Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know that I’m working on answering your questions about KGSP.
If you have any questions about KGSP or Korea, please let me know.
Also, please use the Message button on the left to ask questions. Fan letters are so complicated to answer…..
And one more thing. If the answer to your question is included in the KGSP guideline, I will answer it. But I won’t be 100% to answer it because it shows that you didn’t research well and just ask me because it seems to be the easier way. But I’m not your guideline, I’m just the guideline to the guideline…
Please always seek answers from professional people, my answers might be inaccurate or totally wrong.
abibuyog asked : Hi J. Well. first would like to congratulate you for passing the KGSP scholarship. That was awesome! just passing by, I also enrolled for the same scholarship but unfortunately I didn't pass, but I will try next year,of course , if it is God's will, also, you are a Christian right? What are you planning to do or where church are you planning to go? have you really prayed for this scholarship? I hope that it is God's will,God bless to your future endeavor in Korea. Hope u will share ur experience
I passed last year… meaning that I’ve been here for 8 months now. I prayed before it so I was sure that it is God’s will for me to come here. I knew I wanted to go study abroad but wasn’t quite sure where and how. After finding out about quite a few opportunities, I prayed a lot so that I’d go the way God wanted me to go and this ended up as the only option that I passed. So I came to Korea ^^
There are so many churches in Korea! Most of them are Catholic or Protestant. From about the first or second week here we’ve been attending church with my roommate. There are many places where you can attend church in English too. The easiest thing to do is just check for advertisements at the university or ask around if someone knows about any English service. Or just go to the closest church and enjoy the blessings of attending church with Koreans ^^
Church is a little different in Korea though.
And there are all kinds of difficulties that you will experience here in order to grow in Christ. It’s a challenge! (Or as my roommate put it, it’s baptism by fire :P)
Thank you for the good wishes ^^ I hope that God will lead you whether to Korea or to another place. If Korea is where you should be, God will open the doors for you!
Anonymous asked : hello! I just found out I passed NIIED's second selection for the scholarship! :D but now they're asking me for a medical examination and I wonder if you could guide me through this cause I really don't know what to submit. Is it ok to just submit the form in the attachments? I find it too simple, what did you send for this?
For the medical examination, please use the form provided by NIIED. It has all the areas that need to be examined: blood pressure, aids, etc. Make sure to visit your doctor and get the tests done as soon as possible, because some of the tests take some time and you might end up rushing it.
It’s actually simple and many of the areas don’t need special examination. For example, your doctor can tell easily if you can see well or if your teeth are good; the more important parts are those that he can’t examine so easily. If you’re sexually active, please make sure to get a hiv test. Or if there are diseases in your country that might be a problem for people from other countries, please make sure to get tested. The medical examination is for the sake of others actually :)
kapikova asked : Hello, might I ask, when you were selected by the first institution (embassy), did you have to register online on studyinkorea go kr? I was told to, but I am not sure, whether I should include an online application to the universities I have chosen?. All I've filled in were only my name etc. And the results are in few days, I don't want to mess anything up...well, and since I got a lot of info about KGSP from you, I am asking here :)
I applied through university, so I’m not quite sure how applying through embassy goes. but if you were told to register, you should. Also, you have sent in like tons of documents, right? 5 copies? Then I think online application is not necessary. In fact, it’d look like you applied to those universities again…
However, the best advice I can give is to ask someone from the embassy / NIIED. Good luck!
I know many people worry that war might break out anytime between North and South Korea, so I thought I’ll give you guys some hints why it’s not even close to a war.
War would mean an all-out war with the US, China and Japan getting involved which means instant death for North Korea. They’re not this stupid.
None of the foreign officers/diplomats in the North has left the country.
None of the embassies in the South has adviced the foreigners to leave.
The CEO of Samsung is back in South Korea. Although he left for a fews days when the threatening has started, he is back, which means that it’s safe enough for him. (TL;DR: The CEO of Samsung is more important than the prime minister. If Samsung is affected in any sense, it affects the whole economy of South Korea.)
The South Koreans don’t worry. This kind of threatening is not new; it has been going on for more than 50 years. Never in those 50 years did war break out. (Although there were some casualties.)
I hope that makes it clear. Please don’t worry, there’s no war.
(I’m sorry, first I posted it on the wrong blog by accident…)
Thank you for the question :)
There are a few things about the phone interview that might be incovenient… first of all, the time difference. It’s hard to guess when they might call you, but you can have some idea. It might come at an incovenient time but you have the right to say that it’s incovenient for you at the moment and then suggest a different time to do the interview.
Another thing is Korean English pronunciation - made worse by being on the phone. If you have a chance, try to listen to Koreans speaking English, it might help be helpful.
The questions they ask are similar to what you had to hand in as cv / study plan / etc. The questions I got were something like these:
Please introduce yourself.
How did you get interested in Korea? How did you find out about this scholarship?
Why did you choose this university? (Do not say that a friend / teacher / someone else recommended it. OR at least don’t stop there. You have to add that you have done your research too and found it the best university for yourself.) There might be a question about why you chose your major, too.
What kind of experience do you have concerning Korea, Korean culture or the Korean language? Food, friends, music, dramas, language learning, etc.
What do you think will be hard when you live in Korea? How will you overcome it? (If you have experience living abroad, learning different languages or cultures, this is the place to talk about it)
Are you sure you can do the one-year language course before university? Quite a few people give up and quit before finishing and are therefore it becomes a waste of time and money…
What plans do you have after finishing your masters?
These are all the questions I remember. It could be a good thing to 1) look through your application again to make sure you remember what you wrote 2) write some notes about how to answer these questions and have them with you all the time, so when they call you would be prepared to answer.
Good luck! Don’t worry, if you got the chance to be interviewed you’re already on the right track to get the scholarship.