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The Korean Government Scholarship Program, or KGSP, is an academic scholarship funded and managed by the National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED), a branch of the Ministry of Education in South Korea. This scholarship provides non-Korean scholars with the funding and opportunity to conduct undergraduate or postgraduate level studies in South Korea after completing one year of intensive Korean language studies. Since its conception in 1967, over 3,000 students from 148 countries have successfully completed the scholarship program.
The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to bring overseas talent to South Korea, and to integrate the scholars into Korean culture and society. If accepted, each scholar typically spends one year in South Korea learning the Korean language, followed by a 2 - 4 year university program, depending on their level of studies. In 2015, 820 students from 162 countries were accepted into the scholarship program. However, 270 scholars failed to obtain their degree in the years 2011 - 2015, citing language and cultural barriers.
Each scholar is provided financial support by the Korean government in the form of a monthly allowance. Undergraduate students receive 800,000 KRW a month whereas graduate students receive 900,000 KRW a month. In addition, NIIED provides airfare to student to and from their home country at the beginning and end of the program. Stipends and other allowances are also given to each scholar.
Prior to starting their degree studies, KGSP scholars are required to take one year of intensive language studies at a designated language institute. All scholars are required to obtain at least level 3 (intermediate) in the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) before they can continue to their degree studies. According to NIIED, TOPIK level 3 allows the individual to "perform basic linguistic functions necessary to use various public facilities and maintain social relationships."
|List of Countries with KGSP Quotas|
|Cameroon||Canada||Central African Republic||Chile||China||Colombia|
|Costa Rica||Cote d'Ivoire||Croatia||Czech Republic||Democratic Republic of the Congo||Denmark|
|Djibouti||Dominica||Ecuador||Egypt||El Salvador||Equatorial Guinea|
|Palestine||Panama||Papua New Guinea||Paraguay||Peru||Philippines|
|Poland||Portugal||Qatar||Republic of Seychelles||Republic of South Africa||Republic of the Congo|
|Romania||Russia||Rwanda||Sao Tome Principe||Saudi Arabia||Senegal|
|The Bahamas||The United Arab Emirates||The United Kingdom||The United States||Timor-Leste||Togo|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Tunisia||Turkey||Turkmenistan||Uganda||Ukraine|
|List of KGSP Affiliated Universities in South Korea|
|Ajou University||Chonbuk National University||Chonnam National University|
|Chung-Ang University||Chungbuk National University||Chungnam National University|
|Daegu University||Daejeon University||Dong-a University|
|Dongguk University||Dongseo University||Ewha Womans University|
|Gangneung-Wonju National University||Gyeongsang National University||Hallym University|
|Handong Global University||Hankuk University of Foreign Studies||Hannam University|
|Hanyang University||Hongik University||Inha University|
|Inje University||Jeju National University||Jeonju University|
|Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology||Kangwon National University||KDI School of Public Policy and Management|
|Keimyung University||Kongju National University||Konkuk University|
|Kookmin University||Korea University||Korea University of Technology and Education|
|Kumoh National Institute of Technology||Kyonggi University||Kyunghee University|
|Kyungpook National University||Kyungsung University||Myongji University|
|Pai Chai University||Pohang University of Science and Technology||Pukyong National University|
|Pusan National University||Seoul National University of Science and Technology||Seoul National University|
|Sogang University||Sookmyung Women's University||Soonchunhyang University|
|Soongsil University||Sunchon National University||Sungkyunkwan University|
|Sunmoon University||The Graduate School of Korean Studies in the Academy of Korean Studies||Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology|
|University of Science & Technology||University of Seoul||University of Ulsan|
|Woosong University||Yeungnam University||Yonsei University|
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