KGSP for International Student | Korean Scholarships

7 Mar

2012 Korean Government Scholarship
Program Guideline for International
Students Enrolled in Graduate Programs
Program Objective
The Korean Government Scholarship
Program is designed to provide higher
education in Korea for international
students, with the aim of promoting
international exchange in education, as
well as mutual friendship amongst the
participating countries.

Total Number of Grantees : 345
2012 KGSP Allocations by respective
Korean Embassies : 145 candidates
(from 90 nations). Among the 145
candidates, 15 (from 10 nations)
overseas Korean adoptees are
included. Their quotas are allotted to
10 Korean embassies, and are
separate from general candidate

2012 KGSP Allocation for the
Designated Korean Universities : 200
candidates (from 82 nations)
Eligible Universities and Fields of Study
Eligible Universities: The 51 listed
universities (or institutions) as designated
Applicants (including Korean
adoptees) who apply for this program
via Korean Embassies must choose 3
desired universities out of the 51
universities listed below.

Applicants who apply for this
program via the designated
universities may choose only 1
desired university out of the 51
universities listed below.

1. Ajou University
2. Cheongju University
3. Chonbuk National University
4. Chonnam National University
5. Chosun University
6. Chung-Ang University
7. Chungbuk National University
8. Chungnam National University
9. Daejeon University
10. Dong-A University
11. Dongguk University
12. Dongseo University
13. Ewha Womans University
14. Gyeongsang National University
15. Hallym University
16. Hankuk University of Foreign
17. Hannam University
18. Hanyang University
19. Hongik University
20. Inha University
21. Inje University
22. Jeonju University
23. Kangwon National University
24. KDI School of Public Policy and
25. Keimyung University
26. Kongju National University
27. Kookmin University
28. Korea Advanced Institute of Science
and Technology
29. Korea National Defense University
30. Korea University
31. Kumoh National Institute of
32. Kyonggi University
33. Kyunghee University
34. Kyungpook National University
35. Pai Chai University
36. Pohang University of Science and
37. Pukyong National University
38. Pusan National University
39. Seoul National University
40. Seoul National University of Science
and Technology
41. Silla University
42. Sogang University
43. Sookmyung Women’s University
44. Soon Chun Hyang University
45. Sungkyunkwan University
46. Sun Moon University
47. The Academy of Korean Studies
48. University of Ulsan
49. Woosong University
50. Yeungnam University
51. Yonsei University

Available Fields of Study: Detailed
information about the fields and majors
offered by the listed eligible universities
can be found in the University Information
section on the GKS website
( Applicants must choose
their desired fields of study from the listed
programs in the University Information
section provided by participating

Night schools, seasonal programs,
broadcasting schools, and cyber-
schools (including online distant
learning programs) are not eligible
for application.

Available Courses: Master’s programs
and Doctoral programs
Main Notes for the 2012 Selection
Applicants have to apply for this
program via either an embassy or a
designated university. Overseas
Korean adoptees have to apply only
via an embassy if their countries are
allotted the adoptee quotas.

The selection process for applicants
will proceed in three steps.
applicants must be selected by the
institution he or she is applying
through (a Korean embassy, or a
designated university).
applicants who passed the first round
must be selected by the NIIED
Selection Committee.
applicants who passed the second
round must gain admission from a
Institutions accepting applications: 90
overseas Korean embassies or 51
designated Korean universities.
Applicants who submit applications to
more than one of the aforementioned
institutions will be disqualified

Selection Procedure

1st Selection: Each 1st selection
institution will draft a selections
standard based on the criteria
provisioned by NIIED, and
recommend the best applicants
according to its respective
2nd Selection: The NIIED
Selection Committee will select
the most successful candidates
from the pool of applicants
recommended by the 1st
selection institutions.
3rd Selection: Only the
candidates who were
recommended by a Korean
embassy and passed the 2nd
selection successfully will be
evaluated for admission by the 3
universities to which they
applied; each candidate has to
gain admission from at least one

Applicants who were
recommended by a designated
university will automatically be
granted admission to said
university that recommended
them, upon the condition they
are selected as a successful
candidate in the 2nd Selection.
Subsequently, once they pass
the mandatory medical
examination, they will join the
ranks of the final successful

