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by Visit Korea - Korea Tourism Organization
Seasons & Weather

About Korea: Seasons & Weather By: Korea Tourism Organization   It sure is getting hotter nowadays, marking the beginning of Summer. Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons; spring, summer, fall and winter. Winters which last from December ~ March are long, cold and dry whereas summers which last from July ~ September are short, hot and humid. Spring (March ~ May) and autumn (October ~ November) are short in duration.   In Korea, each season is characterized by a unique feature, such as cherry blossoms in spring, maple leaves in autumn, the snow in winter, and the beach and monsoon season during the summer.   --- Spring Cherry blossoms bloom across to cover the nation in wonderful colors of white and pink during this season. Tourists can enjoy cherry blossom festivals in locations such as Yeouido, Jamsil, or Nami Island. The weather can vary, being very cold during the evening, while being warm during the day.   Summer Summer temperatures in Korea and reach as high as 40 degrees in some districts such as Daegu or Busan. There is also the rainy monsoon season during July and August. Tourists and locals will often go to nearby lakes, reservoirs, water parks and beaches to cool off from the summer heat. Between spring and summer is also the season for several music or outdoor festivals.   Autumn Similar to Spring, maple leaves cover the nation in colors of red and orange, marking the eventual coming of winter. Tourists and locals may visit locations such as the Naejang Mountain in Jeongeup, which is one of the most famous attractions to see the autumn maple leaves. The weather can vary, being cold during the evening while being relatively warm during the day.   Winter Winter in Korea can get very cold, with temperatures reaching as low as negative 20 degrees in districts such as Gangwon-do. It also snows heavily, with the amount varying across the districts. Tourists and locals will often visit the Ski-resort during this season to go skiing, snowboarding or sledding. You can check out our site for additional details and information.   Also, feel free to contact us on our SNS such as Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions or concerns about Korea.  

May 17, 2019
by Visit Korea - Korea Tourism Organization
Geography & Provinces

About Korea: Geography & Provinces By Korea Tourism Organization   Korea is a mostly mountainous country, so much of the structures, roads and buildings are based on an angle. A lot of the flatlands are used for agricultural production. Korea is surrounded by beaches, categorizing between the West, and the East Coast. There are also some islands such as the famous Jeju-Island, Ulleung Island and Dokdo.         South Korea is composed of nine provinces, with Seoul as the capital City. The provinces include Seoul Metropolitan Area, Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongsangnam-do, Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do and Jeju-do. Other notable and advanced cities in Korea include Daejeon, Incheon, Sejong, Daegu.   Each district or city has its own unique characteristic or attraction point such as Everland in Gyeonggi-do, Haeundae Beach in Busan, or the Hanok Village in Jeonju. The spoken dialect of Korean also changes across each province, particularly within the Gyeongsang and the Jeolla Provinces.   ---   Seoul        To explain about Seoul in more detail, the regions and economic status are divided mainly into the North and South according to the Han River (which flows through Seoul measuring 514 km in length). Prices and quality of service, and infrastructure in general also differ according to this division. Seoul is also home to the headquarters of several Fortune Global 500 companies such as LG, Samsung and Hyundai. Other Corporations are usually grouped and located as a hub, such as the financial hub in Yeouido, or the broadcasting station hub within Digital Media City. In general, Seoul is considered a leading and a rising global city. Though it was rated as a city with one of the highest quality of living, it has some of the highest living costs, and has an extremely expensive real-estate market. Tourists love Seoul for its high living standards, easy transportation in and out of the city, and for its cultural aspects such as the food and the night-life.   You can check out our site for additional details and information.   Also, feel free to contact us on our SNS such as Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions or concerns about Korea.  

