The Korean Government Scholarship Program for undergraduate degrees is designed to provide international students with opportunities to study at higher educational institutions in Korea for Bachelor-level degrees, which in turn will contribute to promoting the international exchange in education and to deepening the mutual friendship among countries.
Benefits (1) Scholarship Period: March 1, 2020 ~ February 28, 2025 (1-year Language + 4-year Degree Program)
(2) Scholarship Benefits
- Airplane Ticket or Airfare: The scholarship covers an economy class flight with the shortest route between a scholar’s country and Korea. A one-way ticket to Korea will be offered to each scholar at the beginning of the scholarship program; another one-way ticket from Korea will be offered for those who complete their studies under the scholarship program.
- Monthly Stipend: 900,000 KRW per month
- Tuition: The university entrance fee and tuition fee is covered by NIIED and the host university.
- Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW upon arrival
- Scholarship Completion Grants: 100,000 KRW upon completion of studies only for scholars returning back to their countries
- Korean Language Training: The full cost for the 1 year is covered by NIIED and the language institution.
- Medical Insurance: Scholars are covered by health insurance for major accidents and illnesses during their scholarship period.
- Korean Proficiency Grants: Scholars with level 5 or 6 on TOPIK will receive 100,000 KRW won per month during the degree program.
- CITIZENSHIP: An applicant and his or her parents must be citizens of one the countries listed on the above chart in #2 in the GUIDELINE
- Attention! Neither the applicant nor the parents should hold the Korean citizenship.
(Exception: For overseas Korean applicants holding Japanese citizenship, if their parents hold ‘Permanent Residency Permit’ within Japan while holding Korean citizenship, are eligible to apply.)
- Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit the document that proves their renunciation of Korean citizenship.
- AGE:An applicant must be under age 25 as of March 1, 2020 (Should be born after March, 1, 1995).
- HEALTH: An applicant must be in good health, both physically and mentally.
- Those with disabilities, but in good mental and physical health, are eligible to apply.
- Those with severe illness are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.
- LEVEL OF EDUCATION: An applicant must have graduated or be expected to graduate from a high school as of March 1, 2020
- Those who have already achieved a Bachelor’s degree or a higher degree are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.
- Those who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a high school in Korea are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.
- GRADES: An applicant must maintain the overall grade point average (CGPA) equivalent to or higher than any ONE of the followings:
- 2.64 on a 4.0 scale;
- 2.80 on a 4.3 scale;
- 2.91 on a 4.5 scale;
- 3.23 on a 5.0 scale; or
- Score: 80points or above on a 100 point scale or be ranked within the top 20% throughout the entire high school period.[see Appendix 3]
- If an applicant’s high school has an evaluation system different from the above scales, see 7-(2)-⑨.
- An applicant should never have been awarded with any scholarship programs from Korea for an undergraduate degree program.
- An applicant must have no limitations in travelling abroad
- Applicants who have proficiency in the Korean or English language will be given preference.
- Descendants of the Korean War veterans will be given preference.
- Engineering and Science majors will be given preference.
- Applicants from low income families or underprivileged backgrounds will be given preference.
- Applicants who are confirmed to be ‘third generation’ overseas Koreans will be given preference.
- An applicant is restricted to apply either for the Embassy, the Regional University, or the Associate Degree track.
How to Apply:
For details on the application deadline and the submission of application documents, applicants should contact the Korean Embassy, the Korean Education Center, or the Korean Cultural Center in their homecountries, or in the neighboring countries if there is no Korean diplomatic missions in one’s home country.
Deadline: To be decided by the Korean Embassies [see Appendix 1]