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


  1. I am Bawoke Gete from Ethiopia. I have a good background from elementary up to university level. I will graduate my bachelor degree with Materials Science and Engineering in 2018 in Adama Science and Technology University. Learning my masters degree abroad specially in Korea is my dream. If there is a vacant for education for my department and any other related coarses please contact me with [email protected] or +251936892079

  2. I am a Liberian currently living in Liberia wishing to study in south Korea university. but I wish to apply for the GKS(Global Korea Scholarship). How can I apply as an international student wishing to join the Korean university?

  3. Hi, am Usman Jonathan from Nigeria, i just want to ask, if we re to write any korean examination at their Embassy or over there in korea and also are we to submit any english writen examination results such as SAT, TOEIL e.t.c

  4. Hey, am Metuge from Cameroon can I apply as an undergraduate to study Physics. And I wish to know if it’s done online or at the embassy. Thanks

  5. Hi, I am Kaleab Eskinder from Ethiopia. I really wish to learn Medicine in South Korea l, please how can I apply for it.

  6. I would like to apply for a scholarship to study computer science . Am kindly asking for the application form or link for online application.

  7. Please am interested in medical scienceat undergraduate level n am a nigerian by citizenship am 23 yrs old n i really need this scholarship

  8. I’m interested in study master in microbiology in korea. Actually, I’m from Nepal. I’m 23 years old and recently complete my bachelor’s degree and I got 5.5 in ielts. I would like to request that please provide online website for apply or anything else for application.


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