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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Ewha Womans’ University

 

Experience the vibrant culture of Korea!


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.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about Ewha University here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll

Locations

Seoul, Korea

Languages of Instruction

Korean, English - For courses taught in Korean, fluency is required.

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Late August to December

Spring 2019: Late February to June

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  
  • Language Requirement: For courses taught in Korean, fluency is required.
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in application, even if native speaker

 

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.


ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.  ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.

Location

Ewha Woman’s 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 Bibliotheque 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.

Academics

Ewha Woman’s 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.

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.  Students must take 15 credits to earn the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest credits.

CLASSROOM CULTURE

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

The social aspect of university life for Korean students is very important and students enjoy socializing with peers on campus when they are not attending class. While some students may have negative opinions regarding school study, Korean students generally agree that the most difficult part about university life is passing the entrance examinations.     

GRADING
Students are generally required to take a midterm and final examinations.  Other tests, presentations, research papers, and projects may also be expected of students.  A student‘s performance in a course is determined by the results of examinations, class attendance, and participation of the student. Student performance is usually graded on a 100 point scale. 

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 

Intensive Korean language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for all levels.

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

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.) 

Here is a link to the University Home Page.

Here is a link to the Ewha Womans University Brochure.

 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:

http://www.isep.org/students/Placed/country_handbooks.asp

 

ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp

 

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Student Life

Ewha Woman’s 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.

 

ORIENTATION

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


ARRIVAL DETAILS

Airport pick-up is available. The host will also provide 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

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. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in the ISEP Direct to Ewha University, the program fee includes housing and insurance, but not meals.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Direct

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

$5,100

$5,305

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512

$27,717

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 $325

$325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

$250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated) Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

included

Additional Meals

 $800

$1,300

Estimated Airfare

 $1,600

$1,600

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $1,500

$1,500

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $4,835

$4,975

Total

 

$32,347 

 

$32,692

For students that participate in ISEP Direct to Ewha Women’s University, the program fee will be $5,305. This fee includes housing, meals, and insurance, but no meals.  Many of the other estimated out-of-pocket costs will be similar.  

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Experiences of Former Students

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