Well, this was definitely a cool WANK we did this week! We went to a Korean university, spoke with a bunch of people who are students at the university, and got some – in our opinion – really pretty footage. It was easy to do so since Ewha’s a really pretty campus. Totally made us feel like we were back in University…which is a gross feeling. Yikes! We don’t talk much about our university lives: let’s just say we were totally different people then than we are now.

One thing we can say we didn’t like about Ewha University: holy steep hills Batman! It’s like, the entire campus is a pretty decent size if you’re looking from it up top, but all the mountains and hills makes it feel like a three hour journey to get from building A to building B. Ha! We’re over-exaggerating, of course, but there sure are a lot of hills on Ewha, and we probably felt them more than most people would considering that A) Martina’s ankle isn’t fully healed yet and B) while we were WANKing in Ewha I rolled the fizzlesnips out of my ankle. Like, really bad. Couldn’t walk on it by the end of the night so bad. Ah!

And to make the day suck a bit more, I got sick on Tuesday, so I couldn’t be my normal chipper self. Should have probably stayed at home and rested, but the prospect of finally seeing a Korean University and hanging out there for a day were too exciting. Today, though, I could barely get out of bed. And I think my sucky sissy baby attitude is making for a boring pity-party of a blog post. P.S. I feel clammy. And achy :( PITY ME!

Ok, I’ll try to focus and be more professional, ahem, in this blog post. My nose is so stuffy. Couple of interesting things we really noticed about Ewha: their underground facility thingamabob is really freaking nice. It’s, like, a big hill that’s been gutted. It’s got four floors or so of classrooms, coffee shops, study areas, a gym, and other cool facilities. Also, we were surprised at how quickly things shut down. At, like, 9:30PM, everything’s closed or closing for the night. What gives?! It’s a university! Shouldn’t it be bumping at night? Lastly: the spelling of the university is a bit confusing for me. “Womans” is what the website for the university says. Err…is there an English rule I’m unfamiliar with? There’s no apostrophe, and it’s not Women, either. Hrrm.

Otherwise, we had a great time there. Our chat with the international students is in our blooper footage, so check that out if you want to know more about what they said life was like as students in Korea:


  1. Youmie Robert

    I’m planning on studying there in fall 2016! I’ll be taking the intensive program over about 3 semesters and i read that the students taking that program are eligible to apply for the graduate dorms, does anyone have an idea?

    • Youmie Robert

      oh and another thing, does anyone know if they have some sorta opening day, where students get a tour of the campus and stuff at the beginning of each semester or is it only in spring?

  2. My roommate and I are at EWHA right now and I wish we had seen this video before we came. It would have helped us a lot!

  3. my g-ma, aunt, and mom all graduated from ewha womans university! i was in korea this past summer and hoped that i would miraculously bump into you guys on the street but i didn’t :( but i’m stoked that i’ve been to a place where eatyourkimchi went to! haha yay

  4. You have to come to Daegu. Visit my university Kyungpook National University or go to Keimyung University (Shinhwa University in Boys Over Flower).

  5. “the spelling of the university is a bit confusing for me. “Womans” is what the website for the university says. Err…is there an English rule I’m unfamiliar with? There’s no apostrophe, and it’s not Women, either. Hrrm.”

    ~~~~the use of “Womans” is unconventional, it has a special meaning. The early founders of college thought that every woman in this community is worth being respected. So they chose the word “woman” avoiding lumping students together under the word “women.” Putting the additional “s”, they completed the meaning of plural.

    –From Wiki

  6. Omg please go to Yonsei!!! I want to study there!!! It would be really awesome to see it before hand so I’m not completely lost!!! XD

  7. I’m worried! I’m gonna go study at Yonsei but I don’t speak a word of korean, I hope I don’t get too lost lol ^^

  8. Wow!!! I can’t believe how much the ECC has changed since I was there a few years ago! great video, makes me want to go back!

  9. what was the average age of the international students who attended? they look quite young. 

    I ask cause I’m towards my late 20′s and my college offers a study abroad program to Korea.

  10. University founders wanted to express that EWHA Univ. will care & cosider every single student as precious,talented student!!
    So they added S to WOMAN!

  11. Martina, do you know that Boys Before Flowers was filmed at Yangsan English Village, run in part by the institute I work for, Samyook SDA?  I was there a couple of weeks ago, and they have photo ops all over the campus where you can revisit well-known scenes from the show.  You should check it out!

