There are scholarship opportunities for International students to study in South South Korea. One of the scholarship fo international students is called Korean Government Scholarship Program for an Under graduate Course
1. Program Objective
The objective of the Korean Government Scholarship Program for an Undergraduate Course is to provide international students with the opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea in order to promote international exchanges in education and mutual friendship between the countries.
2. Total Candidates for Selection: 100 people from 59countries <Refer to Attachment>
※ Only those who hold a citizenship of the countries in the attachment are eligible for the program.
Quota of Scholarships
in each country
Indonesia , Malaysia, Mongolia
Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand
Azerbaijan , Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan,
Nepal, Russia, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, Sri Lanka,
Afghanistan, Angola, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Congo(DRC), Dominican Republic, East Timor, El Salvador, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, , Hungary, Iran, Japan, Kenya,, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Yemen
3. Academic Programs
Undergraduate degree courses for four years after successfully completing a one-year Korean Language Training. ※ University transferring is not allowed (e.g. Beginning from the 3rd year is not allowed.)
4. Fields of Study
4-year undergraduate courses provided by the universities designated by NIIED
※ Not applicable: fields the study period of which exceeds 4 years (e.g. medicine, dentistry, architecture)
Prospective applicant must meet the following qualification criteria:
(1) Must be a citizen of the country to which scholarships are offered, which is also applied to his/her parents.
※ Applicant must not be a holder of Korean citizenship.
(2) Should be under 25 years of age as of March 1, 2014.
(3) Have an adequate health, both physically and mentally.
※ Persons who are pregnant or having severe illness may not apply.
(4) Have finished or be scheduled to finish formal education of elementary, middle, high school as of March 1, 2014.
※ Exceptional acceptance for a person who will have finished high school as of September 1, 2011 and who will be able to have level 3 in TOPIK until then.
(5) Possess above 80% (out of 100%) in a grade point average (G.P.A.) of the whole school years of the high school attended or within top 10% among graduates in the same year.
(6) Not at any time have received a Korean government scholarship for his/her undergraduate study before.
(7) Not have enrolled in an undergraduate course in Korea before.
(8) Preferential selection for applicants who are good at Korean or English.
6. Submission of Required Documents
(1) Place of Submission: Korean Embassy (or Consulate) or Korean universities <Refer to Attachment & CONTACT POINTS>
(2) Deadline of Submission: The date set by the above institution
(3) Documents to be submitted
① One Completed Application Form (on a prescribed form: RD-1)
② One NIIED Pledge (on a prescribed form: RD-2)
③ One Self-introduction Essay (on a prescribed form: RD-3)
④ One Study Plan (on a prescribed form:RD-4)
⑤ Two Recommendation Letters (from two different referees stated below, on a prescribed form: RD-5)
※ Applicant's teacher or principal of the school, academic advisor or CEO of an organization, etc.
⑥ One original Personal Medical Assessment (on a prescribed form: RD-6)
⑦ One original Certificate of Health authorized by a doctor (on a prescribed form: RD-7)
※ Only applicable for candidates who have successfully passed through the selection procedure set
by the institution in charge of recommendation of candidates
⑧ One original Copy of High School Diploma
⑨ One original Copy of High School Grade Transcripts
⑩ One original Copy of the Applicant’s Passport
※ Application for issuance of a passport can be replaceable instead.
⑪ The Certificates of Citizenship of the Applicant and his/her Parents
※ A birth certificate or a copy of passport, etc.
⑫ One original Copy of a Certificate of Korean or English Proficiency (if applicable)
※ It should be issued within 2 years from as of March 1, 2011
① Applicants can apply for the program through more than one institution in charge of recommendation of qualified candidates, but s/he SHOULD BE RECOMMENDED by ONLY ONE INSTITUTION.
※ In case that s/he will be recommended by more than one institution, his/her application is to be rejected; if informed by more than one institution that s/he is selected as one of their candidates, s/he should make a decision as to which recommendation will be effective and let them know it.
② English Name Spelling in the application form MUST be exactly the same as in the passport.
※ One copy of application for issuance of a passport is replaceable for a copy of passport.
