South Korea Scholarship – Q&A for Passing Oral Interview 2023

 

 

 

This article is the result of sharing the experiences of a former South Korea scholarship recipient with a view to allowing new applicants to better prepare for a successful completion of this series of interview organized by a panel at the South Korean embassy in your home country.

Any candidate for the South Korea scholarship must answer a series of questions that will be asked during the interview phase.

After the physical submission of the application files, you will be invited by the embassy of your country of origin for an interview in front of a panel of people in order to know your motivations and the reasons which support the desire to study License, Master or Doctorate in South Korea.

The interview is conducted in English, whether you are an English speaker or not.

The panel responsible for interviewing you will be made up of 4 or 5 people:

  • Two (2) Koreans who work in the embassy,
  • Two (2) professors from a local university (These professors will come from a public university within your home country).

 

 

Questions that you will be asked during the interview

Most of the interview questions relate to your research project.

This is the project you wrote down in the application form.

Let’s take a look at these different questions:

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Why did you choose South Korea as your study destination?
  3. What do you know about Korean culture?
  4. Do you speak Korean?
  5. Why did you choose these three (3) universities for your graduate studies? How did you find out about these universities?
  6. What is the relationship between your previous studies and those you wish to do in South Korea?
  7. What do you plan to do for a job after your studies in South Korea?

The rest of the interview questions will focus on the interview.

The objective is to make sure that you are the author of the research project and that you master the contours of this project.

At this level, it is not a question of stammering.

You must provide the answers with impeccable consistency.

For those who don’t know how to properly write a research project for the South Korea scholarship, please find an article below that gives you all the details on this topic:

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Now let’s see together the types of answers to give to the first seven (7) questions.

 

 

1. Introduce yourself

This question is common to all interviews. Our advice is to practice introducing yourself briefly in English.

The answers that must be included in your presentation are as follows: your first and last name, your previous university career (candidate for the Master / Doctorate) or previous school career (candidate for the undergraduate program), the reason for your presence at the interview (candidate for the South Korea scholarship as part of a Masters program in Biology) and if possible your work experience (OPTIONAL).

 

 

2. Why did you choose South Korea as your study destination?

At this stage, the objective of the panel is to find out the reasons which led you to choose South Korea as your study destination. Why not have chosen to study in China, Japan, the United States, Belgium? Why South Korea?

Don’t be first and foremost: “Because of the South Korean government scholarship.”

To answer this question properly, we recommend that you research the quality of education and higher education in South Korea.

Remember that some South Korean universities are among the best universities in the world. It will be interesting to be able to name them during the interview.

This shows that you know what you are talking about.

Here is an article that will help you answer this question better: 7 good reasons to study in South Korea.

 

3. What do you know about Korean culture?

Before you can answer this question, you obviously have to do some research on Korean culture.

The objective of this question is to see if you know the culture of South Korea and if you can relate the Korean culture to that of your home country.

Usually the two cultures have something in common, a common relationship, a common practice, something that binds them together.

The second approach is a plus. You can just answer the question. Being able to relate the two cultures will make you stand out from the crowd.

 

 

4. Do you speak Korean?

No need to “Yes” when you don’t understand Korean. Remember that in the panel there are two (2) Koreans.

If you answer in the affirmative, it assumes that you are able to continue the interview in Korean or you can answer a few questions in Korean.

Understanding the Korean language is not a eliminating factor, which is why you will have to do one (1) language course while in South Korea.

So don’t be afraid to say you don’t speak Korean.

 

5. Why did you choose these three (3) universities as part of your graduate studies?

How did you find out about these universities?
The question is clear and precise, no need to go into details.

The process to have is simple.

One thing is for sure, you chose them because they offer the study program that interests you.
Another thing is that it is possible that these (3) South Korean universities are the best in the field of study of your choice.

It is therefore important to do research in this direction so as not to fail to give this argument in case it turns out.

Through your research, it is possible to know the place occupied by these universities in scientific research in South Korea.

It will be good to talk about the titles that the university has obtained thanks to the department of the field in which you wish to study.

You have to understand the Research qualities of your universities in order to come up with a solid argument in response to this question.

 

 

As to how you got to know these universities, the answer is simple: “Through your research on the” Study in Korea “website: https://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/fr/main.do in the section “Universities and schools”: https://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/fr/sub/overseas_info/request/universityList.do

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6. What is the relationship between your previous studies and those you want to do in South Korea?

The objective of this question is simple:

To know the contribution of the studies that you wish to carry out in South Korea by contribution to your previous studies.

This is a matter of logic.

It is easier for the panel to validate the studies in South Korea of a person who had a BAC C and who wishes to study in computer science, biology or mechanics than a person who has a BAC C and who wants study literature in South Korea.

This is not impossible, but you have to be able to justify it.

One year, there is a candidate who had studied Politics and who wanted to study for a Master in Big Data (IT). He had to give the reasons and the link between his previous studies and the studies he wanted to do in South Korea.

How studies in the field of Big Data will help him achieve his professional goals.
Your response must be consistent and objective

 

 

7. What do you plan to do for a job after your studies in South Korea?

Your answer should be clear and straightforward. Do not go into an essay, answer the question directly.

For example; I want to be a minister, business manager, lawyer, Project manager, IT consultant, Chief accountant, Expert in the agricultural field.

What you want to do as a job after your studies in South Korea should be related to your field of study.

Reminder:  The interview is in English. No need to have an advanced level in English.

You just need to be able to understand the questions you are being asked and be able to answer them.

Practice answering the questions in English. Start improving your level in English now and you will find that the interview will be easy.

For all your questions on the interview, you can leave us a message in the comments just below.

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