May 17, 2019
by Visit Korea - Korea Tourism Organization
National Symbols of Korea

About Korea - National Symbols By Korea Tourism Organization The National Symbols of Korea are official and unofficial icons, flags, representations or cultural expressions which have been accepted to represent South Korea   The main symbols of Korea include the National Flag (Taegukgi), the National Anthem (Aegukga) and the National Flower (Mugunghwa)     National Flag (Taegeukki) The design of the Taegeukgi was finalized in 1949. The circle in the center is divided equally, and in perfect balance. It symbolizes the principles of the yin and yang, where the upper red responds to the positive cosmic forces of the yang, and the lower blue represents the negative cosmic forces of the yin. The background of the flag is white, representing peace and purity valued by the people of Korea. Finally, the trigrams surrounding the center each have its own meanings. The upper left represents ‘heaven’, the lower left represents ‘fire’, the upper right represents ‘water’ and finally the lower right represents ‘earth’. National Anthem (Aeguk-ga)   The National Anthem or the Aegukga was re-arranged and finalized by Maestro Ahn Eak Tai (1906-1965) after undergoing several changes.   The term Aegukga literally translates to ‘a song expressing love towards the country’, and it was meant to foster patriotism and raise awareness for the nation’s independence. While it does not necessarily translate directly to the National Anthem, Koreans term the Aegukga and accept it as the Anthem. The National Anthem, usually only the first verse, is mainly sung at official or national events. National Flower (Mugunghwa) The Mugunghwa, also known as the Korean Rose, is the national flower of South Korea, which appears in national emblems. The flowers bloom from July to October every year to gracefully decorate the entire nation. The flower’s symbolic meaning stems from the word ‘Mugung’ which means eternity.   Finally, other unofficial emblems or expressions include: The National Bird: Korean Magpie The National Animal: Siberian Tiger The National Instrument: Gayageum, The National Sport: Taekwondo. You can check out our site for additional details and information.   Also, feel free to contact us on our SNS such as Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions or concerns about Korea.

May 17, 2019
by Visit Korea - Korea Tourism Organization
About Korea - General Information

~ Welcome to Korea ~ By Korea Tourism Organization   If you currently live abroad, you may have heard at least once about Korea, whether it is about the food (such as Kimchi), the K-Drama (such as Goblin) or K-Pop (such as BTS). You may have even heard about Korea from the issues arising from North Korea. Although Korea is small, it has become one of the most influential countries the past couple of years.   South Korea, or officially known as the Republic of Korea, is one of the most economically developed countries in Asia along with its neighbors, Japan and China. It has a population of approximately 51,635,256 (as of September 2018), with most of the population residing in the metropolitan areas such as Seoul or Busan     The main language used in the country, both reading, writing and speaking is Korean, while the written version is called Hangul. Many Koreans are obliged to learn English as the second language, and it is also mandatory to teach English, or a second language in public institutions.   It is visited annually by tens of millions of international travellers, many who come as tourists, while some decide to study or even work at Korea. It is hard to segment which nationality or types of visitors visit Korea the most, but there has been an overall change from Asian ethnic, to European or North American visitors.    You can check out our site for additional details and information.   Also, feel free to contact us on our SNS such as Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions or concerns about Korea.    

