Korean Government Scholarship Program 2017 for Undergraduate & Graduate Study in South Korea (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: November 2016 for Undergraduate Scholarship
April 2017 for Graduate Scholarship

Korean Government Scholarship Program are open to international students for pursuing undergraduate programme at higher educational institutions in Korea. The scholarship will contribute to promoting the international exchange in education and to deepening the mutual friendship among countries.

GKS (Global Korea Scholarship) Program is a scholarship program that paid by the Government of the Republic of Korea for foreign nationals in the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Education organized, responsible for the project implementation agency directly under the Ministry of Education National Institute for International Education.

To provide international students with opportunities to conduct advanced studies in undergraduate & graduate programs at higher educational institutions in the Republic of Korea in order to promote international exchanges in education and mutual friendship between countries.
Available Options in Universities
  • Undergraduate course: 4-year courses at designated universities
    ※ Transferring between universities is not allowed. (e.g. Starting studies at the junior year is not allowed.)
  • Graduate course: Master’s or Ph.D. courses at general graduate schools of Korean universities
Total Candidates to be Selected
  • 170 persons (undergraduate course), 700 persons (graduate course)
Korea Language Training
  • 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.)
Both an applicant and his/her parents must be citizens of their country of origin.
※ Applicants should not hold Korean citizenship.- Applicants should have adequate health, both mentally and physically, to stay in a foreign country for a long time.
– Should be under 25 years of age at the date of entrance. (Undergraduate)
– Should be under 40 years of age at the date of entrance. (Graduate)
– Have finished or be scheduled to finish formal education of all elementary, middle, high school courses by the date of arrival. (Undergraduate)- Hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree by the date of arrival. (Graduate)
※ Applicants who have previously enrolled in a university in Korea are not eligible to apply to the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in any undergraduate program, master’s program, or doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program.However, a KGSP scholar who has graduated can apply for this program again only via the embassy and only if he/she holds a TOPIK score of at least Level 4 and obtains another recommendation from the Korean Embassy of his/her respective country of origin (re-application is limited to one instance).- Possess a grade point average (G.P.A.) above 80% from the last educational institution attended.

  • Airplane Ticket or Airfare: The scholarship covers an economy class flight with the shortest route between a scholar’s country and Korea. A one-way ticket to Korea will be offered to each scholar at the beginning of the scholarship program; another one-way ticket from Korea will be offered for those who complete their studies under the scholarship program;
  • Monthly Stipend: 800,000 KRW per month;
  • Tuition: The tuition fee up to 5 million KRW is covered by NIIED. In case the tuition is higher than 5 million KRW, the exceeding amount is covered by the host university. The university entrance fee is covered by the host university;
  • Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW upon arrival;
  • Scholarship Completion Grants: 100,000 KRW upon completion of studies;
  • Korean Language Training: The full cost for the 1 year is covered by NIIED and the language institution.
  • Medical Insurance: Scholars are covered by health insurance for major accidents and illnesses during their scholarship period;
  • Korean Proficiency Grants: Scholars with level 5 or 6 on TOPIK will receive 100,000 KRW won per month during the degree program.

Application Procedure:

  • Submission of required documents, applicants should contact the appropriate Korean Embassy (or Korean Education Center) in the country of applicant’s origin (or in the neighboring country) or the designated regional university, the organization in charge of the 1st round of selection.
  • To be selected as a KGSP grantee, any applicant should successfully pass through the 1st selection process set by the Korean embassies of his or her origin. So to apply for the program, please contact the 1st selection organizations to get detailed information on the 1st selection process such as application deadline and required documents, etc.
  • NIIED evaluates potential candidates and notifies the Korean Embassy of the final selected KGSP grantees


Time line Undergraduate Graduate
Announcement released Sept. in the year prior to planned studies in Korea Feb. in the year of planned studies in Korea
Application deadline
(including recommendations)
Oct.-Nov. in the year prior to planned studies in Korea Mar.-Apr. in the year of planned studies in Korea
Results released Jan. in the year of planned studies in Korea June in the year of planned studies in Korea
Arrival in Korea Late Feb. in the year of planned studies in Korea Late Aug. in the year of planned studies


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Korean Government Scholarship Program 2017


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    Je voudrais savoir comment on postule à la bourse d’étude et comment contacter l’ambassade de Corée car je suis au BENIN

  2. Hello sir/Madam
    How can i apply for this Scholarship? I graduated from the Federal University of Science and technology Owerri, Imo state of Nigeria as a Bsc in Computer Engineering.

