Apply! Korean Government Scholarships for International Undergraduate Bachelors and Associate Degree Program 2017

The deadline for recommendation of applications by 1st Selection Institutions to NIIED for Undergraduate Program is October - November every year. The deadline for applicants' submission to 1st Selection Institutions is much earlier and will vary per country depending on the deadline set forth by the Korean Embassy (Consulate) in the country of origin or the universities in Korea.

The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) supports the future global leaders and promotes the international cooperation in education by inviting talented international students to Korea for an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea. Korean Government through the National Institute for International Education (NIIED) is pleased to announce the 2016 Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) for undergraduate programs (KGSP-U) at approved schools.

This Scholarship will cover total duration of the academic programs i.e 5 years for Bachelor's Degrees (up to 1 year Korean language course plus 4 years Bachelor's degree course requirements) and 3 years for Associate degrees (up to 1 year Korean language course plus 2 years Associate degree course requirements).

Eligible groups
Citizens from any country across the world can apply.

Those (Prospective applicant) who wish you to apply for these scholarships, 
must meet the following qualification criteria:
  1. Must be a citizen of the country to which scholarships are offered, which also applies to applicant's parents. Note: Both applicant and his/her parents must NOT be a holder of Korean citizenship
  2. Have graduated or be scheduled to graduate from high school as of March 1st of the invitation year
  3. Must possess above 80% (out of 100%) cumulative grade point average (CGPA), or must be within the top 20% (out of 100%) in rank in high school.
Although there maybe preferential selection for applicants who have proficiency in Korean or English.

Participating Institutions
All accredited Korean Universities designated by the NIIED -- you may Search Korean Universities, Or see Certified Schools for more details of Participating Institutions

Fields of Study
All approved undergraduate degree programs, including Bachelor programs and Associate degree programs. Note: Fields which exceed 4 years (e.g. Medicine, dentistry, architecture) may not be accepted, depending on your country.

Scholarship benefits
The undergraduate scholarship covers:
  • Airfare: Round-trip economy class ticket
  • Monthly Allowance: 800,000 KRW per month
  • Settlement (i.e Relocation) Allowance: 200,000 KRW upon arrival
  • Language Training Fee: Full coverage
  • Tuition: All admission fees are waived by the host institution (university). The tuition is covered by NIIED and the university.
  • Medical Insurance: 20,000 KRW per month (limited coverage)
  • Korean Proficiency Grants: 100,000 KRW per month for scholars with TOPIK Level 5 or 6
Method of Application
  • You cannot apply directly to NIIED. Applicants can submit their applications either to the Korean Embassies around the world or to the partnering universities in Korea (i.e. 1st Selection Institutions). 
  • You should contact one of the 1st Selection Institutions (90 Overseas Korean Embassies or designated Korean Universities) and submit your application no later than the designated deadline. 
  • In this 1st round of selection, these 1st Selection Institutions select and forward successful candidates to NIIED (the 2nd selection Institution).
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  • Applications should be made through these 1st selection organizations. 
  • Applications directly from an applicant or through foreign EMBASSIES IN KOREA are NOT accepted.
  • See websites of Korean Embassy/Consulate in your own country. The guideline, application form, and university information will be available at the website of GKS, Korean Embassies, and designated domestic universities.


  • As for detailed information on application deadlines and submission of required documents, applicants should contact the APPROPRIATE KOREAN EMBASSY or CONSULATE in the country of applicant’s origin (or in the neighboring country), the 1st selection organization. 
  • 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 candidates. 
  • Applicants must obtain admission from a University before entry into Korea. Applicants recommended by a Korean Embassy (Consulate) or overseas Korean adoptees must apply and gain admission into 1 of 3 of the designated universities. Applicants recommended by a university in Korea should enter the same university.
Now that all the information about international scholarship with High Potential Scholarship in Korean has been delivered nicely; talented students who are eager to pursue their Government Scholarships for International Undergraduate, Bachelors, Postgraduate, Masters, Associate Degree and Other Degrees, can apply now.

Sponsors: Korean Government and NGOs.

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