2022 Global Korea Scholarship – NIIED KGSP Undergraduate Scholarship 

 September 17, 2021

By  TOPIK GUIDE Team

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I. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

○ Global Korea Scholarship is designed to provide international students with opportunities to study at higher educational institutions in Korea in pursuit of academic degrees, which will enhance international education exchange and deepen mutual friendship between Korea and participating countries.

II. PROGRAMS AND TRACKS

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III. NUMBER OF EXPECTED GRANTEES 

◈ Quota for Embassy Track (Bachelor’s Degree)

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III. NUMBER OF EXPECTED GRANTEES

◈ Quota for Embassy Track (Bachelor’s Degree)

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○ Associate Degree

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IV. AVAILABLE UNIVERSITIES AND FIELDS OF STUDY

◈ Available Fields of Study - Applicants must only apply to the universities/fields of study(departments) that are listed in the “University Information” file attached under the GKS Notice post in Study In Korea website

※ www.studyinkorea.go.kr  (English/Korean version) Scholarships  GKS Notice

- The Regional University Track applicants can only apply for departments that are listed under Natural Science, Technology and Engineering field.

- Academic programs offered during evenings (night school), short-term programs, online and distant-learning programs are not applicable in this scholarship program.

- Please be advised that even if a university‟s departments you intend to apply offer Englishtaught courses, it may be subject to change depending on the circumstances. Thus, we highly advise you to confirm with the university. Please keep in mind that Korean is the core language to be used in every Korean university.

◈ Available Universities

○ Embassy Track

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○ University Track

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V. ELIGIBILITY

○ Nationality

- All applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED designated countries that are invited to take part in the GKS program. - All applicants and their parents must NOT hold Korean citizenship. If an applicant or his/her parent(s) hold dual citizenship (one who have Korean citizenship and citizenship of another country), he/she is NOT eligible to apply.

※ Applicants and their parent(s) may hold different citizenship. Applicant‟s parent(s) may hold a citizenship of non GKS participating countries.

※ Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit documentation that proves their renunciation of Korean citizenship.

○ Level of Education

- Applicants who graduated (or are expected to graduate) from a high school can apply for a Bachelor‟s degree program or an Associate degree program.

- Applicants who graduated (or are expected to graduate) from an associate degree program can only apply for a Bachelor‟s degree program.

※ Applicants who are expected to graduate by February 28th, 2022 must first submit a certificate of expected graduation. The official degree certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript must be submitted to GKS Center, NIIED by February 28th, 2022 at the latest. If a scholar fails to submit their official degree certificate (or diploma) and final academic transcript by the deadline, his/her acceptance to the scholarship will be canceled. Any scholarship (e.g., airfare, settlement allowance) that was provided to the scholar will need to be returned.

○ Grades

- All applicants must have maintained a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) equivalent to or higher than any ONE of the following from their respective schools *.

  • Score percentile should be 80% or above on a 100-point scale or be ranked within the top 20% within one‟s class
  • CGPA: 2.64/4.0, 2.80/4.3, 2.91/4.5, 3.23/5.0 * Applicants for Associate Degree: High School Applicants for Bachelor‟s Degree: High School or Educational Institute of Associate Degree

- If an applicant holds a transcript that does not include information on CGPA or is unable to convert his or her grades into any one of the GPA scales (4.0, 4.3, 4.5, 5.0, or 100 point scale), then the applicant must submit additional documents officially issued by their school describing the school‟s grading system.

- (Applicants who are expected to graduate) Calculate CGPA at the time of application. ○ Age - Must be under 25 years of age (born after March 1, 1997)

○ Health

- All applicants must be in good health, both mentally and physically, to study in Korea for the full duration of the program.

- If an applicant is found to be in one of the following conditions, the applicant will be disqualified in the final round of selection:

  • An applicant tests positive on drug tests.
  • An applicant who has a serious illness that prevents him or her to study abroad for a long duration of time.

※ All applicants must submit „Form 6. Personal Medical Assessment‟ at the time of application. All applicants who pass the 2 nd round of selection must receive comprehensive medical checkup and submit an Official Medical Examination issued by a medical doctor or a licensed hospital. After arriving in Korea, all GKS scholars will be subject to a medical examination administered by NIIED. If a GKS scholar is found to have a serious illness from the medical examination after arriving in Korea, he or she will be disqualified from their GKS scholarship. ○ Restriction - Applicants who have graduated from Korean high school (including international schools) or who holds a bachelor‟s degree are NOT eligible to apply.

○ Restriction

- Applicants who have graduated from Korean high school (including international schools) or who holds a bachelor‟s degree are NOT eligible to apply.

※ Applicants who have previously studied in a Korean university as exchange or visiting students CAN apply.

- Applicants who have previously received a degree program scholarship from one of the Korean government scholarship programs are NOT eligible to apply.

  • A previous (or current) GKS scholar who enrolled in GKS for Associate degree cannot apply for GKS Bachelor‟s degree program. However, applicants who received scholarships from GKS Non-degree program for foreign exchange students CAN apply.

- Applicants must choose and apply for only ONE track:

  • Embassy Track applicant must choose only ONE of the following programs: General or Overseas Koreansadoptees.
  • University Track applicant must choose only ONE of the following programs: Regional University or Associate Degree.
  • University Track applicants can only apply to ONE university and ONE department.

※ If an applicant applied to more than one track/university, his or her application will be disregarded at the 2nd round of selection. Even after the applicant is selected as a final successful candidate, if such history is found afterward, his or her acceptance for the scholarship will be canceled.

- Former applicants who had withdrawn from the scholarship after being selected as GKS(KGSP) scholars (applicable to those who did not enter Korea, or did not enroll at their Korean language institution/University, and who had resigned during their scholarship program) and who were disqualified during their scholarship period are NOT eligible to apply.

