Scholarships at Seoul National University 

 February 5, 2014

By  Satish Satyarthi

Seoul National University (서울대학교) is considered the best university in Korea. It has very high global rankings and getting into SNU is one of the toughest things in Korea. SNU graduates dominate South Korea’s academics, government, politics and business. Seoul National University provides many scholarships to deserving students from other other countries. Here I am listing the major scholarships that SNU offers. For other scholarships and further details you can contact the SNU Office of International Affairs.

Scholarships for Graduate Students

Before Admission:

The following is the scholarship programs offered for graduate applicants. Students may apply for the programs before or during the admission application period. The annual announcement will be posted on this websitehttps://en.snu.ac.kr/apply/info.

Graduate Scholarship for Excellent Foreign Students (GSFS)

Eligibility
  • Asian students, excluding Japanese and Chinese nationals, who wish to study one of the designated graduate programs
    * The programs eligible for this scholarship are subject to change, and different by applicants’ nationalities. The eligible programs list is announced every semester.
Number of Recipients
  • Approximately 20
Subsidies
  • Tuition fee: full tuition exemption for a maximum of 4 semesters
  • Living expenses: 500,000 KRW per month (different according to recipients’ majors)
Application Period
  • During admission period for international students every semester
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants who submit admission application to SNU’s Office of Admissions ⇒ applicants submit scholarship application to SNU’s Office of International Affairs ⇒ Selection made by respective Colleges/Schools based on the admission documents ⇒ decision noticed
Contact

Silk-Road Scholarship

Eligibility
  • Applicants from the countries in the ‘Silk-Road’ area who want to study humanities or social sciences, including Korean language, history, culture, politics, and economics
Number of Recipients
  • About 5 new graduate students
Subsidies
  • Tuition fee: full tuition fee exemption for a maximum of 4 semesters
  • Living expenses: maximum of 600,000 KRW per month for 4 semesters
  • Airfare: maximum of 1 million KRW for one economy round trip
  • Korean language training fee: fee exemption at the Language Education Institute
Application Period
  • During admission period for international students every Fall semester
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants who submit admission application to SNU’s Office of Admissions ⇒ applicants submit scholarship application to SNU’s Office of International Affairs ⇒ Selection made by respective Colleges/Schools based on the admission documents ⇒ decision noticed
Contact

Overseas Koreans Scholarship

Eligibility
  • Overseas Korean students who wish to take graduate degrees at SNU
Subsidies
  • Full tuition exemption
  • Living expenses: 800,000 KRW per month for 4 semesters
  • Insurance fees: approximately 30,000 per month
  • Settlement expenses aid upon initial arrival: 500,000 KRW (one-time payment)
  • Airfare for one economy round trip
  • Language training expenses: for 2 semesters
Application Period
  • March and September
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit applications to Korean embassies in their countries ⇒ the embassies make the first selection ⇒ the Overseas Koreans Foundation make the second selection
Contact

Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)

Eligibility
  • International students applying for SNU’s graduate programs
Number of Recipients
  • 130
Subsidies
  • Full tuition fee: tuition exemption for 4 semesters for master’s program and 6 semesters for Ph. D program
  • Living expenses: 900,000 KRW per month
  • Airfare: one economy round trip
  • Korean language training fee: for one year
    * Korean language training is mandatory and when the student does not achieve TOPIK grade 3 within a year, she/he is not eligible to enter the degree program
  • Others: medical insurance, research fund, thesis printing fees, settlement and returning expenses
Application Period
  • January
Selection Procedure

※ Applicants choose one of the following application methods.

  • University Recommendation Program: applicants submit applications to SNU’s Office of Admission ⇒ the National Institute for International Education make the selection
  • Embassy Recommendation Program: applications submit applications to Korean Embassies in their countries ⇒ the National Institute for International Education make the selection
Contact
Reference
※ Scholarship packages are subject to change depending on the circumstances of the supporting organization.

After Admission:

SNU Global Scholarship

Eligibility
  • International students in graduate programs
Details
  • Number of recipients: approx. 160 students
  • Subsidies: tuition fee, living expenses, airfare, and housing cost
    * The amount of subsidies varies depending on individual circumstances.
  • Language training support can be offered for those who seek to master Korean Language
  • Additional funding can be offered for those who require academic support
Application Period
  • Upon receiving admissions from SNU
Contact

Global-Harmony Scholarship

Eligibility
  • International students from the developing countries in the DAC list of ODA Recipients
Subsidies
  • Subsidized period: maximum of 4 semesters for masters’ students, and 6 semesters for Ph. D students
  • The level of subsidy is determined by Samsung Dreams Scholarship Foundation
Application Period
  • January and July
Selection Procedure
  • Students submit applications to SNU’s Office of International Affairs ⇒ the Office make the 1st selection ⇒ Samsung Foundation conduct reviews and interviews ⇒ final selection announced
Contact

