Article No. : 102001449

Writer : Graduate School

2018 Korean Government Scholarship Program for Graduate Students 18.02.05 21468
Attached fileAttached file: GPA Conversion Table.pdf 2018 KGSP-G Application Form.docx KGSP-eng.pdf Lectures in Foreign Languages(Graduate School).xlsx Lectures in Foreign Languages(GSIAS).xlsx 2018 KGSP-G Application FAQs (ENGLISH-KOREAN).pdf University Information(HUFS).pdf

2018 Korean Government Scholarship Program(KGSP) for Graduate Students

(Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)


1. Program Objective

The Korean Government Scholarship Program(KGSP) is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students in order to promote international exchange in education and mutual friendship between the participating countries.


2. Total number of Applicants for our Nomination

 Degree Program : 20 persons

Nationality Requirement

Name of Countries

Algeria, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia  (Total 80 nations)

*In case of applying through Korean Embassy in your country, a different nationality requirement is applied. Please visit or contact the nearest Korean Embassy for detailed information.


3. Applicable fields for our university

o Applicable fields and majors (Refer to the attachment)

Note 1 : KGSP students are not allow to apply for HUFS-UPEACE Dual Master’s Program

Note 2 : Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation is not applicable through KGSP.

Note 3 : HUFS recruits KGSP students only for Graduate School, and Graduate School of International and Area Studies.

* Graduate School (Medium of Instruction: mainly in  Korean):

* Graduate School of International and Area Studies (Medium of Instruction: English or Regional Languages) :

o Available courses : Master’s Program, Doctoral Program.

Note: Integrated Master’s & Doctoral Program is not available at HUFS


4. Advantages for studying at HUFS :

o HUFS provides additional scholarship to KGSP students who obtain high grades in their degree program:

-KRW 200,000 per month during semester: students who obtain GPA 3.0 or above in the previous semester

-KRW 1,000,000: students who obtain GPA 4.3 or above in a semester


5. Main Notes for the 2018 Selection

o Applicants have to apply for this program via either an embassy or a designated university. Overseas Korean adoptees have to apply only via an embassy if their countries are allotted within the adoptee quotas.

o The selection process for applicants is like the following;

Firstly, applicants must be selected by the institution he or she is applying through (a Korean embassy, or a designated university).

Secondly, applicants who passed the first round must be selected by the NIIED Selection Committee.

Finally, applicants who passed the second round must gain admission from each university.

o Institutions accepting applications: 117 overseas Korean embassies or 64 designated Korean universities.

* Those who apply to more than one of the aforementioned institutions will be disqualified immediately.

o Selection Procedure

- 1st Selection: Institution will draft a selection standard based on the criteria provisioned by NIIED, and recommend the best applicants to NIIED.

- 2nd Selection: The NIIED Selection Committee will select the most successful candidates from the pool of applicants recommended by each institution.

* Applicants who were recommended by a designated university will automatically be granted admission to the university that recommended them, upon the condition they are selected as a successful candidate in the 2nd Selection. Subsequently, once they pass the mandatory medical examination, they will join the ranks of the final successful candidates.


- 1st Selection: Korean Embassy makes its own selection schedule and plan based on the criteria provided by NIIED, and accept the applications. They select 1.5 times as many candidates as their quota from the pool of applicants and recommend them to NIIED.

*Applicants apply to 3 universities when they make application through embassy track.

* Applicants from China and the Czech Republic should submit their applications to the Ministry of Education (or equivalent institution) in their respective country of origin, in accordance with the mutual agreements between Korea and those countries.

* Korean adoptees who have foreign citizenship can apply for this program only via a Korean Embassy if their countries of origin are allotted the adoptee quota. They are selected through a separate procedure; general applicants cannot be accepted through this application category.

- 2nd Selection: The NIIED Selection Committee will select the most successful candidates from the pool of applicants recommended by each institution.

- 3rd Selection: NIIED submits the documents of successful candidates to their 3 universities of indicated preference, and requests admission examination of the candidates into their master’s or doctoral programs. The universities have to notify the result of examination to the candidates and NIIED by the designated date. The candidates who gain admission from more than one university will have to make a final selection, and notify their respective local Korean Embassy and NIIED by the designated date. Only the candidates who gain admission within the 3rd Selection period can be accepted as official KGSP scholars.


6. Duration of Scholarship

o Master’s (Sep.01.2018 ~ Aug.31.2021) : 1 year of Korean language + 2 years of Master’s degree course

o Doctoral (Sep.01.2018 ~ Aug.31.2022) : 1year of Korean language + 3 years of Doctoral degree course

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

* In the case that a scholar has already TOPIK Level 5 or 6, he or she will be exempted from the Korean language course and must start his/her degree course; the exempted period(1 year of language course) will be deducted from the total scholarship period.


