The 2016/2017 Korean Government Scholarship Program for international students is now open for application. This scholarship is awarded by the Korean government to international students who wish to enroll for a bachelor’s degree program. The award will last to 5 years from March 1, 2016-February 28, 2021.
The Korean Government Scholarship also known as Global Korea Scholarship is a scholarship program designed by the Korean government and implemented by the National Institute for International Education. The aim and objective of the scholarship program is to provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea in order to promote international exchanges in education and mutual friendship between the countries. Over 120 scholarships are awarded to students. Selection of applicants will be strictly based on documents submitted like transcript, self-introduction, study plan, certificates of language proficiency (Korean and English), recommendations, published papers and awards, etc.
To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the following requirements;
- Applicant must be a citizen of the country to which scholarships are offered, which is also applied to his/her parents. Both applicant and his/her parents must not be a holder of Korean citizenship.
- Must not be above 25 years of age as of March 1, 2016 (Should be born after March, 1, 1991).
- Must have adequate health, both physically and mentally.
- The handicapped who satisfy the above (3) are also eligible for the program
- NOT Eligible: those who are pregnant or who have a severe illness
- Have graduated or be scheduled to graduate from a high school as of March 1, 2016. NOT Eligible: those who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree
- Must possess above 80% (out of 100%) cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A.), or must be within 20% (out of 100%) in the rank during their entire high school period.
- G.P.A. should be 2.64/4.0, 2.80/4.3, 2.91/4.5, 3.23/5.0 or higher
- If applicant’s high school evaluation criteria differs from the stated above, see 7-(2)
- Must not at any time have ever received a Korean government scholarship for an undergraduate course
- Must not have enrolled in an undergraduate course in Korea before. Not Eligible: those who have ever enrolled at a Korean university as a regular or an exchange student
- Must have no limitations in travelling abroad
- There may be preferential selection for applicants who have proficiency in Korean or English
- Applicants are restricted to apply for at most one university. Applicants who applied to more than one university are excluded from being considered for the second round.
Fields of study
All undergraduate programs in participating Korean Universities. Applicants will have to choose their desired fields of study from the listed programs in the university information section provided by participating universities (for scholarship via Korean Embassies) or Engineering or Nature Science majors of study from the listed programs in the Regional University Information (for scholarship via the Regional Universities)
What the scholarship covers
The Korean Government Scholarship will cover the following expenses;
- Airplane ticket or airfare: The grantees will receive an airplane ticket or be paid an economy class airfare of the shortest route between their country and Korea when they come to Korea, and, thereafter, when they leave Korea after the completion of their study.
- Monthly Stipend: 800,000 won per month.
- Tuition: The tuition fee up to 5 million won is exempted by the Korean Government, and if any, the tuition fee exceeding 5 million won and the entrance fee for the first semester by the host university.
- Settlement Allowance: 200,000 won upon arrival.
- Repatriation Allowance: 100,000 won upon completion of studies
- Korean Language Training Expenses: The full costs up to 1 year (NIIED pays directly to the language training institution)
- Medical Insurance: The grantees will be provided with health insurance for major accidents and illnesses during their scholarship period.
- The grantee who has level 5 or higher in TOPIK will receive 100,000 won per month after being enrolled at a university in his/her higher degree.
How to apply
Submission of required documents, applicants should contact the appropriate Korean Embassy (or Korean Education Center) in the country of applicant’s origin (or in the neighboring country) or the designated regional university, the organization in charge of the 1st round of selection. To be selected as a KGSP grantee, any applicant should successfully pass through the 1st selection process set by the Korean embassies of his or her origin. So to apply for the program, please contact the 1st selection organizations to get detailed information on the 1st selection process such as application deadline and required documents, etc.
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Application deadline may differ from one country to another. As Korean Embassy will recommend qualified candidates to NIIED by 13 November , 2015. Therefore, the application deadline should fall before this date in September or early October.