May 17, 2019
by Inku
No 'Outs' in Health 'In'surance

No ‘Outs’ in Health ‘In’surance   Recent reports state that from July 16th onwards, it will be compulsory for all foreigners, including students, to sign up for the state health insurance system if they stay in Korea for longer than 6 months. Hence, the burden to pay for health insurance rose from 100,000KRW per year to 678,000KRW per year, almost 7 times its original cost. That’s a significant increase for an average college/university student. It’s a questionable move by the government considering the fact that they’ve been trying to increase the number of foreign students studying in Korea. Apparently, the root of the issue dates back to 2012.   1. The issue According to a Chosun News article from 2018 titled “외국인 건강보험 적자, 작년 2000억 돌파”, Foreigner Health Insurance Deficit has constantly been rising from 77.8 billion KRW in 2012 to 200 billion KRW in 2017. The main reason behind the deficit was that foreigners would receive the benefits of health insurance and after the treatment, the patient would immediately return back to his/her country. For instance, patient A could be paying for the health insurance of 100,000 KRW for a year and receive treatment worth 500,000 KRW. As soon as patient A is treated, he/she returns back home and a deficit worth 400,000 KRW arises. Similar cases have become an issue in Korea where some people would come to take advantage of the health insurance system. Tuberculosis treatment, for example, is a common disease that can be treated for free even if you are a foreigner without health insurance. In fact, Tuberculosis patients increased from 791 patients in 2007 to 2940 patients in 2016. Even though there was a decrease in Korean nationals diagnosed with Tuberculosis, there was an increase in international patients. This increase in sick patients has caused both health and financial concerns.    The current National Health Insurance policy allows foreigners who have stayed in Korea for longer than 3 months to decide whether to sign up for it or not. Compared to countries such as the UK, where foreigners not from EU are qualified after 6 months, and Japan (1 year), Korea’s standards seem to be too lenient. In fact, Korean students who study overseas fear to be sick, and stay away from healthcare, as they are often not insured. Hence, it seems that the government has added that 6-month buffer time before the compulsory payment.   2. The disagreement While this seems to be the reason behind the decision of the government, it is evidently unpopular among the international public in Korea. A current petition is ongoing, where more than 62,000 have signed for the withdrawal of the compulsory insurance policy. A university faculty member in charge of foreign students in Korea has raised the issue of the previously undiscussed policy. This faculty member expressed his regret over the proceeding of this policy without being discussed with members related to this issue. In fact, during the announcement of this policy, the faculty member asked why it wasn’t discussed before the proceeding of the policy, and the answer that he received from the management was that “last year’s health insurance deficit was 200 billion KRW”.   These are the 3 main points that he/she expressed regret upon:   Firstly, while many foreign students sign up for health insurance in private companies, the new policy makes it compulsory to sign up for the National Health Insurance Service. This means that foreign students who have difficulties in making a bank account due to nationality (ex. Ethiopian, Iranian) would have to visit the bank in person every month. Hence, there are concerns about the feasibility of this policy.   Secondly, compared to health insurance from companies, the National Health Insurance is too expensive. While it is already difficult for foreign students to find a job in Korea, he believes an increase of more than 6 times its original cost puts a burden to many foreign students. In truth, many of the students who come to Korea to study are not financially stable. Additionally, the punishment set for not paying for the insurance such as confiscation and limited Visa extension is too harsh and may, in turn, lead to an increase in illegal immigration.   Lastly, the 6-month time for eligibility of the insurance begins on the date of arrival in Korea. However, this seems to disclaim the fact that it takes 2weeks to as long as a month to receive an Alien Registration Card. Hence, there is a lack of understanding of this period of waiting.   3. Final thoughts It seems to me that the issue of Health Insurance deficit has always been a problem because of the minority of people taking advantage of the system. Since most people potentially are more likely to be diagnosed with a chronic illness in their later ages, international students who are generally healthy during their time of study are at a disadvantage. While universities are trying to bring in more foreign students, this change seems to be a step backward. Though it may not be a deciding factor, this increase may cause unhappiness in this group. Yet at the same time, is there any fair solution for such a great deficit? I am curious about how the international community in Korea perceives of this current situation. Please leave any opinion or corrections you may want to share. The current petition is still in process, and you can be a part of this petition by going into the petition section of the Blue House webpage in Korean.   Reference: http://m.chosun.com/svc/article.html?sname=news&contid=2018043000080#Redyho http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/05/177_268676.html https://www1.president.go.kr/petitions/580061

May 17, 2019
by Inku
An exclusive chance for ASEAN Science and Engineering students

