Because of the vibrant culture in South Korea, many international students are beginning to consider going there for their graduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. As much as many international students want to come to South Korea for education, many do not have the funds to sponsor their education in South Korea, which is why numerous scholarship bodies have been set up to help international students pursue their educational dreams in South Korea.
Scholarship in South Korea
There are a lot of scholarship bodies in South Korea that offer both graduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Among them are:
- Global Korea Scholarship
- Top government And University Based Scholarship.
- Changwon National University (CWNU) Graduate School Full Time Research.
- Samsung Global Hope Scholarship Program.
- Yonsei University Underwood International College (UIC) Admissions Scholarship.
- Korea University Scholarship For International Students.
- Ewha Global Partnership Program (EGPP).
These are a few of the popular scholarships in South Korea. You can read more about them and other scholarships here, as well as the requirements and necessary information peculiar to each of them. You can directly apply for any of the scholarships on the page you will be directed to.
Eligibility Criteria for South Korea Scholarship
- Both you, the applicant and your parents must be citizens of your country of origin.
- You should not have Korean citizenship.
- You should be mentally and physically healthy to enable you to stay in the country for a long time.
- For undergraduates, you should be less than 25 years of age when applying for the scholarship and for graduates, you should be less than 40 years of age when applying for the scholarship.
- You must have finished or are about to finish education in college to apply for the scholarship for undergraduates and graduates, you should have a bachelor’s or a master’s degree.
- You should have a CGPA of above 80% from your previous school.
- If you have previously enrolled in any undergraduate, master’s or doctoral program in Korea, you can’t apply for the scholarship.
How to apply for a Scholarship in South Korea
Select a University
There are many good universities in South Korea. It is important that you make a list of universities and choose the one you want to attend.
Apply to the University
After choosing the university you want to attend, get the online form, fill it and submit it. Wait for you to get admitted and if you do get admitted, you will be sent an acceptance letter. This letter will be needed when applying for the scholarship.
Apply for the Scholarship
Do your research on the numerous scholarships, and their requirements and see if they are a perfect fit for your educational goals. After choosing the scholarship you want, get the online form, complete the form and submit the form alongside the necessary documents that the scholarship requires. Make sure all the submitted documents are correct to avoid any mistake that may hinder you from getting the scholarship.
Wait for Results
If you are awarded the scholarship, the scholarship board will use the reward money to cover your tuition fee. How your tuition fee is paid depends on the number of sessions you have for your education at university.
Necessary Documents to Apply for a South Korean Scholarship
Not forgetting the fact that every scholarship has certain requirements and documents that an applicant must have before applying for it, there are some general documents that any applicant must have before applying for a scholarship in South Korea. They are:
- The application form.
- Passport-size photograph.
- Acceptance letter from the university applied to.
- Applicant’s personal statement.
- Applicant’s study plan.
- A single letter of recommendation.
- Proof of good health or medical assessments.
- Proof of applicant and parents’ citizenship as well as proof of family relationship.
- For undergraduates, high school graduation certificates are needed while for graduates, a bachelor’s degree will be needed.
- A transcript of your high school or graduate university curriculum.
- Although it is optional, a valid certificate of TOPIK score or certificate of English proficiency scores in tests like TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, etc. should be presented.