The Korean government postgraduate scholarships programme is designed for international students who want to pursue their Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Korean Universities. The Korean government postgraduate scholarships awards are aimed to offer international students an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea, to develop global leaders and strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide. The scholarships grantees are required to take Korean language training courses for 1 year at a language institution located on-campus of the domestic universities. (Those who have attained a Korean language fluency score higher than level 5 in TOPIK are exempt from this requirement.)

Korean Government Postgraduate Scholarships Awards Eligible Countries

China, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Turkey, USA, Ethiopia, Colombia, Nepal, Senegal, Bangladesh, Ukraine, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Azerbaijan, El Salvador, Egypt,Tanzania, Germany, France, Dominica, Chile,

Iran, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Pakistan, Gabon,
Romania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Czech, Guatemala, Ecuador, Algeria, Yemen, Uganda, Belize, Honduras, Italy, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Ghana, Georgia, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Rwanda, Libya, Lithuania, Moldavia, Bahrain,

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Barbados, Bahamas, Venezuela, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Brunei, Serbia, Seychelles, Sudan, Sweden, Slovenia, Armenia, Argentina, Haïti, Ireland, Afghanistan, Angola, Oman, Austria, Uruguay, Iraq, Israel, Zambia, Cameroon, Qatar, Kenya, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Panama, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Fiji, Hungary, Australia, Jordan

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Eligibility Criteria

Citizenship: Candidates and their parents must hold non-Korean citizenship
Age: KGSP-G: under 40, KGSP-U: under 25
Health: Candidates must be physically and mentally healthy for their studies in Korea
Degree Requirements: KGSP-G: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, KGSP-U: High school diploma

– The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) must be 80% or higher; or
– The CGPA must be 2.64/ 4.0, 2.80/ 4.3, 2.91/ 4.5, or 3.23/ 5.0 or higher.
Number of Scholarships
KGSP Undergraduate: around 170 grantees will be awarded annually
KGSP Graduate: around 800 grantees will be awarded annually
Scholarship Benefits: Flight | Tuition | Stipend | Medical Insurance | Settlement Allowance | Completion Grants

Korean Government Postgraduate Scholarships Awards Selection Procedure

1st Selection: Applicants submit their applications either to the Korean Embassies around the world or to the partnering universities in Korea. The embassies and universities select the successful candidates among the applicants in the 1st round of selection. The applicants of the successful candidates will then be forwarded to NIIED

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2nd Selection: The NIIED selection committee selects the successful candidates among those who passed the 1st round.

3rd Selection: Among the successful candidates who have passed the 2nd round, the applications of those who applied through the Korean Embassies will be reviewed by universities for admission. Successful candidates must get admission from at least one of the universities.

– 1-year Korean language course +2 year Associate degree
– 1-year Korean language course + 4-year Bachelors degree
– 1-year Korean language course+ 2 years of Master’s degree
– 1-year Korean language course + 3 years of Doctoral degree

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How to apply: Applicants can only apply for the scholarships through the Korean Embassy in their home country or a participating Korean University.
– Applicants must submit their applications either to the Korean Embassies around the world or to the partnering universities in Korea. Interested and qualified candidates can visit the scholarships application website for more detailed information.


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