Ewha Womans University Korean Language Program Review

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Jung-gu, Seoul 100-101, Korea
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Ewha Womans University Korean Language Program

Ewha Womans University Korean Language Program

Ehwa is the largest and most prestigious women’s university in Seoul but don’t worry if you are a male because men are able to attend the universities Korean language program!

 

Program Schedule

2015
Terms Spring Summer Fall Winter
Term Dates Mar.6~May.15 Jun.11~Aug.19 Sep.8~Nov.19 Dec.9~Feb.24,16

 

Affordability

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

 

Location

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)

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Reputation

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.

 

Atmosphere

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.

 

Opportunities

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.

 

Ewha Womans University
6.4 Total Score
7.6 Users Score (5 votes)
Pros

Cheaper than Yonsei and other nearby universities
Beautiful Campus

Cons

Lack of Opportunities outside of class
Small class size and no atmosphere
Lives in the shadow next door Yonsei

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Simply AWESOME
No other word can best describe Ewha Korean Language Program besides AWESOME! We, as the students of Ewha Korean Language Program really think that our Professors are simply AWESOME! They love their profession of teaching. They love their students. We could thus acquire the foreign language amazingly rapid with their patience and guidance. Cross my heart, thank you very much!
Studying Korean Language in Ewha is one of the AWESOME things happened in my life!
March 20, 2015, 9:34 am
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awesome place!!
i like the fact that we have small classes, this way we get to know each other very well. the teachers are so energetic and the atmosphere is very friendly. we also have cultural events, that helps us getting to know the korean culture better.
March 12, 2015, 5:42 am
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My experience at Ewha Korean Language Program
I have been studying at Ewha University’s Korean Language program for 7 months now and am very pleased with my decision to attend Ewha.

This article seems to indicate that because Ewha is not as prestigious as neighboring Yonsei that this serves as a detriment. However, I have actually found this to be quite the opposite. Ewha is still a top quality school, rated as one of the top Women’s Universities in Korea and the name is recognized by anyone you meet in Korea. The program has spent several years revamping its program and come out with several new books within the past few years. I personally find Ewha to be a hidden gem among Korean language programs in Seoul and would not be surprised if within a few years it became known as a top school to attend for Korean learners. In fact, several foreigners who have come out recently on TV programs in Korea have graduated from Ewha’s language program.

In terms of the atmosphere, I am a bit confused as to this article’s premise on the atmosphere being very religious. The article seems to suggest a strong religious presence of Christianity and Islam; however I have not felt any strong religious presence at the school. I am neither Christian nor Muslim and have not felt any pressure placed towards me to practice any particular religion. Additionally, I have not found that high of a Muslim student population as this article suggests. Although I do not see how the reflection of any specific religion within its student population reflects a university’s ability to provide a quality language program. Hereby, I am a bit confused as to why this seems to be a focus within the “atmosphere” section of the school. Ewha does have a beautiful campus, and because of that, yes inadvertently there are several tourists who are seen to go on campus to take photos. I would believe the growing number of tourists would be indicative to the beauty of the campus.

I would also like to clarify that Ewha has two programs for Korean. They do have Korean classes directly through its university for exchange students; but the main program Ewha University Korean Language Program (KLP) is through a separate part of the school and has its own professors and facilities strictly dedicated to Korean learning. It is in a sense a school within a school; however, you still get access to the rest of the universities facilities including the library and health center.

In regards to the articles comments in terms of the class atmosphere, I have trouble seeing how the balance between male and female students reflects a universities ability to provide an education to its students. If you need a large mix of female and male students in your class to learn a language, then I suppose that this university may not be for you. However, if your priority is to go to a university for a quality program that will enable you to learn a language, then I would say that Ewha’s Korean Language Program is one worth attending. I would like to add that I am in fact a male student and in terms of after class, if you really are concerned with meeting other males, Yonsei is right across the street, and there are plenty of people in nearby Shinchon.

In terms of opportunities, like any place one’s opportunities are what one makes of it. In terms of things the KLP provides, the language program will sometimes provide free tickets to concerts or discounts to performances or amusement parks (everland & lotte world). There are several student clubs and organizations that you can join if you are interested in meeting other Korean students and practicing the language. But you have to take the initiative to go out and find out about it and join them. The only reason I was able to join those groups was because I went out and sought it. But I feel that is the same anywhere. There are other services provided by the university, but as I personally have not looked into anything aside from joining other student groups so unfortunately I cannot provide an accurate representation as to all opportunities the school may provide. But I would be keen to believe that if there was something specific one was looking for there would be a means to do it. Thereby my ranking on here for opportunities is based upon my current knowledge and needs as a student whose focus is on learning the language.

Back to the language: All of the schools listed on this site will teach you more or less the same thing. After all, the language doesn’t change. What makes the universities different is the methods of which the language is taught and the professors who are teaching it. Ewha is very well rounded in its focus between listening, reading, writing, and speaking. In regards to the faculty, I have found that aside from the well-rounded curriculum, it is primarily the quality professors that make this program great. All of the professors I have had thus far are very dedicated in what they do and I have had several professors stay as late as 8 or 9 o’clock that night preparing for the next day’s lesson and finishing up providing feedback for the students’ writings.

I cannot say first hand in terms of what other university programs or professors, but from fellow students I have met that came here from neighboring universities, I have heard that Ewha’s professors provide much more feedback in the homework and writings; and that the curriculum is more well-rounded in terms of the balance between grammar, speaking, reading, writing, and listening. It was in part from learning this that I too ended up deciding to study at Ewha.

Everyone’s experiences are different as well as each individual’s learning style. There is no best answer. But for me personally, Ewha is a great fit.
March 10, 2015, 2:29 pm
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I strudied Korean at EWHA Language Center for 1 year. I satisfied with the Korean program. At that center there were well trained teachers a lot.
March 9, 2015, 8:44 am
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