11-day trip that costs 0 dollars

Study Blog Series | Inku

May 15, 2019

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):




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


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.



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.