※ Exception: Former GKS scholar whose scholarship was forfeited due to a scholar‟s failure to achieve TOPIK level 3 or above after completing Korean language program may be deemed eligible to reapply if a scholar submits a valid TOPIK certificate with level 5 or above.

VI. APPLICATION

◈ Required Documents

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GKS UG 2022

○ Instructions on ‘Documents to complete’

- All applicant documents must be written either in Korean or English.

- Information such as applicant‟s name, date of birth, name of applying university/department, etc. should have no errors since they will be used in official documents (e.g., invitation letter, certificate of admission, visa application form, flight ticket).

- Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a single recommender, who can provide thorough assessment on the applicant‟s academic abilities. The recommendation letter must be sealed in an envelope and be submitted to the Embassy or University that conducts the first round of selection.

- (Form #1. Application Form) Embassy track applicant must choose and write THREE different universities and MUST include at least one university from Type B. If not, his/her application document will be excluded from an evaluation.

- (Form #1. Application Form) University track applicant must write only ONE university and ONE department.

○ Instructions on ‘Certificates’

- Embassy track applicants should submit ONE consular-authenticated (or apostilled) document and THREE photocopies of the consular-authenticated (or apostilled) document.

- University track applicants should submit only ONE consular-authenticated (or apostilled) document. - All certificates must be authenticated by a consulate or apostilled before submission.

Certificates that are written either in Korean or English.

☞ Submit with an authentication by a Consulate or with an apostille. Certificates that are written in languages other than Korean or English

☞ Both certified translation and (a copy of) original certificate that is written in an original language must be authenticated by a consulate or be apostilled.

※ Certificates that are only notarized will NOT be accepted. Consular authentication or apostille is required for all certificates. Certificates written in their original language must be submitted together with their certified translation.

- For the applicants whose certificate (e.g., diploma) is issued only once and cannot be reissued in the future, we strongly recommend those applicants to get a consular authentication or apostille on a certified true copy of the certificate and keep the original certificate. Please bear in mind that all documents submitted to NIIED will NOT be returned to the applicants in any case.

○ Important Notes Regarding Required Documents

- If any of the required documents are not submitted or if any of the application forms are submitted without applicant‟s signature, his or her application documents will be excluded in the selection procedure.

◈ Application Submission

○ Application Period

- Embassy track: Application start date and deadline will be decided at each embassy‟s discretion.

- University track: Application start date and deadline will be decided at each university‟s discretion. However, the application for university track will be open until October 20th.

※ Applicants must check with Korean embassies and desired universities regarding exact application deadline. ○ Important Notes Regarding Application Submission

- Each embassy and university may have different policy and procedure for submission. If you have inquiries regarding document submission, please contact each embassy/university or check their website.

VII. SELECTION

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◈ Application Screening and Evaluation

○ Method of Evaluation

- Each round of selection will be conducted by a separate selection committee.

○ Materials to be evaluated

- All application documents that were submitted by applicants 

  • Transcript, language proficiency certificate (Korean, English) 
  • Application, Personal Statement, Study Plan, Recommendation Letter
  • Awards and other certificates, published research papers, etc.

○ Additional Points (1st and 2nd round selection)

- Applicants who hold a TOPIK level 3 or above will be given additional points (10% of the total allocated points).

- Descendants of Korean War veterans will be given additional points (5% of the total allocated points).

○ Evaluation Preference

- In cases where the overall scores are the same in the 1st round of selection (both embassy and university track), the following applicants will be chosen over the other candidates:

  • Overseas Koreans
  • Applicants from low-income families or underprivileged background
  • (Embassy track) Applicants who applied for a Natural Science and Engineering department in a Regional University
  • (University track applicants who applied for an Associate degree) Winner of a national level competition on technical skills

- In cases where the overall scores are the same in the 2nd round of selection (university track), the following applicants will be chosen over the other candidates:

  • Applicants who hold a TOPIK level 3 or above
  • Overseas Koreans
  • Applicants from low-income families or underprivileged background
  • Applicants with valid English proficiency certificate (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, etc.)

VIII. SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

◈ Period of Scholarship

○ Bachelor’s Degree Program: 5~7 years - 1 year of Korean language training + 4~6 years of degree program

○ Associate Degree Program: 3~4 years - 1 year of Korean language training + 2~3 years of degree program

○ Important Notes regarding Scholarship Period

- Only GKS scholars who achieve at least level 3 on TOPIK by the end of one-year Korean language program can proceed to the degree program.

- Applicants with TOPIK level 5 or 6 will be exempt from the Korean language training. Those who receive TOPIK level 5 or 6 within the first 6 months of the Korean language program will be exempt from the remaining 6-month language training and must start their degree program in the following semester (September 2022).

◈ Scholarship Benefits

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IX. CONTACT INFORMATION

○ Embassies of the Republic of Korea in foreign countries: Refer to Appendix B

○ Korean Universities for 2022 GKS Undergraduate Degrees: Refer to Appendix C

○ Global Korea Scholarship Center, NIIED Email: [email protected] Address: 191, Jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (13557) Republic of Korea

○ Other useful websites

Check the guidelines carefully for further information such as the eligibility requirements, required documents and directions to submit the application.

The deadline will be decided by each office that accepts the application documents, i.e. the Korean Embassies or selected universities. Please make sure to check their separate announcement for the deadlines.

Thank you and good luck!

TOPIK GUIDE Team

TOPIK GUIDE Team


We are a team of passionate researchers from Seoul National University specializing in Korean language and linguistics. We are committed to helping international students prepare for the TOPIK test. You can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or YouTube

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