I’ve been meaning to post this for a few months now but never got around to it. Since some students are starting to do research and prepare for the September application round, I thought I would continue the series. So this is what happened after I got through the 2nd selection round.
About a week after my interview, I received an email from the Korean embassy in Fiji telling me that my application had been reviewed and that they would be sending my application along with another applicant’s application to NIIED. I was ecstatic as that meant I had a 50% chance of going to Korea for my university education. This then meant that I had to wait for the 2nd round of successful candidates announcement on the study in Korea website.
22nd November 2019
When the 2nd round of successful candidates announcement was released I was surprised to see my name on the list. I had actually done it and that meant that I was one step closer to receiving this scholarship. With this announcement I had to submit a medical report and wait for my universities to accept me. This was the scary part as I wasn’t sure whether or not my grades were good enough to get accepted into a Korean university. I applied to Yonsei University, Korea University and Seoul National University and had to wait for them to email me regarding my enrolment. Now, that I’m in Korea and have spoken to other students. The way I chose my universities was actually quite risky as I went for the top 3 in the country; usually, you include a safety choice incase your priority choices don’t accept you. To my surprise, I managed to get accepted into both Yonsei University and Korea University and was really excited. I was also rejected from SNU; however, this made my decision between SNU and Yonsei much easier as there was only one option >_<.
Apart from university acceptance, I also had to undergo some medical tests to ensure that I didn’t have any chronic diseases. This included blood, urine and stoole tests as well as an X-ray and a general medical checkup from a doctor. This was probably my least favourite part of the whole application process as I am no fan of doctors or hospitals and being stuck in one for a day was a bit nerve-wrecking. It was also my first time being alone at the hospital so it was a new experience. I’m guessing that made me get over my fear of hospitals a bit easier (however, I’m not going to lie I still hate the places)
Once I had chosen my university and completed my medical report, all that was left was to wait and see whether I had made it through to the final round of successful candidates. I would also find out which city I would spend my first year at and which language centre I would go to. This announcement would be made in early January which is about a month of waiting.
Ps. Here is the link to part one incase you missed it.
My GKS Application Process Part 1: The physical application and the Interview
I hope this three-part series about my GKS application process was informative. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below. Stay tuned by subscribing to my blog as I write more about my Korean language university and the daily life here at Dongseo University.