③ Application form and other program materials are to be filled out either in Korean or in English. And all of the materials should be A4 sized; if smaller, attach the material to an additional A4 sized paper; if bigger, fold it up to be an A4 sized one.
④ Regarding a high school grade transcript, it should prove that your academic achievement satisfies 5-(5) above; otherwise, you should submit a certificate issued by the high school, which should include either an official seal of the school or a school principal’s signature.
⑤ The documents such as certificates or credentials issued in languages other than Korean or English must include official notarized translation, which is to be put before the original.
⑥ Other documents except the ones written on a form prescribed by NIIED should contain their numbers and names on the top right. (ex.⑧High School Diploma)
⑦ When you submitting the documents to the institution in charge of selection of candidates, the documents should be arranged in the order of the list of the required documents stated above. Each document can be stapled, but all of the documents should be put together using (a) clip(s): do not staple them altogether, or do not put them into a transparent file one by one.
⑧ Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicant.
⑨ Incomplete or incorrect documents are subject to rejection by NIIED.
7. Scholarship Payment
(1) Scholarship Period: March 1, 2014 ~ February 28, 2018
(2) Scholarship Benefits
① Airplane ticket or airfare: The grantees will receive an airplane ticket or be paid an economy class airfare of
the shortest route between their country and Korea when they come to Korea, and, thereafter, when they
leave Korea after completion of their study.
② Monthly Allowance: 800,000 won per month
③ Tuitions: The full tuition is exempted by NIIED and the entrance fee for the first semester by the host university.
④ Settlement Allowance: 200,000 won upon arrival
⑤ Repatriation Allowance: 100,000 won upon completion of studies
⑥ Korean Language Training Expenses
※ The full costs up to 1 year (NIIED pays directly to the language training institution)
⑦ Medical Insurance: The grantees will be provided with health insurance for major accidents and illnesses during their scholarship period.
① NIIED does not compensate fees for the domestic travel both in the grantee’s country and Korea.
② Airfare for entry into Korea will not be provided to a grantee that has been staying in Korea for between the confirmation date of selection of scholarship students and the designated entry due (February 28, 2015).
③ NIIED does not compensate fees for insurance of traveling to and from Korea.
④ The medical fee is to be reimbursed through the insurance company to the grantee after s/he pays first
⑤ Any grantee who gives up his/her study during the scholarship period will not receive airfare and allowance for repatriation except for the cases approved by NIIED such as severance of diplomatic relations, war or other natural disasters.
⑥ Any grantee who quits the program in 3 months after one’s entrance into Korea, should refund all scholarship fees (The airfare of arriving Korea, settlement allowance, monthly allowance, Korean language training expenses, etc.).
(1) Available Universities for 2015 KGSP grantees
Ajou Univ. Cheongju Univ. Chonnam National Univ. Chosun Univ. Chungbuk National Univ. Chungnam National Univ. Daegu Univ. Daejeon Univ. Dong A Univ. Dongguk Univ. Dongseo Univ. Ewha Womans Univ. Gyeongsang National Univ. Hanllym Univ. Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Studies Hannam Univ. Hanyang Univ. Hongik Univ. Inha Univ. Jeju National Univ. Jeonju Univ. KAIST Kangwon National Univ. Keimyung Univ. Kongju National Univ. Konkuk Univ. Konyang Univ. Kookmin Univ. Korea Univ. Kyonggi Univ. Kyunghee Univ. Mokpo National Univ. Myongji Univ. Pai Chai Univ. Pukyong National Univ. Pusan National Univ. Seoul National Univ. Sogang Univ. Sookmyung Women’s Univ. Soon Chun Yang Univ. Sung Kyun Kwan Univ. Sunmoon Univ. Ulsan Univ. Woosuk Univ. Woosong Univ. Yeungnam Univ. Yonsei Univ.
(2) Korean Language Course
① Institution: At an institution designated by NIIED
- The grantee who has more than level 5 in TOPIK can be exempt from the preliminary Korean language training and can start his/her bachelor’s degree course.
- The grantee should reach level 3 in TOPIK after the completion of a Korean language course and before starting a bachelor’s degree course.
- In principle, the grantee is not supposed to leave Korea during Korean language training.