  12. Thank you for an awesome video!

    It would be super duper mega awesome if you guys could do a video on Seoul National University! Why? Because I’m hopefully going there next term and I haven’t found anyone that blogs about that uni or anything except that it’s a really good University. So it would be super great if you guy went there and like had a look around and met some students and so on. Just so I can mentally prepare for what’s coming. :D 
    Keep up the good work and hopefully we well see each other in Korea ;D

  13. I wish you guys would visit Yonsei as well!!! We’re right beside Ewha! The international dorms are almost literally across the street form Ewha’s south gate.

  14. Hi there i would like to know about if i can do the erasmus whitout being in an universiti…i have just finish the highschool but i dont have money to go to an universiti but i would like to do the erasmus in korea…please try to understand me im desperate

  15. Yay you went to Ewha! :D I used to be a student there and loved it! A shame that you can’t get into the Library (as only students can) as it’s quite pretty inside. And a shame that you didn’t make it up to the top of the hill and to the other part of campus (where they have greenhouses and it’s really pretty). If you ever do go to Ewha again try to find Ewha Sarang (이화사랑) cafe where they sell really really really good Kimbap :D ^^

  16. Come to Skku guise!!!!!
    Or Korea Univ. !!!!!!!

  17. Is this an university just for women or also for men?

  18. Damn….. Simon for the English, and Martina for Yonghwa.

  19. Hi i’m a korean girl and i just wanted to leave one message. Rare trash cans aren’t because you have to pay for trash bags. In the past, you could see trash cans around easily. But then people became to consider trash to lightly and trash began to roll around not IN trash cans but AROUND the trash cans. That’s why public trash cans became so rare. After reducing the number of public trash cans, we had cleaner roads and stuff.

  20. I loved that interview. I would love to hear more stories from (brand) new, intermediate and old transfer students and expats. Maybe even some of the militia. I’ve hear many of your experiences, but I’m sure there are many more culture shocks that would interest your audience. I’ve been wondering, Do you two see a proportional amount of non-US/CA English speakers as you do US/Canadian? What other non-Asian foreigners to you tend to come across?

  21. I vote for…….
    Martina ALL THE WAY! CNBLUE’s lead is sooo much better than Ji Hoo..
    As for the engrish, how in the world is Simon better? Did anyone see that sign? I was laughing by a*s off…”The DISH don’t use butter. The DISH use only vegetable oil and cream!”

  22. Idol & Engrish definitely Simon 

  23. I really liked hearing from actual students – their experiences and what they thought were important to learn before coming to Korea.

    I’d really like to see a WANK in Namsangol or Bukchon to see traditional Korean houses (Hanok). It is so hard to find stuff on Hanoks in the States. TT

  24. Boys Before Flowers was filmed on 계명대학교’s campus in Daegu!
    It’s really pretty and you should totally drag Simon there!

  25. Kinda similar here in Taiwan! The block system, the trash can..

  26. Ewha Womans University is only for female Korean students because of the way it was founded.  It was started by an American missionary to educate women at a time when it was not acceptable for women to be well educated.  They are the first university in Korea that would train woman in many fields such as becoming a doctor.  

  27. i just want say  !!!MARTINA GOOD CHOICE!!TOP IS THE BEST !!!!I am Top’s top fans~Don’t be so jealous simon~POOR simon

  28. TOP’s haiku is better….ahh blue hair and blueberries yuummmm….TOP<3 heh…martina is the best! heh…so yes Martina for YONGhwa's thingy and Simon for ENgRISH!!!

  29. wait so, it’s not only for females to attend in this university? Since it said “Womens” university, i literally thought it was only for women haha. but then I saw the interview, which had guys in it. their university name is weird haha

  30. do we say womans ????!!!  O.o’

  31. punkyprincess92

    hahahaha the Sherlock dance/walk/skip…thing!!!!
    okay……..Simon your haiku was definitely aimed at me as a hardcore Shawol but WHAT.THE.HECK???!!! that was creepy and disturbing!!!
    i vote for Simon’s engrish and the idol…….i love them both!!!

  32. I can’t find where to vote on Facebook:

    Simon’s Engrish
    Simon’s Idol (LOVE Kim Hyun Joong!!!!!)

  33. Greetings fellow Nanoomites!  That whole ‘Womans University’ thing was hella vexing to me too, and I worried that it was a particularly embarrassing example of Engrish, but by total coincidence I was at Ewha this past weekend working on Edae Station for Seoul Sub→urban and I got an answer.

