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Ewha Womans University Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Summer Program Available


Seoul, South Korea




- UI Student with 2.5 GPA or above

- No Language Requirement

Application Due

- Fall Semester - 4/1

- Spring Semester - 10/31

- Summer - 3/1

Program Cost:

- Standard UI Tuition

- Click Application tab for more details

ariel shot of the campus, looking northward and toward the surrounding mountains of Seoul.

Ariel shot of the campus

The Ewha Womans University Exchange program offers both females and males the opportunity to study at the world's largest female educational institute, and one of the top universities in Korea for one semester, an academic year and/or a summer (please see summer program info below). This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate University of Iowa students, and doesn't require any knowledge of the Korean language - there is a diverse course offering in English.

This program is ideal for Humanities, Fine Arts, Music, Liberal Arts and Korean Language Students.

Check out Ewha's International Co-Ed Programs Brochure for more details.


Ewha offers a variety of high-quality courses taught in English. Each semester, there are more than 350 English taught courses offered in various fields such as: Education, Math, Business, Science, International Studies, Sport, Politics, Religion, Literature, Art and Music, not to mention the option to study the Korean language and Asian Studies. There will certainly be something for you to find that aligns with your academic goals.

All exchange students are required to take a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 18 credits per semester. It is also important to note that the credit received at Ewha will be treated as transfer credit. Make an appointment with the appropriate advisor for more information on credit transfer.

Cultural Activities

Ewha offers exchange students the chance to participate in optional, structured cultural activities. These activities range from an "International Mini-Olympics" where international students compete in soccer, dodge ball, relay races, and other fun events, to trips to see the DMZ (Demilitarized zone), Changdeok Palace, and Nanta performances.

Like many Korean universities, Ewha also has a "Buddy" program, where international students have the option to be paired with a Korean student for a buddy. Ewha calls this program the PEACE Buddies. If you choose to participate in this program, you will also be taken to many traditional Korean events by your buddy, and even picked up from the airport upon your arrival if you wish. Past participants have noted that this program is absolutely fantastic.

Summer Program

Breaking News! 15 students going to Ewha for the summer will receive a scholarship to cover tuition! This means that the only costs you will be responsible for are the Study Abroad Administrative Fees, Airfare, Housing and Spending Money! Approx.: $4,132 for everything!!!! 6s.h.

Every summer, Ewha hosts the Ewha Interntional Summer College, which is open to all UI students and usually runs for about five weeks. Students will take one Korean Language course and must take other electives taught in English. Students will earn 6 s.h. during the 5 week program, take many cultural excursions and field trips, and get the chance to spend in incredible summer in one of Asia's most dynamic and exciting cities.

Please see this PDFSummer 2015 Brochure for more details.

Before applying directly to Ewha for the summer program, students must apply via the University of Iowa's online study abroad application. This is part of our exchange program with Ewha. Please make an appointment with the Study Abroad advisor (call 319-335-0353) for further details.

General Education Courses for Summer 2015

We are currently trying to evaluate many of the courses for this summer program, but haven't done them all. If you don't see the course(s) you're interested in below, please contact the study abroad advisor to have your desired course(s) reviewed. The following courses have been reviewed for General Education Requirements at the University of Iowa:

• Korean Ceramics - Approved for Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
• Social Problems in Contemporary Global Wold - Approved for International Global Issues
• Korean Traditional Painting - Approved for Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
• North Korean Studies on Society and Culture - Approved for Values, Society and Diversity
• Introduction to International Relations - Approved for International Global Issues

• Consumer Decision Making - Denied for Social Sciences
• Cross-Cultural Psychology - Denied for Social Sciences
• Traditional Korean Music - Denied for Literary, Visual & Performing Arts
• Same-Sex Desire in East Asian Film and Literature - Denied for Values, Society and Diversity
• History of Korean Tradition and Folk Culture - Denied for Historical Perspectives

• Gender Relations - Denied for Values, Society and Diversity


Fall Semesters are typically from early September through mid December.

Spring Semesters are typically from early March through mid June.

Summer Program is typically from late June through late July/early August.

View Ewha's academic calendar for further information and their exchange calendar for specific dates regarding exchange students.

For More Info

If you have more questions or are ready to apply to the Ewha Womans University Exchange, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353, or you can e-mail the program advisor with general questions.

