improve their Korean and make lasting memories at Ewha University.

The ISEP Direct program fee includes Tuition, Housing, and Insurance
Full Year 16-17: $16,900, Deadline: March 15, 2016
Semester 1 16-17: $9,950, Deadline: March 15, 2016
Semester 2 15-16: $9,950, Deadline: September 15, 2016

Ewha Womans University is situated in the exciting Shinchon area of Seoul, about 10 minutes by subway or bus from downtown Seoul, the capital and heart of the Republic of Korea. One discovers what it means to enjoy the beautiful Ewha campus, and the vibrant larger community of both Shinchon and Seoul. Ewha Campus Complex, designed by the prominent French architect Dominique Perrault, who built Bibliothque Nationale de France in Paris, is one of the most beautiful campus facilities in the world and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including e-learning classrooms, cafes, movie theater, art hall, and shops.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for semester ONLY
ISEP Direct: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I is generally Excellent.

ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Direct chance of placement for I-to-I is generally Excellent.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: late August to June
Semester 1: late August to December
Semester 2: late February to June

Fast Facts
Seoul, Korea (pop. 12 million)
Student Enrollment: 24,000
Language of instruction: Korean, English
University Home Page
Courses (English)
Graduate School of International Studies
Ewha University Office of International Affairs
Ewha Womans University Brochure

In Korean: Liberal Arts (languages & literatures [Chinese, French, German], Korean literature); Medicine; Pharmacy; Law; Human Ecology

Courses taught in English
In English: Division of International Studies (diplomacy & security, international business, international development, international trade); Graduate School of International Studies (development cooperation, diplomacy & security, environment trade negotiations, human resource development & women, industry & cyber trade, information & knowledge, international business, international public relations, trade negotiations).

In English & Korean: Liberal Arts; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences; Engineering; Art & Design; Music; Education

Academic Notes
Some of the strongest fields at Ewha include international studies, information technology, design technology, Women’s Studies, Korean studies, North Korean studies, and Asian studies. Many of these courses are offered in English. In addition, most divisions of the university offer at least 30% of major courses taught in English.

Students typically enroll in 3-6 classes per term, which averages to 10-18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16 weeks.


Semester 1 transcripts are issued in January.
Semester 2 transcripts are issued in July.

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: For courses taught in Korean, fluency is required.
Language Courses: Intensive Korean language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for all levels.


ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: Not Required
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: Not Required
Other tests accepted: No
English as a Foreign Language courses available? TBD
Additional comments: ISEP participants can take any of the English and Korean taught courses offered by Ewha depending on their language proficiency.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Please see Courses in English for more information on courses available for ISEP students.

Hints for Researching Courses
To access the course list interface, please click on the small "link" icon to the right of the text, "English-Taught Courses." "1st semester" indicates Spring and "2nd semester" indicates Fall.

If courses for the semester of the anticipated exchange period are not yet available, please browse the previous year's lists (i.e. Browse "2013 - 1st Semester" for courses most likely to be offered in the Spring of 2014.)

Note: If you cannot access the course list page properly, please be sure to use the latest version of the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.

Housing and Meals
Students are typically housed in double-occupancy rooms at the International House (I-House). The I-House provides opportunities to share cultural diversity among the residents with various backgrounds. Students receive a meal stipend for the semester.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month are estimated at USD $250-350.

Upon arrival, there will be an orientation program for all international students. The orientation is a mandatory program and all international students are required to participate. Some of the topics that are covered during the orientation include the following:
  • Tips on Adjusting to Korean Life
  • Course Registration
  • Academic Information
  • Student Club Information Session
  • Campus Facilities Introduction


Airport pick-up is available. Host will also proivde arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Ewha PEACE (Professional Ewhaians at Cultural Exchange) Buddies
Comprised of carefully selected Ewha students, "Peace Buddies" offer individualized care to international exchange students and are dedicated to helping international students adjust to their new Korean surroundings. This buddy program facilitates students initial contact with Korean students and helps with adjustment to life in Korea.

International Pot (I-Pot): I-Pot offers students a chance to introduce their own culture, people, and country to international and other Ewha students while also learning about other countries. I-Pot Organizing Committee staff members who are former studying abroad students themselves facilitate this group.

Students can enjoy the indoor swimming pool, fitness rooms, yoga room, squash and tennis courts, and the student lounge. There are also other student clubs and activities at Ewha including:
  • Korean Music Club
  • Theater Club
  • Ewha Chorus Club
  • Korean Language Society Club
  • International Student Club

Ewha Womans University is one of the most prestigious universities in Korea. Ewha was established in 1866 as the first-ever educational institution for Korean women. Over the last 123 years, Ewha has pioneered the Korean education field. It has made remarkable developments throughout the years to become the largest women’s university in the world. Ewha’s excellent academic programs, distinguished faculty, and bold vision have fostered numerous women leaders and significantly contributed to the development of Korean society. Ewha Womans University is the alma mater of the most prominent, influential, and historic role models in Korea. Ewha was ranked the No. 1 university in Korea in the 1995 and 2005, according to university rankings released by the Korean Council for University Education and Top University by NCSI (National Consumer Satisfaction Index). Ewha is committed to specializing and carrying out world-class research in Korean culture, languages, life sciences, information and communication, art and design, international relations, and area studies.

Total enrollment: over 24,000 students.

Although traditionally a women's university, Ewha Womans University is open to male and female international students. About 30% of all international students are male.

What Past Students have to Say
Ewha was an amazing school - friendly people, beautiful campus, and an intense curriculum. What sticks in my mind the most was how open the Korean students were to the international students. I have rarely seen anyone so eager to be friends! To this day, I stay in fairly regular contact with the people I met there - both Korean and fellow international students.

Amanda Painter, Roanoke College