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Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) KOREAN

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http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr (English version) ⇒ Scholarships ⇒ GKS Notice

The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide international students with opportunities to study at higher educational institutions in Korea for degree programs, which in turn will contribute to promoting the international exchange in education and to deepening the mutual friendship among countries.

  • (U) Undergraduate program: Korean Language (up to 1 year) + Degree Program (4 years)
  • (G) Graduate program
    - Master’s program: Korean Language (up to 1 year) + Degree Program (2 years)
    - Doctoral program: Korean Language (up to 1 year) + Degree Program (3 years)
  • ELIGIBILITY
    ELIGIBILITY
    • Citizenship: Applicant and his or her parents must not hold Korean citizenship
    • Age
      - (U) Applicant must be under 25 years of age
      - (G) Applicant must be under 40 years of age
    • Health: Applicant must be in good health, both physically and mentally
    • Level of Education
      - (U) Applicant must have graduated or be expected to graduate from a high school
      - (G) Applicant must hold or be expected to hold a Bachelor’s (applying for Master’s program) or Master’s
        (applying for Doctoral program) degree
    • Grades: Applicant must have maintained the overall grade point average (CGPA) equivalent to or higher than 2.64 on a 4.0 scale
  • SCHOLARSHIP AND BENEFITS
    SCHOLARSHIP AND BENEFITS
    [NIIED]
    • Airfare
      - Entry to Korea: economy class flight ticket from the scholar’s home country
      - Return: economy class flight ticket to the scholar’s home country
    • Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW (offered once upon arrival to Korea)
    • Monthly Allowance: (U) 800,000 KRW per month / (G) 900,000 KRW per month
    • Research Allowance: (G) only
      - Liberal Arts and Social Science: 210,000 KRW per semester
      - Natural Science and Engineering: 240,000 KRW per semester
    • 1-Year Korean Language Training Fee: fully covered
    • Degree Program Tuition: maximum 5,000,000 KRW per semester (amount exceeding 5,000,000 KRW covered by Konkuk University)
    • Thesis (Dissertation) Printing Fee: (G) only / actual printing cost shown on the receipt
      - Liberal Arts and Social Science: maximum 500,000 KRW
      - Natural Science and Engineering: maximum 800,000 KRW
    • Medical Insurance: 20,000 KRW per month
    • Korean Proficiency Grants: 100,000 KRW per month (only to scholars with valid TOPIK level 5 or 6)
    • Degree Completion Grants: 100,000 KRW (only to scholars returning to their home countries after completing their degrees)
    [Konkuk University]
    • Admissions Fee
    • Degree Program Tuition: amount exceeding 5,000,000 KRW
    • Dormitory
      - On-campus dormitory guaranteed
      - Partial financial support of up to 200,000 KRW per month (about 250,000 KRW per month will be deducted
        from the monthly allowance)
    • 1:1 Student Mentor Program
    • Quarterly Meetings and Korean Culture Programs
  • APPLICATION PROCESS
    APPLICATION PROCESS
    [Undergraduate (Embassy Track)]
    Announcement released by the NIIED Early Sept
    Application Submission to Korean Embassy Sept
    1st Round of Selection by Korean Embassy Oct
    2nd Round of Selection by the NIIED Early Nov
    Announcement of 2nd Round Successful Candidates by the NIIED Mid Nov
    3rd Round of Selection by Konkuk University Late Nov to Mid Dec
    Announcement of 3rd Round Successful Candidates by Konkuk University Mid Dec
    University Selection by Successful Candidates Late Dec
    Announcement of Successful Candidates by the NIIED Early Jan
    Entry to Korea Late Feb
    [Graduate (University Track)]
    Announcement released by the NIIED Early Feb
    Application Submission to Konkuk University Early Mar
    1st Round of Selection by Konkuk University Mar
    2nd Round of Selection by the NIIED Apr
    Announcement of 2nd round Successful Candidates by the NIIED Mid May
    Submission of medical checkup results Mid May to Mid June
    Announcement of Successful Candidates by the NIIED Late June
    Entry to Korea Late Aug
    [Graduate (Embassy Track)]
    Announcement released by the NIIED Early Feb
    Application Submission to Korean Embassy Early Mar
    1st Round of Selection by Korean Embassy Mar
    2nd Round of Selection by the NIIED Apr
    Announcement of 2nd Round Successful Candidates by the NIIED Mid May
    3rd Round of Selection by Konkuk University Mid May to Mid June
    Announcement of 3rd Round Successful Candidates by Konkuk University Mid June
    University Selection by Successful Candidates Mid June
    Announcement of Successful Candidates by the NIIED Late June
    Entry to Korea Late Aug
  • APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
    APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
    [NIIED]
    • Application Form
    • NIIED Pledge
    • Personal Statement
    • Study Plan
    • Two Recommendation Letters
    • Medical Assessment
    • Graduation Certificate / Diploma
    • Transcript
    • Proof of Citizenship of the Applicant and Parents
    [Konkuk University]
    • All applicants: official document proving the relationship between the applicant and his/her parents
    • (U) Arts & Design Program applicants: personal art portfolio (still life drawing, hand drawn, 5 pages in A4 size) for evaluation
      ※Film & Moving Image - Acting applicants must submit a USB drive with a demo reel instead of the art portfolio
    • (G) Art Program (Design, Living Design, Contemporary Art) applicants: portfolio in CD file or A4 sized hard-copy
  • UNIVERSITY INFORMATION
    UNIVERSITY INFORMATION
    [Undergraduate Program]
    • Graduation Requirement: completion of coursework + TOPIK level 4 or above + meet the requirements of each department
    [Graduate Program]
    • Graduation Requirement: completion of coursework + TOPIK level 4 or above (or TOEFL iBT 80, TOEIC 800, TEPS 550, IELTS 5.5) + thesis + graduation exam + meet the requirements of each department
    [KONKUK SNS]
  • CONTACTS
    CONTACTS
    [NIIED]

    Global Korea Scholarship Team
    191 Jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do 13557, Republic of Korea
    kgspniied@korea.kr
    T +82.2.3668.1382, 1392, 1368

    [Konkuk University]

    Center for International Student Services
    Room 105, Law School Building
    120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 05029, Republic of Korea
    ksgp@konkuk.ac.kr
    T +82.2.2049.6208

  • USEFUL WEBSITES
    USEFUL WEBSITES
    NIIED www.niied.go.kr
    Learning Korean www.sejonghakdang.org
    TOPIK www.topik.go.kr
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.mofa.go.kr
    Visa and Immigration www.hikorea.go.kr
    Korea Tourism Organization kto.visitkorea.or.kr
    Higher Education in Korea www.academyinfo.go.kr
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