Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) 2018 (Also known as GKS Scholarship) for undergraduate degrees have been announced. In 2018, 95 international students from 64 countries will be selected to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a Korean university.
The Korean Government Scholarship Program for undergraduate degrees is designed to provide international students with opportunities to study at higher educational institutions in Korea for Bachelor-level degrees, which in turn will contribute to promoting the international exchange in education and to deepening the mutual friendship among countries.
There are also 20 scholarships to pursue an associate degree program and 25 scholarships to pursue a bachelor’s degree(Engineering or Nature Science majors) in Korea. For the details of these scholarships, you can go to the Study in Korea website:
*Important: Application deadline may differ from one country to another; it will be expected to fall in September or early October. For the application guideline and FAQ(frequently asked question), please refer to the attached files.
Wish you all good luck!
※ Only those who hold citizenship of the countries below are eligible to apply.
|Country||Reserved Quota||Country||Reserved Quota||Country||Reserved Quota||Country||Reserved Quota|
|Bhutan||1||Iran||2||Panama||1||Trinidad and Tobago||1|
- One placement is reserved for overseas Koreans within each of the highlighted country’s scholarship quota. (e.g., For Brazil, 1 placement is reserved for those of overseas Koreans, and 3 placements are available to general applicants.)
- Academic Programs: Bachelor’s Degree Program (4 years) after preliminary Korean Language Program (1 year)
- Scholars must take the mandatory Korean language training at a language institution that will be designated by NIIED. The institution will be specified in the letter of invitation after the announcement of final successful candidates.
- Scholars must attain a certain level on TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) as required by NIIED before the completion of the one-year Korean language program. Otherwise, scholars are not allowed to proceed to the degree program.
- Scholars with level 5 or 6 on TOPIK will be exempt from the language program and must begin their Bachelor’s degree program from Spring 2018
- Scholars who receive TOPIK level 5 or 6 during the first 6 months of the language program may start their degree program in the Fall 2018 semester.
- Available Universities and Fields of Study : 4-Year Bachelor’s degree programs offered at the universities below.
|Chonbuk National University||Hallym University||Korea University||Silla University|
|Chonnam National University||Handong Global University||KOREATECH||Sogang University|
|Chosun University||Hankuk University of Foreign Studies||Kumoh National Institute of Technology||Sookmyung Women’s University|
|Chung-Ang University||Hannam University||Kyunghee University||Soonchunhyang University|
|Chungbuk National University||Hanyang University||Kyungpook National University||Soongsil University|
|Chungnam National University||Hoseo University||Kyungsung University||Sun Moon University|
|Daegu University||Inha University||Myongji University||Sungkyunkwan University|
|Dankook University||Jeju National University||Namseoul University||University of Seoul|
|Dong-A University||Jeonju University||Pai Chai University||University of Ulsan|
|KAIST||Pukyong National University||UNIST|
|Keimyung University||Pusan National University||Wonkwang University|
|Dongseo University||Kongju National University||Sangmyung University||Yeungnam University|
|Ewha Womans University||Konkuk University||Semyung University||Yonsei University|
|Gachon University||Konyang University||Seoul National University of Science and Technology||<58 universities>|
|Gyeongsang National University||Kookmin University||Seoul National University|
- Attention! Any degree program which takes more than 4 years to complete is NOT AVAILABLE under this scholarship program. All applicants cannot choose such degree programs (Examples: medicine, dentistry, architecture, and pharmacy)
- For more details on the available fields and majors, refer to the “University Information” file that is available to access in the GKS Notice board, on the Study in Korea website (studyinkorea.go.kr). All applicants must choose a major listed on the “University Information”.
- Qualifications: Prospective applicants must meet all of the following conditions.
(1) CITIZENSHIP: An applicant and his or her parents must be citizens of one the countries listed on the above chart in #2 of this guideline.
- Attention! Neither the applicant nor the parents should hold the Korean citizenship.
