Both an applicant and his/her parents must be citizens of their country of origin.

a�� Applicants should not hold Korean citizenship.


a�� Applicants should have adequate health, both mentally and physically, to stay in a foreign country for a long time.

a�� Should be under 25 years of age at the date of entrance. (Undergraduate)

a�� Should be under 40 years of age at the date of entrance. (Graduate)

a�� Have finished or be scheduled to finish formal education of all elementary, middle, high school courses by the date of arrival. (Undergraduate)


a�� Hold a Bachelora��s degree or a Mastera��s degree by the date of arrival. (Graduate)

a�� Applicants who have previously enrolled in a university in Korea are not eligible to apply to the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in any undergraduate program, mastera��s program, or doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program.


However, a KGSP scholar who has graduated can apply for this program again only via the embassy and only if he/she holds a TOPIK score of at least Level 4 and obtains another recommendation from the Korean Embassy of his/her respective country of origin (re-application is limited to one instance).


a�� Possess a grade point average (G.P.A.) above 80% from the last educational institution attended.

Procedure for the Scholarship Award

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 to 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.



  • Admission Qualifications for Post-secondary Schools

CourseA� QualificationsA�A�A�A� Course Length

Ph. D.A�A�A� The applicant who has completed a mastera��s degreeA�A�A�A�A� At least 2 years

Mastera��sA�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� The applicant who has completed a bachelora��s degreeA�A�A�A�A�A� At least 2 years

Undergraduate The applicant who has completed primary and secondary education in his/her country of origin (12 years total)A�A�A�A� 4~6 years

Junior CollegeA� The applicant who has completed primary and secondary education in his/her country of origin (12 years total)A�A�A�A� 2~3 years

Language Course The applicant who has completed secondary education or beyond 1~2 year(s)

Exchange StudentA�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Anyone enrolled at a partner universityA�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� 1 semester~1 year


Self-funded StudyA�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Study at a Korea university on an exchange program with the home university and/or a student on leave or who has graduated from the home universityA�A� 1 semester~1 year

Vacation Study for Foreigners: Foreign students participating in programs related to Korean Language or Korean studies held during the summer or winter vacations 2~3 months

a�� Students from countries with school systems which are less than 12 years should submit documentary evidence to prove of completion of complete schooling from elementary school through high school to the President of the university they intend to enroll in.

  • TOPIK: Test of Proficiency in Korean

The Korean government demands a certain level of English or Korean from international students because Basic English or Korean skills are needed in order to have a comfortable stay in Korea.

The international students required to submit his/her Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) scores to apply for a regular degree course in Korea. The Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) is aimed to providing the direction for the study of the Korean language to foreigners who dona��t speak Korean as their native language and evaluating their Korean language speaking ability to use the evaluation result for their study abroad and employment.

If international students would like to study in Korea for a regular degree course, it is generally required to submit TOPIK Level 3 or higher accompanied by the admission documents to the corresponding college or university and reach TOPIKa��Level 4 or higher to graduate. However, if international students would like to apply the courses are given in English, the applicants submit the certificate of English proficiency (ie. TOEFL) and they dona��t need to acquire TOPIK scores nor reach TOPIK Level 4 or higher to graduate.

For exchange students, government invited students, foreign government supported students, Korean language students, art & physical education applicants, the required test scores may be alleviated; For more information, please ask your college or university.

The test is held six times a year (in January, March, April, July, October and November) and the yearly test schedule is notified on the TOPIK website at the beginning of every year. The levels are divided into I and II: beginner level for TOPIK I (Levels 1 and 2), advanced level for TOPIK II (Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6). For more information about the test, please refer to the TOPIK website. (