TIPS AND TRICKS FOR KGSP (KOREAN GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM): PART 3


*Click to download the Application form (.doc file) ==> Application Forms for Graduate KGSP (University Recommendation)

[Series of articles on KGSP: First article | Second article | Third article | Fourth article .]

Few weeks ago the application and guide book for KGSP 2013 has been posted. For those who have read my first and second post related to KGSP, this is the next article following those two. I hope you guys that are preparing your application will have good time in preparation and will be joining us next semester. You might want to download the application (and guideline) from the following link KGSP Graduate Program Apppication (pdf document) or you can go to NIIED website for the doc (MS Word) file by clicking this link.

There are few major change in the current KGSP application. What are they? Some of them are really good changes compared to last year, while a few might be very undesirable ones.

1. MUCH More Number of Grantees

According to the current KGSP guide, (page #1, second point) it says that there will be 760 students granted the scholarship. That is just a very significant boost compared to last year, in which “only” 337 applicants were qualified to pursue their graduate studies in South Korea. The number increases more than twice. It also means that applicant’s chance to be accepted raises more than twofold. What a good change, isn’t it?

360 of them are allotted to embassy quota, in which China has the most number of grantee students, as many as 20 applicants. While there are 73 countries which have only 2 quota, such as New Zealand and Cambodia. Here is the list of given slot for each country for more detail:

KGSP 2013 Embassy Quota

KGSP 2013 Embassy Quota

The next 400 spaces are given to students who apply via designated Korean universities. Most of them (389) are selected to 60 universities, while the other 11 quota are given to 2 (two) specialized universities. Here is the more detail information for such quota:

KGSP University Quota

KGSP University Quota

2. Change of Country’s Quota

As the number of selected applicants increases significantly, then the allocation for each country also raises (compared to last year). For example Indonesia has only 2 slots in 2012 but now the quota raises to as many as 7 students.

3. More Number of University

This is also another good news. Last year NIIED only gives 51 universities in South Korea to select students. while in this year there are up to 60 universities that students can apply. As stated in the KGSP Graduate Program Apppication, here they are:

Ajou University, Cheongju University, Chonbuk Nat’l University, Chonnam Nat’l University, Chosun University, Chung-Ang University, Chungbuk Nat’l University, Chungnam Nat’l University, Daegu University, Daejeon University, Donga University, Dongguk University, Dongseo University, Ewha Womans University, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gyeongsang Nat’l, 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 Nat’l University, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Keimyung University, Kongju Nat’l University, Korea University, Korea University of Technology and Education, Kumoh Nat’l Institute of Technology, Kyunghee University, Kyungpook Nat’l University, Kyungsung university, Myongji university, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pukyong Nat’l University, Pusan Nat’l University, Seoul Nat’l University, Seoul Nat’l University of Science and Technology, Silla University, Sogang University, Sookmyung Women’s University, SoonChunHyang University, Soongsil University, Sunmoon University, Sunchon National University, Sungkyunkwan 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, Wonkwang university, Woosong University, Yeungnam University, Yonsei University

4. Limitation of Applicants

As many things in our life, good things normally also come with their bad sides. Not like in previous years, in 2013 (and probably in the following years as well) students with studying experience in S. Korea are no longer qualified to apply. As stated in bold text on the  KGSP Graduate Program Apppication on page #5, “Applicants who have ever enrolled in a university in Korea will be disqualified from applying to the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in an undergraduate program, a master’s program, a doctoral program or an exchange program in Korea cannot apply for this program.”

Good luck for the preparation!

*NB: I’m not part of the NIIED, I’m just a student granted with the scholarship, so please re-check the information that I provided in my blog. Even though I’ve done some researches, comparing many NIIED documents, there’s some probability that I make mistakes. Feed backs from you guys will also be very helpful.

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