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International Studies (GSIS)

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International Studies(GSIS)


International Education Building Room #1102


82-2-3277-3652, 3956




The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Ewha Womans University was established in March 1997 with the mission to produce the finest women leaders of the 21st century. Since then, Ewha GSIS has succeeded in building an exceptional program with one of the most diverse student and faculty bodies in the world. Students from over 70 countries have gathered at Ewha GSIS to become experts in 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 a teaching or research assistant.

Ewha GSIS is well designed to meet the diverse needs of the students. Graduate seminars offer in-depth academic exposure as well as extensive student engagement through low student-to-faculty ratio. Ewha GSIS courses rigorously train students’ analytical capacities as well as develop practical skills to prepare students 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 Koreanstudies 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).

Ewha GSIS is the only school in Korea with a dual M.I.S. degree program in conjunction with the Elliot School in George Washington University (Washington, DC). After completing three semesters at Ewha GSIS and two semesters at the Elliot School, students receive two Master’s Degrees in International Studies.

Ewha GSIS is the hub for training 21st century global experts and is the strategic choice for women seeking the best education, the most dynamic atmosphere, and the greatest competitive edge any program can offer. In short, Ewha GSIS is the only program of its kind in Korea to offer exceptional leadership opportunities and courses specifically geared for women leaders.

1997. 3


2006. 3

Department of Korean Studies from Ewha Graduate School joined the GSIS

The aim of education

Ewha GSIS has defined the following goals:

  • Foster professional negotiation skills to actively cope with the transitional contemporary global operating environment.
  • Through combined synergy effects of international studies and Korean studies, nurture international professionals who are experts of the regions and promote globalization of Korea as well as globalization of Korean studies based on Korea’s own perspectives.
  • Along with technical knowledge for the high-tech industrial field, to develop professional capacity in dealing with 21st century topics such as international conflict management, international public relations, international legal studies, and women and human resource development.
  • Nurture professional global women leaders for the 21st century by building 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.