KGSP Support Program for Self-Financed Foreign Students

Degree Scholarship Series | Inku

May 10, 2019

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 ( 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



Life of an international student in Korea


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.