Global Korea Scholarship

Study-In-Korea: 2023 Global Korea Scholarship program For International Students

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The Korean Government’s Global Korea Scholarship program has called on international students who wish to pursue undergraduate degrees in Korea to apply for its 2023 intake.

The scholarship is aimed to provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea, to develop global leaders and strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide.

Global Korea Scholarship

Korean government invites 125 international students from 67 countries who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Korea. To be selected as a GKS grantee, any applicant should successfully pass through the 1st selection process set by the Korean Embassy of his or her country of origin.

About South Korea

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan.

South Korea claims to be the sole legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands. It has a population of 51.75 million, of which roughly half live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fifth largest metropolis in the world. Other major cities include Incheon, Busan, and Daegu.

Global Korea Scholarship Summary

  • Host Country: Korea
  • Category: Undergraduate | Postgraduate Scholarships 
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries 
  • Reward: Full Scholarship | Accommodation | Airfare | Monthly Stipends 
  • Deadline: October 2022

Scholarship Quota:

[Embassy Track]
Korean government invites 81 international students.

– General: 74 scholars
– Overseas Koreans: 7 scholars

[University Track]
Korean government invites 119* international students.

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– Regional University: 49 scholars
– Associate Degree : 15 scholars
– UIC Program: 55 scholars

[Embassy Track & University Track]
Please contact the first round of selection organizations (embassy or university) to get detailed information regarding the application submission such as the application deadline, required documents, interview, etc. Application submission deadline may differ by each embassy or university that conducts the first round of selection.

Scholarship Requirements:

To be eligible for the Korean Government Scholarship:


  • Candidates and their parents must hold non-Korean citizenship.


  • KGSP-G: under 40
  • KGSP-U: under 25


  • Candidates must be physically and mentally healthy for their studies in Korea.

Degree Requirements

  • KGSP-G: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • KGSP-U: High school diploma


  • The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) must be 80% or higher; or
  • The CGPA must be 2.64/ 4.0, 2.80/ 4.3, 2.91/ 4.5, or 3.23/ 5.0 or higher.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

  •  Flight
  • Tuition
  • Stipend
  • Medical Insurance
  • Settlement Allowance
  • Completion Grants

Application procedure

  • NIIED invites the Korean Embassy in the invited country or a domestic university to recommend potential candidates.
  • Applicants should submit all documents related to their scholarship application to the Korean Embassy in their country of residence or the domestic university concerned.
  • The Korean Embassy or the domestic university sends proper candidates to NIIED with the required documents.
  • NIIED evaluates potential candidates and notifies the Korean Embassy of the final selected KGSP grantees.

Number of participants

220 undergraduate, 1,080 graduates students (subject to change with any change depending on budget)

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.)

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should pay attention to the embassy or the university he or she is applying through. Each embassy and university has their own application deadline, so applicants must check with the respective institute before submitting application

The documents below are an important guide for a successful application.

2023 GKS-U Application Guidelines (English).pdf [707232 byte]
2023 GKS-U Application Forms.docx [103519 byte]
2023 GKS-U University [16376836 byte]
2023 GKS-U Application Guidelines (Korean).pdf [853767 byte]
2023 GKS-U Promotion Poster.pdf [14924687 byte

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