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Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) 2019 (Also known as GKS Scholarship) for undergraduate degrees have been announced. In 2019, 105 international students from 67 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 for 25 international students from 67 countries 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 is 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!
Also Check: TOPIK Test 2019 Schedule
※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|
|Afghanistan||1||Equatorial Guinea||1||Mongolia||3||Sri Lanka||1|
|Bulgaria||1||India||2||Pakistan||1||Trinidad and Tobago||1|
- One placement is reserved foroverseas Koreanswithin each of the highlighted country’sscholarship 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 2019.
- 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 2019 semester.
- Available Universities and Fields of Study : 4-Year Bachelor’s degree programs offered at the universities below.
|1||Ajou University||18||Gyeongsang National University||35||Konkuk University||52||Seoul National Uni. of Science and Tech|
|2||Andong National University||19||Hallym University||36||KONYANG University||53||Silla University|
|3||Busan University of Foreign Studies||20||Handong Global University||37||Kookmin University||54||Sogang University|
|4||Chonbuk National University||21||Hankuk University of Foreign Studies||38||Korea Polytechnic University||55||Sookmyung Women’s University|
|5||Chonnam National University||22||Hannam University||39||Korea University||56||Soonchunhyang University|
|6||Chosun University||23||Hanseo University||40||Kumoh National Institute of Tech||57||Soongsil University|
|7||Chung-Ang University||24||Hanyang University||41||Kyung Hee University||58||Sungkyunkwan University|
|8||Chungbuk National University||25||Hoseo University||42||Kyungpook National University||59||Sunmoon University|
|9||Chungnam National University||26||Incheon National University||43||Kyungsung University||60||Ulsan National Institute of Science and Tech|
|10||Daegu University||27||INHA University||44||Myongji University||61||University of Seoul|
|11||DaeJeon University||28||Inje University||45||Namseoul University||62||University of Ulsan|
|12||Dankook University||29||Jeju National University||46||Pai Chai University||63||Woosuk University|
|13||Dong-A University||30||Jeonju University||47||Pukyong National University||64||Yeungnam University|
|14||Dongguk University, (Gyeongju)||31||KAIST||48||Pusan National University||65||Yonsei University|
|15||Dongguk University, (Seoul)||32||Kangwon National University||49||Sangmyung University|
|16||Dongseo University||33||Keimyung University||50||Semyung University|
|17||Ewha Womans University||34||Kongju National University||51||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”.
5.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 #2of 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 March1, 2019 (Should be born after March, 1, 1994).
(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 March1, 2019
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 maintain the overall grade point average (CGPA) equivalent to or higher than any ONE of the followings:
2.64 on a 4.0 scale;
2.80 on a 4.3 scale;
2.91 on a 4.5 scale;
3.23 on a 5.0 scale; or
Score: 80points or above on a 100 point scale or be ranked within the top 20% throughout the entire high school period.[see Appendix 3]
- If an applicant’s high schoolhas 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, 2019~ February 29, 2024(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 university entrance fee and tuition fee is covered by NIIED and the host university.
- Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW upon arrival
- Scholarship Completion Grants: 100,000 KRW upon completion of studies only for scholars returning back to their countries
- 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 flight travel insurance of scholars entering Korea and returning back to their countries.
- 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 andParents (Examples: abirth 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)
- DD214 or other relevant document to prove the family member’s service at the Korean War
(applicable to Descendants of the Korean War Veterans Only)
- Overseas Korean Proof Documents and supporting documents indicating the generation status
(applicable to Overseas Koreans Only)
- 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 2ndround of selection)
- The total 4 sets 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, 2019.
- 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 1||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 5||Candidates who pass the second round must submit the passport copy and the certificate of health (FORM 7) to KE by December 5, 2018.|
|November 26 ~ December 27||
NIIED forwards the application documents of the successful candidates to the universities by November 23, 2018.
Each university conducts the final round of review for admission, and notifies individual candidates of the admission results by December 20, 2018.
Candidates must choose ONE university and notify NIIED of their final choice by December 27, 2018.
|January 10, 2019||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 universitiesand 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 2ndround result, NIIEDwill forward the candidates’ documents to the universitiesas writtenon 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 byRIGHT and CORRECT universities.
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 GKS 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
① Scholars must arrive in Korea by late February, 2019. 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. Below are some websites that scholars will find useful in preparing their studies in Korea.
Korean Language Study http://www.sejonghakdang.org
Korean Universities http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr
Korean Culture http://korea.net/
The Korean Embassy abroad http://www.mofa.go.kr
Entry & Residence http://immigration.go.kr.
- Scholarswill 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 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 a discipline from the university or has participated in political activities.
- 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 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.
- Application & Document Submission: Korean Diplomatic Missions (See Appendix 1)
- Major & University Admissions: 65 Korean Universities (See Appendix 2)
- Other Inquiries: NIIED
[Associate Degree] 2019 GKS Program for Associate Degrees
Korean government invites 20 international students who wish to pursue an associate degree program in Korea.
To be selected as a GKS (former KGSP) grantee, any applicant should successfully pass through the 1st selection process set by the universities below.
Inha Technical College
Korea University of Media Arts
Hanyang Women's University
Please contact the university to get detailed information on the 1st selection process such as application deadline. required documents, etc.
[University Track] 2019 GKS Program for Undergraduate Degrees (via Regional Universities for Natural Science & Engineering Majors)
Korean government invites 25 international students from 67 countries who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree(Engineering or Nature Science majors) in Korea.
To be selected as a GKS (former KGSP) grantee, any applicant should successfully pass through the 1st selection process set by the designated regional universities.
Please contact the university of your interest to get detailed information on the 1st selection process such as application deadline, required documents, etc.
Wish you all the best!