The International Co-Ed Summer School Open to Ewha StudentsStudents who wish to take courses during the summer vacation generally either choose to study at Ewha or to go abroad for summer sessions to foreign universities. Since last year, however, it has become possible for Ewha students to experience a mix of both. Now, Ewha undergraduates can take courses originally designed for foreign students who come to Ewha for the International Co-Ed Summer School organized by the International Education Institute (IEI). The International Co-Ed Summer School is a six-week intensive introduction to Asia and Korea and was held annually since 1971. The program, which consists of Korean language classes and a Korean culture immersion program, was the first of its kind in Korea.
"The reason for opening the International Co-Ed Summer School to Ewha students is to address the need for more courses conducted in English and to provide opportunities for exchange with international students. In the age of globalization, it is important for Ewha to increase exchange with foreign universities and strengthen its global competitiveness. We expect that opening the gates wide, not only to foreign students but also to Ewha students, will contribute to the globalization on campus, an important step to Ewha's development," says Professor Kim Young-hoon, Associate Dean of the International Education Institute.
Students can take up to six credits (or three credits for students taking a leave of absence) and the tuition is the same as any other summer session at Ewha. Registration begins in May every year during the regular summer session registration period.
The program generally consists of foreign students from many countries, second-generation Koreans living abroad, and foreign residents of Korea, together with Ewha undergraduates. All students in the program have an opportunity to mingle with people from other countries and discover diverse perspectives during class. For international students in the program, field trips to historical attractions in Korea are also organized by the IEI. In addition, extracurricular classes on Saturdays such as Korean Cuisine, Temple Stay, and Samulnori are provided.
Since the International Co-Ed Summer School Program is aimed at foreign students who want to learn about Korea, there are numerous courses that help increase their understanding of Korea and also Korean language courses. However, specialized courses such as Korean language are not open to regular Ewha undergraduates.
This year, eight courses are open to regular Ewha students: Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, Contemporary Korean and Asian Films, Modern Contemporary Korean Art History, Introduction to Korean History, Contemporary Korean Society: Change and Continuity, Korean Art History: From Prehistoric Times to the Chosun Dynasty, Politics of the Korean Peninsula since 1945, and Gender Relations in Korea. Three courses, titled "Korean Art History: From Prehistoric Times to the Chosun Dynasty," "Politics of the Korean Peninsula since 1945," and "Gender Relations in Korea," will be of the Harvard-Ewha program which is jointly organized by Harvard University, International Education Institute, and the Division of International Studies. While these courses are open to all Ewha students, one other course titled "Korea in 2100: Special Topics in East Asian Culture and Society" in the Harvard-Ewha program, will only be available to selected Ewha students. Classes are from Monday through Thursday, beginning in June 20 and ending in July 27.
Those who are interested in signing up for courses of the International Co-Ed Summer School should be sure to check the registration period, the beginning date and time of classes, and the method of paying for the tuition.
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