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Ewha University

The Graduate School of International Studies


The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Ewha Womans University was established in March 1997 with the mission to produce the finest female leaders of the 21st century. Ewha GSIS provides exceptional programs that has built one of the most diverse student and faculty bodies in the world, where students from over 70 countries study at Ewha GSIS and grow to become experts in various disciplines; international trade and investment, international business, development cooperation, international relations, cultural studies, and teaching Korean as a second language. Ewha GSIS also strives to provide students with financial support. Currently about 71% of students in international studies and 49% of students in Korean studies receive financial support either through scholarships or by working as teaching or research assistants.

Ewha GSIS is well designed to meet the diverse needs of our students. Graduate seminars offer in-depth academic exposure as well as extensive student engagement due to the school’s low student-to-faculty ratio. Ewha GSIS courses rigorously train students’ analytical capacities and help students to develop practical skills to prepare for an increasingly globalized and competitive work environment. Ewha GSIS students also undertake domestic and international internships throughout their graduate studies to hone their professional skills.

Ewha GSIS boasts an excellent job placement record for graduates. Graduates of international studies work in international organizations (e.g., World Bank, United Nations, World Trade Organization, American Chamber of Commerce); government and public institutes (e.g., Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Strategy and Finance, and the National Assembly); domestic research institutes and think tanks (e.g., Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, Korea Women’s Development Institute, and Korea Educational Development Institute); multinational and domestic corporations (e.g., IMM Asset Management, IMM Consulting Group, Arthur Anderson, SK Telecom, Korea Herald, KBC, MBN, MBC, and CBS); and non-governmental organizations (e.g., World Vision, Save the Children, Korea Food for the Hungry International, Compassion Korea, and Oxfam New Zealand). Graduates of Korean studies work as Korean language instructors and professors at various universities and public institutions in South Korea and overseas (e.g., Ewha Womans University, Yonsei University, Sogang University, Princeton University, Hong Kong University, Chulalongkorn University, and King Sejong Institute Foundation).

Brendan M. Howe(Department of International Studies)
International Education Building 1102


1997.03 Established GSIS
2006.03 Department of Korean Studies from Ewha Graduate School joined the GSIS

The aim of education

Our goals are to:

  • 01 Foster professional negotiation skills to actively cope with the transitional contemporary global work environment.
  • 02 Nurture international professionals who have expertise in various regions through the synergistic effects of integrated international studies and Korean studies, and to promote the globalization of Korea and the globalization of Korean studies.
  • 03 Develop professional capacity in dealing with 21st century topics such as international conflict management, international public relations, international legal studies, and women’s and human resource development.
  • 04 Nurture professional global female leaders for the 21st century. To achieve this goal, GSIS builds a human network and physical infrastructure to connect domestic and international educational, research and information resources through systematic cooperation with affiliated organizations such as the Institute for International Trade and Cooperation and the Global Career Management Center as well as departments of the university such as the Office of Global Affairs and the International Information Center.