If you are a Science or Engineering student from one of the 10 ASEAN countries, you should take this exclusive opportunity to study in Korea. Almost everyone would have heard of Samsung, as it is one of the largest electronics company in the world. Not only that but Korea is well known in the R&D (Research and Development) section throughout the world. Every year, up to 200 ASEAN students get the chance of studying here for 5-weeks for zero cost.    GKS for ASEAN Countries’ Science and Engineering students   A. Introduction: An opportunity open to the 10 ASEAN countries’ students in the Science and Engineering department. Every year, around summer break, the government announces the application for this scholarship. This year, the program is from July 11th to August 14th, 5 weeks of academic training and experience is prepared from 6 different universities to choose from. Sadly, the application has met its deadline on may 10th 2019. However, the program is still open every year. The benefits of this scholarship is airfare, accommodation, tuition fee and Traveler’s Insurance. A total of 200 students were to be accepted this year 2019.   Some of the programs provided during the 5 weeks are:  Orientation  Introduction of Program  Lectures  Field of study, Korean language, History Culture  Research Project, Lab activities, Seminar  Conduct research projects under mentoring of graduate students in Korea  Field Trip  Laboratories, institutes, cultural visits  Closing  Presentation, award ceremony for outstanding students These programs are subject to changes according to school and time period   These are the institutions and fields that you could apply to this year (2019). You should be aware that the schools you may apply to changes yearly and while some may remain, some may be replaced:   Chosun University  Mechanical Engineering, Photonics Engineering  Chung-Ang University  Electrical and Electronics Engineering  Chungnam National University  Animal Science and Biotechnology  Keimyung University  Architecture and Civil Engineering  Kyungwoon University  Aeromechanical Engineering, Aviation IT Convergence  Mokpo National Maritime University (newly added in 2019)  Maritime Engineering (Marine Engine, Navigation, Naval Architecture, Ocean Civil Engineering You can choose only one of the universities given and once the document screening is complete, you may receive a phone/skype call to do an interview from your choice of university. B. Qualification: Citizen of designated ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)  Undergraduate students majoring in Science or Engineering in the above ASEAN countries and have completed 2 or more semesters.  Fluent in English Mentally and Physically healthy Ability and willingness to adapt to Korean life and culture   C. Date of Application: The notice is usually posted 3 weeks before the application deadline. For this year’s notice, it was posted on April 22nd. One should check the notice around this time in order to apply for the scholarship.   D. Documents: Along with the notice, you will be receiving an application form, self-introduction, research plan, letter of recommendation template to fill out. It can be written in English or Korean.  Additionally, you need to submit: Passport Copy Proof of enrollment in current university And an original sealed transcript from the university   E. Additional remarks: Because the full program is going to be in English, it would be important for you to be fluent in the language. In addition, understanding Korean language and culture would benefit your program experience as well as to improve your chances in being selected. Among the 6 choices of the University, you should firstly be aware of the programs they provide as well as their location. For instance, only Chung-ang University is located in Seoul and the rest are not. It does not mean one is better than the other but rather something you should be aware of to know what to expect. As for your accomodation, during your 5-weeks, you will be in a dormitory of 2~3 person per room and mostly Korean food will be provided.     Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.

May 16, 2019
by Inku
11-day trip that costs 0 dollars

Have you ever wanted to go to Korea but never actually got the chance? We often dream of traveling to a new country alone and meeting new people. However, it is never easy planning it or even going alone. Not to forget the costs of the whole trip itself. What if you don't have to pay a single dollar? What if you don't have to plan anything? That's why I want to introduce you to this program.   GKS-IP Global Korea Scholarship Invitation Program for Students from partnering countries.    A. Introduction: An Invitation program provided by the government for students who are interested in an all-expense paid training program. Its purpose is to offer future global leaders with invaluable experience in Korea. It is an 11-day trip to Korea and programs are set up to provide lectures, activities, tours, university visits, homestay, and more to the applicants. This program is offered annually usually around June to July with about 120 students from 56 different countries. Each country is given a limited number of students to send to Korea. 60 university students and 60 high school students from schools that offer Korean language courses are chosen.    Below is the list of Programs offered in the 2019 program (subjected to changes): Activities Details Lectures Korean language, history, economics, culture, etc. Government Office visits Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Unification, etc. University Tours Visiting Korean universities, Meeting and networking with Korean students Field trip to historic sites Gyeongju, Gyeongbok Palace, the National Museum of Korea, etc. Field trip to Korean Companies POSCO, Hyundai Motor Company, Samsung Electronics, etc. Cultural Activities Nanta Concert, Traditional Korean Clothes, and Food Homestay 2~3 students per family Other activities Visits to a Broadcasting Station, a Korean Folk Village, and an Amusement Park, etc. (http://down.mofa.go.kr/hk-en/brd/m_1495/down.do?brd_id=8158&seq=761234&data_tp=A&file_seq=1) PDF   B. Qualification: Undergraduate student or high school student Students from the selected country Priority is given those who have never been to Korea Preference for students who have a good understanding of Korea and fluent in Korean and English   C. Date of Application: Application is open from the Korean Embassy of your country. It differs from country to country and one should check the notice. However, the application is usually until mid to late March and open for application for about a month.    D. Documents: No separate documents are required until stated so. Travel related documents such as passport copy may be requested. An application form will be provided along with the notice of the program. Check with your embassy on what to prepare and where to submit them.   E. Additional Remarks: Because the program will be offered in English, applicants should be fluent in English. Those who are able to speak Korean and interested in Korea are given priority over others. It is beneficial to be familiar with Korean or the culture to increase your chances of being selected and to enrich your experience. Since most food provided will be Korean food, it is advisable to familiarize with Korean food. Students will follow the program schedule and private schedules are not allowed during the program.    Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.

