KGSP FAQs

this is a “Frequently Asked Questions” blog entry for those who are interested in becoming a KGSP scholar πŸ˜‰

Happy New Year! Hooray! First of all, allow me to thank everyone for creating traffic in my blog site and for bombarding me questions about the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) last year. Also, I would like to apologize for not being able to reply immediately to your comments due to my busy schedule.

So, you want to be a KGSP scholar? Are you sure about it? What made you decide? Really? Oh come on, don’t ever tell the interviewers that you’re applying because you love Lee Min Ho and that you know how to dance Oppa Gangnam Style! πŸ˜‰

What is KGSP?

KGSP, Korean Government Scholarship Program, is this. As the name suggests, it is a scholarship offered by the Korean Government to international students who would like to pursue a Bachelor’s/Undergraduate degree, Masters, or PHD in South Korea.Β Please click the link above. It will answer 99% of your questions (allowance, accommodation, application process, etc)Β regarding this program πŸ™‚

Now, since I have been receiving a lot ofΒ messages/comments asking about this program, I decided to compile those questions and answer only those that you can’t Google the answers yet πŸ™‚

FYI: When we got the scholarship, nobody told us the reasons how we got it. Therefore, I cannot answer all of your questions nor give you a Β guarantee that you’ll get this scholarship even if you religiously read this blog.

Anyway, this is a little bit of spoon-feeding, but hey, it’s my gift for everyone!

1. I have zero knowledge of the Korean Language. Do I still have a chance to get this scholarship?

During our batch (2012), almost 80% of the students had no knowledge of the Korean Language. You don’t have to fret on this one because these people were able to pass the TOPIK level 3 after the language training program. Of course, don’t expect to be fluent on it. Learning a language to pass a test is entirely different from learning a language to communicate properly.

2. Should I translate my documents in English or in Korean?

Please read my old entry. If you are from an English speaking country and your documents are originally written in English, then it is okay. All you have to do is to have it stamped with an apostille.

HOWEVER, it is highly suggested that you have your documents translated in Korean just to avoid any hassle when dealing with the immigration and other offices here in Korea. Make sure that those documents are signed by the Department of Foreign Affairs, or your Embassy in your country, and the translator, to acknowledge its legitimacy. And, yeah, apostille.

Oh, can I share one crazy experience of my friend? Well, she wasn’t able to get an apostille nor had the translator sign her papers because, unfortunately, the translator died! Can you believe that such thing can happen? Now, you know what to do ;P

3. Which schools are the Language Training Sites?

This varies every year. During our time, there were only 4 universities that accommodated all scholars for the language training. Then, last year, it became seven. This year, I have no idea – just wait for the announcement. This is the last thing that you will know because only those who passed the 3rd selectionΒ medical exam will be assigned to these schools. I heard this year that there will be 12 Language Institutions. Unfortunately, they don’t inform us which schools are they.

4. Can I transfer to a different university for the language training program?

No. No matter how much you hate or dislike the university where you will be assigned, it will always be a NO. My tip? Enjoy the company of your friends and study with them. You can ask those who know Korean very well already if you think that the teacher is not helping you at all. Think positively πŸ˜‰

5. Accommodation? Food? Books?

Again, please refer to my old entry. You will have to deduct this from your scholarship allowance. You can choose wherever you would want to live but I suggest that you stay in the dorm (if you are not yet familiar with Korea). You can also opt to eat meals in the dorm cafeteria or eat out. Your money, your call. Spend wisely πŸ™‚

That’s it for now πŸ™‚

If you have more questions just comment below. But please refrain from asking how should I apply for this scholarship, what do they ask during the interview, how do i write my study plan, is the scholarship enough or even about the undergraduate/PHd program or amm have you ever been in love? –, – these are “Google-able” or the answers may vary for every person or it’s private haha. If I have to leave any tip, that would be – read and do as many research as possible about this program πŸ™‚

Thank you and good luck!

PS. Β the Master’s scholarship is already open, it usually starts on January and ends on March.

Annyeong!~

mel πŸ™‚

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63 thoughts on “KGSP FAQs

  1. I noticed that you are also from Philippines πŸ™‚ Im currently 2nd year college student and I was wondering if I can still apply for KGSP 2015. Can’t see your email anywhere so I decided to comment here instead πŸ˜€

    • I’m not so sure. But I do know someone who started her college degree in the Philippines and applied for KGSP and got the scholarship. There’s no harm in trying πŸ™‚

  2. Hey Melanie,
    Thanks for your useful posts. Sorry to disturb you again but I was hoping that you could clear my doubts regarding the medical check up. I have already sent my medical forms to NIIED but they haven’t replied yet .Secondly,regarding the drug test,nothing has been mentioned in form 2, so do we need to send a separate drug test result?