- Exception(Only for those holding Japanese Citizenship): Individuals whose parents hold a ‘Special Permanent Residency Permit’ within Japan while holding Korean Citizenship may be deemed eligible to apply.
(2) AGE: An applicant must be under age 25 as of March 1, 2018 (Should be born after March, 1, 1993).
(3) HEALTH: An applicant must be in good health, both physically and mentally.
- Those with disabilities, but in good mental and physical health, are eligible to apply.
- Those with severe illness are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.
(4) LEVEL OF EDUCATION: An applicant must have graduated or be expected to graduate from a high school as of March 1, 2018
- Those who have already achieved a Bachelor’s degree or a higher degree are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.
- Those who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a high school in Korea are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.
(5) GRADES: An applicant must either have the cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A.) of 80% (out of 100%), or be ranked within the top 20% throughout the 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 [see Appendix 3]
- If an applicant’s high school has an evaluation system different from the above scales, see 7-(2)-⑨.
(6) An applicant should never have been awarded with any scholarship programs from Korea for an undergraduate degree program.
(7) An applicant must have no limitations in travelling abroad
(8) Applicants who have proficiency in the Korean or English language will be given preference.
(9) Descendants of the Korean War veterans will be given preference.
(10) Engineering and Science majors will be given preference.
(11) Applicants from low income families or underprivileged backgrounds will be given preference.
(12) Applicants who are confirmed to be ‘third generation’ overseas Koreans will be given preference.
(13) An applicant is restricted to apply either for the Embassy Track or for the Regional University Track.
- Applicants who apply for both tracks will be automatically disqualified and their applications will be eliminated.
- Scholarship Benefits
- Scholarship Period: March 1, 2018 ~ February 28, 2023 (1-year Language + 4-year Degree Program)
(2) Scholarship Benefits
- Airplane Ticket or Airfare: The scholarship covers an economy class flight with the shortest route between a scholar’s country and Korea. A one-way ticket to Korea will be offered to each scholar at the beginning of the scholarship program; another one-way ticket from Korea will be offered for those who complete their studies under the scholarship program.
- Monthly Stipend: 800,000 KRW per month
- Tuition: The tuition fee up to 5 million KRW is covered by NIIED. In case the tuition is higher than 5 million KRW, the exceeding amount is covered by the host university. The university entrance fee is covered by the host university.
- Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW upon arrival
- Scholarship Completion Grants: 100,000 KRW upon completion of studies
- Korean Language Training: The full cost for the 1 year is covered by NIIED and the language institution.
- Medical Insurance: Scholars are covered by health insurance for major accidents and illnesses during their scholarship period.
- Korean Proficiency Grants: Scholars with level 5 or 6 on TOPIK will receive 100,000 KRW won per month during the degree program.
- NIIED does not cover the expenses for the domestic travel both in a scholar’s home country and in Korea.
- Airfare for entry into Korea will not be provided to a grantee that has been staying in Korea as of the date of announcement of successful candidates
- NIIED does not cover the expenses for traveler’s insurance.
- The medical fee is to be reimbursed through the insurance company to a scholar after he or she pays first. However, the expense for dental care or chronic disease will not be covered.
- In case a scholar withdraws from the scholarship program within the first 3 months after entering Korea, he or she must return all the scholarship benefits offered, which includes the entry airfare, settlement allowance, monthly stipend, tuition, language training fees, Korean proficiency grants, and medical insurance.
- The return flight ticket and the Scholarship Completion Grants will not be offered for those who withdraw from the scholarship program.
- If a student temporarily leaves Korea during the language program, the allowance will not be given during the period student was absent in Korea. The allowance will not be given if a student’s leave of absence period exceeds 30days during the degree program.
- Required Documents
(1) Required Documents: 1 set of the original documents below, and 3 sets of the photocopies of the original
- Completed Application Form (Form 1)
- NIIED Pledge (Form 2)
- Personal Statement (Form 3)
- Study Plan (Form 4)
- Two Recommendation Letters (Form 5)
- Must be from two separate recommenders.
