LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP FAQ
Q: Is there an updated language study calendar for this year?
A: The dates & tuition fees are updated as soon as schedules are released.
Q: Are all Level 1 (Beginner) courses the same?
A: No. Each school's program has its own teaching strategies. Some language institutes are known for focusing more on speaking than grammar and vice versa.
Q: What will I be studying?
A: Based on a placement test given at the beginning of the term, you will be studying Korean language offered from Levels 1 through 6, depending on the school. Level 1 is the beginner level with Level 6 being the advanced level. These roughly correspond with the TOPIK levels you can receive from taking the TOPIK I or II. Classes will be conducted in Korean. Some schools may give assistance in another language during Level 1 (English, Chinese, etc) however, this should not be expected as the programs are designed to be immersive.
Q: How long should I study to become an advanced user?
A: Ultimately the pace at which you learn will be up to you, however, if you start from level 1 and perform well in class, it normally takes 1 to 1.5 years of intensive language study to obtain intermediate to advanced proficiency. Many language students study outside of class to focus on business language or other topics to broaden their scope.
Q: How many levels are there?
A: Students can normally study from level 1 through level 6. Some universities offer additional levels. Please check with the university for more information.
Q: What is the approximate size of class?
A: This varies according to enrollment in each semester. Typically, classes may have 10 - 15 students. But depending on enrollment it could be more or less.
Q: Is language school difficult?
A: Typically, the language programs at the universities are designed to be intensive and immersive. The schools expect you to review and preview class materials in addition to completing homework and studying outside of class.
Q: Will my class be diverse?
A: This will vary school to school and can also depend on how the language schools group students.
Q: My Korean language ability is at a high level, should I study at language school?
A: This is completely up to you. Many decide to study at a language school as a refresher or review even if their Korean language level is all ready quite high. It can also be a good networking opportunity.
Q: What if I experience challenges with the curriculum and have trouble keeping pace with the class or performing well in class?
A: Many schools offer additional seminars or assistance to augment their standard curriculum. Depending on availability, G.O.A.'L can also find a volunteer Korean language tutor for you. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Q: I must withdraw early from the language program, what should I do?
A: Please discuss any cancellation, withdrawal, or refund details with your language school directly. If you decide that you need to cancel or withdraw from the class, please inform G.O.A.'L as well.
Q: Are there unique differences between the universities?
A: Some differences exist in terms of how the classes are offered. For example, at Sogang university, students will have a different teacher for each of the speaking, reading and listening, and writing classes. Other university programs may have two teachers teaching all of the subjects.
Ewha, Sogang, and Yonsei are all nearby each other. Korea and Kyunghee university are also near each other.
For those with some background in Korean, Ewha and Sogang have donated complete sets of their textbooks to G.O.A.'L so adoptees can check out the materials in advance.
Q: After the completion of one course, is it possible to re-apply and receive a scholarship for the following quarter? (i.e. study in the winter and the spring)
A: Yes, it is actually encouraged that applicants continue to utilize the scholarships as long as they are available and that the adoptee complied with the G.O.A.'L Student Code of Conduct Agreement. Please note that even if you are currently receiving a scholarship, you must reapply for a scholarship the following semester. Also, the 100% scholarship recipients are only eligible to receive it once as there is far more demand for them than we have available.
Q: Can I receive college or university credit for the Korean language courses?
A: Please consult with your home college or university to see if the curriculum covered by the Korean language courses would qualify for credit.
Q: Do we need to have a visa to get the scholarship? Is a tourist visa ok?
A: It is possible to enroll in the 10-week intensive Korean language courses on a tourist visa if you are from a country that has visa-exempt status with Korea (able to get 90-day tourist visa), but to get a scholarship from G.O.A.'L you should have the F-4 visa.
G.O.A.'L has been able to get scholarships at universities because they understand our strong connection as adoptees to Korea and they want to help make our return to Korea easier. The F-4 visa has been a requirement when applying for Korean language scholarships through our organization for several reasons. It formally verifies the applicant's status as an adoptee, while also granting additional freedoms to the adoptee while in Korea that a tourist or student visa does not. It also relieves the adoptee of any time pressure constraints should they change their mind and wish to extend their stay in Korea. Many adoptees have come here and found that they didn't give themselves enough time to stay.
Having the F-4 also helps reduce administration for the universities and speeds up the registration process. With a tourist visa, they will need to verify eligibility and if there are any errors, it could delay the registration process resulting in not being able to enroll in a course that semester.
Q: If I miss the application deadline, can I still apply for a scholarship?
A: As much as we would like to allow late applicants to take advantage of the scholarship opportunities, we have a strict policy about not accepting late applications. It's not fair to those who made sure to apply on time. Please make sure to check the deadlines and apply during the application period.
Q: Why is the percentage discount different per school?
A: The language schools provide the direct discount on the tuition cost. They may change, increase, or decrease the discount amount from year to year.
Q: Can I receive a discount at a school that is not listed on your website?
A: At this time we only have agreements for the discount to schools listed on our Korean language scholarship web page. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship or discount to another school, please inquire directly with them.
Q: Do you have 100% funded scholarships for language study at a university language program?
A: Unfortunately at this time G.O.A.'L does not administer any 100% language scholarships. However, please contact your adoption agency as they have in the past funded 100% tuition to the following:
HOLT: 이화여대 (Ewha Women's University)
KSS: 연세대 (Yonsei University)
SWS: 경희대 (Kyunghee University)
ESWS: 한림대 (Hallym University)