Inbound Programs

The Office of International Affairs (OIA),
as SNU's headquarter for developing and promoting its international programs and initiatives,
welcomes all students and scholars to SNU's vibrant intellectual community.

Scholarships Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)

Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)


The Ministry of Education offers a scholarship program for international students from countries that have concluded a bilateral cultural agreement with Korea. Foreign scholarship students are actively making contributions throughout the world in numerous fields such as education, diplomacy and enterprise.


    Both an applicant and his/her parents must be citizens of their country of origin.(※ Applicants should not hold Korean citizenship.)
  • Applicants should have adequate health, both mentally and physically, to stay in a foreign country for a long time.
  • Should be under 40 years of age at the date of entrance. (Graduate)
  • Possess a grade point average (G.P.A.) above 80% from the last educational institution attended.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master's degree by the date of arrival. (Graduate)

Applicants who have previously achieved in any undergraduate program, master’s program, or doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program. However, a former or current KGSP scholar who hold the overall grade of 90% or above can reapply to this program once either through the embassy or university track.

Details of the Award

  • Scholarship Period
    • Master’s Degree: Korean language course(up to 1 year) + 2 year Degree Course
    • Doctoral Degree: Korean language course(up to 1 year) + 3 year Degree Course
  • Korea Language Training
    • Grantees are required to take Korean language training courses for 1 year at a language institution located on-campus of the domestic universities. (Those who have attained a Korean language fluency score higher than level 5 in TOPIK are exempt from this requirement.)
  • Scholarship Benefit
    • Round Trip Airfare, Monthly Allowance, Research Allowance, Settlement Allowance, Language Training Fee, Tuition, Dissertation Printing Costs, Medical insurance, etc.
  • Application Process
Application Process
Time line Undergraduate
Announcement released Feb. in the year of planned studies in Korea
Recommend candidates
(Korean Embassies, designated universities)
Mar.-Apr. in the year of planned studies in Korea
Results released June in the year of planned studies in Korea
Arrival in Korea Late Aug. in the year of planned studies

Selection Procedure

  • 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.

Required Documents and Further Information

  • Please visit NIIED website and check the recruitment announcement announced every year
    * NIIED website: (English version) ⇒ Scholarships ⇒ GKS Notice


  • Enquiries about Scholarship Application
    SNU Office of Admissions: +82-2-880-6971,
    National Institute for International Education : +82-2-3668-1364,
  • Enquiries about Scholarship Benefits
    SNU Office of International Affairs: +82-880-2519,


"Thank You" from Scholarship Recipients

Kgsp scholarship provided me an opportunity to study in SNU. Although classes in SNU are intense, but these classes have been helping me to think in depth and broaden my understanding about different concepts which have also been helping me to have clear vision towards my career. I am grateful for SNU for pushing me to work harder and helping me to have clear vision towards my career.

Pradhan Era College of Business Administration (Fall 2017 ~ ) Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) (Fall 2017 ~ )

Undergraduate Program

Thanks to the KGSP program, I can achieve my goal of one of which is to learn Korean language education and become a worthy teacher of Korean in my homeland. While studying at one of the best universities in the Republic of Korea, I got the opportunity to meet with the best teachers and students who strive for self-development. I will try to absorb as much knowledge as possible in the area that I have chosen during my studies.

Omarova Zhanna College of Education (Fall 2018 ~ ) Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) (Fall 2018 ~ )

Undergraduate Program

I am so blessed being a recipient of this scholarship and been able to study in the country's most prestigious university - SNU. It has been an amazing experience learning my major as well as Korean language and culture. Thank you for you generosity that enables students like me to pursue my dreams. You have been a great blessing to us. Again, thank you so much and God bless you!

Tadeo Danilo Jr College of Education (Fall 2016 ~ ) Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) (Fall 2015 ~)

Undergraduate Program

I come from a low income family and to be able to pursue graduate studies is already a dream come true, but to be able to study in such a prestigious university in this country is more than I could ever have ask for. Thank you SNU for believing in me.

Micky Belanger College of Education (Fall 2018 ~ ) Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) (Fall 2017 ~)

Undergraduate Program

January 15, 2019