- The letters must be written by someone who can give in-depth assessment on the applicant’s abilities, including a high school teacher, principal, or academic advisor.
- Completed Self Medical Assessment (Form 6)
- Graduation Certificate of High School
- Those who are expected to graduate may submit a provisional graduation certificate of high school.
- High School Grade Transcript (including a description of the school’s grading system)
- Certificates of Citizenship of the Applicant and Parents (Examples: a birth certificate, a government-issued certificate indicating the parent-child relationship, a family register, or parents’ passport copies)
- Awards (Optional)
- Applicants with certified scores on their proficiency in Korean or in English may be given preference. Some examples include the following:
- Proficiency in Korea: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)
- Proficiency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic (TOEFL ITPs are not acceptable)
- Certificate of Health (Form 7, only for candidates who successfully pass the 2nd round of selection)
- The certificate of health must be completed and signed by a doctor.
- Copy of the Applicant’s Passport (only for candidates who successfully pass the 2nd round of selection)
- Overseas Korean Proof Documents and supporting documents indicating the generation status (applicable to Overseas Koreans Only)
- The total 4 set of application documents (1 set of the original & 3 sets of the photocopies) should be placed in separate envelopes. The original set must be marked as “Original” on its envelope. Recommendation letters should be sealed by the recommenders and submitted with the seals unbroken.
- Original documents should be submitted. However, if copies are submitted, copies must be authenticated by the issuing institution, confirming that they are the same with the originals.
- The applicant’s name on the application form MUST be identical to the applicant’s passport name.
- If there is any inconsistency in the applicant’s name or birth date on submitted documents, further evidential document must be submitted as verification.
- Any applicant, who submits a provisional graduation certificate at the time of applying, must submit his or her official graduation certificate of high school upon arrival in Korea, no later than March 1, 2017.
- The application documents must be arranged in the same order as written on the “Checklist” in the FORM 1. Each document may be stapled. However, DO NOT staple the entire application documents altogether, or put each document in a separate folder.
- Application form and all other materials should be filled out either in Korean or in English. Any document issued in languages other than Korean or English MUST include official notarized translations.
- All documents submitted must be A4 sized. If the document is smaller, attach it to A4 sized paper; if bigger, fold it to make it A4 sized.
- The high school grade transcript must contain a description of the school’s grading system. In case the transcript does not have information on the applicant’s rank or percentile score, an applicant must submit an additional official certificate issued by the high school, confirming that the applicant’s academic achievement meets the requirement written on 5-(5) above.
- All documents must be numbered and labeled on the top right corner. (Example. ⑦ Graduation Certificate of High School)
- Mailing address should be stated in full including the postal-code.
- Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicant. The applicants are advised to make their own copies of all application documents.
- Incomplete or incorrect documents will result in the disqualification of an applicant.
- Application Deadline: To be decided by the Korean Embassies [see Appendix 1]
- For details on the application deadline and the submission of application documents, applicants should contact the Korean Embassy, the Korean Education Center, or the Korean Cultural Center in their home countries, or in the neighboring countries if there is no Korean diplomatic missions in one’s home country.
- The first round of selection will be conducted by the Korean Embassy.
- All applications submitted to NIIED by individual applicants or by the foreign embassies in Korea will NOT BE ACCEPTED and will be discarded.
- Selection Procedures
Each Korean Embassy (KE) announces call for applications.
Applicants must check the announcement from KE, including the deadline.
|September ~ October||
KE conducts the first round of selection.
Applicants submit the application documents to KEs in respective countries.
KEs will conduct the interviews on applicants.
|November 3||KEs forward the application documents of selected candidates to NIIED.|
NIIED conducts the second round of selection through a selection committee.
