Ewha was founded by a Methodist missionary called Mary F. Scranton in 1886. Mrs. Scranton's first-year class consisted of a single student. While polite society mocked the idea of trying to teach females anything other than the art of serving husband and son, King Kojong gave the enterprise his blessing, and it was King Kojong who gave the school its name in 1887. "Ewha" means "Pear Blossoms." The original campus was covered with them, and many historians speculate that a grove of pear trees near the Scranton home inspired the name.
As the institution evolved, its leadership cultivated the unique idea that the education they provided recognized every single student as an independent individual self. Their philosophical committment to emphasize each student made them not use the plural word "women", but the singular word "woman." "Womans" is a collective of the individual students of Ewha gathered together for women's rights, and it represents the university's foundation with just one student.
Therefore, Ewha is not a "womens" university, but "womans" university, keeping each woman's distinctive being intact in its name, and it is the university's intention to maintain this spirit.
Ewha Womans University is located in the Seodaemun District in the northwestern part of Seoul. Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea, with a population of approximately 10 million; it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
Ewha has three types of dormitories which will provide you with an opportunity to experience various cultures with students from over 80 countries. Ewha dormitory accommodates approximately 1,700 students and has common-use facilities for academic, recreational, and cultural activities. Dormitories will be assigned according to students' admitted programs. Interested students can learn more on the Ewha Womans University housing website.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter.
Coursework is available in both English and Korean. Interested students can find Course Information on the Ewha's Office of International Affairs website.
Students wishing to earn credit for Korean language will be obliged to take a placement exam upon their return to Ohio State. To learn more about this process, interested students should contact Dr. Yon-Soo Kang. Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have Junior rank, complete one year at Ohio State at the time of application and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Complete applications will include a letter of recommendation from a recent instructor; the preference is for a referee who can comment on the applicant's Korean language abilities. Once the application deadline has passed, eligible applicants may be invited for an interview. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included. In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
Tuesday, September 25 from 4-5:30 pm in Enarson Classroom Building 100
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
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NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning
NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.