Ewha Womans University

beautiful, western style red granite classroom building.  looks more ivy league.

Beautiful stone architecture for classroom buildings

Ewha Womans University opened its doors in 1886. It is currently one the largest women's universities in the world, though international students can be from either gender. It's important to note that the word "Womans" in Ewha's title is an intentional spelling choice. The founders of Ewha wanted to respect the individuality of every woman; woman became womans.

With a diverse range of academic departments ranging from Dance to Music, Fine Arts, International Studies and Engineering, Ewha has often been high on the list of students interested in going to Korea.


Seoul is the political and cultural capital of South Korea. Its population of 10.5 million are spread throughout a city about the same size as Chicago. Neon signs, skyscrapers, and an incredibly computer-savvy populace belie the true age of the city; Seoul has been inhabited for around 2000 years. Seoul’s international atmosphere has turned it into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in not just Asia, but the world.

South Korea

South Korea is a country of about 50 million people located on the Korean Peninsula. Its neighbor to the north, North Korea, grabs more headlines due to military saber rattling, but South Korea is not a country to be overshadowed. With a strong, industrialized economy built after the Korean War, South Korea remains one of the most successful nations in all of Asia. The Visit Korea website has a lot of good information for you to get excited about this great country.

Living Arrangements

Students will be provided with either a single or double room in the International House, which is a wonderful, newer built building with balconies and views of Seoul's cityscape. The buildings are equipped with incredible amenities, including: common rooms, facilities for academic, recreational, and cultural activities, computer labs, laundry rooms, reading rooms, kitchenettes, ironing rooms, a gym, lounges, and a convenience store. Internet access is available in all rooms.

There are options of both single and double rooms, but they are assigned on a first come first serve basis - based on the timing of your online application. Single rooms come with built-in bathroom, small refrigerator, desk, closet, bed and internet access for around $1,500-$2,500 per semester. Double rooms have same amenities but are between $1,000-$1,500 per semester.

Travel Arrangements

Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and Ewha. If you have questions and/or concerns about this, please contact the study abroad advisor at 319-335-0353.

Students are expected to find their own flights to South Korea, though Study Abroad can assist by providing advice on airfare. Often times, Korean exchange partners will be able to send a local student to the airport to meet incoming students. More info on flights and arrival times will be provided by Ewha closer to the date of departure.

Local Transportation

Ewha University is located downtown Seoul and is connect to the city via multiple bus stations and two subway stops (Green Line #2). The Seoul Metropolitan Subway is quite impressive too, allowing you to get almost anywhere you would like to go. It is the worlds most extensive system by length and is the second largest in the world by number of stations (after NYC Subway).

For more information on local transportation options and some very helpful, must read, information before you go - please look at Visit Seoul's Transportation Guide and Seoul's Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corp. Home Site for the Subway.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Both male and female students are welcome to apply. No knowledge of Korean language is necessary.

The number of participants is limited by reciprocity in the numbers to be exchanged. Meeting the minimum requirements for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The final decision on admissions rests with Ewha.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Ewha Exchange, Spring 2016PDF

This is the Cost Sheet for Ewha Exchange, Summer 2015PDF

This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application for the Spring Semester Program will be available from 8/1 to 10/31.

The online application for the Fall Semester and Academic Year Programs will be available from 1/1 to 4/1.

The online application for the Summer Program will be available from 1/1 to 3/1.

Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application.

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out Ewha's online application. BEFORE applying to Ewha using their online system, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Orientation Information

Accepted applicants will be required to attend two orientations - one pre-departure hosted by the University of Iowa, and one upon arrival hosted by Ewha. Specifics of each orientation will be communicated to accepted applicants after acceptance, and accepted applicants will receive detailed orientation/preparation materials directly from Ewha.

Onsite Orientation

Ewha will make special arrangements to have someone pick you up at the airport if you elect that option (for a fee during the summer).

Students will then be required to attend an onsite one to three-day orientation at Ewha. This orientation starts with a Korean language placement test (for those desiring to study Korean), and then has an opening ceremony. Students will learn how to open a bank account, apply for their commuter pass, and other very useful daily life things, as well as have tours and other various campus orientations.


Accepted students will be directed and assisted through the Korean visa application process. It is a fairly easy process, and accepted students will have assistance throughout this process.

There are no photos available for this program yet. Do you have any photos to share with us? If you do, please contact us at:

1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343