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Ewha Womans University Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Calendar Year, Academic Year, Summer


Seoul, South Korea




2.50 cumulative GPA minimum

Good academic and non-academic standing

UI student

No language requirement

Application Due

Summer: 3/6

Fall/Academic Year: 3/15

Spring: 10/15

Program Cost:

Click Application tab for 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 students of all genders 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. This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate University of Iowa students, and does not 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 students to find that aligns with their academic goals.

Exchange students are required to take a minimum of 12 s.h. per semester and are able to take up to 18 s.h. per semester while studying at Ewha. It is also important to note that the credit received from Ewha will be treated as transfer credit. Make an appointment with the Study Abroad advisor for more information on credit transfer.

Summer Program

This program is eligible to use the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant.

Every summer, Ewha hosts the Ewha International Summer College (ISC), which is open to all UI students and runs for about five weeks. UI students typically participate in the Session I program only. Interested students should browse the ISC summer course offerings and consider which courses they are interested in taking. Participants take two courses at 3 s.h. each for a total of 6 s.h. Please see below for information about taking these courses to fulfill UI General Education Requirements.

Taking a Korean language course is recommended as students will find it helpful for daily communication, but it is not required. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of Korean language courses are available. A placement test will be conducted during orientation.

Outside of the classroom, students will take many cultural excursions and field trips, and get the chance to spend an incredible summer in one of Asia's most dynamic and exciting cities.

For the summer program, 16 UI students is the maximum capacity and acceptance will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis (assuming all other eligibility criteria is met).

Before applying directly to Ewha for the summer program, students must submit an application to the UI Study Abroad office. Please click on the "Application" tab for further details.

Here is the PDFsummer 2016 Ewha ISC brochure.

General Education Courses

If you do not see the course(s) you are interested in below, please contact the study abroad advisor to have your desired course(s) reviewed. We recommend that you read about the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education Requirements first before requesting the review. You will need to indicate your desired Ewha course title and your desired UI General Education Requirement area when emailing your study abroad advisor. Your advisor will then request a review to see about the applicability of the Ewha course towards UI General Education Requirements. After the review is complete, your advisor will notify you about whether the course was approved/denied, and also list the outcome here on the UIowa website. The following courses have been reviewed for General Education Requirements at the University of Iowa:

Introduction to International Relations - Approved for International Global Issues
Korean Ceramics - Approved for Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
Korean Language in Contemporary Pop Culture - Approved for Values, Society and Diversity. Denied for Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
Korean Traditional Painting - Approved for Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
North Korean Studies on Society and Culture - Approved for Values, Society and Diversity
Women's History of Korea - Approved for Historical Perspectives

East Asian Culture and Thought - Denied for International Global Issues; Denied for Values, Society, and Diversity
Gender Relations in Korea - Denied for Values, Society and Diversity
Global Economic Issues - Denied for International Global Issues
Globalization & Culture - Denied for International Global Issues
History of Korean Tradition and Folk Culture - Denied for Historical Perspectives
Introduction to Asian Art History - Denied for Historical Perspectives
Korean Language in Contemporary Pop Culture - Denied for Literary, Visual and Performing Arts. Approved for Values, Society and Diversity
Korean Traditional Music - Denied for Literary, Visual & Performing Arts
Literature and Judgment - Denied for Interpretation of Literature
Macroeconomics - Denied for Social Science
Modern History of Korea - Denied for Historical Perspectives
Politics in Korea and East Asia - Denied for International Global Issues
The History of Modern Korea - Denied for Historical Perspectives

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.

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. Students who choose to participate in this program will be taken to traditional Korean events by their buddy, and may even be picked up from the airport upon arrival. Past participants have noted this program as a highlight of their experience.


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. Summer 2016 program dates (Session I only) are June 21, 2016 - July 20, 2016.

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

For More Info

If you have more questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The Study Abroad receptionists can help you schedule an advising appointment.

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 of the largest women's universities in the world, though Ewha accepts international students who are not female. It is 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 been a top choice for students interested in studying in 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 is one of the most economically successful nations in all of Asia. The Visit Korea website has a lot of good information about this great country.

Living Arrangements

Ewha does NOT guarantee on-campus housing for students participating on this program. On-campus housing rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis - based on the timing of your online application. The housing application is integrated into part of the Ewha online application. Interested students are encouraged to apply early.

In the on-campus International House, there are options of both single and double rooms. Single rooms come with a built-in bathroom, small refrigerator, desk, closet, bed and internet access for around $1,500-$2,500 per semester. Double rooms have the same amenities but are between $1,000-$1,500 per semester. The International House is a recently built residence hall with balconies and views of Seoul's cityscape. The buildings are equipped with many 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. Early check-in is generally not available. There is no curfew in the on-campus housing but there are code of conduct policies. Yearlong students are allowed to stay in on-campus housing during the mid-year break period. Students may make roommate requests, but these arrangements are not guaranteed. Purchasing a meal plan is not required.

Summer students will be given an invoice for housing fees upon arrival at Ewha and can pay these fees in cash.

Recommended off-campus housing is available at Twincity Residence (15 minutes away from Ewha's campus by subway). Here is the PDFTwincity Residence brochure. Ewha students receive a discounted rate when using this residence.

Students who prefer to seek independent housing arrangements are allowed to do so, but should note that it can be extremely difficult to find quality short-term housing in Seoul as a student. UI and Ewha staff will not necessarily be able to assist students with finding independent housing arrangements.

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. More information will be provided closer to the date of departure.

Summer students will be asked to fill out pick-up request information after being accepted by Ewha. Based on that information Ewha may facilitate shared transportation from the airport to the Ewha campus for an additional fee.

Local Transportation

Ewha University is located in downtown Seoul and is connected to the city via multiple bus stations and two subway stops (Green Line #2). The Seoul Metropolitan Subway is quite impressive, allowing travelers to get almost anywhere in the city where they would like to go. It is the world's 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 non-academic (disciplinary) standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.50. Students of all genders are welcome to apply. Proficiency in the Korean language is helpful, but not required as courses are taught in English.

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. For the summer program, 16 UI students is the maximum capacity and acceptance will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis (assuming all other eligibility criteria is met).

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

Fall, Spring, and Academic Year Cost Sheets

Cost Sheet for Ewha Exchange, Fall 2016PDF

Cost Sheet for Ewha Exchange, Spring 2017- Academic Year 2016-2017 students onlyPDF

Summer Cost Sheets

Cost Sheet for Ewha Exchange, Summer 2016 - for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences studentsPDF

Cost Sheet for Ewha Exchange, Summer 2016 - for Tippie College of Business studentsPDF

Cost sheets are documents that outline 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

This program is eligible to use the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant.

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. Students 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 10/15.

The online application for the Fall semester and Academic Year programs will be available from 1/1 to 3/15.

The online application for the Summer program will be available from 1/1 to 3/6.

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.

You do not need to submit proof of health insurance coverage in your Ewha online application. Your UI Study Abroad advisor will take care of submitting this to Ewha on your behalf using proof of your enrollment in the Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Policy.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.


Any students who will need to apply for a Korean visa will need to wait until receiving their official admission letter from Ewha before they can begin applying for a Korean visa. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance and advising on the Korean visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.

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

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