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Ewha Womans University

Ewha Womans University

Seoul, South Korea

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Program Type

  • Exchange 



Its name translating to "Pear Blossoms" and bestowed by Emperor Gojong, Ewha Womans University traces its beginnings to a mission school for founded by an American missionary in 1886 and is one of South Korea's oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education. With more than 19,000 students, Ewha is one of the world's largest female educational institutions; nonetheless, the international student program is co-educational and open to male students. Every year, the university hosts approximately 1,600 international students from 74 countries. Given the campus' location in the Sinchon district, the Seoul city center is easily and quickly accessible. 

Located on the Han River, Seoul is South Korea's capital and largest city. Indeed, the Seoul Capital Area, which includes Incheon and Gyeonggi, is the second-largest metropolis in world after Tokyo. Settlement in the area dates as far back as 4000 BCE, though the city itself traces its origins to 18 BCE. In the 20th century, the fate of Seoul was a microcosm of that of the Korean Peninsula, enduring occupation by Japan and being controlled at different times by both sides in the Korean War. Since the armistice, Seoul and South Korea have grown into economic and technological powerhouses. The city hosts the corporate headquarters of such companies as Samsung, Hyundai, and LG and hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics and several matches during the 2002 World Cup. 

Ewha's Business School is AACSB-accredited. 

Ewha Womans University Exchange Brochure 


Language of Instruction

  • English 
  • Korean 


Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time, degree-seeking CWU student 
  • Minimum 18 years of age by the time of departure 
  • Minimum sophomore status at the time of participation 
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA 
  • No knowledge of Korean language is required. 

NB: Students of Korean heritage may be considered citizens of the Republic of Korea by ROK law, even if they have never been there and do not have an ROK passport. As a result, they may be required to obtain an ROK passport and apply to Ewha--and subsequently enter the ROK--as a Korean citizen rather than as a US or other citizen. Students of Korean heritage should consult with their families and/or the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle to determine whether they are subject to this requirement. 


Terms Available

  • CWU Fall Quarters/Korean Semester II: August-December 
  • CWU Winter + Spring Quarters/Korean Semester I: February-June 
  • US Academic Year 
  • Korean Academic Year 

Korean universities follow a calendar similar to the Southern Hemisphere Calendar, in which the academic year roughly falls in line with the calendar year rather than straddling two calendar years.  Spring Semester is the first semester of the academic year, which may have an impact on course availability. 


Available Fields of Study

  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • History
  • Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising
  • International Studies
  • Art & Art History
  • Korean Language & Culture
  • Asian/Pacific Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Music
  • Business
  • North Korean Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Chinese Language & Literature
  • Physics
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Religious Studies
  • French Language & Literature
  • Social Welfare
  • German Language & Literature
  • Sociology
  • Health Science
  • Women’s Studies

Exchange students may take courses in undergraduate level, as well as courses offered by the Graduate School and Graduate School of International Studies. 


Finding Classes

Ewha Womans University Course Information 



  • Dormitory 

Ewha-Samsung International House 


Estimated Total Costs

Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) Scholarship for Study Abroad in Korea-eligible program
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship-eligible program
Freeman ASIA Scholarship-eligible program
Boren Scholarship-eligible program
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship-eligible program



CWU Deadlines: 

  • Fall Start: March 1 
  • Spring Start: September 1 

Application Portal: 


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Ewha Womans University Home 

Ewha Office of International Affairs 

Ewha Womans University Academic Calendar 


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