Do you want to know more about Global Korea Scholarship (GKS undergraduate)? This article will give you a detailed description of its benefits, eligibility, the application process, number of seats, and much more.
Studying in South Korean universities opens up many opportunities in today’s ever-growing competitive job market.
Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) is a unique undergraduate scholarship program. Every year, the Korean government offers students across the world currently enrolled in high school or college.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What is the Global Korea Scholarship?
- About Courses, Universities, Seats, and Tracks
- Eligibility For GKS Undergraduate
- Documents and Points to remember
- Scholarship Value and Benefits
- How to Apply?
- 2023-2024 GKS–Undergraduate FAQs
What is the Global Korea Scholarship?
The Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) is an initiative by the South Korean government. Earlier, the name was the “Korean Government Scholarship Program.” i.e., KGSP.
It offers academic scholarships to students from various countries to study in South Korea. The National Institute for International Education (NIIED), affiliated with the Ministry of Education in Korea, administrates GKS.
To offer students all around the globe more opportunities, every year, the Korean government organizes a competitive scholarship program called “Global Korea Scholarship.”
The program offers students a chance to complete their undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees in the Republic of Korea.
The purpose of the GKS
The primary aim of the Global Korea Scholarship is to provide international students with more educational possibilities. As a result, students from far and wide have access to several top-ranked universities in Korea.
At the same time, the Korean government offers these scholarships to promote educational exchanges on a global level.
These programs also boost mutual friendship and relations between Korea and the participating countries.
Advantages of GKS
There are many reasons Korea makes a go-to destination for students worldwide.
It starts with the fact that it is an incredible country to explore. Plus, it is for its technological advancement and top-ranked universities offering all areas of study.
This program allows you to study at Korea’s top-rated universities without paying a single penny.
The scholarship program is fully funded. Hence, the selected students won’t have to worry about their living expenses either. You know, right?
And while we’re discussing perks, I can’t help but mention that a scholarship like this can provide a considerable boost to your CV.
Besides all this, the Global Korea Scholarship can support you in learning Korean. This is mandatory to achieve at least TOPIK level 3 before starting the degree program.
You will enhance your Korean language skills through immersion and practicing with the locals. This all can help you get a job demanding Korean.
About Courses, Universities, Seats, and Tracks
Let’s find out everything about courses, duration, and how to apply for them.
Korean Government Scholarship course duration
Bachelor’s degree courses will have a 4-5 year long term, while associate degree programs will have 2 or 3 years.
Some newly added bachelor’s degree programs for the 2023 GKS-U, like Architecture, Medicine, etc., have a course duration of 5-6 years.
Every student must take 1-year Korean training courses at their respective universities.
But students with a level 5 or above fluency score in TOPIK (test of proficiency in Korean) can skip the Korean courses.
Number of seats
A total of 200 scholarships are available for GKS undergraduate 2023-2024 programs.
There are two different types — the embassy track and the university track. They select 119 through the embassy, and 81 are available for the universities.
Regardless of channel, candidates will get 100% funded scholarships that cover all the costs.
The quota for Embassy Track
The quota for University Track
The quota for Associate Degree
Courses and universities
Let’s find out more about available departments and universities for GKS undergraduate program.
Field of Studies
- You can only apply to the universities/subjects listed in the “University Information” section on the official site studyinkorea.go.kr.
- Under the Regional University Track, one can only apply for departments listed under Natural Science, Technology, and Engineering fields.
- Academic courses offered during evenings (night school), online, short-term, and distant-learning programs are not eligible for this scholarship program.
- Even if a university’s departments you intend to apply to offer English taught courses, it may be subject to change as per circumstances. Thus, it would be better to confirm with the university. Remember that Korean is the primary and focus language used in every Korean university, though teaching English in Korea is pretty popular.
The universities vary depending on tracks — embassy or university. Read along!
|Type A||Ajou University, Dongguk University, Duksung Women’s University, Ewha Woman’s University, Hanyang University (Seoul), Konkuk University, Kookmin University, Korea Polytechnic University, Korea University, Kyung Hee University,|
Seoul National University, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Sookmyung Women’s University, Sungkyunkwan University, Yonsei University
125 Candidates for Type A + B.
|Type B||Busan University of Foreign Studies, Chungnam National University, Chonnam National University, Daegu University, Daejeon University, Dongseo University, Handong Global University, Hannam University, Inje University, Jeju National|
University, Kangwon National University, Keimyung University, Kongju National University, Konyang University, Kyungpook National University, National Korea Maritime & Ocean University, Pai Chai University, Pukyong National University, Pusan National University, Semyung University, Silla University, Soonchunhyang University, Sun Moon University, Sunchon National University
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|Busan University of Foreign Studies, Chungnam National University, Chonnam National University, Daegu University, Daejeon University, Dongseo University, Handong Global University, Hannam University, Inje University, Jeju National University, Kangwon National University, Keimyung University, Kongju National University, Konyang University, Kyungpook National University, National Korea Maritime & Ocean University, Pai Chai University, Pukyong National University, Pusan National University, Semyung University, Silla University, Soonchunhyang University, Sun Moon University, Sunchon National University||Bachelor’s|
|Chejuhalla University, Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts, Inha Technical College, Kyungbok University, Yeungjin University, Yeungnam University College||Associate|
Eligibility For GKS Undergraduate
A candidate needs some basic requirements to be eligible for the GKS undergraduate. All these requirements are given below:
- Applicants and their parents must not be citizens of the Republic of Korea.
