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Korea continues to attract international students who are inspired by the beauty and traditions of Korea or want to deepen their knowledge about the country. Some come to Korea for a short time, just out of curiosity or to study Korean language; others enroll in a regular academic program for an undergraduate, graduate, or a Ph.D. degree. Numerous scholarship programs are available in Korea to help international students finance their studies. The following is some useful information on the scholarship programs available in Korea.
What Makes Studying in Korea So Attractive
Compared to English-speaking countries like the U.S., Canada, or Great Britain, Korea is not only more affordable in terms of tuition and living expenses, but also offers numerous scholarship programs to help international students meet their financial needs. More recently, in particular, the Korean government has offered financial support to international students to cover their tuition and board as well as employment assistance.

In Korea, there are about 400 national and private universities whose faculty members have doctorate degrees and have done research in Korea or abroad. Also, in line with the nations advanced technology in auto manufacturing, shipbuilding, chemical industry, engineering, and IT, many universities offer state-of-the-art research facilities in these areas of study. Tuitions may vary according to universities or majors, but they average about $4,000 to $8,000 a year. National universities are 30% to 50% less expensive than private institutions, but there are more private than public universities. Apart from the tuition, there isnt much difference between public and private universities, and there are a number of distinguished, private universities with a long history and tradition.
Admission Procedures
Since academic programs and the school year start in March in Korea, students must check the academic starting date the previous year and make necessary arrangements a year prior to the start of the academic year. Information can be obtained through Korea Study Fair or from the websites of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (www.studyinkorea.go.kr) or individual universities. After deciding which university to attend, students must submit their application package before being admitted by the school. Then, after admission, they can visit the Korean Embassy or a Korean consulate for a visa. For more information on visa requirements, visit the website of the Korea Immigration Bureau (www.immigration.go.kr).

* Visa for Regular Educational Programs (D-2)
This visa is issued to those who apply for a regular or a special research program in a junior college, college, university, graduate school or research institute. Applicants must submit to the Korean Embassy or to the General Consulate a valid passport, a visa application form, an admission letter from the school, the most recent school graduation or enrollment certificate, verification of account balance (Deposit of $10,000 USD or more), and a family registry (for Chinese only, the whole family registry must be submitted).

* Visa for General Training (D-4)
This visa is issued to those who study Korean in a language institute at a university, who study in a qualified educational institute, or get technical or educational training at a national or public research or training institute. Applicants must submit to the Korean Embassy or General Consulate a valid passport, a visa application form, a verification of school admission or enrollment, a verification of account balance ($3,000 USD or more in transference or foreign currency exchange), and verified identification.
International Students Health Insurance Coverage
International students must purchase health insurance at the National Health Insurance Corporation in person in order to be eligible for medical benefits in Korea. Insurance costs 45,000 won a month, and begins on the date printed on his/her alien registration certificate. The insurance premium is charged from the first date on the certificate regardless of when a student signs up for a health insurance program. However, health insurance covers medical services at an affordable price, and all hospitals in Korea accept health insurance provided by the National Health Insurance Corporation. Some scholarship programs also cover health insurance costs.
▒ University Scholarship Programs
Since there is no kind of official ranking level system for universities in Korea, students must select a university and a major on their own. First, many universities have a number of scholarship programs for foreign students. While some do not distinguish between citizens and international students in granting scholarships, the majority of universities have a separate fund for international students. Depending on a student's academic performance, a scholarship may cover from 30% up to 100% of the tuition. For more information on scholarships offered by individual universities, contact the admissions staff at the university of your choice or the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (www.studyinkorea.go.kr).
* List of Major Universities for International Students
Universities Website E-mail Tel
Korea University http://www.korea.edu/ dandylife@korea.ac.kr +82-2-3290-1152
Seoul National University http://www.useoul.edu/ snuadmit@snu.ac.kr +82-2-880-6977
Yonsei University http://www.yonsei.ac.kr/eng/ ysadms@yonsei.ac.kr +82-2-2123-4131
Ewha Womens University http://www.ewha.ac.kr/english/ enter@ewha.ac.kr +82-2-3277-2918~20
▒ Korean Government Scholarship Programs
Numerous Korean government ministries offer this kind of Korean scholarship program. Each year, the number of beneficiaries increases and there are many opportunities. Currently, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade offer scholarship programs. Before applying, it is advisable to take the Test of Proficiency in Korean or the Korean Language Proficiency Test, to show that you have reached a certain level of proficiency.

Korean Government Scholarship Program - Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development
The Ministry of Education offers a scholarship program for international students from countries that have concluded a bilateral cultural agreement regardless of the field of study. Every year, 100 applicants enrolled in masters or doctoral programs, Korean language programs, or research projects are selected to receive full tuition and living expenses. The application period is open for three months every year from the end of November to mid February.