May 15, 2019
by Inku
How to be fully paid for during your exchange program in Korea

GKS/KGSP for Exchange students   A. Introduction: A scholarship provided by the government to international undergraduate students who are willing to come to Korea for an exchange program. The NIIED supports about 200 international students each time. Depending, on the length of exchange of the student, the scholarship lasts from 4~10 months. The NIIED selects the (Korean) universities and the number of exchange students each school can nominate. This number may vary from time to time. Next, the (Korean) universities select a number of potential candidates for this scholarship. These potential candidates will be required to send documents which will then be screened by the respective universities and finally to the NIIED.    Below is the scholarship benefits that you will receive: Category Living Expenses Settlement allowance Round-trip Airfare Medical Insurance Amount 500,000KRW per month 200,000 KRW upon arrival Reimbursement available within the set amount 20,000 KRW per month   (http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/gks/allnew_exchange.do)   B. Qualification: Korean Citizenship (including dual citizenship) holders are not eligible Undergraduate students who have completed 2 semesters Must take a Korean language or culture class (at least one / 2 credits) Must possess a GPA of at least 80% out of 100% Must not have enrolled in a Korean university Must not have been sponsored by the Korean government    C. Date of Application: Depending on the season of application, it may fall before the start of the summer semester or the winter semester.  D. Documents: If you are nominated for the scholarship, the university may require you to submit a few documents for screening. Below is a list of some of the documents they may ask you to send: Self-Introduction Study plan Letter of recommendation Language proficiency certification (TOPIK/TOEFL etc.) Verification of awards The list of documents may vary according to circumstances. However, the above list of documents may be needed in order to understand whether the candidate is worthy of the scholarship.   E. Additional Remarks: The universities will screen you based on your academic performance as well as additional information that you provide them. Hence, in order to increase your chances of earning this scholarship, you should have a high GPA and an overall high performance in your respective schools. Additionally, it would be good to make a good self-introduction or study plan to leave an impression. Lastly, it is always recommended to have a TOPIK grade level 3 or above when applying for a Korean university. Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.

May 15, 2019
by Inku
Let the University pay for your education

Hi everyone! It's me again with another blog to explain to you about the scholarships given by Universities this time. There are very many scholarships provided by the universities and listing them would be almost endless. This is a little summary of the scholarships available and how you can find details about them.   University Scholarships A. Introduction: Universities have different scholarships ready for international students to lessen the burden of paying school fees and living in Korea. Though each university provides scholarships based on different criteria, scholarships are generally awarded to students with outstanding scores and performance.    B. Qualification: Students with outstanding GPA scores Students who make great improvements from previous GPA scores Students with high TOPIK scores Students who were recommended by faculty members Above are the general criteria required for University scholarships. The amount of scholarship given under such circumstances differ based on each University and degree. Generally, scholarships are awarded to students who perform well in their school as a form of incentive.    C. Date of application Differs by the scholarship type as some may last until you graduate and some do not. You should check with your universities on the date of application. However, most of the times it would be after or before the semester, during summer or winter.     D. Documents:  There are no specific documents required for these scholarships except your grades or a recommendation letter from a professor and it depends on the scholarship program as well. Some scholarship program may also be limited by your nationality. Hence be sure to check if the scholarship applies to you as well.     This list of universities will help you find out what university scholarships are available: http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/overseas_info/request/universityList.do For further details on the scholarship, I suggest that you look into the official university website (which will be shown in the link above according to the school)  Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.  

