Here's How You Can Study in South Korea for Free

KOICA reopens their scholarship program for 2022.

Seoul National University
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( People say that there really is no end to education, whether things you learn from books, acquire through experience, or hear in the classrooms. Others opt to further their studies by enrolling in master's and doctorate programs here or abroad. If you're looking to study in South Korea, you'll be glad to know that the Korea International Cooperation Agency just announced its call for applications to its scholarship program for government employees. The deadline for applications for the 2022 Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Scholarship Program is on March 20.

The KOICA Scholarship Program "is designed to train key leaders in partner countries to contribute to the socio-economic development of their home countries." To date, they're offering scholarships to delegates from 62 countries to masters and doctoral degrees in different universities in South Korea. This includes Seoul National University, which offers courses in Gender and Development, Public Management and Public Sector Reforms, and Capacity Building; Kangwon National University, which has Agricultura Economics in their catalog; Korea University, which offers Finance and Tax Policy; and the University of Seoul, which offers courses in Urban and Regional Development.


Benefits include tuition, monthly allowance, airfare, accommodation, settlement allowance, scholarship completion grants, insurance, and extracurricular activities.

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Who can apply for a scholarship to Korea through KOICC:

KOICA Master's Degrees

  • Citizen of a partner country
  • Holder of a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution
  • A public official or publicly-affiliated worker
  • Those meeting the university's selection criteria

KOICA Doctoral Degrees

  • Those meeting the selection criteria for a master's degree
  • A master's degree holder of KOICA's Scholarship Programs
Koica Fellowship Community
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How to apply for a scholarship to Korea through KOICC:

  • For application guidelines and available course lists, refer to the program information of each course; access them through the KOICC CIAT website.
  • Applications will be collected by your government employer and then sent to the KOICA Overseas Office or the Korean embassy. 

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