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Korean Government Scholarships 2020 for International Students


Deadline: 30 Oct,2020    Next term Starts:: 08 Jan,2021



The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) is available to international students who want to pursue Bachelors’s (undergraduate degree), Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Korean Universities. The scholarship provides international students the opportunity to study in Korea and conduct advanced studies in a higher educational institution in Korea.

Korea currently top the World’s Chart of the Best World Study Abroad Destination. Most of their Scholarships are Fully sponsored and students’ visa requirements are very easy to meet up.

This Scholarship Program is sponsored and managed by the National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED), a branch of the Ministry of Education in South Korea.

It provides non-Korean scholars with the funding and opportunity to conduct undergraduate or postgraduate level studies in South Korea after completing one year of intensive Korean language studies. In the end, it also develops global leaders as well as strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide.


Eligibility and criteria

International students applying for the Korean Government Scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • Both an applicant and his/her parents must be citizens of their country of origin.
  • Applicants should not hold Korean citizenship.
  • Also, applicants should have adequate health, both mentally and physically, to stay in a foreign country for a long time.
  • Applicants should also be under 25 years of age at the date of entrance for Undergraduates.
  • or under 40 years of age at the date of entrance for Graduates
  • Then for academic professors, you must be under 45 years of age as of 1st of September 2020.
  • Must have finished or be scheduled to finish formal education of all elementary, middle, high school courses by the date of arrival. (Undergraduate)
  • Possess a grade point average (G.P.A.) above 80% from the last educational institution attended.
  • Applicants must also hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree by the date of arrival for graduates.
  • For the postdoctoral Research Program, you must have a doctoral degree or level of education equivalent to a doctoral degree.
  • And for Research Program applicants, you must hold a degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a master’s degree.
  • Applicants who have previously achieved in any undergraduate program, master’s program, or doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program.
  • Furthermore, as an applicant, you must have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree on or before 31st August 2020.

Awards and benefits

  • NIIED is an executive agency under the Ministry of Education. It plays a leading role in strengthening national competitiveness by developing international human resources among overseas Koreans, exchanging students under national government scholarship programs, and providing educational administrative services.
  • International undergraduates, masters, and Ph.D. receive this government scholarship annually students to study in Korea.
  • Also, the Korean Government over the years has proven to be committed to fostering stronger diplomatic ties between the international communities and Korea through these Korean Government Scholarships which avail intelligent international students the opportunity to achieve their dreams.
  • Furthermore, Korean schools have notable research programs, distinguished faculty, and state-of-the-art research facilities. Six Korean universities were rated in the top 400 world universities, according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  • Graduate education in Korea holds a high reputation throughout the world, particularly in technical areas such as engineering and information technology. Also, Korea teaches most of its master’s programs in English.

Undergraduate Scholarship Benefits:

  • Airplane Ticket or Airfare: The Korean Government Undergraduate scholarship covers an economy class flight with the shortest route between a scholar’s country and Korea. Students will also receive a one-way ticket to Korea at the beginning of the scholarship program. Students who complete their studies under the scholarship program will receive another one-way ticket from Korea.
  • Monthly Stipend: 800,000 KRW per month
  • Tuition: NIIED will cover the tuition fee of up to 5 million KRW. However, in the case where the tuition is higher than 5 million KRW, the host university covers the exceeding amount. The university also covers the university entrance fee.
  • Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW upon arrival
  • Scholarship Completion Grants: 100,000 KRW upon completion of studies
  • Korean Language Training: NIIED and the language institution covers the full cost for the 1-year training.
  • Medical Insurance: Health insurance covers students 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.


How to Apply

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