May 14, 2019
by Inku
What is SKY and Suneung(CSAT)? And which school should I go to?

Hi! I'm back again with another blog about universities in Korea. Some of you might have heard the term ‘SKY’ or ‘Suneung’. In order to explain that term, I will introduce you to education in Korea and its structure. It's important to understand how Koreans perceive education and the society that revolves around it. While I can't choose what university you should go to, I hope this introduction to Korean education system will provide you enough information to put you in the same position as a typical Korean student.   Education is considered one of the most crucial and important parts of your life. Many Koreans believe that a good education is directly related to success. Getting into one of the top universities in Korea is often the most important goal of high school students and their parents. From as early as elementary school, parents prepare their children to go to the top universities. This issue was highlighted in a recent Korean drama called, “SKY castle”. It became one of Korea’s most viewed drama with 23.8% viewers in its last episode. Much of its success was because this drama shed light on the dark side of education in Korea where people put too much emphasis on their children’s university entrance. While it is true that such excessive interest is negative, it shows the competitive nature of education in Korea and its importance in the Korean community. Hence, the education standard in Korea doesn't fall behind compared to other countries in the world.   Just like many American schools, the typical education in Korea starts from kindergarten, 6 years of primary school, 3 years of middle school, 3 years of high school then to universities or college. The most important transition is from high school to university as mentioned earlier. Students take Suneung (수능) or the CSAT (College Scholastic Aptitude Test) to decide which Universities to go to. In this CSAT, students are tested on their Korean, Mathematics, English, History, Second Language, Humanities/Science/Specialized Job. This test is so important that during the listening part of the test, all flights are delayed and if the students are running late, police motorcycles drive them to the test location. Number grades are given based on a certain percentile such as 1st grade (1 등급deungeub) followed by 2nd grade (2 등급deunggeub) and so on. Based on the grades, students are eligible to enroll in a university. You require an all 1st grade score to get into the top universities in Korea. These students who do make it to the top universities are considered the top 1~3 percentile of students in Korea.   People often mention ‘SKY’ when talking about the top universities in Korea (Hence, the title ‘SKY castle’). ‘SKY’ is a term for grouping Seoul National University (SNU), Korea University, and Yonsei University. These 3 universities are often the dream schools for many high school students. In terms of QS South Korea Rankings 2019 posted by topuniversity.com, KAIST is ranked first, followed by, SNU, Korea, SKKU, Yonsei, POSTECH, Hanyang, Kyunghee and many more. Though the rankings have shown changes over the years, SNU, KU and Yonsei University are still regarded as one of the best schools in Korea. Do not get me wrong, schools such as KAIST, POSTECH, SKKU, and other universities are all fantastic schools and are the best in their own ways. (In fact, KAIST and POSTECH are the best engineering schools in Korea and only the best of the best enter these schools) However, when speaking in general term, SKY remain the top universities in Korea and their CSAT score cutline proves this point.    So how expensive are these Universities? According to the Ministry of Education in Korea, The current average tuition fee in Korea for Universities is 6,696,000 KRW (=5640 USD) per year, 5,789,500 (=4876 USD) for Junior/Community College and 4,212,700 (=3548 USD) for Graduate Universities. Each University has different tuition rates based on its courses. And it may range as low as 1,100 USD to as high as 10,800 USD and 20,900 USD for certain Graduate degrees. (this value was provided by NIIED).   In order to find out more about your school of interest, you may use http://www.academyinfo.go.kr/index.do and http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/overseas_info/request/universityList.do to search about your school. These websites will provide you with the type of scholarships available from the school, facilities, and the numbers of the school at a glance. I strongly suggest you look into this and also the respective school’s website to help you know more about the school.    Although it may seem difficult for Korean students to be admitted to the top university in Korea, I personally found that it is relatively easier for international students to be admitted to prestigious universities. With such opportunities, I suggest you search more about the universities that might interest you and find out which school suits you best. Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.