7. Korean Language Course

o All scholars, unless exempted, must take one year of Korean language course in the designated language institution by NIIED. Once scholars are designated at the institution, it cannot be changed.

o During the Korean language program, scholars should stay at the dorm of language institution with a roommate, thus cannot bring their family.  

o Exemption requirement of the Korean language course: Korean proficiency at TOPIK Level 5 or 6 (with certification).

* Scholars who already have TOPIK Level 5 or 6 must start their degree course without the Korean language course.

* Scholars who are exempted from taking the Korean language course must take their degree course starting from Sep. 1st, 2018.

o Only the scholars who will have passed at least Level 3 of TOPIK after one year of Korean language course are permitted to start their master’s or doctoral program.

* Scholars who do not pass at least TOPIK Level 3 after one year of Korean language cannot start their academic course, which means they will be disqualified from KGSP scholars.

o Language Institution : NIIED has designated about 10 language institutions for the Korean language course.

* In principle, the language institution will be decided to the different area from the finally-chosen university location in order to provide a chance of exploring variable Korean cultures and immerge on Korean language learning with professional environments for scholars.


8. Application Requirements

o The applicant and his/her parents must have foreign citizenships.

* Applicants who are now holding Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program.

o Applicants should be in good health both mentally and physically to stay in Korea for the long period of time.

* Applicants mustsubmit the Personal Medical Assessment (included in the application form) when he/she applies for this program, and during the orientation, an Official Medical Examination will be done by NIIED. A serious illness will be the main cause of disqualification from the scholarship.

* The handicapped who satisfy the above are also eligible for the program


o Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sep. 1st, 2018 (born after Sep. 1st, 1978).

* Those who are now working as a professor in one of the countries below can apply with their age of under 45 as of Sep. 1st, 2018(born after Sep. 1st, 1973)



o Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree to apply to Master’s course. To apply to Doctoral course, applicants must hold the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree as of August 31st, 2018.

* (Important) Applicants who have graduated the degree program from an university or graduate school in Korea will be disqualified from applying to the KGSP program. However, an applicant who has previously enrolled in an exchange program in Korea can apply for this program.

* The KGSP scholar who has graduated or will graduate from a Korean university as of August 31st 2018 through KGSP can apply for this program for the higher degree course(re-application is limited to one instance). Their GPA(percentage mark) should be 90% or above out of 100%.

* 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 the Bachelor’s and 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, 2018 must submit the official certificate of expected graduation issued from their university. (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, 3.23 on a 5.0 scale, or percentage mark 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 does not indicate the grades/marks/scores or it is difficult to convert to percentages, an additional document of official explanation from the university is required. For an example, if your total grade in transcript is “GOOD”, then the official explanation document should be able to tell us that “GOOD” is equal to 90 out of 100.

o Applicants who have Korean proficiency(TOPIK) or English proficiency(TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS Academic) may be given preference.

o Applicants who are currently working as an university professor in the developing countries may be given preference.

o Descendants of Korean War veterans will have 5% of additional point.


9. Scholarship

o Scholarship Period : same as the period of invitation.

o Payment:

-Airfare: Round-trip economy class ticket.

* Airfare for entry will not be provided to scholars who are already living in Korea as of the date of application.

* The fees for domestic travel within a scholar’s home country and for travel insurance to and from Korea will not be provided.

* Scholars from China and the Czech Republic will not be provided airfare by NIIED, but by their country of origin according to the mutual agreements.

-Monthly Allowance : 900,000 won (KRW) per month.

-Research Allowance : 210,000 won for scholars in the humanities and social sciences; 240,000 won for scholars in natural and mechanic sciences, per semester.

-Relocation (Settlement) Allowance : 200,000 won upon arrival (only for scholars from their own country, not for scholars who already currently live in Korea)

-Language Training Fee : Full coverage for one year

-Tuitions : All admission fee is waived by the host institution (university). The tuition fee is paid by NIIED.

-Thesis Printing Cost : 500,000 ~ 800,000 won, depending on the actual cost.

-Medical Insurance : 20,000 won per month will be provided (limited coverage).

-Special funding for scholars who are proficient in the Korean language (TOPIK Level 5 or 6): 100,000 won per month (commencing from the degree program)


o HUFS Scholarship

-  KRW 200,000 per month(excluding vacation period): All new KGSP students and current KGSP students obtaining GPA 3.0 or above

-  KRW 1,000,000: KGSP students who obtain GPA 4.3 or above


10. Selection Criterion

o All documents including transcript, self-introduction, study plan, certificates of language proficiency (Korean and English), letters of recommendation, published papers and awards, etc., will be evaluated.


