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Korean Government Scholarship Program

National Institute for International Education (NIIED)for the development of human resources in the age of globalization.
정부초청외국인장학생사업 관련 이미지
[Office in charge]
 
Overseas Study Support Division,
Dept. of Planning & Management
[Contact: Graduate Program]
[Contact: Undergraduate Program]

Program Overview

The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) supports the future global leaders and promotes the international cooperation in education by inviting talented international students to Korea for an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea.

Qualifications

[Graduate Program]
대학원 정보초청외국인장학생 지원기간과 지원자격
Scholarship
Period
Master's Degree 1 year Language Courses + 2 year Degree Courses
Doctoral Degree 1 year Language Courses + 3 year Degree Courses
Qualifications
  1. ① The applicant and his/her parents must hold foreign citizenships.
    * Applicants with the Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program.
  2. ② Applicants must be under 40 years of age of the selection year.
  3. ③ Applicants must hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree as of September 1st of the selection year.
    * Applicants who have completed an undergraduate program, a master's program, or a doctoral program in Korea are ineligible to apply for the program.
  4. ④ The academic achievement of the applicants must meet one of the followings:
    - The grade point average (GPA) must be no less than 2.64 on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4.3 scale, 2.91 on a 4.5 scale; or
    - The overall grades must be no less than 80% out of 100%
[Undergraduate Program]
학부 정보초청외국인장학생 지원기간과 지원자격
Scholarship
Period
Bachelor's Degrees
(5 years)
Korean language course(up to 1 year) + Bachelor's degree course requirements(4 years)
Associate Degrees
(3 years)
Korean language course(up to 1 year) + Associate degree course requirements(2 years)
Qualifications Prospective applicants must meet the following qualification criteria;
  1. ① Must be a citizen of the country to which the scholarship is offered, which also applies to the applicants' parents
  2. ② Have graduated or will be scheduled to graduate from high school as of March 1st of the invitation year
  3. ③ Must possess above 80% (out of 100%) cumulative grade point average (CGPA), or must be within the top 20% (out of 100%) in rank in high school.

Selection Procedure

[Graduate and Undergraduate Program]
1st SelectionApplicants submit their applications either to the Korean Embassies around the world or to the partering universities in Korea. The embassies and universities select the successful candidates among the applicants in the 1st round of selection. The applicants of the successful candidates will then be forwarded to NIIED. 
2nd SelectionThe NIIED selection committee selects the successful candidates among those who passed the 1st round.
3rd SelectionAmong the successful candidates who have passed the 2nd round, the applicants of those who applied through the Korean Embassies will be reviewed by universities for admission. Successful candidates must get admission from at least one of the universities.
 
Announcement of final successful candidates will be made

Scholarship Benefits

[Graduate Program]
학부 정보초청외국인장학생 지원기간과 지원자격
Airfare Round-trip economy class ticket
Monthly Allowance 900,000 KRW per month
Research Allowance 210,000 KRW for scholars in the field of humanities and social sciences;
240,000 KRW for scholars in natural and mechanic sciences
Settlement Allowance 200,000 KRW upon arrival
Language Training Fee Full coverage
Tuition All admission fees are waived by the host institution (university)
The tuition is covered by NIIED and the university.
Dissertation Printing Costs Reimbursement of 500,000 ~ 800,000 KRW depending on actual costs
Medical Insurance 20,000 KRW per month (limited coverage)
Korean Proficiency Grants 100,000 KRW per month for scholars with TOPIK Level 5 or 6
[Undergraduate Program]
학부 정보초청외국인장학생 지원기간과 지원자격
Airfare Round-trip economy class ticket
Monthly Allowance 800,000 KRW per month
Settlement Allowance 200,000 KRW upon arrival
Language Training Fee Full coverage
Tuition All admission fees are waived by the host institution (university)
The tuition is covered by NIIED and the university.
Medical Insurance 20,000 KRW per month (limited coverage)
Korean Proficiency Grants 100,000 KRW per month for scholars with TOPIK Level 5 or 6