Korean gov’t offers scholarship grant for undergraduate studies

MANILA, Philippines – The Korean government through the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines offered scholarship grants for qualified Filipino students.
Korean gov’t offers scholarship grant for undergraduate studies

The 2020 Global Korea Scholarship (Korean Government Scholarship Program) aims to give foreign students the opportunity to finish their undergraduate degrees in several higher educational institutions in Korea. The program promotes international exchange in education and further strengthens the mutual friendship between countries.

A total of 125 scholars from 68 countries will be accepted. Two (2) students will be chosen from the Philippines to complete the undergraduate program in prestigious Korean universities.


(1) CITIZENSHIP: An applicant and his or her parents must be citizens of one of the countries listed in the application guidelines. Attention! Neither the applicant nor the parents should hold the Korean citizenship.

Applicants and their parents who had previously held Korean citizenship must submit the document that prove their renunciation of Korean citizenship.

(2) AGE: An applicant must be under age 25 as of March 1, 2020 (Should be born after March, 1, 1995).

(3) HEALTH: An applicant must be in good health, both physically and mentally.
Those with disabilities, but in good mental and physical health, are eligible to apply.
Those with severe illness are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.

(4) LEVEL OF EDUCATION: An applicant must have graduated or be expected to graduate from high school as of March 1, 2020.

Those who have already achieved a Bachelor’s degree or a higher degree are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.

Those who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a high school in Korea are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.

(5) GRADES: An applicant must maintain the overall grade point average (CGPA) equivalent to or higher than any ONE of the following:
  • 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

Score: 80 points or above on a 100 point scale or be ranked within the top 20% throughout the entire high school period. [see Appendix 3]

(6) An applicant should never have been awarded with any scholarship programs from Korea for an undergraduate degree program.

(7) An applicant must have no limitations in travelling abroad.

(8) Applicants who have proficiency in the Korean or English language will be given preference.

(9) Descendants of the Korean War veterans will be given preference.

(10) Engineering and Science majors will be given preference.

(11) Applicants from low income families or underprivileged backgrounds will be given preference.

(12) Applicants who are confirmed to be ‘third generation’ overseas Koreans will be given preference.

(13) An applicant is restricted to apply either for the Embassy, the Regional University, or the Associate Degree track.

Applicants who apply for more than one track will be automatically disqualified and their applications will be eliminated.

Scholarship Benefits

Scholarship Period: March 1, 2020 ~ February 28, 2025 (1-year Language + 4-year Degree Program)

Airplane Ticket or Airfare: The scholarship covers an economy class flight with the shortest route between a scholar’s country and Korea. A one-way ticket to Korea will be offered to each scholar at the beginning of the scholarship program; another one-way ticket from Korea will be offered for those who complete their studies under the scholarship program.

Monthly Stipend: 900,000 KRW per month (approximately P39,000)

Tuition: The university entrance fee and tuition fees are covered by National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED) and the host university.

Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW upon arrival (approximately P8,800)

Scholarship Completion Grants: 100,000 KRW (approximately P4,400) upon completion of studies only for scholars returning back to their countries

Korean Language Training: The full cost for 1 year is covered by NIIED and the language institution.

Medical Insurance: Scholars are covered by health insurance for major accidents and illnesses during their scholarship period.

Korean Proficiency Grants: Scholars with level 5 or 6 on Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) will receive 100,000 KRW won per month during the degree program.

Required Documents
  • 1 set of the original documents below, and 3 sets of photocopies of the original
  • Completed Application Form (Form 1)
  • NIIED Pledge (Form 2)
  • Personal Statement (Form 3)
  • Study Plan (Form 4)
  • Two Recommendation Letters (Form must be from two separate recommenders.
  • The letters must be written by someone who can give in-depth assessment on the applicant’s abilities, including a high school teacher, principal, or academic advisor.
  • Completed Self Medical Assessment (Form 6)
  • Graduation Certificate of High School or Provisional Graduation Certificate
  • Those who are expected to graduate by March 1, 2020 may submit a provisional graduation certificate of high school.
  • High School Grade Transcript (including a description of the school’s grading system)
  • Certificates of Citizenship of the Applicant and Parents (Examples: a birth certificate, a government-issued certificate indicating the parent-child relationship, a family register, or parents’ passport copies)
  • Awards (Optional)
  • Applicants with certified scores on their proficiency in Korean or in English may be given preference. Some examples include the following:
  • Proficiency in Korea: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)
  • Proficiency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic (TOEFL ITPs are not acceptable)
  • DD214 or other relevant documents to prove the family member’s service in the Korean War (applicable to Descendants of the Korean War Veterans Only)
  • Overseas Korean Proof Documents and supporting documents indicating the generation status (applicable to Overseas Koreans Only)
  • Certificate of Health (Form 7, only for candidates who successfully pass the 2nd round of selection)
  • The certificate of health must be completed and signed by a doctor.
  • Copy of the Applicant’s Passport (only for candidates who successfully pass the 2nd round of selection)

For more details on the required documents, notes and instructions, check here.

Schedule of the application for the 2020 Global Korea Scholarship (Undergraduate Degrees) is from September 18, 2019 to October 3, 2019 (not later than 5:00 pm).

Submit all requirements at:

c/o KGSP In-Charge
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
122 Upper McKinley Road,
McKinley Town Center,
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634

For inquiries, kindly send via email to: ph04@mofa.go.kr.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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