Duration of Scholarship
Master’s (01.09.2012 ~ 31.08.2015) : 1
yr. of Korean language + 2 yrs of
Doctoral (01.09.2012 ~ 31.08.2016) : 1
yr. of Korean language + 3 yrs of
(Important) After the Korean
language course, the scholarship
period of degree course (2 years of
master’s or 3 years of doctoral)
cannot be extended beyond the
designated duration.
In the case that a scholar possesses a
TOPIK Level that is higher than 5, he
or she is exempted from the Korean
language course; the exempted
period will be deducted from the
total scholarship period (2 years for
master’s or 3 years for doctoral).

Korean Language Course
All scholars, unless exempted, must
take one year of Korean language
course in the designated language

Exemption from the Korean language
course requirement: Korean
proficiency at TOPIK Level 5 or 6 (with

Scholars who have surpassed
TOPIK Level 5 and want to start
their degree course without the
Korean language course should
obtain permission from NIIED in

Scholars who are exempted
from taking the Korean language
course may take their degree
course starting from September
1st, 2012 or March 1st, 2013.
Only the scholars who will have
passed at least Level 3 of TOPIK (the
Test of Proficiency in Korean) after
one year of Korean language course
are permitted to start their master’s
or doctoral program.

Scholars who do not pass at least
TOPIK Level 3 after one year of
Korean language course should
complete an additional six-month
coursework in the Korean language.
Language Institution : the NIIED has
designated five language institutions
for the Korean language course
Application Requirements
The applicant and his/her parents
must have foreign citizenships.

Applicants who hold Korean
citizenship are not permitted to apply
for this program.
Applicants should be in good health,
both mentally and physically, to stay
in Korea for an extended period of

Applicants must submit the
Personal Medical Assessment
(included in the application
form) when he/she apply for
this program, and then submit
an Official Medical Examination
Report issued in a hospital to
NIIED after passing the NIIED
Selection Committee (the 2nd
Selection). A serious illness
reflected in the examination
results will be the main cause of
disqualification from the

NOT Eligible :
those who are
Applicants must be under 40 years of
age as of Sep. 1st, 2012 (born after
Sep. 1st, 1972).

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or
Master’s degree as of September 1,
(Important) Applicants who have
ever enrolled in a university in
Korea will be disqualified from
applying to the KGSP program.
Specifically, an applicant who
has previously enrolled in an
undergraduate program, a
master’s program, or a doctoral
program in Korea cannot apply
for this program. However, a
KGSP scholar who has graduated
or will graduate from a Korean
university as of August 31st,
2012 can apply for this program
again only via the embassy if
only he/she holds at least TOPIK
Level 4 and obtain another
recommendation within the
allotment from the Korean
Embassy of his/her respective
country of origin (re-application
is limited to one instance).

Applicants who apply for the
Master’s program must hold a
Bachelor’s degree or a diploma
that is equivalent to or higher
than a Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants who apply for the
Doctoral program must hold a
Master’s degree or a diploma
that is equivalent to or higher
than a Master’s degree.

Applicants who are expecting to
obtain the relevant required
degree or diploma by August
31st, 2012 must submit a
certificate of degree or diploma
expectation, and submit the
official certificate of degree or
diploma to NIIED by August 31st,

Applicants must maintain a grade
point average (G.P.A.) of at least 2.64
on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4. 3 scale,
2.91 on a 4.5 scale, or grades/marks/
score of 80% or higher from the
previously attended institution. If an
applicant does not satisfy the above
GPA criteria, he/she will be
disqualified from applying to this

If the transcript is not indicated
in grades/marks/scores format,
or is difficult to convert into
percentages, attachment of
official explanation from the
attended institution is required.

Applicants who have Korean
proficiency or English proficiency may
be given preference.

Applicants who apply for natural
science and technology program may
be given preference.

Scholarship Period : same as the
period of invitation.
Airfare : Round-trip economy
class ticket.
Airfare for entry will not be
provided to scholars who
already presently live in
Korea for academic study
or employment.
The fees for domestic travel
within a scholar’s home
country and for travel
insurance to and from
Korea will not be provided.
Scholars from China and
the Czech Republic will not
be provided airfare by
NIIED, but by their country
of origin according to the
mutual agreements.

