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Temple Summer in Korea the Global Good

Global Temple Conference

Ewha University, illuminated.
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Summer 2016 students of Ewha.
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Roaming the streets of Seoul.
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Ewha Womans University
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Temple Summer in Korea: The Global Good Program

This version of Intellectual Heritage 0852 or Honors Intellectual Heritage 0952 will take you through a vivid historical landscape with Seoul, Korea as your classroom. Dotted with towering skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls, the city is also home to serene Buddhist temples and beautifully crafted gardens. The program is based at Ewha Womans University, one of the top universities in Korea. 
The Global Good's four-week undergraduate seminars offer students the opportunity to complete Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good, in one of Asia’s most ancient and most modern cultural hubs. These courses pair small seminars, in which students read and discuss works of enduring philosophical, literary, and social value, with frequent field trips to sites of ancient and modern cultural significance in and around Seoul. The program opens with an orientation session, and all courses are taught by Temple faculty from the US campus with expertise in culture, history, and literature as well as experience leading study abroad trips.
A private university, Ewha Womans University is the largest women’s university in the world, with 11 colleges and over 25,000 students; Founded in 1886 as Korea’s first pioneering educational institution for women and becoming a university in 1946, it has since grown to become one of Asia’s most prestigious universities, with over 3,000 students visiting from more than 75 different countries each year. Through various short and long-term programs, students have the opportunity to experience Ewha’s leading global infrastructure and excellence in distinct initiatives. This demonstrates the Ewhaian tradition to exist ‘non nobis solem’-not for ourselves alone, but for the good of all humankind.Designed by the prominent French architect Dominique Perrault, who built Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, Ewha is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful campus facilities in the world. 
Ewha Womans University is situated in the exciting Shinchon area of Seoul, about 10 minutes by subway or bus from downtown Seoul. Ewha is located in a student-orientated area of the city with Yonsei, Sogang, Hongik, and Kyunggi Universities located nearby.

Program dates

  • Late-June through late-July

Academic program

Students will enroll in the “Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good” course, which is offered as either IH 0852. Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good (3 credits) or IH 0952. Honors Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good(3 credits)

Language of instruction

  • Except for a practical/survival course in Korean, all instruction is in English.


The Ewha International Co-Ed Summer College (Ewha ISC) at Ewha Womans University and the program director will organize a variety of co-cirricular cultural activities and field-trips throughout Seoul and other areas of Korea. This may include visits to a Korean Folk Village, a lesson in Making Kimchi at the Museum Kimchikan, a performance at the Cinecore Bibap Theatre, the trip to Everland Amusement Park, an excursion to the House of Sharing, a tour of Tongil Tower, as well as welcome and farewell ceremonies and luncheons. Ewha ISC University will also organize a variety of extra-curricular activities for Korean and international students, and students will have the opportunity to participate in PEACE (Professional Ewhaians At Cultural Exchange) Buddies, a program organized by Ewha ISC to introduce international students to local students.

The PEACE buddies are well-trained student volunteers and are required to speak a foreign language fluently and their job is to help the international students adjust to Ewha and in Seoul. Students will receive an email from their buddy a couple of weeks prior to arrival, and during orientation your buddy will be the first Ewha students to greet you while leading campus tours for international students. Apart from the field trips organized by the Ewha ISC, the buddies casually arrange numerous activities for international students, taking them to popular student hang outs and events around Seoul and Korea. 


Dr. Robert Raibee will serve as Program Director for the Temple Summer in Korea: Global Good program. 

School location

Ewha Womans University is situated in the exciting Shinchon area of Seoul, about 10 minutes by subway or bus from downtown Seoul. Shinchon is a vibrant and energetic community with lots of options for students to experience the local culture. Ewha is located in this student-orientated area of the city with Yonsei, Sogang, Hongik, and Kyunggi Universities located nearby. The area near the front gate of Ewha contains one of the most densely-concentrated shopping districts in Korea, where students can check out the latest local fashions and Korean curios at wallet-friendly prices. 


  • Classrooms equipped with smart technology
  • Computer labs and campus Wi-Fi
  • Student Union Gym and Sports facilities
  • Library Shops Cafes
  • Movie Theatre
  • Art Gallery
  • Administrative offices


Shared rooms in on-campus dorms
  • Students can take advantage of the university cafeterias, but there is no meal plan.


Open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities. 

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: February 15

For more information, contact:

  • Program Director Douglas Greenfield, Senior Associate Director of the Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University
  • Temple University Education Abroad; 215-204-0720; study.abroad@temple.edu
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