    • Hi Annie πŸ™‚ Sorry for my late reply though. I think the results are out by this time already. Did you make it? Anyway, as much as possible, submit what was asked in the form only and arrange it according to the list. Anyway, thanks for visiting my site!

      • Hey..hope you are doing good πŸ™‚ I finally sent them the drug test report..going to attend Keimyung from September for the language year. Waiting for my visa πŸ™‚ Thanx again !

  3. Hi! I would like to ask what you did re: the TBPE drug test since it seems to be unavailble here in the Philippines. Thank you!

    • please check this post πŸ™‚ According to NIIED, you can have alternative drug test and the chest X-ray instead of the TBPE. Sorry for my very late reply πŸ™‚ I do hope things went well with your application!

  4. hey melany.. can i ask how strict they are about arriving to korea? or about sending bachelor diploma till 31.8.2014.

    I was expected to recieve my bachelor diploma in june 2014. But the faculty change a time about my exam and now is set on 1.9.2014. Then I will be able to come to Korea in 3.9.2014 also with my diploma.. do u know if is a any problem with this ?

    Thank you/martin

    • Hi Martin! Will you attend a language institution first or enter the university already? If you attend the language course first – your safe, I guess. During my time, we were asked to submit/present our diploma to our language institution. They weren’t really that strict (or it may vary per university). If you cannot bring your diploma with you, just talk to the staff in your language institution about it.

      However, if you will have to enter the university already and must process the D2 visa, that is the time when you really have to present it. Also, don’t forget the apostille πŸ˜‰

  5. hi
    iwas told by someone that kgsp is stopped ?
    do you know anything about kgsp for 2015 ?
    and about the original document ,what to do with that or u just sent the translated one ? thankyou have a nice day ^^

    • Hi edward! Maybe the application period is over already – not the entire program. I haven’t heard any news about that. Anyway, you may always check their website Instructions about the document is written on the guidelines. From what I’ve remembered, you submit an original copy and a few certified true copies. I didn’t have any translated documents because all of my documents were in English. I’m sorry if I couldn’t answer that question.

      • Hii thankyou verymuvh for your reply ^^
        I want to ask about the gpa things
        Did u already get GPA point from your school or did you convert it by your self ?
        Because my school is not using the GPA grading point and im now confused how should i fill the form
        Thankyou verymuch ^^

      • you may ask your registrar for a certain document that shows how your grades are equivalent to percentage (if it’s not that case).

  6. Hi! I’m glad i found this blog.
    I want to ask you, your required documents are already in english. Did you just send the copies of your original documents that stamped by apostille or you just send your original documents? Because they don’t give you back the documents you submitted right? And they ask us to send the copies of original documents, if the answer of my previous question is the former, did it mean that you sent the copies of the copied original documents with stamped?? I’m sorry if my questions are confusing 😦
    and you also need to send certificate of citizenship of you and your parents right? Is it enough to send your birth certificate and passport? Or do you also need to send family register?

    • Hi, im sorry if I could’nt give you a direct answer because during my time we weren’t required to submit documents with apostille. Please inquire at the Niied website πŸ™‚

  7. Hey Melanie,
    Thanks for the informative blog first of all. I am wondering, for the documents that need to be presented do you just go to the embassy and submit or you need to have an appointment via email? I was asking because they seem to be very strict with schedules when I applied for visa there for my trip in Korea. Hope my question is not stupid. Going to take Masters if I pass. Thanks again!

    • Hi richard, I am not sure because I applied through my university. However, the office for visa is different from the ones handling the kgsp. I think you may just go to the embassy and tell the guards that you’ll be submitting forms for the kgsp scholarship. Btw, let me know what how it turned out πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  8. Here again, sorry if I have another question! Well our grading system is not 4.0 – 1.0 like what’s stated on their site, do you need to have some sort of conversion table as my grade is on 1 – 5 scale, one being the highest. Thanks!

    • Hello again! I actually have the same problem before. You may go to your registrar’s office and ask for a grade conversion certificate. You may attach the certificate in your application. If you don’t have, you may google it and solve it on your own Good luck! πŸ˜€

  9. Hello there! I’m wondering how you had your documents translated to Korean? Or could you recommend someone who could do it for me? πŸ™‚ My Korean blockmate is already in the military so I can’t reach out to him 😦 hehe thank you!