    A couple commenters touched on it, but here’s the deal, in full.  Edae was founded by Mary Scranton, an American missionary, and she purposely decided to use ‘Womans’ instead of ‘Women’ to emphasize the uniqueness and importance of each individual student, thus avoiding lumping them all together in what she viewed as the more collective ‘women.’  So there you go.  Though that still doesn’t fix the issue of the missing possessive.

    OK, I’m going to go slink back to my Nerd Cave now…


  34. Greetings fellow Nanoomites, 

  35. That was an awesome wank!! I’m studying Korean studies in Germany and next year we’re going to do an exchange year in Korea so it’s really interesting to see what other exchange students already experience there. And the campus is so pretty and huuuuuge!! Now I’m really excited about my exchange year! ^-^

  36.  About the garbage bags: you do have to buy garbage bags for trash here in Korea–they are available at most grocery stores and have city logos printed on them.  However, it doesn’t explain why they don’t have more trash cans in public areas in Korea. 

    Whether they’re special designated bags you buy or plain white colored bags like Glad from Target–no country gives out free plastic trash bags for your home, right?  So why no public trash cans? 

    Perhaps they want to encourage proper recycling, so they don’t want public trash cans to fill up with recyclable items–best to keep your trash and put it in the proper place?

  37. love this Uni trip, guys! So fun! :)

  38. Simon for both engrish and Idol. and his haiku was funnier, even if Martina’s was truer. with all the time I’m on twitter, someday I will be on when you post and I will vote for you, Simon :D.

  39. Love the lost in translation reenactment. ㅅㅅ

  40. There’s a bunch of architects students in my dorm (in the US) and I was really surprised to see Ewha listed as some of their favorite architecture on the hall bulletin board. I thought that was pretty cool.

  41. The student with the letter “E” on his jacket reminds me of one of the members from the J-pop group Arashi.

  42. I’m totally rethinking my college plans.

  43. Simon’s Engrish, Martina’s Idol :)

  44. Oh and I pick Martina for Idol and Simon for Engrish :)

  45. Wow this is awesome! I can’t believe you guys got to WANK at EWHA. The college I attend has an exchange program with EWHA, and it’s also an all womans college 2 (except men can attend the graduate classes.) I’ve always wanted to see how the campus is, and how the student life was like. I’ve been thinking of attending EWHA for a semester but wasn’t sure because I don’t kno any Korean nd my college doesn’t provide Korean as a foreign language class, (which I thought was weird.) I have friends who are exchange students from EWHA, and I always ask them how campus life is like over there lol. I’m glad you guys interviewed sum of the exchange students, I really think u guys should try to WANK at sum other universities/colleges from Korea too. ~Sorry…I know it’s a pretty long comment lol ^_^’

  46. I vote for SIMON all the way~!
    Also, I laughed SO hard at the awesome segue into “Lies”. I just did that to someone the other day. :D

  47. i like martinas better sorry simon

  48. What’s the use of marking the haikus as A or B when it is absolutely clear that Martina wouldn’t write about nipple sweat? :D

  49. Wow. Seems like an awesome University!! Do you need to know classroom korean to get in?

    • It is an awesome university.  You do not need to know any Korean to get in.  Many of the exchange students do not know Korean and are not studying it.  They are just taking classes in English for their major.  The entire application process is done in English.

  50. Simon for Engrish
    Martina for Idol

    Also Simon that was a really disturbing haiku. I’m sorry.

  51. Hey guys~!!  For all international students out there !!! :) pleaseee if someone has desire and free time during summer can it be our “guide” for a day in Seoul and hongdae in most particularly !!! I know it’s a weird question LOL but couple of friends and me are going to Seoul this summer on a holiday and would love someone to show us around especially a student one!!! we are all students from England – London , Oxford and Cambridge and are more than happy to return the favour to anyone planing visit here. Thanks in advance and sorry for the weridness of this post  loooool :) cheeersss!!!

  52. I guess Simon wins the Engrish challenge, but how can you say no to CN Blue’s lead singer – he’s so dreamy!

  53. holy smokes why is their campus so pretty. aww simon “I fell in love.” *pats* it’s ok, it’s ok. 

    Martina’s coffee english and yonghwa’s gigantic pic ^^

  54. Idol: KHJ of COURSE…I can’t believe Martina is trying to beat out one of the F4 (especially when she takse every opportunity to mention BOF!) :)

    Engrish: again I gotta go with SIMON! Cause com’mon…it was so bad…just…bad….

  55. I was able to get to this page via facebook, but not from your homepage. I kept getting a ‘Sorry page cannot be found’ message.

