September 1, 2016

Korean Government Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students (Fully Funded)

Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)
(Undergraduate Program)

Course(s) Offered: Approved fields
Course Level: Undergraduate (bachelors, Associate degree)
Provider: Korean Government (via NIIED)
Country to Study in: South Korea

Scholarship Description
The Korean Government through the National Institute for International Education (NIIED) offers the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) for undergraduate programs (KGSP-U) at approved schools.

The scholarship program 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.

The Government of Korea invites all international students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree course in Korea to apply for the Korean Government Scholarships (Undergraduate program).

Prospective applicant 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.
There may be preferential selection for applicants who have proficiency in Korean or English

Eligible groups
Citizens of more than 62 countries across the world (please see official website for specific countries)

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

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) are NOT Applicable.

Number of awards
About 170 undergraduate awards from more than 62 countries

Sponsorship duration
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).

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 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). 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.

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.

For 2016/2017 session, the Korean Embassies or Consulates, and participating Universities, recommend qualified candidates to NIIED by October - November 2016. Be sure to apply before this period.

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.

Application Deadline: October - November 2016
Open to International students: Yes

More Scholarship Application and Information(NIIED site)
More Scholarship Information and Application(StudyInKorea site)

Related: South Korean Scholarships for International Students


  1. Thanks for this appreciable news! But i am waiting announcement of the postgraduate scholarship since i have BSc. degree with water resources and irrigation engineering from Arba minch university (Ethiopia) at 2011 GC and i have high interest to learn my MSC at your excellent institutions by experienced lecturers to share what i acquired knowledge for my developing country Ethiopia. So what is the exact date of postgraduate announcement?
    I am waiting you with nice message and thank you!

  2. Leticia Otubea OpokuNovember 04, 2014 2:56 PM

    This is great news indeed and a wonderful opportunity for some of us here in Ghana. My only concern has to do with the age limit. If for some circumstances, I have been delayed in life so much till now that I am 29 years old but have the interest and ability to pursue a Bachelors Degree program in South Korea, can I not be helped?

    1. Every scholarship sponsor has strict eligibility criteria. If you do not meet up with their criteria, no need to apply. Cheers!

    2. Am a Liberian, I live in South Korea. Am a 1994 born, graduated from high school in 2013..
      Am I eligible to apply??

  3. I am a Nigerian and i want to apply for Korea Maritime and Ocean University, how do I get the application form? please help

    1. You need to submit your applications either to the Korean Embassies around the world or to the partnering universities in Korea (i.e. 1st Selection Institutions). So please contact the closest Korean embassy to you, or any participating Korean school via provided links above.