Monthly Allowance : 900,000
won (KRW) per month.
Research Allowance : 210,000
won for scholars in the
humanities and social sciences;
240,000 won for scholars in
natural and mechanic sciences,
per semester.
Relocation (Settlement)
Allowance : 200,000 won upon
Language Training Fee : Full
Tuitions : All admission fees are
waived by the host institution
(university). The tuition is paid
Dissertation Printing Costs :
500,000 ~ 800,000 won,
depending on the actual costs.
Medical Insurance : 20,000 won
per month will be provided
(limited coverage).
Special funding for scholars who
are proficient in the Korean
language (TOPIK Level 5 or 6):
100,000 won per month
(commencing from the degree

NIIED does not compensate fees for
the domestic travel both in the
grantee’s country and Korea.
Airfare for entry into Korea will not
be provided to a scholar that has
been staying in Korea for his or her
study, work, etc. as of the date of
announcement of successful
NIIED does not compensate fees for
insurance for traveling to and from
The medical fee is to be reimbursed
through the insurance company to
the scholar after s/he pays first.
However, the expense for dental
clinic or chronic disease will not be

Any scholar who gives up his/her
study during the scholarship period
will not receive airfare and allowance
for repatriation.
Any scholar that quits the program
within 3 months after s/he entering
Korea, should refund all scholarship
fees (The airfare of arriving Korea,
settlement allowance, monthly
stipend, Korean language training
expenses, etc.).

Selection Procedure Details
The guideline, application form, and
university information will be
available at the website of GKS
(, Korean Embassies,
and designated domestic universities.
For applicants (including Korean
adoptees) who apply for KGSP via
Korean Embassies
(1st Selection) Korean Embassies
make its own selection schedule
and plan based on the criteria
provided by NIIED, and accept
the applications. They select 1.5
times as many candidates as
their quota from the pool of
applicants and recommend them

Applicants from China and
the Czech Republic should
submit their applications to
the Ministry of Education
(or equivalent institution)
in their respective country
of origin, in accordance
with the mutual
agreements between Korea
and those countries.