    • For alot of schools, having foreign students means more funding which is of course money, especially in a country that isn’t really known for ethnic diversity. Like if american colleges or universities tried to get funding from the govt. for letting in a foreign student whoever signs that check or wires the money would have a great time laughing their af

      • Most exchange students don’t pay tuition to Ewha. They pay their home school’s tuition, but pay Ewha dorm expenses and incidental fees like medical. I think the reason that they allow male students through exchange is because the goal is to create partnerships with other universities that their students can make use of to expand their academic horizons. Why would an outside school want to affiliate with an institution that only accepts half of their student population? At least that is my thinking. I could be totally wrong.

  56. Where’d you get your backpack from?  What brand?  Where can I get this awesome backpack?  The grey one.

  57. Come to SKKU or Korea University guise!!!!!!

  58. This university looks hecks expensive–did they mention how much tuition was for a semester?

  59. BBB for engrish and Martina for Idol

  60. Simon”s engrish and idol~! XD

  61. lol.. simon wins engrish and martina wins idol

  62. irritablevowel

    Simon’s Engrish.  Martina’s idol.  Simon’s haiku.  Martina’s victory dance.

  63. I vote for Yonghwa, I love CN Blue. And I vote for Simon’s Engrish.
    This was a good WANK.

  64. Speaking of ridiculously expensive fruit in Asia, click on the attached image to see a $100 (circa 2008) watermelon in Japan (I might also add that it’s square). With the current exchange rate, this watermelon would cost even more. Fruit is so expensive in Japan that it’s often given as a gift (hence the bow). You can purchase a gift cantaloupe for about $20. Really the only fruit that is inexpensive, even by American standards, are bananas.

  65. Simon on both Engrish and Idol!

  66. If you’re gonna complain about those “hills” then you should try Hanyang Univ. I lost 5 kg walking up and down those hills. Martina’s poem and Simon’s Engrish ftw.

  67. haha! lip my stocking! oh simon, you always reference the most random things. that has to be one of the reasons i lurv you guys so much.

  68. Simon for both Engrish and Idol ^^

  69. I went to Ewha in 2010, for summer school, and I’m going back this summer. I was really excited to see that you guys were doing an Ewha WANK!

    I asked someone there about the Womans verses Women’s, and they said that, when the school was founded, the grammar rules in English were different or that the founders wanted it that way for some other reason, and that they’ve kept it like that for historical purposes? That seems a little suspicious, though.

  70. Idol: Martina! YONGHWA FTW

    Engrish: Simon

  71. Ha ha!  My former roommate and good friend is in this video!  Thanks for showing me what her new home looks like–what a cool place!  And I hope you get better, Simon! ^.^

  72.  wow slepping room!!! really???? definitely I gotta go to Korea and get a master degree in something. I just love the campus, even though the shooting was too short to show the entire place

  73. simon’s engrish and martina’s idol

  74. Super Cool WANK this week guys!!! So Simon wins the Engrish Challenge while Martina wins the Idol Challenge.

  75. I’m sorry, but Simon’s haiku was 1000X better…
    Nothing can beat Taemin’s nipple sweat.

  76. Wah memories
    about ewha^^ Its a good university. And downstairs at the Italian restaurant
    there is a really good Korean restaurant, there are really nice the as well and
    really pashed with foreigners ;)

    I luved the
    reading-space- bock-mashie and I was surprised about the sleeping rooms, but I was
    told that ever Korean university have something like that.

    And you
    should do a SKY-University Wanking! =)

  77. You should go to Korea University because I know someone that goes there! :)

  78. I would not eat a blueberry that looks like TOP’s hair.  haha & nipple sweat?! eww.  I’m sad I couldn’t vote, you tweeted the challenges when I was asleep :( Ehwa looks like a lovely campus!  Uh I vote Simon’s Engrish & though I am biased for Rui/Jihoo I vote Martina’s idol~ Jong Yong Hwa! Shinwooooo!

  79. I absolutely love the vibe and atmosphere of university campuses. But you couldn’t pay me to be a university student again. UGH! Exams and studying for hours and group projects. Eff that. I like having my degree and just wandering around on college campuses when I feel like it much better…. not that that makes me sound creepy but whatever.

  80. Also, at Ewha, if you miss a certain number of classes you automatically
    fail the course. A certain number of lates also makes up one absence. Some people have told me that in their class, if they’re even one or two minutes late there is no leniency.
    At my home university, attendance is not really an issue, unless you get
    marks for class participation (usually 10% of the grade). Even then, if
    you lost that 10%, you wouldn’t automatically fail for not showing
    your face in class. The attendance and lateness issue is something I’m
    really not fond of.

