The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) is offered to international students who want to pursue Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Korean Universities. The scholarship is aimed to provide international students with an…
Studying in Korea – All You Need to know About Korean Scholarship
South Korea is Asia’s fourth largest economy, as well as, a constitutional democratic state with a very high standard of living. It is one of the world’s leading international financial centres.
Undergraduate programmes last for four years with an exception of Medicine and Dentistry which last for six years.
Korea has minimum tuition and living costs and international students do not need to pay higher fees. The government has shown great support and deregulations for foreign students in areas like dormitory provisions, part-time jobs, and employment after graduation and scholarships.
Most international students who study in Korean universities take courses offered in English. English language courses are more at the graduate level. Overseas students who want to study in English or Korean languages must show a proof of language proficiency, it is important to check with individual schools for their required language exam scores.
The academic year starts in March, but many universities admit new students twice a year – March (spring semester) and September (autumn). There are two semesters in a year: July – August and December – February. The deadline for March entry is between September and November, while that of September is between May and June. Applicants should print out application forms and send via courier service or apply online, if available.
The purpose of the Global Korean Scholarship is to provide international students with opportunities for advanced learning at the different higher institutions in the Korean Republic. This helps to promote healthy international exchanges in education and foster mutual understanding.
The scholarships are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. However, a transfer option is not available for the scholarship.
The total number of candidates to be selected is 870 persons, 170 persons for the undergraduate courses and 700 persons for the postgraduate courses.
Fortunate candidates are advised to take Korean language training courses for a period of one year at any language institution located in the home universities. Candidates exempted are those who have attained a Korean language proficiency score higher than 5 in TOPIK.
- The announcement is released in September of the year prior to planned studies.
- Candidates are recommended by the Korean Embassy between October and November the same year.
- Results are released in the year of planned studies.
- Candidates’ arrival takes place in late February of the year of planned studies in Korea.
For postgraduate study
- The announcement is released in February of the planned year of study.
- Candidates are recommended by the Korean Embassy between March and April of the same year.
- Results are released in June
- Candidates arrive in late August.
Korean Scholarship Benefits
Resettlement allowance – KRW 200000
Living allowance – Undergraduate: 800000
Medical insurance – KRW 20000 per month
Language courses – KRW 800000 per quarter
Tuition fees – Actual cost (5m KRW per semester)
Award for excellent language proficiency – KRW 10000
Research support – KRW 210000-240000 per semester
Printing costs – KRW 500000-800000
Completion grant – KRW 100000 (once)
- Both applicants and their parents must be citizens of their country of origin and not Korean citizens.
- Applicants must be healthy (physically and mentally) to live in a foreign country.
- Undergraduate applicants should be under 25.
- Postgraduate applicants should be under 40.
- Undergraduates have finished high school education by the date of arrival.
- Postgraduates possess a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by the arrival date. In addition, the grade point average (G.P.A.) must be above 80% from the last educational institution attended.
- Beneficiaries of previous scholarships are not eligible for application.
- A former or current scholar of KGSP whose overall grade is 90% and above can reapply through the embassy or university track.
Procedure for the Scholarship Award
- NIED invites the Korean Embassy to recommend potential applicants from a home university or country.
- Applicants should submit all their scholarship related documents to the Korean Embassy in their country of residence or home university.
- The Korean Embassy or home university sends proper candidates with the required documents to NIED.
- NIED evaluates potential candidates and gives notifications of the selected applicants to the Korean Embassy.
Universities offering scholarships in Korea
- Korea University
- Kyung Hee University
- Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
- Sogang University
- Ewha Women’s Univesity
Applicants with no English as their first language should take IELTS, TOEFL, or other acceptable English language tests to prove their English proficiency.
Tuition fees per semester range between £1,275 and £3,800 for undergraduates and £1,600 to £4,460 for postgraduates.
Dormitory accommodation is more economical and convenient. Students should decide where they want to live before their arrival.
The cost of living is about £5000.
Foreigners are registered with the National Health Insurance Corporations. Korea is a safe country to live with a minimal record of theft, assault, and thuggery.
List of Korean Universities
- Namseoul University
- Seoul Hanyoung University
- Dong-A University
- Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology
- Kyungbok University
- Seoul National University of Science and Technology
- Sungkyul University
- Juan International University
- Korean University
- Korean University of Welfare
- Konkuk University
- Woosong University
- Cheongju University
- University of Science and Technology, Korea (UST)
- Dongduk Women’s University
- Kosin University
- Andong National University
- Chonbuk National University
- Daegu University
- Sunchon National University
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