* Scholarship covers: 2 years for masters degree program, 3 years for doctoral degree program, 6 months to 1 year for research, 6 months to 1 year for Korean language training.
* Awarded: Tuition, monthly stipend (800,000 won / 9,600,000 won a year), research support (humanities 420,000 a month / natural sciences 480,000 won a month), health insurance
* Application Period: From the end of November to mid February
* Contact: The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, National Institute for International Education Development +82-2-3668-1359 / www.ied.go.kr


Korean Government Scholarship Students for Undergraduate Courses from the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development
This scholarship is designed for students from the CIS or Asia. Since it targets Asian students, the chances of selection are relatively high. Regardless of ones major, there are 30 scholarship recipients that are selected which must complete a four-year bachelors degree and a one-year Korean language training course.

* Scholarship covers: 4 years for undergraduate degree program plus 1 year of Korean language training.
* Awarded: Tuition, monthly stipend (700,000 won / 8,400,000 won a year), health insurance
* Application Period: From the end of November to mid February
* Contact: The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, National Institute for International Education Development +82-2-3668-1368 / www.ied.go.kr



Research Fellowships for International Graduate Student Program from the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development
Students from any country who wish to study in the fields of science or technology are eligible to apply. One hundred people will be selected for graduate or doctoral-degree study in the fields of science and technology. This program is open to anyone who has finished a bachelors degree in a relevant field and plans to study in Korea for a two-year masters and a three-year doctoral degree.

* Scholarship covers 2 years for masters degree program, or 3 years for doctoral degree program in the field of science & technology
* Awarded: Masters 8,400,000 won (700,000 won a month), Doctorate 10,800,000 won (900,000 won a month)
* Application Period: June and December
* Contact: Korea Research Foundation +82-2-3460-5500 / WWW.KRF.OR.KR(Korean)


Korean Government IT Scholarship Program from the Ministry of Information and Technology
Students from any country studying in the field of information technology are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply for both IT and public policy. Only those planning to pursue a masters and doctoral degree can apply, and 170 people are selected twice a year.

* Scholarship covers: 2 years for masters degree program, 3 years for doctoral degree program in the field of information & technology
* Awarded: Masters 10,000,000 won (700,000 won a month), Doctorate 14,000,000 won
* Application Period: December for spring semester applicants and June for fall semester applicants
* Contact: The Institute for Information Technology Advancement, Human Resources Development Division +82-42-710-1320 / www.korea4u.org


Global IT Policy & Technology Scholarship from the Ministry of Information and Technology
This scholarship is designed for public officials and professionals working in the field of information and telecommunications in the Asia-Pacific region or the Middle East. Every year, 45 candidates are selected to study for their masters or doctoral degrees in the field of IT, 15 for public policy and 25 for technology. The scholarship covers tuition, airfare, health insurance, and living expenses. The public policy program and the technology program are conducted both at Seoul National University and the Information and Communications University (www.icu.ac.kr).

* Scholarship covers: 2 years for masters degree program, 3 years for doctoral degree program in the field of international IT
* Awarded: Tuition, airfare, health insurance, and monthly stipend (1,500,000 won)
* Application Period: December for spring semester applicants and June for fall semester applicants
* Contact: Institute for Information Technology Advancement, Human Resources Development Division +82-42-710-1323 / www.iita.re.kr



Art Major Asian Scholarship (AMA) from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Designed to develop outstanding art students in Asia, the AMA scholarship selects students in the fields of music, dance, fine arts, visual art, theater, and the traditional arts for studies at the Korean National University of Arts. Every June, 20 candidates are selected for bachelor or masters degree programs.

* Scholarship covers: 4 years for undergraduate degree program, 2~3 years for masters degree program in the field of arts
* Awarded: Undergraduate: 18,000,000 won a year, graduate: 18,000,000 won a year
* Application Period: June
* Contact: Korean National University of Arts +82-2-958-2553 / www.knua.ac.kr / ama@knua.ac.kr

Korean Language Training Fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Students from any country wishing to learn Korean for at least six months to a maximum of one year are eligible to apply. The fellowship covers living expenses. Every year, about 70 to 80 people are selected to enroll in a Korean language program. Those who are already learning Korean or are already studying in a Korean-related field are given preference on their application.

* Scholarship covers: 6 months ~ 1 year for Korean language training
* Awarded: Monthly stipend of 900,000~1,100,000 won, immigration support 300,000 won, tuition, and travelers insurance
* Application Period: End of July
* Contact: Korea Foundation (www.kf.or.kr)
▒ Scholarship Foundations
In addition to the scholarships offered by the Korean government, other scholarship programs are offered to international students through foundations. Compared to government scholarships, these fellowships have stricter conditions, but students can apply even if they are already studying in Korea. The fellowship is also offered to those studying Korean or taking Korean-related classes in their home country.

