Global Korea Scholarship offers postgraduate scholarships to study in South Korea

The Global Korea Scholarship will give you the opportunity to study at some of Korea’s top institutions.

By U2B Staff 

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Do you plan to pursue your postgraduate studies? Why not consider doing so in South Korea via the Global Korea Scholarship?

The South Korean government aims to increase foreign enrolment to 200,000 by 2032 and has been ramping up efforts to attract more international students to its shores, including offering more scholarships to international students.


The country’s allure to aspiring postgraduate students includes being home to a number of top institutions. They have a total of 35 universities are listed in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

The Global Korea Scholarship will give you the opportunity to study at some of Korea’s top institutions including Seoul National University, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Sungkyunkwan University, and POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology).

Here’s more of what you should know about the Global Korea Scholarship:

What is the Global Korea Scholarship?

The Global Korea Scholarship  aims to provide students with opportunities to study at higher educational institutions in Korea at graduate-level degrees, which will enhance international education exchange and deepen mutual friendship between Korea and participating countries. Aspiring graduate students can pursue their master’s or PhD courses at general graduate schools of Korean universities.

What is the scholarship period?

  • Master’s degree programme: three years (one year of Korean language programme + two years of degree programme)
  • Doctoral degree programme: four years (one year of Korean language programme + three years of degree programme)
  • Research programme: six months or one year

What will it cover?

The Global Korea Scholarship does not only cover your tuition. It also covers:

  • Airfare
  • Settlement allowance
  • Monthly allowance
  • Medical insurance
  • Language training fee
  • Tuition
  • Korean proficiency grants
  • Research support fee
  • Thesis printing fee
  • Degree completion grants

How do I apply?

Applicants can apply via one of two tracks: either via the Korean Embassy in their country of residence (embassy track) or via the university directly (university track).

Will I need to be fluent in Korean?

According to Study in Korea, grantees are required to take Korean language training courses for one year at a language institution located on-campus of the domestic universities.

However, those who have attained a Korean language fluency score higher than level 5 in the Test of Proficiency in Korea (TOPIK) are exempt from this requirement.


Am I eligible for the scholarship?

Among the criteria include:

  • Applicants and their parents must be citizens of their country of origin (applicants should not hold Korean citizenship)
  • Applicants must hold citizenship of NIIED (National Institute for International Education) designated countries that are invited to take part in the Global Korea Scholarship programme
  • Must be under 40 years of age (born after Sept. 1, 1981). Academic professors who are under 45 years of age as of Sept. 1, 2021 (born after Sept. 1, 1976) and hold citizenship of one of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients are eligible to apply
  • Have a GPA above 80% from the last educational institution attended
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree by the date of arrival (applicants who have previously obtained an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral programme in Korea cannot apply for this programme)

Other requirements:

  • Master’s programme applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a bachelor’s degree
  • Doctoral programme applicants must hold a Master’s degree or a level of education equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree


Applicants via the embassy track and university track will need to check with either their embassy or university regarding the application deadline.

Scholarship announcement

The announcement of the graduate degree scholars of the 2021 Global Korea Scholarship is expected to be announced in mid-June. The semester will begin in September 2021.