May 13, 2019
by Inku
KGSP Support Program for Self-Financed Foreign Students

Hi! this is another blog about how you can get another scholarship for your undergraduate studies. Though this is for undergraduate students who have already finished their first year in a Korean University/College, even if you are not yet in a Korean University, you can look into this as reference.   Support for Self-Financed Students   A. Introduction: A government scholarship provided to foreign students who are self-financed by providing 500,000 KRW per month for 10 months. This scholarship is given to about 200 students yearly. This scholarship is for university/college students who have already studied in Korea for 2 semesters. B. Qualification: The student must be in his/her 2nd / 3rd / 4th year for which he/she is applying. Students enrolled without credit, graduate students, cyber university students are not eligible. Student should be a foreign student with a foreign nationality Cannot be a recipient of a scholarship of similar sort (living expense related scholarship that exceeds 500,000 KRW per month) from Korean Government, university or other institution. Must have a total GPA of 80 percentile or higher Must have previous semester’s GPA of 80 percentile or higher. (if you have ca Must have at least level 4 on TOPIK C. Date of application: Whole application process may be from January to March. Make sure to check with your respective universities regarding application or the NIIED. D. Documents: This scholarship is usually open before the start of the first semester for universities in Korea (early March). Hence, online application will appear early in the year around January to February and application periods usually lasts for a month. As soon as the online application is done, you will need to submit your application form along with a few documents to your university. Below are a list of some of the documents that you may need other than the forms that they provide you: Copy of passport TOPIK report card Copy of Internationally Authorized Language Tests Copy of Recommendation letter (official/university) Other related documents such as voluntary work or awards in Korea. E. Additional Remarks: After the recommendation of the university, NIIED makes the decision on who will be given the scholarship. Below is the scoring criteria that the NIIED screening committee will be using. GPA 40% TOPIK 30% Other language proficiency 10% Self-introduction, study plan, recommendation letter, voluntary work, awards 20% You should be aware of the scoring criteria above so that you can have a higher chance of getting the scholarship. Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.   Official link and manual for scholarship http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/gks/allnew_excellentMercy.do http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/download/gks_own_manual.pdf

May 10, 2019
by Inku
Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) / Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)

