Be a Scholar the KGSP way!
Are you a scholar familiar with NIIED or the National Institute for International Education? Good news for those who are eager to study in Korea. Recently this year, NIIED’s scholarship offers a new program, other than the undergraduate and graduate degrees, it now also offers associate 2-year degrees for those who are still not sure in which career path they would like to go but is very much eager to gain an educational experience. As it has opened, only three Korean universities are part of the scholarship. Namely, Cheju Halla University in Jeju Island, Inha Technological College in Incheon and Hanyang Women’s University in Seoul, are the universities that have participated to open a scholarship for associate’s degree. Korea has again opened its gates to further globalization of education, making access to foreign nationalities, who want to achieve more than in their home country.
With only 10 scholarship grants to be offered to 54 countries; including Afghanistan, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Este, Turkey, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen. These countries can have a shot to gain place amongst the limited seats available for this program. As part of strengthening ties and improving humanity, NIIED’s offer is a good try for those who are at a very young age would like to expose themselves to a foreign culture or for those who are really unfortunate and are not able to get a higher education.
Only 2 year degree programs are only considered with a one year Korean Language Training Program, where one has to pass TOPIK 3 to be able to continue.
Here are some of the qualifications for eligibility to apply for the program.
(1) Must be a citizen of the country to which scholarships are offered, which is also applied to his/her parents
Both applicant and his/her parents must not be a holder of Korean citizenship
(2) Should be under 25 years of age as of March 1, 2015 (Should be born after March, 1, 1990)
(3) Have an adequate health, both physically and mentally
The handicapped who satisfy the above (3) are also eligible for the program
NOT Eligible: those who are pregnant or who have a severe illness
(4) Have graduated or scheduled to graduate from a high school as of March 1, 2015
NOT Eligible: those who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree
(5) Must possess above 80% (out of 100%) cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A.), or must be within 20% (out of 100%) in the rank during their entire high school period
C.G.P.A. should be 2.64/4.0, 2.80/4.3, 2.91/4.5, 3.23/5.0 or higher
If applicant’s high school evaluation criteria differs from the stated above,
(6) Those who are willing to find employment in respective professions after obtaining their degree
(7) Must not have enrolled in a two-year bachelor course or an undergraduate course in Korea before
NOT Eligible: those who have ever enrolled at a Korean university as a regular or an exchange student
(8) Must have no limitations in travelling abroad
(9) There may be preferential selection for applicants who have proficiency in Korean or English
(10) Engineering and Science majors preferred
(11) Applicants are restricted to apply for at most one university
Applicants who applied to more than one university are excluded from being considered for the second round
And here are the benefits for the scholarship grant:
With a duration of three years, a student may be able to obtain the following if successful to pass the screening.
- Airplane ticket or airfare: The grantees will receive an airplane ticket or be paid an economy class airfare of the shortest route between their country and Korea when they come to Korea, and, thereafter, when they leave Korea after completion of their study.
- Monthly Stipend: 800,000 won per month
- Tuitions: The tuition fee up to 5 million won is exempted by the Korean Government, and if any, the tuition fee exceeding 5 million won and the entrance fee for the first semester by the host university.
- Settlement Allowance: 200,000 won upon arrival
- Repatriation Allowance: 100,000 won upon completion of studies
- Korean Language Training Expenses: The full costs up to 1 year (NIIED pays directly to the language training institution)
- Medical Insurance: The grantees will be provided with health insurance for major accidents and illnesses during their scholarship period.
- The grantee who has level 5 or higher in TOPIK will receive 100,000 won per month after being enrolled at a two-year bachelor course.
So why read more of this and try it out. It might be your chance to study in Korea!
To know more about the participating universities, Here are the links: