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Study Abroad

International Exchange Program 

Mills College offers exchange opportunites at the following universities in South Korea and China:

Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea
Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China

An exchange program differs from a study abroad program in that it is a direct exchange of students from one institution to the other. This means that students from Mills College go to either Ewha or Lingnan as individuals and guests and enroll directly in the institution rather than having the more limited access to the institution that would be available through a study abroad program provider.

The application process for International Exchange is the same as that for the Study Abroad Program, except that the student must first apply through Mills and be accepted to the exchange program.

Ewha Women’s University

The Spirit of dedication existed from the very start of Ewha's history. This true spirit of Ewha finds countless evidence in silent donations by the professors for the students and the university, in students activities for the needy, and in responsible actions by Ewhaians in all corners of the society. The unswerving stand of Ewha's education and its excellence is founded on this continuity of the Ewha Spirit.  To carry on in this spirit, Ewha has continued to improve its educational and research environment and the over-all quality of the education it provides to serve as the Mecca of women’s education. As the leading force in women's education and a pioneering force in the history of Korean women, Ewha understands fully the requirements of the 21st century.

Special Features

  • Academically rigorous program
  • Many courses in various academic fields conducted in English
  • Studio courses in Art and Music
  • Intensive Korean language classes: Beginner to Advanced
  • Buddy program that helps international students get accustomed to campus life

Dates of Program

Academic year or semester.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Beginning of September to Mid-December
  • Spring Semester: Beginning of March to Mid-June

Application process

Submitted to Mills College:

  • Mills College International Study Application
  • 1–2 page Statement of Purpose
  • International Exchange Supplemental Application
  • Two letters of reference.

Submitted to Ehwa University on Acceptance by Mills:

  • One page application and a statement of purpose
  • Proof of sufficient funds from bank
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • 3 passport photos
  • Official transcript

International Education Institute (IEI) (Year Program) Fees

Students participating in academic year or semester exchange pay regular Mills tuition, room and board, and incidental fees to Mills while attending the exchange institution.


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Lingnan University

Lingnan University, founded in 1967, the only liberal arts university in Hong Kong, traces its heritage to its predecessor in China, first established in 1888. The University is small, warm, friendly, and welcoming. It has a relatively small number of students amongst the universities in Hong Kong and is committed to maintaining the student number at about 2,000 to ensure a close faculty and student relationship. Seventy-five percent of its students live on campus. The campus is located in Tuen Mun in the New Territories. This beautiful campus, winner of architectural awards, is an embodiment of eastern and western architectural styles, providing facilities crucial to the daily functioning of a modern university. Lingnan University seeks to provide its students with quality education distinguished by the best liberal arts tradition from both East and West. It adopts a whole-person approach to education which enables its students to think, judge, care and, ultimately, act responsibly in the changing circumstances of Hong Kong, the region, and the world.

Special Features

  • Students are welcome to take any courses from across the curriculum.
  • Prior knowledge of Chinese is not required.
  • Introductory language classes (Mandarin Chinese) are available.

Dates of Program

Academic year or semester.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Term: September to December
  • Spring Term: January to May

Application Process

Submitted to Mills college:

  • Mills College International Study Application
  • 1–2 page Statement of Purpose
  • International Exchange Supplemental Application
  • Two letters of reference

Submitted to Lingnan University:

  • Lingnan University 2–page application
  • Official transcript
  • A recent photo
  • Application for visa (submitted to the Immigration Department of Hong Kong)


  • Mills regular tuition and fees
  • Housing fees
  • Students are responsible for the cost of meals, airfare, transportation, medical insurance, and all incidental expenses.



Where You Can Study

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Study Abroad Checklist


Student Testimonials


International Exchange Program

Domestic Study Opportunities

International Study Advisor

Study Abroad Application



Monday:9:00 am–4:00 pm

Individual appointments may be scheduled at the M Center by calling 510.430.2000.

Contact Information

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F: 510.430.2003
Last Updated: 1/22/18