NIIED announces the result of the second round of selection on the GKS Notice board on www.studyinkorea.go.kr.
|December 6||Candidates who pass the second round must submit the passport copy and the certificate of health (FORM 8) to KE by December 6, 2017.|
|November 27 ~ December 28||
NIIED forwards the application documents of the successful candidates to the universities by November 24, 2017.
Each university conducts the final round of review for admission, and notifies individual candidates of the admission results by December 22, 2017.
Candidates must choose ONE university and notify NIIED of their final choice by December 28, 2017.
|January 5, 2018||NIIED announces the final successful candidates on the GKS Notice board on www.studyinkorea.go.kr.|
KE informs the scholars of their scheduled entry to Korea.
Scholars must check their entry flight itinerary and make preparations to enter Korea.
|Late February||Entry to Korea|
- Applicants must follow the NIIED’s regulations throughout the application procedure.
- Applicants must choose up to 3 different universities and write their choice in the Forms 1, 4, and 5. Applicants must choose only ONE department (or major) for each university, as listed on the “University Information”.
- In choosing the preferred universities and majors, it is advisable to contact the universities in advance for further information. (See Appendix 2 for the university contact information.)
- After the announcement of the 2nd round result, NIIED will forward the candidates’ documents to the universities as written on the application forms. All applicants must double-check their choice of preferred universities on the application form in order to ensure that their application documents are reviewed by RIGHT and CORRECT
- Additional documents might be required to be submitted depending on the university or department, especially for majors in the field of fine arts, music or physical education. If asked so, the applicants must submit the requested documents to the university.
- Attention! A candidate who fails to receive admission to any one of the three universities will NOT BE SELECTED as a KGSP scholar.
- Transferring to a different university is NOT allowed after the confirmation of an applicant’s final choice of a university.
- Regardless of university admission, all scholars must achieve the TOPIK level required by NIIED before the completion of the 1-year Korean language program. Any scholar who fails to do so cannot proceed to his or her degree program.
- Other Important Information
- Scholars must arrive in Korea by late February, 2018. In case a scholar does not enter Korea by the designated date, his or her scholarship will be canceled.
- Prior to the arrival, all scholars are advised to study about Korea, Korean language and culture. In particular, it is advisable that grantees learn as much Korean as possible because most classes at a Korean university are taught in Korean. Scholars should check with their universities in advance which language is the medium of communication in the program. Below are some websites that scholars will find useful in preparing their studies in Korea.(2) Housing
- Scholars will live in a university dormitory.
- The dormitory fee will be deducted out of the monthly stipend by the university.
(3) Cancellation and Temporary Suspension of Scholarship
- Cancellation of Scholarship: If a scholar is found engaged in any of the following activities during his or her stay in Korea, the scholarship will be suspended and then canceled.
- When any documents of the scholarship application has been found false;
- When a scholar violates the NIIED regulations s/he has pledged to keep;
- When a scholar fails to abide by the academic guidelines and regulations set by NIIED;
- When a scholar receives disciplinary punishment from the university.
- When a scholar acts in a way that harms the reputation of the scholarship and/or the relevant institutions;
- When a scholar fails to reach a TOPIK level required by NIIED within the period of one year language program;
- When a scholar earns less than 2/3 of the registered credits of a semester;
- When a scholar leaves Korea for the purpose of joining an exchange program in another country;
- When a scholar fails to notify NIIED of re-enrollment without any proper reasons after the end of a leave of absence;
- When a scholar receives three warnings or more;
- When a scholar forfeits the scholarship.
- Temporary Suspension of Scholarship
- During the Korean language program, scholars may leave Korea under the language institution’s approval for up to 2 weeks during the semester and for up to 4 weeks during vacation. For the days of staying outside of Korea, the monthly allowance will not be given.
- During the Associate degree program, scholars may leave Korea for up to 60 days at a time, under the university’s approval. For the days exceeding 30 days, the monthly allowance will not be given.