- Dual citizenship holders that have citizenship in South Korea are not eligible.
- The applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED selected nations invited to participate. However, parent(s) may have citizenship of non-GKS participating countries.
Level of Education
- Applicants applying for undergraduate programs must have finished formal high school education or are expected to complete can apply for a Bachelor’s or an Associate degree program.
- Aspirants who completed or are expected to complete an associate degree program can only apply for a bachelor’s degree course.
- Candidates who can complete high school by February 28, 2023, can apply. They must submit official certificates or diplomas and final academic transcripts to the GKS Center, NIIED, no later than February 28, 2023.
- All applicants need to have a grade point average above 80% or more on a 100-point scale. Or, one should rank within the top 20% of one’s class from their last attended educational institution.
- CGPA: 2.64/4.0, or 2.80/4.3, or 2.91/4.5, or 3.23/5.0.
Suppose the applicant’s transcript does not include information on CGPA or cannot convert grades into the GPS scales mentioned above. In that case, the applicant must submit additional documents issued by their school describing the school’s grading system.
Applicants applying for undergraduate programs must be under 25 years of age (Born after March 1, 1998).
- The applicant must have adequate physical and mental health to complete the entire duration of their degree in Korea.
- Suppose an applicant is positive for drug tests or has a serious illness that prevents them from studying in Korea for a long time. In that case, they will disqualify the applicant in the last selection round.
All applicants have to submit “Form 6 Personal Medical Assessment” at the time of application. Plus, all applicants who pass the 2nd round of selection must receive a comprehensive medical checkup and submit an Official Medical Examination conducted by a doctor or a licensed hospital.
After reaching Korea, all GKS scholars will undergo a medical test managed by NIIED. However, suppose a GKS scholar has a severe illness after the medical test after arriving in Korea. In that case, they will be disqualified from their Korean government GKS scholarship.
- Applicants who have previously graduated from Korean high school (also international schools) or finished their bachelor’s or master’s degree in South Korea are not eligible. However, those who have studied at any Korean university as visiting or exchange students can apply.
- Candidates can only choose and apply for only one track:
→ For embassy track applicants, one has to choose between General or Overseas Korean adoptees.
→ For University track applicants, one has to pick between Regional University or Associate Degree. Plus, one can only apply to ONE university and ONE department.
Documents and Points to remember
Let’s find all the necessary documents and things you need to remember before applying.
Required documents for 2023-2024 U GKS
- Form 1 Application Form.
- Form 2 Personal Statement.
- Form 3 Study Plan.
- Form 4 single letter of recommendation where the recommender’s signature is required.
- Form 5 GKS Applicant agreement.
- Form 6 Personal Medical Assessment.
- Applicant’s Proof of Citizenship
- Certificate of high school graduation (or expected one).
- High school grade transcripts.
- Applicant’s proof of age document.
- Evidence of Korean war veteran’s descendants (if relevant).
- Document to prove for overseas Korean (if applicable).
- Proof of Korean citizenship renunciation document (if applicable).
- Awards and other certificates (if necessary).
- Applicant’s Passport Copy.
- Certificate of Korean ability exam, only TOPIK score (optional).
- Certificate of English test like TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, etc. (optional).
Essential Points for GKS Undergraduate
- All documents should be only in Korean or English.
- Information like the applicant’s name, date of birth, name of university or department, etc., must not have any errors as they will use it for official documents.
- Applicants need to submit a letter of recommendation from a single recommender, who can assess the applicant’s academic abilities. You should seal it in an envelope and submit it to the embassy or university, conducting the first selection round.
- (Form #1. Application Form) Embassy track applicant must select and write THREE different universities and MUST include at least one university from Type B.
- (Form #1. Application Form) University track applicants must write only ONE university and ONE department.
- Embassy track applicants must submit ONE consular-authenticated (or apostilled) document and THREE photocopies of the same.
- University track applicants must submit only ONE consular-authenticated (or apostilled) document.
- All application documents should be in original forms. Suppose an applicant has to submit photocopied documents. In that case, one needs to notarize, or apostil, or receive consular confirmation. And then submit these certified documents.
