Ever wanted to study in South Korea? Well now is the best time to aim for that dream! Why? Because the government of Korea just set a scholarship program for graduate students who would want to study as well as learn the culture of Korea!
They’re inviting Filipinos to Study in South Korea and experience the land of Hallyu all for a scholarship program!
Program That Encourages Filipinos to Study in South Korea?
The program known as the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS), is being handled by Korea’s National Institute for International Education Development also known as NIIED, which is giving incentives for Filipinos to study in South Korea.
Those who will take the scholarship can study and go to Korea for free, and this was confirmed in a virtual forum just last Thursday, February 25 by the scholarship’s alumni association.
They also stated the program’s objective saying that it was engineered to help out and assist international students.
The GKS is designed to provide international students with opportunities to study at higher educational institutions in Korea at graduate-level degrees. This will enhance international education exchange and deepen mutual friendship between Korea and participating countries.”
Because travelling to another country means being in mandatory isolation to avoid the spread of COVID-19; the NIIED said that they will be more than happy to shoulder the accommodation of the students who will undergo the mandatory isolation.
Will They Cover COVID-19 Testing?
They will also cover COVID-19 testing once the scholars arrive in Korea. However, the candidates would be shouldering the cost of the test needed to be done in order to be allowed to travel outside of the Philippines.
One thing to take note of is that they are only currently offering this to graduate students as we mentioned earlier.
Unfortunately, it’s not yet available for undergraduate education. One must need to have an undergrad degree and aims to get a master’s or doctorate degree to apply for the scholarship.
University and Embassy Track Program
Under the GKS Program, a total of 1,278 students are expected to apply coming from different parts of the world.
Among those numbers, 28 slots have been allotted for Filipinos under the University track program; 13 slots under the Embassy Track Program.
Both of the tracks would allow Filipinos to Study in South Korea; but you might ask what’s the difference between the two?
Under the University Track, an applicant needs to send their application and requirements to the one university they chose and ship those directly to the school.
On the other hand, the Embassy Track will allow a candidate to choose up to 3 universities.
But, they will be sending their application over at the Korean Embassy here in Manila; and also, they will be on the ones to filter and choose those who would pass.
Korean Langauge Testing
Applicants who would be accepted under the scholarship program would also need to study the Korean language for a year.
What this does is it ensures that the language barrier wouldn’t be an issue; also, to prove that the applicant would pass the “Test of Proficiency in Korean.”
Language (TOPIK) Level 3
If an applicant fails to pass the said test, they would be kicked out of the program and be sent home.
How about the grade requirements?
You first must meet the following Grade Point Average (GPA):
- 2.64 on a 4.0 scale
- 2.50 on a 1.0 scale
- Letter Grade: C
Then, you need to have at least attained 80 out of 100 percent Grade/Score/Mark from the institute that the applicant previously attended.
Requirements For Filipinos to Study in South Korea
Talking about the other requirements, getting a student visa won’t be a problem since similar to the students accepted last year.
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The Korean Embassy will be the one processing the Visas as long as candidates would be able to submit the necessary documents.
In case you are wondering, the deadline for the Embassy Tracking depends on what’s set by the Korean Embassy. So if you’re looking to go this route, it might be best to take an initiative as soon as possible!
On the other hand, the deadline under the University Track is solely dependent on the university that you’re looking to apply for. Therefore, you need to make a couple of close calls and communicate with the school of your choice.
You can watch a video that tackles all the information needed here.
If you qualify for the program and is still hesitating, why not give it a shot? Korea is known for being technologically advanced and is also a leader when it comes to quality education.
The program has paved ways to success for many known people and you might be one of them too!
Source: ABS-CBN News