- The grantee must not bring his/her family to Korea during the Korean language training period. And in case that s/he wishes to be accompanied by his/her family after completion of the language course, the whole expenses for it should be borne by him/her.
- The grantee should have level 3 in TOPIK after completion of Korean language training and before beginning a bachelor’s degree course.
(3) Undergraduate Degree Program
- The grantee selected through the recommendation of a university: At the university which has recommended him/her
- The grantee selected through the recommendation of a Korean embassy: At the university to which s/he is admitted. (S/he may apply for admission to a university s/he would like to enter)
- The grantee should make a preparation of the required documents for application for an admission to a university.
- The grantee recommended by a Korean embassy will take a procedure for application for a university admission while taking a Korean language course; as for information on application for admission, please visit the university websites.
- If the grantee is needed to write a final thesis, it must be written in Korean in principle; if the final thesis must be written in another foreign language, s/he should submit its summary in Korean.
10. Other Important things
① Grantees must arrive in Korea by February 28, 2011. In case a grantee does not enter Korea by the designated date without any special reason, his/her scholarship award will be canceled.
※ Grantees who will have finished high school as of September 1, 2015 and who will be able to have level 3
in TOPIK until then should arrive in Korea by August 30, 2015.
② Prior to arrival, grantees should acquire some knowledge about Korea and Korean culture, etc.
▪ Korean Language Study http://www.kosnet.go.kr
▪ Korean Universities http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr
▪ Korean Culture http://korea.net/
▪ The Korean Embassy abroad http://www.mofat.go.kr
▪ Entry & Residence http://immigration.go.kr.
③ Grantees are required to get a visa before arriving in Korea.
※ Visa status: D-4 (Korean language course) or D-2 (Degree course)
※ Visit the Consular section of the Korean embassy or consulate in your country of residence with an invitation letter issued by NIIED upon the announcement of successful candidates.
④ The payment of the monthly allowance for the first month after arrival in Korea may be delayed. Therefore, every grantee is advised to bring extra money to cover the living expenses for the period.
① Grantees would reside in a university dormitory.
② The dormitory fee will be deducted out of the monthly allowance by the university.
(3) Cancellation or temporary suspension of Scholarship
① If a grantee is found engaged in any of the following activities during his/her stay in Korea, his/her scholarship will be suspended and then will be disqualified from a grantee position.
- When any documents of the scholarship application has been found false
- When the grantee is punished by the university or involved in any form of political activity
- When the grantee has violated the written pledge which s/he has given to NIIED
- When the grantee has violated the guidelines and regulations set by NIIED
- When the grantee has been cautioned more than 2 times due to an unexcused absence or a prolonged absence from the Korean language training or the temporary departure without permission or notification
- When the grantee has not earned at least 2/3 of the registered credit courses of the semester
- When the grantee has not submitted a request for re-enrollment to the university and not notified NIIED of re-enrollment without any proper reasons within one month after the period of ‘temporary absence from school’ has ended
- When the grantee has given up one’s studies
- When they refuse to study at the assigned university after s/he finished his/her Korean language course
- When an award holder returns to his/her country of origin or to another country for the purpose of joining an exchange program similarly, operated by agreement on credit exchanges between the Korean and foreign universities
- When an award holder gets more than three warnings
- When an award holder's TOPIK level is 0 after the completion of the Korean language course
- When an award holder does not reach level 2 in TOPIK after the completion of the additional 6 month Korean language course
- When an award holder does not reach level 3 in TOPIK after the completion of the additional 12 month Korean language course
② Temporary suspension of scholarship
- While taking a Korean language course, in special cases(e.g. funeral of his/her parents, his/her wedding, treatment of illness, etc.), the grantee may leave Korea for a maximum of 2 weeks after s/he gets the permission from NIIED; the scholarship for the period is not to be paid
- After the grantee begins his/her study at undergraduate course, s/he should obtain a proper approval from the university where s/he studies in order to exit Korea for more than 30 days. His/her monthly allowance is to be cut for the period of absence exceeding 30 days per semester
(1) For application & submission of required documents <Refer to Attachment & CONTACT POINTS>
• The Korean Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin OR Korean universities
(2) For others except the above
• NIIED Website: http://www.niied.go.kr
[English version: Korean Government Scholarship Students – Q&A]