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TITLE 2015 KGSP Guideline for International Students Enrolled in Graduate Programs
Date 2015.02.09

FILE2015 GKS Graduate Program Guideline(English-Korean).docx


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2015 Korean Government Scholarship Program Guideline for International Students Enrolled in Graduate Programs
1. Program Objective
The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students, with the aim of promoting international exchange in education, as well as mutual friendship amongst the participating countries.
2. Quota for U.S.A Scholars
- General : 15 persons
- Overseas Korean Adoptee: 5 persons
  ♦ Adoptee who has experienced an exchange program or graduated/will graduate from a Korean university (D-2 visa holders) can apply for this program.
3. Duration of Scholarship
o Master’s (01.09.2015 ~ 31.08.2018) : 1 yr. of Korean language + 2 yrs of Master’s
o Doctoral (01.09.2015 ~ 31.08.2019): 1yr. of Korean language + 3 yrs of Doctoral
o Research (01.09.2015~31.08.2016): 1 month ~ 1year

* (Important) After the Korean language course, the scholarship period of degree course (2 years of master’s or 3 years of doctoral) cannot be extended beyond the designated duration.

4. Application Requirements
o The applicant and his/her parents must have foreign citizenships.
* Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program. Therefore, Applicants and his/her parents who once had Korean citizenship must provide document regarding renunciation of Korean citizenship.
o Applicants should be in good health, both mentally and physically, to stay in Korea for an extended period of time.
* Applicants must submit the Personal Medical Assessment (included in the application form) when he/she apply for this program, and when it’s orientation, an Official Medical Examination will be done by NIIED. A serious illness (For example, HIV, Drug, etc) will be the main cause of disqualification from the scholarship.
※ The handicapped who satisfy the above are also eligible for the program
NOT Eligible: those who are pregnant (disqualified upon discovery)
o Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sep. 1st, 2015 (born after Sep. 1st, 1975).
o Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of August 31st, 2015.
※Research Program Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or above and a university professor in one of the eligible countries for research program(see 2-2).
 * (Important) Applicants who have ever enrolled in a university in Korea will be disqualified from applying to the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in an undergraduate program, a master’s program, a doctoral program including an exchange program (D-2 visa holders ever) in Korea cannot apply for this program.
Exception 1. Applicant who has experienced an exchange program in Korea only for previous academic courses graduation, and if it was mandatory for his or her graduation of degree program; thus could submit official explanation from the attended institution can apply for this KGSP program.
Exception 2. The KGSP scholar who has graduated or will graduate from a Korean university as of August 31st, 2015 can apply for this program again only via the embassy if only he/she holds at least TOPIK Level 4 and obtain another recommendation within the allotment from the Korean Embassy of his/her respective country of origin (re-application is limited to one instance).
* Applicants who apply for the Master’s program must hold a Bachelor’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor’s degree.
 * Applicants who apply for the Doctoral program must hold a Master’s degree or a diploma that is equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree.
* Applicants who are expecting to obtain the relevant required degree or diploma by August 31st, 2015 must submit a certificate of degree or diploma expectation, and submit the official certificate of degree or diploma to NIIED by August 31st, 2015(If not, disqualified for this program).
o Applicants must maintain a grade point average (G.P.A.) of at least 2.64 on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4. 3 scale, 2.91 on a 4.5 scale, or grades/marks/score of 80% or higher from the previously attended institution.
* If an applicant does not satisfy the above GPA criteria, he/she will be disqualified from applying to this program.
* If the transcript is not indicated in grades/marks/scores format, or is difficult to convert into percentages, attachment of official explanation from the attended institution is required.
o Applicants who have Korean proficiency or English proficiency may be given preference.
o Applicants who apply for natural science and technology program may be given preference.
o Applicants who are university professors currently in the developing countries may be given preference.
5. Selection Criterion
  o All documents including transcript, self-introduction, study plan(research proposal), certificates of language proficiency (Korean and English), recommendations, published papers and awards, etc., will be evaluated.
6. Required Documentation
o Required documents : One original document (placed in a separate envelope) and 3 extra photocopies.
* Documents not in English or Korean must be accompanied by a complete English or Korean translation
authenticated by the issuing institution or notarized by a notary’s office.
* Applicants must submit all the documents by the checklist order. (Checklist for the application documents should be on the front page, followed by the required documents, stapled and attached.)
* Transferring to a different university after confirming the host university is not permitted in any cases.
7. Place of Submission
o Korean Consulate-General Office near the applicant’s current address(including Overseas Korean Adoptee)
-      Refer to the attachment for the information on Korean Consulate-General
* For DC, Virginia, Maryland or West Virginia, documents must be submitted to the Korean Education Center  in the Korean Embassy(202-939-5680~1)
  Korean Education Center
  2320 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
  Washington, DC 20008

- For applicants applying via a domestic university : One of the 66 designated universities
8. Application Deadline
o Deadline of Submission : The date set forth by each Korean Consulate General within March 2015
* It’s applicant’s duty to ask the deadline to the applying institution since each institution has set deadline individual
* For DC, Virginia, Maryland or West Virginia, the deadline is March 20th, 2015(After submitting all the required documents, the interview date will be notified in person).
9. For further information, please contact :
o KGSP Team, National Institute for International Education (NIIED)
- Address: #205 NIIED, 81 Ewhajang-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 110-810, Republic of Korea
‣ Korean version: 정부초청외국인장학생 → 공지사항
‣ English version: GKS → Notice
- Phone: +82-2-3668-1364, +82-2-3668-1389
- Fax: +82-2-743-4992
- Email:
10. Other useful websites
ㅇ Higher Education in Korea                      
ㅇ Learning Korean                                     
ㅇ Understanding of Korean culture            
ㅇ Overseas Korean embassies                    
ㅇ Visa and Registration                              
11. Application Form : - 2015 KGSP Graduate Program Guideline