How to be fully paid for during your exchange program in Korea

Study Blog Series | Inku

May 15, 2019

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:


Living Expenses

Settlement allowance

Round-trip Airfare

Medical Insurance


500,000KRW per month

200,000 KRW upon arrival

Reimbursement available within the set amount

20,000 KRW per month




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.

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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.