Daewoong Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility
  • International students enrolled in graduate degree programs
Subsidies
  • One time award of 2,000,000 KRW
  • Opportunity to have working experience at Daewoong Group, advantage when applying for Daewoong Group after graduation
Application Period
  • Around April every year
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit documents to SNU’s Office of International Affairs ⇒ the Office make the 1stselection ⇒ DAEWOONG Foundation conduct interviews ⇒ decisions noticed
Contact

Korean War Memorial Foundation Scholarships

Eligibility
  • Direct descendants of foreign war veterans who participated in Korean War
Subsidies
  • Tuition fee: full tuition exemption
  • Dormitory fees (subsidized by SNU)
  • Living expenses: 500,000 KRW per month
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit applications to respective College ⇒ Colleges make the 1st selection ⇒ SNU’s Office of International Affairs make the 2nd selection ⇒ Korean War Memorial Foundation make the confirmation ⇒ decision announce
Contact

International Student Scholarships

Eligibility
  • International students in graduate programs
Subsidies
  • Substantial amount of tuition exemption and admission fees
Application Period
  • February and August of each year
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit applications to respective Colleges ⇒ Colleges make the selection with the principle that applicants’ GPA should be 3.0 or higher
Contact
※ Scholarship packages are subject to change depending on the circumstances of the supporting organization.

Scholarships for Under Graduate Students

Before Admission:

The following is the scholarship programs offered for undergraduate applicants. Students may apply for the programs before or during the admission application period. Applicants may find program details via this website https://en.snu.ac.kr/apply/info or supporting organizations.

Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)

Eligibility
  • International applicants who wish to apply for 4-year undergraduate programs of SNU.
  • * Those who wish to study in the programs longer than 4 years – such as medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and architecture – cannot apply for this scholarship.
Number of Recipients
  • Approximately 20~40 every year
Subsidies
  • Full tuition fee: tuition exemption for 8 semesters
  • Living expenses: 800,000 KRW per month
  • Airfare: one economy round trip
  • Korean language training fee: one year
    * Korean language training is mandatory and when the student does not achieve TOPIK grade 3 within a year, she/he is not eligible to enter the degree program.
  • Others: medical insurance, settlement and returning expenses
Application Period
  • October
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit applications for this program to Korean embassies in their countries ⇒ the embassies make the first selection ⇒ the National Institute for International Education make the final selection
Contact
Reference

Overseas Koreans Scholarship

Eligibility
  • Overseas Korean students who wish to take undergraduate degrees at SNU
Number of Recipients
  • Approximately 5 students
Subsidies
  • Full tuition exemption for a maximum of 8 semesters
  • Living expenses: 800,000 KRW per month
  • Airfare for one economy round trip
  • Korean language training fee: fee exemption at the Language Education Institute for 8 months
  • Medical insurance fees
Application Period
  • March
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit applications to Korean embassies in their countries ⇒ the embassies make the first selection ⇒ the Overseas Koreans Foundation make the second selection
Contacts
  • SNU staff in charge: 82-2-880-2519, [email protected]
  • Overseas Koreans Foundation: 82-2-3415-0174, [email protected]
    * The latest announcement on this scholarship can be found only via the foundation’s website.
Reference
※ Scholarship packages are subject to change depending on the circumstances of the supporting organization.

After Admission:

Those who received admissions from SNU may apply for the following scholarship programs. Program details are posted on SNU website (https://en.snu.ac.kr/apply/info) or Office of International Affairs Notice Board (https://oia.snu.ac.kr).

SNU Global Scholarship

Eligibility
  • International students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs
Details
  • Number of recipients: approximately 80
  • Subsidies: tuition fee, living expenses, housing fees (The amount of subsidies varies depending on applicants’ circumstances.)
  • Additional funding for Korean language training is available.
Application Period
  • Upon receiving admissions from SNU
Contact

Glo-Harmony Scholarship

Eligibility
  • International students from the developing countries in the DAC list of ODA Recipients
Subsidies
  • Subsidized period: maximum of 8 semesters
  • Full tuition exemption and 600,000 KRW per month of living expenses
Application Period
  • January and July
Selection Procedure
  • Students submit applications to SNU’s Office of International Affairs ⇒ the Office make the first selection ⇒ Samsung Foundation conduct interviews and make the final selection ⇒ admissions noticed
Contact

Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) – Korean Government Support Program for Self-Financed Student