Only Korean adoptees who
have foreign citizenship can
apply for this program via a
Korean Embassy if their
countries of origin are
allotted the adoptee quota.
They are selected through a
separate procedure;
general applicants cannot
be accepted through this
application category.
(2nd Selection) NIIED Selection
Committee selects as many
successful candidates as each
embassy quota amongst the
pool of candidates
recommended by the Embassies.
(3rd Selection) NIIED submits
the documents of successful
candidates to their 3 universities
of indicated preference, and
requests admission examination
of the candidates into their
master’s or doctoral programs.
The universities have to notify
the result of examination to the
candidates and NIIED by the
designated date. The candidates
who gain admission from more
than one university will have to
make a final selection, and notify
their respective local Korean
Embassy and NIIED by the
designated date. Only the
candidates who gain admission
within the 3rd Selection period
can be accepted as official KGSP
For applicants who apply for KGSP via
designated domestic universities
(1st Selection) Each designated
university will draft its own
selection schedule and plan
based on the criteria provided
by NIIED, and accepts the
applications. Each designated
university will select up to 15
candidates from all of the quota-
assigned countries and
recommend them to NIIED. They
cannot recommend more than 3
candidates from a single
country, with the exceptions of
Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia,
and Turkey.
(2nd Selection) NIIED Selection
Committee selects as many
successful candidates as each
country’s quota from all of the
candidates recommended by the
universities. The candidates who
are selected in the NIIED
Selection Committee will be
accepted to the university which
recommended them, and will be
finally accepted as official KGSP
scholars upon a successful
comprehensive medical
Selection Criterion
All documents including transcript, self-
introduction, study plan, certificates of
language proficiency (Korean and English),
recommendations, published papers and
awards, etc., will be evaluated.
Required Documentation
Place of submission
NIIED and Foreign embassies in
Korea are not 1st Selection
Institutions and do not accept
NIIED accepts and judges only
the candidates recommended by
the 1st Selection Institutions.
They are:
For applicants (including
overseas Korean adoptees)
applying via a Korean
embassy : the Korean
embassy in the country of
origin. *Korean Educational
Institutes affiliated with the
local Korean embassies may
accept applications, and
select and recommend
candidates in place of
embassies in some
For applicants applying via
a domestic university : One
of the 51 designated
Deadline of Submission : The date set
forth by the 1st Selection Institutions
within March 2012
Deadline for the
recommendation of candidates
to NIIED by the 1st Selection
Institutions is April 13th, 2012.
If the respective 1st Selection
Institutions do not submit their
candidates’ documents to NIIED
on time, they will be excluded
from the examination of NIIED
Selection Committee, and their
quotas will be substituted by the
other 1st Institutions’ reserve
Required documents : One original
document (placed in a separate
envelope) and 3 extra copies.
Documents not in English or
Korean must be accompanied by
a complete English or Korean
translation authenticated by the
issuing institution or notarized
by a notary’s office.
Selection for successful candidates
will be done strictly by the NIIED
Selection Committee. Therefore,
appropriate documents should be
submitted by the deadline.
Dual applications are not
accepted. Applicants must apply
for this program via only one
Documents should be presented
in their original form.
Submitted documents will not
be returned to the applicants.
Incomplete or incorrect
documents may lead to
application rejection or failure in
the Selection Committee, and
scholarship revocation even
after entry into Korea.
In case of submitting
photocopied documents,
applicants must submit the
original to the 1st Selection
Institution and have the original
one and the photocopied one
collated. The confirmation of
collation should be indicated in
the photocopied documents.
Applicants who are expected to
graduate from their respective
home undergraduate/graduate
institutions by August 31st, 2012,
should submit the certificate (or
letter) of expected graduation
issued by said institutions when
they apply; the official certificate
of graduation should be
received by NIIED by August
31st, 2012.
Applicants must accurately
complete the health checklist
truthfully. All successful
candidates must take a
comprehensive medical exam
after passing the 2nd Selection.
In accordance with the
requirements of the Korea
Immigration Service and the
KGSP Program, the candidates
who are judged to be physically
unfit for this program will not
be accepted.
Applicants may submit the
copies of published papers, if
Applicants may submit the
copies of awards, if available.
Applicants must submit all the
documents by the checklist order.
(Checklist for the application
documents should be on the front
page, followed by the required
documents, stapled and attached.)
Transferring to a different university
after confirming the host university is
not permitted in any cases. In
regards to changing majors, it would
be permitted only under the mutual
agreement of the departments
concerned only within the same
university, with the scholarship
period unchanged. (2 years of
Master’s, or 3 years of doctoral, in
total). However, quitting a program
and applying for a new one is not

Selection Schedule
Application Period : Jan. 31st ~ Mar.
31st (decided by the 1st Selection
The 1st Selection : The end of March
(decided by the 1st Selection
Deadline for Recommendation to
NIIED : April 13th (All documents
must be received by NIIED.)
The 2nd Selection : Mid-April (NIIED
Selection Committee)
Announcement for the Results of the
2nd Selection : April 30th (posted on
GKS websites)
Official Physical Examination : May
1st ~ May 31st (completed by
candidates themselves)
Admission Procedures for the Korean
Embassies’ candidates: May 7th~May
Announcement for Final Successful
Candidates : June 11th (GKS websites-
Visa Issue and Air ticket purchase :
June 12th ~ July 31st
Entry into Korea : August 27th ~
August 29th
NIIED Orientation : August 30th ~
August 31st
Korean Language Course : September
For further information, please contact :
1st Institutions : Refer to The Contact
Information of Korean Embassies and
Universities in the attachment #8.
KGSP Team, National Institute for
International Education (NIIED)
Address: #205 NIIED, 81
Ewhajang-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul,
110-810, Republic of Korea English version:
Inbound -> Korean Government
Scholarship Program ->
Phone: +82-2-3668-1364,
Fax: +82-2-743-4992
Other useful websites
KCUE (Korean Council for University
Learning Korean http://
Universities and Graduate schools in
Understanding of Korean culture
Overseas Korean embassies http://
Visa and Registration http://

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