Korea Foundation Fellowship for Korean Studies
The foundation gives out a number of fellowships, which includes the following: for research scholars and graduate students who want to study Korean language; for foreign scholars and professional researchers who want to conduct field research in Korea; for those who want to pursue a masters or doctoral degree; for those who already received their doctors degree and want to do more research; and for associate professors that are doing research and writing research papers. These fellowships support both those who want to study in Korea and those who want to study in their home country. For more information, contact the Korean Foundation (+82-2-3463-5784 / http://www.kf.or.kr/ language@kf.or.kr).
Fellowship for Korean Language Training
* Eligibility: Applicants must have a basic understanding and command of Korean. The scholarship supports those with a major or minor in a Korean-related field at an undergraduate level; faculty, lecturers, or researchers lecturing about a Korean-related field, doing research at a university or research institute, or working in a Korean-related field in a museum curators and librarians.
* Awarded: 900,000 won for bachelor or masters degree level, 1,100,000 won for doctoral degree level or higher, immigration support 300,000 won (one time), tuition, and travelers insurance
* Grant Period: 6 months (Grantees with outstanding academic performances may extend for another 3 to 6 months)
* Application Period: Announcements are made in February and applications should be received by the end of July for the next academic year.

Fellowships for Field Research
* Eligibility: Students who have completed their doctoral degrees in Korean studies and are working on their dissertation, or faculty, lecturers, or researchers connected to a university or research institution who are lecturing or conducting research related to Korean studies are eligible.
* Awarded: 1,300,000 won a month for doctoral degree program, 1,500,000 won a month for lecturers and assistant professors, 2,000,000 won a month for professors and associate professors, immigration support 300,000 won (one time), round-trip airfare, and travelers insurance
* Grant Period: 3~12 months
* Application Period: the end of July for the next academic year

Fellowships for Graduate Studies Program
* Eligibility: MA or PhD level students majoring in Korean studies at a university in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Foreign graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree program in Korea are also eligible to apply.
* Awarded: Amount of tuition and monthly stipend varies by the level of tuition and the prices in the grantees region and country.
* Grant Period: 12 months (Possibility of extension for outstanding students)

Post-Doctoral Fellowships
* Eligibility: Scholars who have received their Ph.D. degree in a subject related to Korea but are not currently holding a full-time faculty position may be eligible to apply. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree prior to the start of their fellowship research.
* Awarded: Amount of award varies by region, country, institution, and years of experience of fellowship.
* Grant Period: 12 months

Leading Scholar Research Fellowship
* Eligibility: Researchers who have received their Ph.D. degree in a subject related to Korea and who are involved in Korean-related lectures and research activities.
* Awarded: Research grant and actual research expenses
* Grant Period: 6 to 12 months


International Scholar Exchange Fellowship from the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies
The Foundation provides scholarships to university faculty members and institutional researchers from Asian countries doing research in the fields of humanities and social sciences, energy related fields, and information science and technology. Approximately 50 fellows per year are supported for research per one-year period in Korea.

* Scholarship covers: 1 year of research in the field of humanities and social sciences, energy, and information and telecommunications
* Awarded: Research grant of 2,200,000 won a month, immigration support, round-trip airfare and insurance.
* Application Period: Deadline by February 15
* Contact: Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies www.kfas.or.kr.


Scholarships for International Students from the Korea Scholarship Foundation for Future Leaders
The Korea Scholarship Foundation for Future Leaders offers tuition and some stipends for international students who have completed more than two semesters at a graduate school in Korea. Students must have received a GPA of 3.0/4.5 (2.8/4.3) or above in the previous semester. This scholarship is open only to those international students already studying in Korea.

* Eligibility: International students who have already completed two semesters at a graduate school in Korea.
* Requirements: Previous GPA must be at least 3.0/4.5 (2.8/4.3)
* Awarded: Tuition for up to 3 semesters and academic support of 2,000,000 won a year
* Application Period: January~February
* Contact: Korea Scholarship Foundation for Future Leaders www.kosffl.or.kr
Employment While Attending School
Based on the part-time employment regulations for international students of the Ministry of Justice, non-Korean students enrolled in a full-time degree program in Korea may work at a part-time job up to 20 hours per week during the semester and unlimited hours during summer or winter vacations. Applicants must have a recommendation letter from their faculty professor, have international-student status with a D-2 visa, and have been enrolled for more than six months (one semester) in a higher education institution, i.e. a two-year college or above. It is illegal for students who do not meet these criteria to work part-time in Korea. For more information, contact the international student office at the school or the Investigation & Enforcement Division at the Korea Immigration Bureau (+82-2-2110-3454/ www.immigration.go.kr).

As to full-time employment, only those who have certain skills or professional abilities as stipulated under Korean immigration laws are allowed to work. Possible activities include college lecturing (E-1), foreign language teaching (E-2), conducting research (E-3), technological assistance (E-4), professional skills (E-5), arts and entertainment (E-6), and specially designed activities (E-7).

International students may also want to make use of the Gold card system, which is based on the new employment regulations for international students. The Gold card system allows those who have graduated from a university in Korea with a major in IT, e-business, BT, NT, new materials, transportation equipment, digital electronics, environment and energy to stay and work in Korea. The Gold card system is overseen by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy. For more information, visit their website at www.goldcard.or.kr.

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