Global Korean Government Scholarship Program 2022

Publish Date: Mar 01, 2021

Global Korea Scholarship is the annual international program for students of all academic levels pursuing academic opportunities in the Republic of Korea. 

For undergraduate students

Undergraduates have the opportunity to take 4-year courses at designated Korean Universities. 

Note that you should take the full course in the Korean educational institution. Student exchange is not allowed in the middle of the program, e.g., you can't start your studies from the junior year. 

There are Embassy Track and University Track subdivisions under the undergraduate program. From overall 220 undergraduate students each year, Embassy Track funds 125 international students from 67 countries. University Track supports 60 international students from 72 countries to study Bachelor's in Engineering or Nature Science majors. It also supports 35 international students from 17 countries to take associate degrees in Korea. 

For graduate students

The graduate program offers funding opportunities for students who want to take Master's or Ph.D. courses in Korean universities. The program funds 1278 international students from 154 countries, including "overseas Koreans," who held Korean citizenship before and have another country's citizenship when applying. 

Who can apply?

General requirements:

  • Students and their family members should hold citizenship other than Korean. 
  • Students should be in a proper mentally and physically condition to live in a foreign country long-term.
  • Students should have a GPA above 80% from their previous educational institution. 

Additional requirements for undergraduate students:

  • Under 25 y.o. 
  • Should have already completed or be scheduled to complete formal education of elementary, middle, and high school courses by the date of arrival to Korea. 

Additional requirements for the graduate students:

  • Under 40 y.o.
  • Should have completed Bachelor's or Master's degree by the date of arrival to Korea. 

Note that students who have previously received funding from other programs for any academic program are not eligible. Students who have previously received funding from Korean Global Scholarship can again apply to the program if they have GPA above 90% and TOPIK level 5. 

What costs does the program cover?

  • Airfare
  • Resettlement allowance
  • Living Allowance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Language courses*
  • Tuition fees
  • Award for Excellent Korean Language Proficiency
  • Research support
  • Printing costs of the dissertation
  • Completion grant

*all grantees are required to take 1-year on-campus Korean language courses by domestic universities








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Arrival in Korea

Late February

Late August

All the documents should be submitted either to the Korean Embassies of the student’s residence country or to the domestic university concerned. 

Where can I get more details?

The above information covers the main points of the scholarship that usually stay over the years. The number of grantees, deadlines, and application requirements may differ with time. 

Therefore, you may double-check the Korea Global Scholarship page by the time of applying. Additionally, both graduate and undergraduate application procedures are updated and published for each year on the GKS Notice board.

What additional funding opportunities do I have in Korea?

  1. Korean Government Support Program for Foreign Exchange Students: the program supports either one term (4 months) or two terms (10 months) for approximately 200 students. 

  2. Support Program for Self-financed Students: the program aims to support approximately 250 outstanding students for 10 months each year.

  3. Government Scholarship for Overseas Study (for Koreans): the program supports 70 students, 20 from low-income families, 10 for engineers/technicians, 4 for study abroad, and 6 for national training.  

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