An exclusive chance for ASEAN Science and Engineering students

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May 16, 2019

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.  


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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.