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Title [KGSP] 2019 GKS-G Application Guideline for International Students
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<2019 GKS-G Application Guideline for International Students>

 The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students, with the aim of promoting international exchange in education, as well as mutual friendship among the participating countries. Inha University has been selected as one of 67 esteemed universities for Government Korea Scholarship(GKS) Program and makes this notice for 2019.

1. GKS-G University Track Allocation for the Designated 67 Korean Universities : 330 candidates from 77 countries 
  ※ Quota for each Nation - Please check the attached file (Guideline)
2. Inha University’s recommendation [to NIIED]

  1) Number of students for GKS recommendation : Max. 20 students  (Max. 3 from one country) 
  2) Deadline of application submission : March 8(Fri), 2019
  3) Place of submission :
     Jeon Ye Jin, Graduate School Office(Building #1-317), Inha University, 100, Inha-ro, Michuhol-gu, Incheon, South Korea (Postal code : 22212)
  4) Required documents :
     - Please check the attached file for detail.
     - It is recommended to contact a prof at INHA before application submission. If you"re appointed as his/her students, then a letter of recommendation from that professor at Inha University will be highly considered during the evaluation process for selection.
     - Applicants must submit one of three types of documents about the certificate of degree;
       ①Apostille documents or ②Notarized by Korean consulates located in foreign countries or ③Notarized by Foreign consulates located in Korea.
     - Inha University can ask applicants to submit several additional documents ((ex) resume, a letter of consentfor degree verification), if it is needed.
     - For detailed information about a department and contact information about a professor, please visit  When you click the icon of MS Word for each department, you"ll get detailed information about it.
     - All submitted documents will not be returned to applicants.

    ※ There are two tracks to apply for GKS Korean Government Scholarship Program; one is to get recommendation from universities in Korea, and the other is to get recommendation from Korean embassy in your own country. Applicants must choose only one way of them. Applicants who submit applications to both Korean Embassy and Inha University will be disqualified immediately.

3. Selection Schedule for KGSP

  1) Application deadline(Applicants → Inha University) : March 8(Fri), 2019
  2) Deadline for Recommendation to NIIED (Inha University → NIIED) : April 4
  3) The 2nd selection : Mid-April (NIIED Selection Committee)
  4) Announcement for the results of the 2nd selection : May 16
     (GKS websites :
  5) Official Physical Examination : in May
  6) Announcement for fianl successful candidates : June 27
     (GKS websites :
  7) Visa issue and flight ticket purchase : July
  9) Entry into Korea : late August 
  10) NIIED Orientation : August 28 ~ 30
  11) Korean language course : September, 2019 
  ※ Applicants must submit the Personal Medical Assessment (included in the application form) when he/she apply for this program, and after coming to Korea an Official Medical Examination will be done by NIIED. A serious illness (For example, HIV, Drug, etc) will be the main cause of disqualification from the scholarship.

4. Scholarship 

  1) Period
     ① Korean language course : September 3, 2019 ~ August 31, 2020 
          - All scholars, unless exempted, must take one year of Korean language course in the designated language institution.
         - Exemption from the Korean language course requirement: Korean proficiency at TOPIK Level 5 or 6 (with certification).
         - who have surpassed TOPIK Level 5 and want to start their degree course without the Korean language course should obtain permission from NIIED in advance.
         - Only who will pass at least Level 3 of TOPIK (the Test of Proficiency in Korean) are permitted to start their master’s or doctoral program. 
     ② Degree program : September 1, 2020 ~ (Master’s program : 2 years, Ph.D program : 3 years)
     * (Important) After the Korean language course, the scholarship period of degree course (2 years of master’s
or 3 years of doctoral) cannot be extended beyond the designated duration.
  2) Amount of Scholarship
     ① From Korean Government : Tuition (Less than KRW 5,000,000), Monthly allowance(KRW 900,000 per month), Research allowance(approx. KRW 200,000 per semester), Dissertation printing costs, Medical Insurance(KRW 20,000 per month), Flight tickets(Round-trip economy class ticket), etc. 
     ② From Inha University : Entrance fee, Tuition which exceeds KRW 5,000,000 

5. Eligibility for Application

  1) The applicant and his/her parents must have foreign citizenships.
    * Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program.
  2) Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sep.1st,2019 (born after Sep.1st,1979).    
  3) Applicants must maintain a grade point average (G.P.A.) of at least 2.64 on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4. 3 scale, 2.91 on a 4.5 scale, or grades/marks/score of 80% or higher from the previously attended institution.
     * If an applicant does not satisfy the above GPA criteria, he/she will be disqualified from applying to this program.
     * If the transcript is not indicated in grades/marks/scores format, or is difficult to convert into percentages, attachment of official explanation from the attended institution is required.
  5) Applicants should be in good health, both mentally and physically, to stay in Korea for an extended period of time.
  6) Applicants who have Korean proficiency (TOPIK) or English proficiency (TOEFL(IBT), IELTS, TOEIC) may be given preference.
  7) Applicants who apply for natural science and technology/engineering program may be given preference.
※ (Important) Applicants who have graduated in a university in Korea will be disqualified from applying to the KGSP program(But an applicant who has previously enrolled in an exchange program in Korea can apply for this program)

6. Selection Criterion for KGSP  

  1) All documents including transcript, self-introduction, study plan, recommendations, published papers and awards, etc., will be evaluated. 
  2) English(TOEFL(IBT), IELTS, TOEIC)/Korean(TOPIK) language proficency, Academic performances and awards, etc. 
  3) Nationality, Major, etc.

※ International students are allowed to apply for both Jungseok International Scholarship(organized by Inha Univerisity) and 2016 GKS-Korean Government Scholarship(organized by NIIED) simultaneously, but if they are accepted by NIIED for KGSP(Korean Government Scholarship Program), Jungseok International Scholarship will be automatically cancelled. The application period for these two program and the list of application document is different, so applicants carefully check notices about them on the homepage. 
* Application for Jungseok International Scholarship : from mid-April (not fixed yet)

※ The organization which manages GKS-KGSP(Global Korea Scholarship-Korean Government Scholarship
Program) is NIIED(National Institute For International Education).(

※ Please visit
    to check detailed information of deparments(majors) and contact information of faculty members(professors).

※ Contact : Ms. Jeon, Yejin (+82-32-860-8389,

※ Special Notices to KGSP Applicants  
    - All application documents must arrive at the graduate school of Inha University until March 8(Fri).
      After posting your documents to Inha University, send a message to by email.
       Please use an express delivery like DHL or Fedex or UPS or TNT or EMS, etc.

※ Where to submit : Graduate School Office(#317 at the main building), Inha University,100 Inha-ro, Michuhol-gu, Incheon, South Korea (Postal code : 22212)