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SOUTH KOREA - ISEP Ewha Women’s 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.


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.  
  • Many classes are taught in English, for which there is no language requirement.
  • Language Requirement if intending to take Korean-taught courses: For courses taught in Korean, fluency is required. The student must submit ISEP language proficiency report in the 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 (see a financial section for more information).


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.

To learn more about the visa process for this country, please visit the ISEP Country Handbook for South Korea. 


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. 

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.


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.     

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. 


Students can enroll in English or Korean-taught offerings, provided they are proficient enough to participate. You can access Ewha’s English-taught lecture schedule here.

You can access all lectures including Korean-taught lecture schedule here.

Ewha also offers Korean language courses during their program.

※ Students are allowed to take courses from Undergraduate and the Graduate School. Graduate School of International Studies may be available depending on the course policy.

When you are searching the course catalog, note that Semester 1 is Spring, and Semester 2 is Fall.

※ Students may be restricted from taking certain courses (not all!) offered by the Education, Art, Music, and Ewha Law School and are mostly restricted from taking courses at the Graduate School of Business (MBA), School of Medicine, Department of Nursing.

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.

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


Korean credits are equivalent to US credits. Three hours of class work per week for 16 weeks is equal to three US credits. Eight hours of class lecture per week for six weeks (summer session) is equivalent to three US credits. 

To Earn 4 Lake Forest credits, students must take 15-16 US semester credits.

To Earn 3 Lake Forest credits, students must take 12 US semester credits.

The number of credits listed here is estimated, and GEO will work with you, your advisor, and the registrar to ensure you are earning enough credits to keep you on track for graduation.

Student Life

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.


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. The host will also provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.


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 to Ewha Women’s University includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week. The Direct fee includes all of the above plus insurance.  

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. However, the program fee may be different than that of Exchange, which tend to be less expensive to promote more exchange opportunities for all schools.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 programs:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost for Southern Hemisphere programs, as that starts a new academic year.



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Confirmation and Application Fees



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance, which may be instead of, or in addition to, ISEP insurance. Check ISEP



Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award



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



Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2019. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

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

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.

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 and will depend on your course registration choices.  

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

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office