Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)
Course(s) Offered: Approved fields
Course Level: Undergraduate (bachelors, Associate degree)
Provider: Korean Government (via NIIED)
Country to Study in: South Korea
The Korean Government through the National Institute for International Education (NIIED) offers the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) for both undergraduate programs (KGSP-U) and postgraduate programs (KGSP-P) at approved schools.
The KGSP scholarship program provide 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.
The Government of Korea invites all international students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree course in Korea to apply for the Korean Government Scholarships (Undergraduate program). This call is for undergraduate applications due to start study in Korea September 2019.
Prospective applicant must meet the following qualification criteria:
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)
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.
Korea Language Training:
Grantees are required to take Korean language training courses for 1 year at a language institution located on-campus of the domestic universities. (Those who have attained a Korean language fluency score higher than level 5 in TOPIK are exempt from this requirement.)
Citizens of ALL countries
All Korean Universities designated by NIIED — Search Korean Universities, or see Certified SchoolsFields of Study
Approved undergraduate programs, including Bachelor programs and Associate degree programs. Note: Fields which exceed 4 years(e.g. Medicine, dentistry, architecture) are NOT Applicable.
You may search for English exclusive schools by following these steps: GO to http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/main.do – click University & College – Search University & College. In the “English exclusive lectures” field, select “Yes” and then “Search”.
Number of awards
170 undergraduate awards and 700 postgraduate awards are granted every year
Cover whole duration of academic program i.e. 5 years for Bachelor’s Degrees (up to 1 year Korean language course plus4 years Bachelor’s degree course requirements) and 3 years for Associate degrees (up to 1 year Korean language course plus2 years Associate degree course requirements).
The undergraduate scholarship covers:
Airfare: Round-trip economy class ticket
Monthly Allowance: 800,000 KRW per month
Settlement (i.e Relocation) Allowance: 200,000 KRW upon arrival
Language Training Fee: Full coverage
Tuition: Admission fees are waived by host institution (university). Tuition is covered by NIIED and the university.
Medical Insurance: 20,000 KRW per month (limited coverage)
Korean Proficiency Grants: 100,000 KRW per month for scholars with TOPIK Level 5 or 6
Method of Application
You cannot apply directly to NIIED. Applicants should submit applications either to Korean Embassies in their country of residence or to the Korean universities concerned (i.e. 1st Selection Institutions). So, you should contact one of the 1st Selection Institutions (i.e. 90 Overseas Korean Embassies and Korean Universities) and submit your application no later than the designated deadline. In the 1st round of selection, these 1st Selection Institutions select and forward successful candidates to NIIED (the 2nd selection Institution). Applications should be made ONLY through these 1st selection organizations. Applications DIRECTLY FROM AN APPLICANT or THROUGH FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN KOREA are NOT accepted.
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See websites of Korean Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence. The guideline, application form, and university information are available from Korean Embassies and designated universities. Also see here.
The 1st Selection Institutions recommend undergraduate applicants to NIIED by Oct – Nov in the year prior to planned studies in Korea. You must submit your application to 1st Selection Institutions earlier than this. The specific timeline will vary per country depending on the deadline set forth by the specific 1st Selection Institution. For AY 2019-2020 session, applications open September 2018. Be sure to apply before October 2018, or the specific deadline set by the 1st Selection institution of your interest
Applicants recommended by a university in Korea should enter the same university. Transferring between universities is not allowed. (e.g. Starting studies at the junior year is not allowed.)
Korea is a region in East Asia; since 1948 it has been divided between two distinctive sovereign states: North Korea and South Korea. South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea constitutes the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and lies east to the Asian mainland.
Application Deadline: October 2018
Open to International students: Yes
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