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Guide to Korean Government Scholarship Program

Purpose

Promote international educational exchanges and friendly relationships by providing opportunities for foreign students to study in a higher educational institution in Korea

Qualification for Application

Qualification for Application - Undergraduate, Graduate, Common
Undergraduate
  • Under 25 years old as of March 1 st of the year of admission
  • Applicants who have completed (or expected to complete) elementary, middle, and high school education as of March 1 st of the year of admission
Graduate
  • Under 40 years old as of September 1 st of the year of admission
  • Applicants who have obtained a bachelor’s or Masters degree as of September 1 st of the year of admission
Common
  • The applicant and both his/her parents are all foreigners
    • ※ Applicants with dual citizenship of which one is korean do not qualify as foreigners.
  • Applicants should be mentally and physically fit to could study in Korea for the long term
  • Applicant who are enrolled in a university or graduate school in Korea are not eligible to apply
    • ※ However, a scholarship student invited by the government who has obtained TOPIK level 4 or above and recommended again by the Embassy of Korea in their country may reapply.
  • Applicants whose GPAs for the whole year of their final school were 80% or above

Admission Procedure

{Admission Procedure} - Classification, Undergraduate, Graduate
Classification Undergraduate Graduate
Recruitment notice and applications acceptance
※ Submit applications to the Korean diplomatic missions in your corresponding country or enrolled university in Korea
Every September of the previous year Every February
1 st selection (Korean diplomatic missions and universities) Every October – November of the previous year Every March
2 nd selection (NIIED) Every October – November of the previous year Every April
3 rd selection (universities)
※ Only for to applicants who have applied to the diplomatic missions
Every December of the previous year Every May
Announcement of final successful candidates (NIIED) Every January Every June
Entry by the scholarship students Every February At the end of every August

Reference

  • Check the recruitment notice announced every year for documents to be submitted and details regarding application (Scholarships - GKS Notice)
    • Inquiries: kgspniied@korea.kr
  • Please refer to the detailed implementation plan of the National Institute for International Education (NIIED).