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The purpose of the Global Korea Scholarship is to provide international students with opportunities to conduct advanced studies in undergraduate & graduate programs at higher educational institutions in the Republic of Korea in order to promote international exchanges in education and mutual friendship between countries. This scholarship is currently available for undergraduate courses at 4-year courses at designated universities, and Master's or Ph.D. courses at general graduate schools of Korean universities. This scholarship is available for 170 persons studying an undergraduate course and 700 persons studying a graduate course. This scholarship is funded by the government of the Republic of Korea, hence students should inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Eswatini of their intent to apply.

Korea Language Training

Grantees are required to take Korean language training courses for 1 year at a language institution located on-campus of the domestic universities. Those who have attained a Korean language fluency score higher than level 5 in TOPIK are exempt from this requirement.

Application Procedure

  1. An announcement is released in September, for planned studies in Korea the following year

  2. NIIED invites the Korean Embassy in the invited country or a domestic university to recommend potential candidates.

  3. Applicants should submit all documents related to their scholarship application to the Korean Embassy in their country of residence to or the domestic university concerned.

  4. The Korean Embassy or the domestic university sends proper candidates to NIIED with the required documents.

  5. NIIED evaluates potential candidates and notifies the Korean Embassy of the final selected KGSP grantees.

  6. Results are released in January

Scholarship Benefit

  1. Full cost of airfare

  2. Resettlement allowance

  3. Living allowance

  4. Medical insurance

  5. Language course

  6. University tuition fees

  7. Research support

  8. Dissertation printing costs

  9. Completion grant


  1. Both an applicant and his/her parents must be citizens of their country of origin.

  2. Applicants should have adequate health, both mentally and physically, to stay in a foreign country for a long time.

  3. Should be under 25 years of age at the date of entrance. (Undergraduate)

  4. Should be under 40 years of age at the date of entrance. (Graduate)

  5. Have finished or be scheduled to finish formal education of all elementary, middle, high school courses by the date of arrival. (Undergraduate)

  6. Possess a grade point average (G.P.A.) above 80% from the last educational institution attended.

  7. Hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master's degree by the date of arrival. (Graduate)


Korea has been recognized globally for its excellence in education, and ranks at the top of OECD countries for scholastic achievement and educational competitiveness. The Ministry of Education and Korean universities have been actively promoting ‘Study in Korea’ with a view toward increasing international competitiveness, international exchanges and cooperation. As of April 2016, there are roughly 104,000 international students studying in Korea, among which 63,000 students are in degree programs. Foreign students can join a degree program offered during the regular semesters with Korean students. Degree programs are taught either in Korean or English, After completion, a degree is awarded.

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