  10. Hey looking in to applying for the 2015 KGSP cycle and having a hell of a time tracking down points of contact in any of the Korean Consulates in the US. Any guidance would be appreciated.

  11. Hi! All your posts are of great help! πŸ˜€ so far I’m halfway through working on my requirements, but I just want to know if there is a certain type/size of paper and type and size of font required?

  12. Hi Melanie!

    I’m really thankful that I found your blog! I have been researching about KGSP (I’m a little too excited for next year’s scholarship opening, but I just really want to get everything right and complete) and I was wondering about applying through a university. Is it possible to apply for, like, two universities in one go? Or is it strictly only one university? I really want to get into Masters of Public Health in SNU but it seems that it’ll be hard to get Univ recommendation from S.K.Y. since there are a lot of applicants. So I thought maybe I can try to apply for SNU and Ajou University? Sorry if my question sounds dumb or something. ;~; I would really appreciate your answer. Thank you!

    • Hi abby, youre only allowed to apply for one university if you choose to apply via uni. You may try via embassy, that case youll have the chance to apply up to three universities… Although im not sure if the system is still the same πŸ™‚

  13. Hello po Ate. Iska din po ako, freshie. πŸ™‚ Through OEC po ba or through OIL niyo po pinadaan yung application? Also, kayo rin po ba yung pumili ng Korean University na pag-aaplyan niyo or UP po ang nagdesignate? Salamat po πŸ™‚

  14. Hi. Thanks for such a wonderful post. The Academic Documents have to be handed over after one year of language course or on arrival in Korea?

  15. Hello, I’m interested in applying 2016 KGSP. However, it was stated that language proficiency test was in the required documents (if applicable). So, do I actually NEED to have that language proficiency test document? What about you? Please reply me, thanks in advance.

    • Hi, what language proficiency are you referring to? I guess for non-native English speakers, you are most likely need to submit TOEIC or TOEFL results; or you may submit TOPIK exam results too if available.

      I cannot provide you an advise from my case as many policy changes were made since then. Good luck!

  16. Hello there! I’m so glad I found a Pinoy scholar here. Anyway, I read in another post (although she didn’t pass) that applying through the embassy is much stricter than when applying through the university- do you have any feedback regarding this? I’m actually trying to look for more information regarding this scholarship but to no avail, I only get very basic information like what this scholarship is about. I tried the embassy’s website but I only found info about who passed this year’s screening. I want to know what the requirements are and such but… Hmm, okay maybe my google-ing skills are just lacking. Haha Hopefully I get more info before the next application starts- I believe it begins on January right? Based on your posts, that is.

    Anyway, congrats you’re probably almost done with your MA by now. I hope to be on your shoes by next year or 2017!! πŸ™‚

    • Hello πŸ™‚ Congratulations if you’ve made it but if you haven’t started applying… then, my answer will be.. it still depends on the university you will apply for. The thing is, when you are applying at the embassy, you will be competing against everyone from the country. But if you apply from the university directly, you’d be competing with so many other nationalities as well. So, it all depends on your preference πŸ™‚

  17. hello dear how do you do,hope all is fine,just want to ask you something,how is Jeonju,how are the dormitories,i wish to apply for the KGSP 2016 to read education administration ,hope it is a good option,secondly i wish to ask if i can have a good site where i can have to study the korean language before coming to the university.

  18. Hi! I don’t know if you keep working on this blog right now. But I have a question about part-time jobs. I am currently part of the KGSP scholars, and found a part time job. But they said you are not allow to take any job that is not related to your major.

    Do you know something about it?

    Thank you.

    • You are not allowed to have part-time job during your first year in the program (Korean language school, that is). However, under the d2 visa, you are allowed to have a part-time job. Ask your uni’s intl office for a certain form that will notify them that you are getting a part-time.

  19. Hello,
    I’m thinking of applying for KGSP this year. But I have this big fear. I heard that when you start your degree you have to maintain a certain GPA. And if your grades are lower than 80 points out of 100 points you are not able to submit theses. So my question is it hard to maintain your GPA ? And have you heard of someone failing in this program? In my university my grades average is over 80 points out of 100 points, but I have this fear that I won’t be able to maintain my GPA in my chosen university in Korea as the level of studies is different and it’s said that in Korea it is really hard to be a student and to study in university.

