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Korean Government Scholarship Program


To provide international students with the opportunity to conduct advanced studies of undergraduate & graduate programs at higher educational institutions in the Republic of Korea in order to promote international exchange in education mutual friendship between countries

Available fields universities

Undergraduate course: 4-year courses at designated universities
※ University transferring is not allowed. (e.g. Starting studies at the junior year is not allowed.)
- Graduate course: Master's or Ph.D. courses at general graduate schools of Korean universities

Total Candidates for Selection

170 persons (undergraduate course), 700 persons (graduate course)

Korea Language Training

Grantees are required to take Korean language training courses within 1 year at the language institution placed on the domestic universities. (Except for those who reach a certain level of Korean language fluency more than level 5 in TOPIK.)

Application Procedure

Contents Undergraduate Graduate
Announcement Sep. of the previous year Feb. of the year
Recommendation (Embassy, University) Oct~ Nov. of the year March ~ April of the year
Result release Jan.  of the year June of the year
Arrival in Korea Late Feb. of the year Late August of the year

Scholarship Benefit

Division Living
Tuition Fees Airfares Supporting settle down in Korea Language courses Printing dessertation Medical Insurance Aiding research Awards for excellence Korean skill
Actual cost (No more than 5 million KRW per semester) Actual cost KRW 200,000 KRW 600,000 per semester KRW 500,000 - 800,000 KRW 20,000
(per month)
KRW 210,000 - 240,000
(per semester)


Both an applicant and his/her parents must possess the citizenship of the country of origin.
※ Applicants should not be a holder of Korean citizenship.
- Applicants should have adequate health, both mentally physically, to stay in a foreign country for a long time.
- Should be under 25 years of age as of the date of entrance. (Undergraduate)
- Should be under 40 years of age as of the date of entrance. (Graduate)
- Have finished or be scheduled to finish formal education of elementary, middle, high school courses as of the date of arrival. (Undergraduate)
- Hold a Bachelor degree,a Master's degree as of the date of arrival. (Graduate)
Applicants who have ever enrolled in a university in Korea will be disqualified from applying to the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in an undergraduate program, a master’s program, a doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program. 
However, a KGSP scholar who has graduated can apply for this program again only via the embassy if only he/she holds at least TOPIK Level 4 and obtain another recommendation within the allotment from the Korean Embassy of his/her respective country of origin (re-application is limited to one instance).
- Possess a grade point average (G.P.A.) above 80% from the last educational institution attended have earned top 20% of G.P.A. among classmates. (Common)

Procedure for the Scholarship Award

NIIED requests the Korean Embassy in the invited country or the domestic university concerned to recommend Candidates.
Applicants should submit all documents related to their scholarship application to the Korean Embassy in their country of residence to or the domestic university concerned.
The Korean Embassy or the domestic university concerned sends proper candidates to NIIED with required documents.
NIIED evaluates proper candidates and notifies the Korean Embassy of the final KGSP

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