- Scholarships and Programs offered by the South Korean Government
- South Korean Universities that offer Scholarships
- 1-year study abroad scholarships (scholarships for U.S students)
Recently, South Korea’s popularity has risen thanks to K-beauty and K-pop. Increasing the number of people interested in visiting this beautiful country full of traditions and great food. This has also increased the number of young people wanting to come to Korea for its amazing educational system, which is ranked 19th in the world. Thankfully there are many scholarships to study abroad in South Korea, and this article will explain where to find the best opportunities.
If studying in South Korea is something you want, whether it’s for your undergrad, Master’s, Doctoral, long-term, or short-term. Here are some scholarships that can make your dream of studying in South Korea true.
Scholarships and Programs offered by the South Korean Government
South Korea has amazing programs for various types of students that want to study abroad in South Korea. From a full ride to support for students already studying there and even support for exchange students.
GKS- Global Korea Scholarship
This scholarship is great for undergraduates, Masters, and P.H.D students. GKS covers not only your college tuition or research program but your plane ticket from your country of origin to South Korea, language courses, medical insurance, living allowance, and much more.
Award: 3,260,000 won
Deadline: Varies- undergrad in September, Master’s, P.H.D. in February
Global Korea Scholarship Invitation Program for International Students
This program is for international students who are planning to study abroad in South Korea for four months (one term) or ten months (two terms). It covers tuition, living expenses, airfare, and medical insurance.
Award: 720,000 won
Deadlines: Varies upon the term of arrival.
Korean Government Support Program for Foreign Exchange Students
This program helps foreign exchange students that are looking to study abroad in South Korea for 1 or 2 terms and might need their living expenses covered. The program also covers airfare, settlement allowance, and medical insurance. For Undergraduate and Master’s degrees
Award: 720,000 won
Support Program for Self-financed Students
This program is for students who could pay out of pocket but might need a little help covering living expenses.
Award: maximum of 5,000,000 won
Korea-Japan Joint Higher Education Student Exchange Program
This program is only for Japanese students who want to do an exchange program in South Korea and vice versa, either one term or a full academic year. For Undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.
Award: Master’s, P.H.D includes tuition, living expenses, round-trip airfare, medical insurance, settlement fee, thesis, and dissertation printing cost.
Undergraduate for 1-year includes tuition, living expenses, round trip airfare, medical insurance, and settlement fee.
Undergraduate for a short term is fully funded, including round trip airfare.
South Korean Universities that offer Scholarships
Colleges in South Korea also have some great scholarship opportunities for international students.
Seoul National University (SNU)
Undergraduates- SNU offers full tuition exemption for a maximum of 8 semesters, airfare, and living expenses.
Deadline: February and March
Graduates- SNU offers a few scholarships that pay your tuition in full, but depending on the scholarship, it might or might not include airfare or medical insurance.
Awards: Varies within each scholarship
Deadline: During the admission period each fall
Exchange students- This program offers a scholarship that pays for all of your tuition. You can also apply for their fellowship program.
Deadline: Every term
Find more information- https://en.snu.ac.kr/
Undergraduates- Offers a few different types of scholarships. Some cover full, half, or a third of the tuition.
For more information-https://uic.yonsei.ac.kr/main/admission.asp?mid=m04_03_02
- Incoming freshmen can receive a scholarship that covers their tuition for two semesters or one that covers 50% for two semesters.
- Current Students can receive a scholarship that covers their tuition for the next semester. They can also apply for two other scholarships covering 50% of the tuition. One is for students who are in financial need and the other for those whose grades have improved since the last semester.
For more information- http://oia.korea.ac.kr/listener.do?layout=dgr_6
Ewha Woman’s University
- Incoming freshmen can apply to the Ewha Global Partnership Program. This program is for those who demonstrate leadership potential and is a full ride that includes a housing fee and a stipend. They can also apply for their International Student Scholarship; if awarded, they can receive one of three options. One covers your first two years, one year, or the first semester at the university. (Transfer students can also apply to this program.
- Current students can apply for three different scholarships whose awards vary depending on the university.
- Graduates can apply for two scholarships whose awards also vary.
Awards: Full tuition or partial varies
Deadlines: academic period
For more information- https://www.ewha.ac.kr/ewhaen/bachelor/scholarship-iss.do
Kyungpook National University
- Current students can apply for a scholarship that can potentially take off 80% or 20% of the tuition.
- Graduates wanting to obtain a Master’s, Doctoral, or both can apply to the KUN International Graduates Scholarship. This amazing scholarship covers all of the tuition, whether it’s a two-year program or a four-year program.
Deadlines: academic period
For more information- https://en.knu.ac.kr/campus/info01.htm
Changwon National University
- Incoming freshmen and transfer students can apply for scholarships that cover all or half of the tuition.
- Graduate students can apply for their two different full-ride scholarships.
Awards: Varied based on TOPIK scores
Deadlines: Academic period
For more information- https://www.changwon.ac.kr/eng/cm/cntnts/cntntsView.do?mi=10302&cntntsId=3405
1-year study abroad scholarships (scholarships for U.S students)
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
This scholarship allows you to study in South Korea for a semester or a whole year. Their awards vary from $3,000 to $25,000. You have to be a U.S citizen to apply and be Federal Pell Grant eligible.
Awards: $3,000 to $25,000
Deadlines: Vary depending on your program
For more information- https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/
This scholarship is solely for those who want to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Amounts vary from $3,000 to $7,000.
Awards: $3,000 to $7,000
Deadlines: Vary based on the program
For more information- https://www.iie.org/freeman-ASIA
Both scholarships are for need-based students.
Samsung Dream Scholarship Foundation
This unique program is for:
- Students from countries in the Development Assistance Committee
- Students who are experiencing financial difficulties are affecting their studies.
- Students who have proven academic excellence, including linguistic proficiency (both Korean and English)
- Students who have a high probability of returning to their home country and supporting its development
Deadline: Check with the program
For more information-http://eng.sdream.or.kr/wwd/wwd04_01_globalhope.html#wwd_menu
Remember that nothing is impossible; just make sure you keep up with the deadlines and read the requirements down to the last period to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Good Luck!