If you are looking for scholarships to Korean language schools, then look no further than Geumgang University. This full scholarship university program allows foreigners to come to Korea and study Korean – for free! In this article, I will explain how I came to Korea and introduce you to my university.
Intro to Geumgang University
Geumgang University (금강대학교) is a university that was founded in 2002. It is located in Chungcheonnamdo, in the countryside of South Korea. The university is small, and only offers four majors and a language program. Although is considered a private university, all international students receive a scholarship and attend the university for free.
Both Korean and foreign students live on campus in the dormitories. There is a cafeteria, as well as a laundry room, and some game rooms. Foreigners are given not only free tuition but also a living allowance that can cover most of your expenses. The reason the university offers this scholarship is so that Korean students can practice their English and other foreign languages. The high number of foreign students makes the rural university attractive to domestic students.
Applying to Geumgang
Applying for the program is very simple: The application period begins every November for the spring semester and is in June for the fall semester. For more information follow their Instagram page here!
The documents needed are:
- A Korean Language School application form
- A dormitory application form
- A statement of purpose
- A Student consent form
- An official enrollment(completion) certificate from the last school attended
- An official academic transcript from the last school attended
- A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s professor or boss
- A copy of the applicant’s passport
- A certificate of health
- Identification photographs (3cmx4cm)
- A link to an English introduction video(do NOT send a video file)
All of the forms that need to be filled out can be found on their website and their facebook page as well!
If chosen, you will have the opportunity to come and study Korean Language for up to 2 years. The length of study will depend on your academic performance. If you achieve an 80% or higher as your final score each semester, you can remain in the program. By the end of the course, you even receive a certificate of completion!
When you apply for Geumgang’s Korean Language program, you do not need to know any Korean. However, if you do already know some, you will take an assessment and be placed in a class based on your skill level.
My Experience at Geumgang University
I have been living here for 1 year. Currently, I am in my third semester at Geumgang’s Korean language school and I can guarantee is worth it!! The course is good, the teachers are very nice, and the Campus is stunning! All the seasons are beautiful and we are able to enjoy a lot of things!
There are some negatives of course. The worst part about studying at Geumgang is the distance. Our university is literally at the foot of a mountain in the middle of farms. There is only one transportation method available for students. A single bus comes at one-hour intervals.
Although it is a little inconvenient, I have never found it too difficult to get to places such as Seoul, Incheon, Gwangju, or Busan. The bus is reliable and always on time, even if it doesn’t come often. Plus, being in the countryside is actually much better for learning Korean. People in the community do not know English. I have the opportunity to use Korean every day. In fact, students at Geumgang generally progress much faster in learning Korean than students who study in large cities like Seoul or Busan.
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