Ewha Womans University Korean Language Program
Over a 100,000KRW Cheaper than next door at Yonsei.
Intensive Program (Mon – Fri / 9am – 1pm) – 1,540,000 KRW/Term (10 Week Course, 200Hrs) + 60,000 KRW Application Fee
Ewha is located in the Sinchon area along with Yonsei University and Sogang University.
For more on Sinchon see our Yonsei Review.
Ewha is a known shopping district although that title is fading a little it still has a large collection of small stalls selling Korean fashion. It is one subway stop away from Sinchon and although most will choose to live in the Sinchon area, Ewha students may also consider lving in Ahyeon-dong which is considerably cheaper (but also much more run-down / less amenities)
Doesn’t have much of a reputation and is very rarely talked about in Korean language student circles. Is literally located next door to Yonsei and generally the two sets of students mingle a lot after class. If anything because it is known as a female’s university it’s classes are likely to have a higher ratio of women. But with that said so is any Korean language class that you attend. Beyond that because it is a women’s university it will have a larger Muslim student community, often these students are unaware that the classes also can contain males.
Ewha has a great campus with some truly beautiful buildings. It is also a Christian school and has a beautiful church on campus. Despite it being a female university usually you will find guys around campus using the study facilities or going to meet their girlfriends. Class atmosphere is not as good as say Yonsei just because the numbers at Ewha are significantly less and the lack of balance between male and female. Watch out for the Chinese tourists on campus scouting the latest in Korean campus fashion – they have been known to take photos of Ewha students and using those photos in fashion blogs / magazines.
Generally overlooked by professionals in Korea which means little to no networking opportunities. Also the language program is not a focus at Ewha so there isn’t much in the way of job postings or other opportunities. There may be casual English tutoring opportunities available around campus but it really pales in comparison to the opportunities available to Yonsei students next door.
Asia Options verdict
There really is no distinct reason why you should choose Ewha Womans University Korean Language Program over Yonsei or Sogang which are also in the area unless you want to save a few dollars on tuition and you feel more comfortable with the idea of attending a women’s university.
Cheaper than Yonsei and other nearby universities
Lack of Opportunities outside of class
Small class size and no atmosphere
Lives in the shadow next door Yonsei