Eligibility
  • Self-financed international students in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year
  • Overall GPA and previous semester’s GPA must be over 80 out of a possible 100
Subsidy
  • About 6 million KRW (500,000 KRW per month)
  • Subsidized period: about 12 months
Application Period
  • Around February
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit documents to SNU’s Office of International Affairs ⇒ the Office send them to the National Institute for International Education ⇒ the Institute make the selection ⇒ admissions noticed
Contact

DAEWOONG Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility
  • International students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs
Subsidies
  • One time award of 2,000,000 KRW
  • Opportunity to have working experience at Daewoong Group, advantage when applying for Daewoong Group after graduation
Selection Period
  • Around April every year
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit documents to SNU’s Office of International Affairs ⇒ the Office make the 1stselection ⇒ DAEWOONG Foundation conduct interviews ⇒ decisions noticed
Contact

Korean War Memorial Foundation Scholarships

Eligibility
  • Direct descendants of foreign war veterans who participated in Korean War
Subsidies
  • Tuition fee: full tuition exemption
  • Dormitory fees (subsidized by SNU)
  • Living expenses: 500,000 KRW per month
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit applications to respective College ⇒ Colleges make the 1st selection ⇒ SNU’s Office of International Affairs make the 2nd selection ⇒ Korean War Memorial Foundation make the confirmation ⇒ decision announced
Contact
Reference
  • Korean War Memorial Foundation: https://www.kwmf.kr ⇒ 사업소개 ⇒ 장학사업 (Korean only)

International Student Scholarships

Eligibility
  • Foreign students and overseas Koreans in undergraduate degree programs
Subsidies
  • Depending on the College’s decision, applicants may receive 10% tuition exemption or 100% tuition exemption
Application Period
  • February and August of each year
Selection Procedure
  • Applicants submit applications to respective Colleges ⇒ Colleges make the selection with the principle that applicants’ GPA should be 2.7 or higher
Contact

Korea-Japan Cultural Association Scholarship

Eligibility
  • Japanese students enrolled in undergraduate programs who are not in first-year
Application Period
  • March each year
Subsidy
  • 3,500,000 KRW per year
  • * The scholarship term is for one academic year only; however, scholarship recipients may re-apply in succeeding years for additional support.
Contact
※ Scholarship packages are subject to change depending on the circumstances of the supporting organization.
  • hello mr satyarthi:
    im from iran and i receive this scholarship , i read it completely but dont understand which scholarship is good for me .i got beginer topik and got 2 grade ansd have bachelor degree in mathematic .would you like help me what can i do if you can
    thank you.

    • Apply to all the scholarship that you are eligible for. For further details please contact the university or scholarship in-charge.

  • i want to apply for a scholarship for next year how can i apply can you help me??and what should i have to get it ?? can you help me ???please

  • Hello there, I would like to ask if the international student scholarship (50% to 100% waiving of tuition) applies to prospective students? Can you recommend other scholarships that might fund dormitory or tuition fee for Southeast Asian prospective students?

  • Hello!
    I wanted to apply for a scholarship,but i don’t know what scholarship would be eligible for me. Can you help what should i get? and how can i apply for this? I’m from Philippines I’m taking vocational (2 yrs) course right now.

  • Annyeong!
    I just wanna ask if having the scholarship would require a full time student?.. i mean would it be possible to have part time job while studying… i want to pursue my masters degree at SNU and i am a self supporting student since i entered college..
    Thank you!

    • I think I’m a bit late asking this but did you find about any scholarship for undergrad medicine students because I want to pursue that field too. Please do reply.
      R
      egards – AKANKSHA

  • Hello. I’m from an island in the Caribbean called St. Vincent and the grenadines. I really want to apply for the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) but it says that applicants must submit applications for the program to Korean embassies in their countries. The thing is I don’t have a Korean embassy in my country, so can you give me advice on what to do? And is it possible for me to apply for all the scholarships I’m eligible for in hopes of getting one?

  • hello.. I’m nazrulfro malaysia
    here i would like to ask if the universities have scholarship for international student when i pass the TOPIK exam?
    how much the scholarship been given and how to apply it?
    regards,
    Nazrul.

  • Hello. I would like to apply to the Korean Government Scholarship Program to study Linguistics at SNU, but, I don´t know if the duration is 4 years or more and I can’t find it anywhere. Do you know the duration of the program?

  • hi
    my name is muhammad zidan (indonesia)
    i hope i could get the scholarship in seoul national university but i didnt know how can i get the form and what is the NIIED. because i want to choose undergraduate civil engineering which cant apply to the korean embassy in my country. so, would you like to answer my qustion please….
    1. how can i get the form to get the scholarship
    2. what is the niied and please give me some examples
    3. where do i must apply my document after its complete
    thanks before and i hope you would answer my question

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