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Center for Global Education


Ewha Womans University, Seoul

Posted on September 2, 2010


Ewha Womans University is a private women's university in central Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the city's largest institutions of higher learning and also the world's largest female educational institute. It also is often considered to be the top women's university in Asia. Ewha is now responsible for many firsts in Korean history: Korea's first female doctor, Esther Park; its first woman to get a doctoral degree, Helen Kim (who later became the university's first Korean president); the first female Korean lawyer, Lee Taiyoung; the first female justice on the Constitutional Court, Jeon Hyo-sook, and the first female prime minister, Han Myeong-sook, were all Ewha graduates.


Seoul is the capital and largest city of South Korea. With a population of over 10 million, it is one of the world's largest cities and is the world's second largest metropolitan area. Located on the Han River in the center of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul has been a major settlement for over 2,000 years, with its history dating back to 18 BC. As the center of Korean history over the past millenia, the Seoul National Capital Area is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Seoul's influence in business, international trade, politics, technology, education and entertainment all contribute to its role as a leading global city. It is considered to be an Alpha World City, ranking 9th in the 2008 Global Cities Index. Seoul has hosted landmark international events such as the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It is one of the world's top ten financial and commercial centers, home to some of the world's largest conglomerates such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia.


Academic Year, Fall, and Spring Semesters. Summer program available

Program Dates

Academic Year: early September to mid-June
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: early March – mid June

Courses & Credit

Almost all courses offered at Ewha are open to exchange and visiting students. Courses are typically worth three credits hours, meeting 3 hours a week. Students are required to take a minimum of 12 credits hours to a maximum of 18 credits hours per semester. Students will be highly encouraged to take the Intensive Korean Language Courses in addition to choosing from the over 200 courses taught each semester in English.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to both male and female students. Students should have a minimum GPA of 2.85. No Korean language background is required. There may be prerequisites for some courses.

Housing & Board

On-campus housing is available at the International House dormitory. The dormitory is centrally heated and air- conditioned, and both single and double occupancy rooms are available. Students applying for on-campus housing are required to pay housing application fee of 60 USD as soon as possible to reserve their room.


Wheaton tuition and housing. Expenses covered include tuition and housing.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 administrative fee, passport and visa fees, health insurance, cell phone, textbooks, local transportation and personal expenses


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.


Make an appointment with Gretchen Young in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Music
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Korean Language
  • Culture & Religious Studies
  • Economics
  • Fine Arts
  • Geography & Resource Management
  • Government & Public Administration
  • History
  • Korean Studies
  • Journalism & Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Studio Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Women’s Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Music

Courses may require a prerequisite, audition, or submission of a portfolio.

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