NIIED has announced the application guidelines of the 2024 Korean Government Scholarship (GKS) Program for Undergraduate Degrees.

[Embassy Track]
Korean government invites 86* international students.
– General: 79 scholars
– Overseas Koreans: 7 scholars 

[University Track]
Korean government invites 176* international students.
– Regional University: 86 scholars
– Associate Degree : 30 scholars
– UIC Program: 60 scholars

As Korean Government Scholarship Programs have been integrated and branded as Global Korea Scholarship in 2010, the name has been changed to GKS (Global Korea Scholarship).

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Bachelors Program – 1 year Korean language program + 3 years of degree program




○ Nationality

– All applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED designated countries that are invited to take part in the GKS program.

○ Degree Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree program is for applicants who graduated (or are expected to graduate) from a high school or from an associate degree program
  • Associate degree program is for applicants who graduated (or are expected to graduate) from a high school.

○ Grades

Applicants must submit an academic transcript with CGPA and ranking information must be above 2.64/4.0, 2.80/4.3, 2.91/4.5 or 3.23/5.0 or Score percentile should be 80% or above on a 100-point scale or be ranked within the top 20% within one’s class.

○ Age

Must be under 25 years of age (born after March 1, 1999)

○ Health

Applicant must be both mentally and physically good, to study in Korea.

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Ensure success applying for the 2023 Global Korea Scholarship for Undergraduate Degrees :

  1. Check the Available universities and major for embassy/ university track and necessary documents by NIIED and respective universities.

2. Review the Guidelines for requirements and application instructions provided by the NIIED and respective universities.

3. Fill the Application form and prepare the documents with precision.

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How to write personal statement and study plan for GKS?

To write a personal statement and study plan for the GKS (Global Korea Scholarship), you need to ensure that your personal experience and achievements are effectively presented to the NIIED committee.

The aim is to demonstrate how your vision and journey align with the goals of the GKS program. Your personal statement should not exceed three pages in 11-point New Times Roman font.

It should cover your personal background, the experiences that have shaped the important qualities for the GKS scholarship, your academic performance, and your dedication to your vision through practical efforts.

Your study plan should outline your intentions after being awarded the scholarship. This plan should include your strategy to enhance your Korean language skills and the elective subjects related to your major.

It’s crucial that your study plan aligns with both your short-term and long-term objectives. Make sure to review your documents for any mistakes before submission.

Is the personal statement and study plan the same ?

No, the personal statement and study plan are not the same. The personal statement focuses on your past experiences, academic achievements, family background, and awards. It offers insight into your journey leading up to your application.

The study plan, however, outlines your future plans if you are awarded the scholarship. It includes your strategies for learning Korean and English languages before, during, and after pursuing your major.

Additionally, the study plan details the elective subjects you intend to choose and your plans following the completion of your degree.

Is GKS scholarship hard to get ?

Yes, obtaining the GKS (Global Korea Scholarship) can be challenging. The scholarship is highly competitive and prestigious, given the participation of top-ranked global universities.

The growing popularity of Korean music and culture has led to increased interest in studying in Korea, making the scholarship even more competitive due to limited available spots and rigorous evaluation processes.

However, if you meet all the eligibility criteria, there’s no harm in applying and giving it your best shot

Who can write recommendation letters for GKS?

For the GKS (Global Korea Scholarship), recommendation letters should be provided by individuals who are familiar with your academic background and personal qualities.

Generally, these letters should come from teachers or professors who have taught you and have a good understanding of your academic interests and character.

It’s important to note that recommendation letters from workplace HR managers or colleagues are not accepted. The Korean universities specifically require recommendation letters from teachers only, whether they are currently active in that position or not.

Can I apply for GKS with less marks?

Absolutely, you can apply for the GKS even if you have relatively lower marks. While academic performance does play a role in the selection process, it’s not the only factor considered.

Your personal statement and study plan carry significant weight as they showcase your dedication, passion, and potential for success. These documents allow you to highlight your unique qualities and how they align with the goals of the scholarship.

The required marks for applicant is : 2.64/4.0, 2.80/4.3, 2.91/4.5, or 3.23/5.0. In percentage: 80% or higher on a 100-point scale, or be in the top 20% of their class to study in Korea.

If you’d like, I can provide a Feedback service to help you refine your personal statement and study plan to ensure they effectively convey your commitment and aspirations.

Which track is better for GKS?

Both the university track and the embassy track for the GKS (Global Korea Scholarship) have their own advantages. However, the university track is often considered more advantageous for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, in the university track, you have the opportunity to directly present your profile and strengths to the faculty of your chosen university. This can be beneficial if you have a competitive profile, as you’re not competing against a large pool of applicants applying through the embassy track.

Secondly, applying through the university track showcases your commitment to a specific university, which can build trust and potentially enhance your chances of being selected.

Ultimately, the decision depends on your individual circumstances, the specific universities and programs you’re interested in, and your overall application strategy.

Can I get a job in South Korea after GKS?

Yes you can work in South Korea after completing your GKS studies. In fact, chances of getting selected for a job in a Korean company increases if you are a Korean University graduate.

I have provided a list of popular jobs in South Korea for foreigners. The jobs include, but are not limited to translation and marketing.

The specific job opportunities can depend on your field of study, language proficiency, and skills. It’s important to research and network within your chosen industry to explore potential job prospects.

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