- NIIED won’t return the documents once submitted.
- Application documents need to be submitted in the checklist’s order on the first page of the application forms.
- You should number all needed documents and label them on the top right corner.
- They reject all incomplete applications.
- Applicants who are going to graduate at the time of applying must submit the certificate of expected graduation date.
- 2 different recommenders should write the recommendation letter.
- The recommenders should seal the recommendation letter in an envelope and sign on the back of it.
- Photocopies are acceptable for awards and certificates.
- The proof of citizenship needs to be government-issued documents.
- Applicants should submit 1 set of original documents and 3 sets of photocopied documents for the Embassy track.
- Applicants should submit 1 set of original application documents for University track applicants.
Scholarship Value and Benefits
A detailed breakdown of the scholarship value is given below:
- They provide the actual cost of your airfare as long as the flight tickets are of economy class.
- It includes an amount of KRW 200,000 as your resettlement allowance.
- They offer a living allowance of KRW 900,00 to undergraduate students monthly.
- They give free national health insurance policies to all candidates. They issue twice a year at the beginning of the semester.
- They cover the total fee for language courses subject to a maximum of 1,000,000 KRW quarterly.
- They cover the actual cost of your tuition fees (cannot exceed KRW 5 million per semester).
- They provide a reward amount of KRW 100,000 per month to students who hold valid TOPIK level 5 or 6.
- They give an amount of KRW 100,000 once after the completion of the degree.
How to Apply?
They accept applications only in particular months. The announcement of which is made on the government’s official website. These months vary from program to program.
For undergraduate programs, the application period is usually September-October. While for GKS graduate programs, this period is usually February- March.
You can find the application forms online as they are available on the official study on the Korean government website.
There are two ways through which any foreign national can apply for the Global Korea Scholarship Program. We know these ways as ‘the embassy track’ and ‘the university track.’
Choosing one or the other track mainly depends on the applicant and their country of origin.
This is so because they have given various countries different quotas and channels. Meaning that depending on your country. You may only have the option to choose ‘the embassy track,’ ‘the university track,’ or both.
Let’s find the detailed breakdown of both tracks below.
There are two ways:
They require applicants to apply to their country’s Korean embassy on this track. While filling out the application, they should select three universities out of all the options.
As long as one of the three universities accepts its application, the applicant will receive the scholarship. This track has three rounds.
On this track, the applicant must submit their application directly to the Korean university they wish to study at.
Once the concerned university accepts the application, the applicant becomes a GKS scholar. While the embassy track progresses into three rounds (Embassy → NIIED → University), the university track only comprises two steps (University → NIIED).
The entire selection process is quite simple. But, depending on which track you choose, some selection rounds may differ.
At first, the National Institute for International Education (NIIED) of the Republic of Korea sends invitations to their Korean embassies and domestic universities to recommend candidates.
After this, applicants can send their applications to their country’s respective embassy or the Korean college they wish to attend.
After going through the applications, the embassies and universities present their recommended candidates to NIIED.
The NIIED then evaluates the applicants who pass the first round. Once they give the final evaluation, they select the university track applicants as Global Korea Scholarship grantees.
While the applicants who chose the embassy track advance to the third round.
In the third round, the universities finally review the applicants. At least one of the three universities must admit the candidate to pass this round.
Once a university accepts the candidate as a student, they become a GKS scholar.
In each round of the selection process, a committee evaluates the applicant.
These committees and their selection criteria can differ from round to round. However, some factors that account for an applicant’s selection are below.
In this statement, applicants must create a short essay describing their motivation for applying to this scholarship program.
Besides this, the candidate can talk about their interests or background.
Statement of Purpose or Research Proposal
The applicant must write a detailed study plan and their goals. They can also talk about their future objectives.
For example, suppose the applicant is applying for a research program. In that case, they must state their research plan and their goals.
Letters of Recommendation
The candidates can provide letters of recommendation. The impact of these letters can vary from university to university.
Certification of Language Proficiency (Korean or English)
Language ability certificates can also affect your evaluation. For example, they prefer people who are already proficient in Korean over other candidates.
Some other factors include publications, awards, academic transcripts, etc.
The deadline for the application differs from country to country. This is because the country’s respective embassy sets these criteria.
The deadline can also vary based on what program you have chosen. You can find more information about the Global Korea Scholarship program and its application form on the study in Korea official website.
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 82-2-3668-1364
- Address: 191, Jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (13557), Republic of Korea.
- Websites: studyinkorea.go.kr (official site) sejonghakdang.org (studying Korean), (Korea.net (Korean Portal), mofa.go.kr (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), immigration.go.kr and hikorea.go.kr (Visa and Immigration) and academyinfo.go.kr (for Higher Education in South Korea).
For more information about GKS updates, announcements, and guidelines, visit the official GKS Notice board.