    Please advice on how to contact your Embassy here in Nigeria, thank you.

  3. Hi
    My name is Grace from Ghana, west Africa. I’m currently undertaking a Bsc program in Business Administration(FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING) Level 200. Please l want ask if I can also apply for the scholarship program. To study in Korea has always been my dream. THANK YOU.

    • Greetings, am Paul from Malawi and I see that your doing business administration the course I am about to study this coming June so I see that is my opportunity to have a friend who is also in the same course to help me here and there.

      I find you here on a Korean page to study there.
      Here is my e-mail paulmapulanga@gmail.com and my WhatsApp number is +265882958438/992992199 and my Facebook username is wakale po mapulanga

      I will be happy if you link me

      Kindly regard

  4. Hello!
    l am from Togo and I am currently follow up english language course
    can I appy before to get my english language proficiency?

  5. Hi , I’m Nathaniel from Ghana ,West Africa studying Bachelor of Arts in Eonomics , Geography ,and Archaeology-level 100.
    Can I apply for this scholarship.

  6. hi my name is mamo bulti from ethiopia. iam learning engineering science from jimma,ethiopia. should can i apply for korean scholarship? if it is possible how can i apply? please inform me.

  7. Hello everyone kindly read application procedure carefully. Simply you have to contact korea embassy in your country and apply there. They will guide you about complete procedure

  8. Dear,
    I’m from Algeria with two Diploma (B.Sc. Mecanical Engineering and M.Sc Mathematics)
    How can apply for this scholatship program?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

  9. Dear Team.

    I’m from Somalia, holding 2 bachelor degrees, 1st BBA in accounting and Management and 2nd BS in development studies, I want to apply for this valuable scholarship, my email is Ismaaciil_887@hotmail.com, kindly send me the instruction of the scholarship. thanks


    Ismail Abdi

  10. hi,, am agraduate from kenya with bacholer of commerse finance option
    am realy intrested in this scholarship please how can i apply

  11. Hi l am from Ethiopia, I am in grade 10. I am planning to apply for this interesting scholarship program for my future how about it?

  12. Hi am in Nigeria,i just finished secondary school and i wanna apply for this scholarship for a brighter future for myself and the world in general

  13. I completed high school last year and I would like to apply for the Korea scholarship and how do I apply and also cantact the Korea embassy in my country in Ghana for the first selection.
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  14. Comment:Am.Emmanuel from.Ghana, want to apply for the scholarship but don’t know much about the guidelines and processes. please would be grateful if you give me a helping hand. my email is eoseibreham@yahoo.com. and my WhatsApp line is 024307560

  15. Comment: Am a Nigerian. Would you please send me the full details on how to apply for this gorv sholarship for undergraduate program in south Korea.

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  17. I need to apply for PHD scholarship. I am a holder of a Masters of Science in Peace Leadership and Conflict Resolution.

  18. I’m Telyon from Liberia and have interest in the undergraduate program. Which organization is responsible for the first selection?

  19. Comment:Please I was able to read about the details but I don’t know how to apply for the undergraduate program. pls can you guide me through it .

  20. Hi!! i am interested in this scholarships please send me applications form if anyone know this ~ Thanks a lot!

  21. Hi
    Am phina okafor
    Am currently studying medicine in nigeria
    Does the scholarship involve medical courses
    I would to apply..

  22. Hi
    Am phina okafor
    Am currently studying medicine in nigeria
    Does the scholarship involve medical courses
    I would like to apply
    Pls reply


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