11. Document Submission

o Place of submission

Mr. Jangsik Joo

Administrative Office of Graduate School,

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

107, Imun-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea, 02450

E-mail :  

Note: All application documents should be presented in their original format, and submission by e-mail attachment is NOT allowed.


o Deadline of Submission : March 16th (Friday) 2018

* Candidates whose paperwork is not submitted on time will be excluded from the Selection Committee.


o Required documents : a set of original documents.

* Documents not in English or Korean must be accompanied by a complete English or Korean translation authenticated by the issuing institution and certified by a notary’s office.

Required Document Checklist




Application Form (Form 1)




Personal Statement (Form 2)




Statement of Purpose (Form 3)




TWO Letters of Recommendation (Form 5)




KGSP Applicant Pledge (Form 7)




Personal Medical Assessment (Form 8)




Bachelor’s Diploma or Certificate of Degree: original copy




Bachelor’s Transcript: original copy




Master’s Diploma or Certificate of Degree: original copy




Master’s Transcript: original copy




Applicant’s Proof of Citizenship




Parents’ Proof of Citizenship




Certificate of Korean Citizenship Renunciation

* Previous Korean citizenship holders ONLY




Certificate of valid TOPIK: original copy




Certificate of valid English Proficiency Test: original copy




Published Papers(thesis) (one or two)




Awards (one or two)




o Note

* Selection for successful candidates will be done strictly by the NIIED Selection Committee. Therefore, appropriate documents should be submitted by the deadline.

- Dual applications are not accepted. Applicants must apply for this program via only one institution.

- Documents should be presented in their original form.

* However, only if you cannot submit the original documents, you can submit the copied one with notarized by showing that the copied document is the same one with the original copy.(by visiting notary office or getting Apostille or certificate by embassy)

- Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicants regardless of the selection results in any reason.

- Incomplete or incorrect documents may lead to application rejection or failure in the Selection Committee, and scholarship revocation even after entry into Korea.

- Applicants who are expected to graduate from their respective home undergraduate/graduate institutions by August 31st, 2018, must submit the certificate (or letter) of expected graduation issued by saidinstitutions when they apply; the official certificate of graduation must reach NIIED by August 31st, 2018.

- Applicants must accurately complete the health checklist truthfully. All successful candidates must take a comprehensive medical test during the orientation. In accordance with the requirements of the Korea Immigration Service and the KGSP Program, the candidates who are judged to be physically unfit for this program will not be accepted.

- Applicants may submit the copies of published papers at most two, if available.

- Applicants may submit the copies of awards at most two, if available.

* 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.)

* Transferring to a different university after confirming the host university is not permitted in any case. In regards to changing majors, it would be permitted only under the mutual agreement before starting the academic course(which means during the Korean language course) of the departments concerned only within the same university, with the scholarship period unchanged. (2 years of Master’s, or 3 years of doctoral, in total). However, quitting a program and applying for a new one is not permitted.

* All the documents you write should be in Korean or English. (If your original documents are not written in English nor Korean, you must get translation and notarization.)

* Required documents from #7 (which do not have an official form by NIIED) should be marked on the top right side for each document. For an example,  

Certificate of Degree(Original copy)

Certificate of Master’s Degree

* All the documents you submit should be A4-sized. If the size of your original copy is smaller than A4, then attach it on A4 sized paper. Also, attach and fold your original copy if it is bigger than A4.

* Applicants must submit two recommendation letters, and they should be written by your advising professor and head professor of your major(or department). Only if you are working in a research institute, you can get your recommendation letter by your employer. The recommendation letters should be sealed and signed on the envelope by a recommender. (If they are not sealed, they cannot be accepted.)

* The proof of citizenship must be the government-issuing documents. (We accept the one of the following three documents.)

  - A birth certificate issued by the government of the applicant’s country;  or

  - A certificate of family registration issued by the government of the applicant’s country;   or

  - Copies of Passport of the applicant’s and parents’

* The scores of the language proficiency test must be valid at the time of application.


12. Selection Schedule

o Application Deadline : March 16th (HUFS)

o The 1st Selection : The end of March (by HUFS)

o The 2nd Selection : Mid to End of April (NIIED Selection Committee)

o Announcement for the Results of the 2nd Selection : May 1st (posted on GKS websites)

o Announcement for Final Successful Candidates : June 19th(GKS

o Visa Issue : July 2nd ~ 31st

o Air ticket purchase : July 9th ~ August 10th

o Entry into Korea : August 20th ~ 22nd  

o NIIED Orientation : August 27th ~ 29th (1 day for each different region)


13. Contact Information:

Mr. Jangsik Joo (Main Coordinator for Graduate Course of HUFS-KGSP)

Administrative Office of Graduate School,

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

107, Imun-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea, 02450



14. Application Form : refer to attached file.

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