Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) / Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)

Degree Scholarship Series | Inku

May 10, 2019

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

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High school grade Transcript

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Certificate of citizenship of applicant and parents

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Certificate of Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor’s Diploma (Original)

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Bachelor’s degree Transcript (Original)

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Certificate of Masters degree or Masters Diploma (Original)

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Masters degree Transcript (Original)

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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

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Hi! My name is Inku and this is my blog for foreigners willing to study in Korea. A little something about myself, I am a Korean who studied in Indonesia for 12 years and in Singapore for another 7 years. Then, I came back to Korea to complete my university here. Currently, I'm studying at Underwood International College (UIC) in Yonsei University. Being overseas for almost my whole life, I understand the struggles of international students living in Korea. Luckily, thanks to my ethnic background and familiarity with the country's culture, I could find my way of adjusting to life in Korea. In this blog, I want to share with you my information that international students need so that you know what to expect from studying in Korea and to prepare and adjust.