South Korean Government Sponsored Scholarships for International Students (2019)

The Korean Government Scholarship Program provides international students with opportunities to conduct advanced studies in undergraduate & graduate programs at higher educational institutions in the Republic of Korea in order to promote international exchanges in education and mutual friendship between countries.  170 slots are available for undergraduate students and 700 slots for graduate students.

Undergraduate course: 4-year courses at designated universities
※ Transferring between universities is not allowed. (e.g. Starting studies at the junior year is not allowed.)
Graduate course: Master’s or Ph.D. courses at general graduate schools of Korean universities
170 slots are available for undergraduate students and 700 slots for graduate students.
Korea Language Training
Grantees are required to take Korean language training courses for 1 year at a language institution located on-campus at local universities. (Those who have attained a Korean language fluency score higher than level 5 in TOPIK are exempt from this requirement.)
Application Procedure
Timeline Undergraduate Graduate
Announcement released Sept. in the year prior to planned studies in Korea Feb. in the year of planned studies in Korea
Recommend candidates
(Korean Embassies, designated universities)
Oct.-Nov. in the year prior to planned studies in Korea Mar.-Apr. in the year of planned studies in Korea
Results released Jan. in the year of planned studies in Korea June in the year of planned studies in Korea
Arrival in Korea Late Feb. in the year of planned studies in Korea Late Aug. in the year of planned studies
Scholarship Benefit
The Scholarships cover the following:
(Costs are converted to US Dollars and are approximate)
  1. Airfare – Actual Cost
  2. Resettlement Allowance – 180 USD
  3. Living Allowance – Undergraduate = 715 USD; Graduate – 815 USD
  4. Medical Insurance – 20 USD Premium Monthly
  5. Language Courses – 720 USD
  6. Tuition – Actual Cost (Max 4500 USD Per Semester)
  7. Korean Language Competency Award – 90 USD
  8. Research Cost – 120 – 160 USD
  9. Dissertation Printing Costs – 450 -700 USD
  10. Completion Grant – 100 USD

 

Qualifications
Both an applicant and his/her parents must be citizens of their country of origin.
※ Applicants should not hold Korean citizenship.- Applicants should have adequate health, both mentally and physically, to stay in a foreign country for a long time.
– Should be under 25 years of age at the date of entrance. (Undergraduate)
– Should be under 40 years of age at the date of entrance. (Graduate)
– Have finished or be scheduled to finish formal education of all elementary, middle, high school courses by the date of arrival. (Undergraduate)

– Possess a grade point average (G.P.A.) above 80% from the last educational institution attended.
– Hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree by the date of arrival. (Graduate)
※ Applicants who have previously achieved in any undergraduate program, master’s program, or doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program.

However, a former or current KGSP scholar who holds the overall grade of 90% or above can reapply to this program once either through the embassy or university track.

 

Procedure for the Scholarship Award
  1. National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED) invites the Korean Embassies in host countries or a local university to recommend potential candidates.
  2.  Applicants should submit all documents related to their scholarship application to the Korean Embassy in their country of residence to or the domestic university concerned.
  3. The Korean Embassy or the domestic university sends proper candidates to NIIED with the required documents.
  4. NIIED evaluates potential candidates and notifies the Korean Embassy of the final selected KGSP grantees.

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