There are many scholarships available to international students who want to pursue a college education abroad. For those looking to study in South Korea, there are Korean scholarships to help you pay for school. Both government and private institutions offer these grants in collaboration with accredited South Korean universities for international students and Korean nationals. While there are a few schools offering English instruction, prior proficiency in Korean is preferred because that language is the official medium of instruction in the nation's schools. A number of scholarships also offer free Korean language training programs.

Korean Government Scholarship Program for International Students

The National Institute for International Education (NIIED) offers the South Korean Government Scholarship Program for International Students for undergraduates. This Korean scholarship aims to provide international students with the opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea and foster intercultural exchanges among participating countries.

Eligible high school graduates up to 25 years of age during the year of application can choose any four-year undergraduate course from the list provided by the universities designated by NIIED. Students must hold citizenship from the countries listed on the scholarship program’s website and apply at the Korean Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin or through participating Korean universities. Scholars should attend a one-year language training program prior to starting university studies.

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If you have questions about the scholarship, either visit the Korean Government Scholarship Program for International Students at 43 Ihwajang-gil Jongno-gu in Seoul or call them directly at +82-2-3668-1357 or +82-2-3668-1300. You can also visit their website at niied.go.kr.

Samsung Global Scholarship Program

The Samsung Global Scholarship Program (also called Samsung Genius Scholarship Program or Samsung GSP) is offered by Samsung Electronics, the multinational company in South Korea. Each year, this Korean scholarship program selects 15 to 25 participants who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential.

Applicants can take two distinctive paths: an engineering and an MBA track through the GSP (M.S. Program) at the Seoul National University (SNU); or the GSP (M.B.A. Program) through Sung Kyun Kwan University's Graduate School of Business (SKK GSB), in collaboration with MIT Sloan (the first global English-only MBA program in Korea). Scholars are offered various responsibilities at Samsung Electronics and are also required to work in Korea for at least two years after graduation.

If you'd like to know more information, visit the Samsung Global Scholarship Program at Samsung Town in Seocho-gu Seoul, South Korea or call 1-800-266-8282 directly. You can also visit Samsung.com.

IITA Scholarship Program for International Graduate Students

The Institute of Information Technology Advancement (IITA) is a government organization in South Korea under the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA). It offers the Korean government's IITA Scholarship Program for International Graduate Students to qualified individuals who are enrolled in Korean universities for international students who are studying in the fields of IT, computer engineering, computer science, electronics and other related fields.

The scholarship, offered twice a year (spring and fall semesters), provides financial support for two years for masters and four years for doctoral degrees. Each applicant must express intention to pursue a Korean Government IT Scholarship. Those already enrolled in a Korean university must have an academic advisor. All applications must be done through the participating schools on behalf of the students with a list provided in the order of scholarship preference.

If you have questions about the scholarship or you're looking for more information, then visit the IITA Scholarship Program for International Graduate Students at the NIPA Bldg. 79-2 in Garakbon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, or call them directly at +82-2-2141-5565. You may also be able to find answers to your questions at nipa.kr.

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