The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Ewha was established in March 1997 in response to the need for greater international cooperation amid an increasingly global environment. In this spirit, the Korean government awarded Ewha Womans University a five-year grant to establish the Ewha GSIS program to promote both the intellectual breadth and specialized training necessary for women’s careers in the international arena.
The Ewha GSIS program offers three specific degree programs: 1) Master of International Studies/Arts in Korean Studies, 2) a Joint M.I.S. Degree Program with the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (Washington, DC) and Ewha GSIS; and 3) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Ewha GSIS is a full-time program taught entirely in English (International Studies Department).



For the M.I.S. degree, several concentrations of two departments are also offered: International Studies Department - (i) International Trade & Investment; (ii) International Business; (iii) Development Cooperation; and (iv) International Relations: Korean Studies Department - (i) Korean Culture; and (ii) Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language. Each concentration option is designed to educate and train aspiring women leaders from around the world for a professional career in international affairs and Korean Studies. Specifically, the Ewha GSIS program includes in-class lectures and seminars, internships at various levels of governmental and non-governmental organizations and businesses, intensive language and a workshop on international negotiations, and direct participation in various international conferences and academic symposiums. Moreover, students in the Department of International Studies may select from a unique curriculum in the 21st century fields among International Conflict Management, International Public Relations, International Legal Studies, Women and HRD and get a certificate when they graduate. Students can also take courses from International Organizations and Area Studies.



The Ewha GSIS student body is truly global. For example, in addition to students from Korea, the student body also come from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam to name a few. Thus, students not only learn in the classroom about topics such as multiculturalism, but actually learn to “live” and “cooperate” within a multicultural environment. Due to the small class size of Ewha GSIS, and high faculty to student ratio, students form a close working relationship with the faculty and find opportunities to participate in the faculty’s research projects as Research Assistants (R.A.s), or learn teaching skills by working as Teaching Assistants (T.A.s).



Through the high standard of education and training excellence at Ewha GSIS, students develop acute analytical skills, become savvy negotiators, learn effective written as well as oral communication skills, develop the ability to work effectively in teams as well as an individual, and become effective decision-makers for the global arena. Learning at Ewha GSIS is a truly enriching and worthwhile experience. As a result of our unique educational platform, which is distinguishable from other related programs, our students are strategically positioned to become leading professionals in their chosen international fields.

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