The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students, with the aim of promoting international exchange in education, as well as a mutual friendship amongst the participating countries. In 2012, 345 scholarships will be awarded to international students who want to pursue higher education in one of 51 selected Korean universities.
Master’s: 1 year of Korean language + 2 years of Master’s
- Doctoral: 1 year of Korean language + 3 years of Doctoral
**Important: After the Korean language course, the scholarship period of degree course (2 years of master’s or 3 years of doctoral) cannot extend beyond the designated duration.
- Airfare: Round-trip economy class ticket
- Monthly Allowance: 900,000 won (KRW) per month.
- Research Allowance: 210,000 won for scholars in the humanities and social sciences; 240,000 for scholars in natural and mechanic sciences, per semester.
- Relocation (Settlement) Allowance: 200,000 won upon arrival
- Language Training Fee: Full coverage
- Tuitions: All admission fees are waived by the host institution (university). The tuition is paid by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED).
- Dissertation Printing Costs: 500,000 – 800,000 won, depending on the actual costs.
- Medical Insurance: 20,000 won per month will be provided (limited coverage).
- Special funding for scholars who are proficient in the Korean language (TOPIK Level 5 or 6): 100,000 won per month (commencing from the degree program).
The applicant and his/her parents must have foreign citizenship.
** Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program.
- Applicants should be in good health, both mentally and physically, to stay in Korea for an extended period of time.
- Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of September 1, 2012
- Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of September 1, 2012
**Important: Applicants who have at any time enrolled in a university in Korea will be disqualified from applying to the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in an undergraduate program, a master’s program, or a doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program.
- Applicants who apply for the Master’s program must hold a Bachelor’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor’s degree.
- Applicants who apply for the Doctoral program must hold a Master’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree.
- Applicants must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.64 on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4.3 scale, 2.91 on a 4.5 scale, or grades/marks/score of 80% or higher from the previously attended institution. If the applicant does not satisfy the above GPA criteria, he/she will be disqualified from applying to this program.
- Applicants who have Korean proficiency or English proficiency may be given preference.
- Applicants who apply for natural science and technology program may be given preference.
Applicants have to apply for this program via either an embassy or a designated university. Overseas Korean adoptees have to apply only via an embassy if their countries are allotted the adoptee quotas.
- The selection process for applicants will proceed in three steps. Firstly, applicants must be selected by the institution he or she is applying through (a Korean embassy, or a designated university). Secondly, applicants who passed the first round must be selected by the NIIED Selection Committee. Finally, applicants who passed the second round must gain admission from a university.