    • Hello, it is sad to hear this from you. The KGSP program is a highly competitive program – which means, many of the people who apply to this program excel in their respective field. If you are confident to get this program, then you should be confident that you will not fail your program… or else… you may have to complete your studies without the scholarship 😦

  20. Hi Melanie,

    I would just like to know your thoughts about this. So, I have decided that I will apply for KGSP via embassy track.. but then, there’s this uni that I got the exchange some emails with because I was inquiring about their MBA program. They were very accomodating and all and said that I’m qualified to apply for the said degree and even mentioned that he can help me as a reference, saying to just follow the application process and he can help in recommending me. He’s the head professor for that department so I think he’s gonna be a great help for me. Do you think I will have higher chance if I go to the uni route for the application? Coz I’m really worried if it will give the highest assurance of getting in since for the uni route, it’s once chance only unlike for the embassy route. What do you think about this??

    • Hello patricia! No one can really tell which is an easier route. You may be recommended by a professor, but remember, even though you pass the university screening, you will still undergo the kgsp administration’s screening. Meanwhile, if you apply via embassy, if you pass their screening, you’re free to choose your university. Weigh your options carefully πŸ™‚ Goodluck!

      • I’m actually leaning more on going to the university route..but with the 2 options I have, I’d like tl ask one more thing. In regards to the dorm fee, I understand that it’s gonna be deducted directly from the 900k won allowance and that it would depend on the dorm rates as well. What if the uni has an allowance of 200k won per month for the fee and the rest of the fee will be shouldered by the student. Does that mean that it’s gonna come directly from our pocket or what?

    • Hello, maybe you should follow that. Label according to their list. And arrange it according to numbers too when submitting. I cannot really elaborate more because we had a different way of submission before. Good luck!

  21. Hi! Do you know what are the guidelines for application of scholarship in Korea? I need your help badly. My best friend is applying and she already submitted the requirements however, she was advised that a CERTIFICATE OF GWA is needed and she is not informed and that is not in the guidelines also. (The requirement of GWA Cert I think is provided only by the embassy) But will it be possible for them to consider it?

    I really really need your help. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    • Hello Maria,

      Thank you for visiting my blog! Before anything else, please take note that the kgsp rules and requirements frequently change therefore my answers may or may not be correct this time around.

      Anyway, what do you mean by certificate of GWA? Are you referring to her transcript? Of course, that one is definitely required to show whether her grades qualify or not.

      However, if you were referring to the document which provides a rough comparison between a Philippine University’s gwa and korean style grading – then, that one, too, is actually necessary even if it is not on the list πŸ™‚ You will actually need it to fill the forms properly — if it is still the same form. Anyway, good luck to your friend. She can just call the person she sent it to and tell them that she’ll forward that document asap.

  22. Hi~
    I worry about stay in Korea. I read the KGSP guideline, they said that we “MUST” live in a university’s dormitory during study Korean language. Is that necessary? Can we live in other place like apartment, room for rent or accommodation near the university?

  23. Hello! For the language course, did you get the spring and summer breaks as well, following the usual academic calendar of the normal degree programs? Or was it one year of intensive language course where there are no breaks? Thank you so much.

  24. Hello! About the undergraduate scholarship, can people apply through university? I didn’t find information about it, just for graduate~

  25. Hi! Im from the Philippines tio. And im actually prepaeing my application for KGSP this yearm But i have some quesrions regarding my TOR, since in my university GPA/GWA for the whole degree program is not elaborated. And upon checking GWA every semester is also not indicated. So im planning to attached a certified true copy of my grades where GWA per semester is inidcated. But….. How about the GPA for the whole degree? Do i need to ask my university for a certification for this? Or can i just compute mine based on tje GWA i got every semester?

    • Hello! Thank you for dropping by πŸ™‚ Koreans are very strict when it comes to documents. I guess you can compute on your own; however, if you have the time to acquire a certificate indicating your total GWA – then that would be better πŸ™‚

  26. Hi Melanie!
    Thanks for your informative posts. πŸ™‚ I’m currently at the last stage of preparing my documents for submission. The part that I still have to accomplish is the GPA. Unfortunately, my uni can’ta provide a direct conversion scale for 1.0 to 4.0. Do you have any suggestions or other means of conversion. I learned that you’re from the PH too so I believe that your reply will be of great help. Thanks!

    • Hello there! Thank you for dropping by. Have you tried asking your university’s registrar? I do not know of any other legal way since during my time I was asked to provide a certificate of conversion.

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