What if the government will be paying for all your expenses while studying in Korea? Starting from your flight costs to come to korea to your tuition fees, the GKS/KGSP is prepared for you and it is eligible to more than 800 students every year,    Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) / Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) A. Introduction: Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) is provided by the Korean Government and it gives scholarship to international students who may be taking an undergraduate or a graduate Course. It gives scholarship to 150 undergraduate students and to 700 graduate students taking Master’s or a Doctorate. This scholarship includes your degree program as well as a 1-year Korean Language Program before the start of your degree programs. There are 2 tracks to decide from when applying for the GKS. The Embassy and the University, when applying through the university track, it provides regional universities. Hence, you have lesser universities to choose. However, it does not mean one is better than the other. Application requirements for both University and Embassy tracks are similar but the process may be different. The main difference is that Embassy tracks go through an additional process of going through the Embassy while the University track goes straight to the University and then the University decides directly on whether you will accepted or not. (This step is present in the embassy track after the embassy accepts your application) It is your decision on which track to select and you should choose the track that favors you.   Below is the scholarship benefit table released by the NIIED: ‌Category ‌Amount ‌Category A‌mount Airfare Actual cost Tuition Fee Actual cost (No more than 5 million KRW per semester) Ressettlement Allowance KRW 200,000 Printing Costs (dissertation) KRW 500,000 - 800,000 Medical Insurance KRW 20,000 per month Completion Grant KRW 100,000 (Once) Living Allowance Undergraduate: KRW 800,000 Award for Excellent Korean Language Proficiency KRW 100,000 Graduate: KRW 900,000 Language Course KRW 800,000 per quarter Research Support KRW 210,000~240,000 (per semester)   B. Qualification: Applicant should not have Korean citizenships. His/Her parents must be citizens of their country of origin. (exception may be made for parents who have Korean citizenship but hold a ‘Special Permanent Residency Permit’ in Japan). Should be under 25 years of age (undergraduate) and under 40 (graduate). According to the standards of 2019 GKS, if you are applying for undergraduate, you should be under 25 as of march 1. (Hence, born after March 1, 1994). While if you are applying for graduate, you should 40 as of September 1. (Hence, born after September 1, 1979). IF you are an academic professor under 45, and hold citizenship of Official Development Assistance (ODA) Recipients (country), you are also eligible to apply. Completed elementary, middle, high school or scheduled to complete before date of arrival. For graduate school, Bachelor’s/Master’s degree is required. 80% GPA from last education institution (refer to GPA Conversion table of NIIED). Applicants who have previously achieved in any undergraduate program, master’s program, or doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program. C. Date of application: (Undergraduate)Sep. before year of planned studies in Korea (Graduate) Feb. in year of planned studies in Korea   Notice will be uploaded and further instruction will be provided if you visit the studyinkorea notice section D. Hear it from alumni: You can access the newsletter provided in the notice section of GKS. Many alumni who were a part of the GKS has left their stories in the newsletter. E. Documents needed: There are a number of documents to submit in order to apply for the scholarship. The application notice will upload additional forms that must be filled. However, some documents have to be prepared separately. Below is a list of documents that may be needed. One is advised to check the notice board for official details. There are differences in terms of application based on your nationality. Make sure to check if you are subject to a certain criteria. Documents Undergraduate Master’s Doctoral Research High school graduation Certificate P Î Î Î High school grade Transcript P Î Î Î Certificate of citizenship of applicant and parents P P P P Certificate of Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor’s Diploma (Original) Î P P Î Bachelor’s degree Transcript (Original) Î P P Î Certificate of Master‟s degree or Master‟s Diploma (Original) Î Î P P Master‟s degree Transcript (Original) Î Î P P Awards OPTIONAL Certificate of valid proficiency tests (TOPIK, TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)   OPTIONAL Passport copy 2nd Round successful Candidates     Below are additional documents that may be needed according to your status, Only for Postdoctoral Research Program applicants: 1. Certificate of Doctoral degree or Doctoral Diploma (Original) 2. Doctoral degree Transcript (Original) 3. Certificate of Employment (Original) Only for overseas Korean: Proof of Overseas Korean Document Only for previous Korean citizenship holders: Proof of Korean Citizenship Renunciation Document Only for Korean adoptees: Proof of Korean Adoptee Document Finally, if the documents that you have to submit are not written in English or Korean, they have to be translated and authenticated by the issuing institution (ex. Embassy). Additionally, if your country is a member of the Apostille Convention, you may submit the Apostille documents.   F. Additional Remarks: While it is not compulsory to learn Korean or take the TOPIK (Korean Proficiency exam) prior to your application, those who are capable of speaking both Korean and English may be given preference over those who do not. So, if you want to prepare in advance, it is advisable to learn Korean and to take the TOPIK. Additionally, you do not have to take the compulsory Korean Language Program (1-year program) if you get a Level 5 or 6 in TOPIK. Alternatively, if you earn a level 5 or 6 during the first 6 months of the language program, you may start your degree program in advance. I will provide you further information about how you can achieve this in another blog. You also get the benefit of receiving 100,000 KRW per month if you possess Level 5 or 6 in TOPIK Each Korean Embassy of your country of residence is responsible for the application of the scholarship. Deadline for the submission of required documents are usually more or less a month after the application announcement. Do check with your respective Korean Embassy, Korean education center, or Korean Cultural Center. (If none located at your home country, check with a neighboring country). When applying through the university track, instead of the Embassy, your university that you apply to will be responsible. Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally. *This is not a complete list of what to prepare for the GKS but a summary and few tips that may help your decision and make your scholarship application easier.  Here is a link to the complete and official form of application for the GKS:   http://down.mofa.go.kr/mn-mn/brd/m_293/down.do?brd_id=12302&seq=758683&data_tp=A&file_seq=7

May 10, 2019