    • i’m from the states and we have a rule like that here too….more than 5 absences(which you can get from being late a few times) makes you fail the course….so i guess if i’d to ewha (which i really want to now after watching this vid) i’d be pretty used to that rule heh…

  81. Awesome Wanking Adventure! I’m looking into going back to school (eww…gross) after I’m done teaching here (Busan).  Btw, Martina your backpack and iPad case are freaking awesome.  Can you tell me where I can get an iPad case similar to that?

  82. Please, please, please do go to Yonsei International Summer School! Because of your amazing videos that I’ve been seeing for the past 2 years I summed up my courage, applied and I’m studying there abroad for the summer!  :D

  83. oh Martina and her undying love for T.O.P lol

  84. The class schedule time in a bit different at Ewha (the student talking about it in the video is from Yonsei ^^). Basically it’s almost like being in (an Ontario) high school again. Classes are arranged into periods from period 1 to period 7. Each period runs for 75 minutes with a 15 minute break until the start of next period. I thought that 15 minutes was long at first, but you really need that time, maybe more, to climb the hills around campus.

    I got confused by this because, at my home university, classes are just listed by the start time. Like if the class starts at 2pm and ends at 5pm, it just says 2-5. Here at Ewha, classes are listed by period. So if your class says 4~5, it’s not an hour long lecture starting at 4pm. The class runs from period 4 to period 5 (12:30pm – 3:15pm, with a 15min break from 1:25pm until 2pm). Period 1 starts at 8am. All Korean language classes begin first period :’(

  85. When I was studying at college, Ewha was one of the options that I considered to go study abroad, so I’m really thankful you guys went there for this WANK, because now I know how it actually looks like. I wish my university were like that!!

    Kisses and “get well”s and cheers from Argentina :)

  86. Wikipedia has an explanation of why it’s called Womans and not Women’s.  Although I don’t really buy the explanation.  I think it’s another example of Engrish.  And that’s sad for a university, IMHO.

    • HEY!! I’m EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY’s student.

      And  “WOMANS” are not engrish!!

      You’re INSULTING my school!

      University founders wanted to express that EWHA Univ. will care & cosider  every single student as precious,talented student!!

      So they added S to WOMAN!

  87. Now I’m curious. What were you guys like as university students? It would be super cool to hear about your past (how ominous does that sound? lol). ANYWAYS, great wank this week! I absolutely loved it, and the campus is beautiful. And you two were so cute as always!

  88. I really enjoyed the interviews with the International students! The conversation seemed to flow really casually. It was really interesting hearing about their experiences.

  89. I was drinking something while Simon was reading his haiku, and I literally spit my drink across the room.

  90. I vote for “CN Blue’s lead singer” aka Yonghwa <3
    (complete Boice here)

    But for Engrish, Simon. 

  91. no food? :(

    But great WANK though. It was really informative! I’d been wondering what Korean universities were like, and actually East Asian schools in general. Since you guys used to teach in grade schools, it would be cool if you could do an in-depth look at those too.

  92. this is so interesting!! it would be awesome to study abroad but it seems quite intimidating

  93. i just got my acceptance letter to the university of Saskatchewan and I’m uber excited this video came at the perfect time.  

  94. Wait, what was that at the end Martina?!?  I really want to study abroad in a foreign country, I hope maybe Spain, Korea, or Japan.

  95. I  am so gald you went there because my sister goes there and simon get better

  96. I’m so glad you guys went to Ehwa. I went to Korea for the first time last summer and one of my friends gave us a tour of the University. I really wished I could have gone inside the reading room. It looked really cool from the outside because you could only see the lights through the semi tranparent glass so it sort of gave it a Harry Potter-esque feeling. Also my Korean male friends had never been to Ehwa University before so they were kinda happy lol. I hope you guys tour Korea Univeristy or Yonsei University next!  I also really loved that they have an ATM there that accepts foreign credit cards!

  97. Oh dang I had totally wanted to go to Ewha since like four years ago! I’m so jealous, but thanks for showing a lot of the campus!

  98. One thing I wish I had done while in college: study for a semester in a foreign university. I did get to work for a year in Korea though and when I visited Seoul I walked through Ewha’s campus. It really is gorgeous. 


    On a side note: Simon seriously ruined the word “Original” for me -_-’ lol

  100. A gazillion-trillion female students vying for a handful of male students, who are ALL FOREIGN?
    Sounds like the ultimate dating colosseum. Difficulty, over 9000.

  101. totally martina’s engrish and idol

  102. this is my dream, i really want to study in a different country! im colombian :)

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