Former North Korean students

The scholarships for former North Korean students promote bilateral relations between Korea and Australia, while also building partnerships and increasing Australia's capacity to engage with Korea. These scholarships are offered through the collaboration of UTS Insearch, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through its Australia-Korea Foundation, and the Ministry of Unification, South Korea. The scholarships will assist disadvantaged students by offering them the opportunity to increase their English Language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

The 2020 Scholarships are now open for applications until 13 March 2020 on the Hana Foundation website

About the scholarships

The scholarships provide up to 30 weeks of English language tuition in Sydney for five students each year who are formerly from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The scholarships will cover return flights from South Korea to Sydney, accommodation, a living allowance and English Language tuition at UTS Insearch for up to 30 weeks.

Eligibility criteria

  • Have been granted citizenship of the Republic of Korea (ROK).
  • The applicant must be a North Korean defector college student, who is currently attending college in South Korea. Students on a leave of absence from college are also eligible to apply
  • Be under 35 years of age at the time of application.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of commencing English language study at UTS Insearch.
  • Be eligible to study under a visa in Australia.
  • Academic record.
  • Potential for development, understanding of how studying English in Australia will benefit your future and your career ambitions.
  • Recommended English scores of: IELTS 4.5, TOEFL 59, TOEIC 520, TEPS 432, TOEIC Speaking 100, OPIc IM1.

How to apply

  • The application must be made to the Hana Foundation.
  • The application may be submitted in person or by email or by post to the Korea Hana Foundation
  • The application should include must include a written statement in Korean (one page) outlining the reasons for the application and how studying English in Australia will benefit the applicants future and career ambition
  • There will be an initial screening of applications, with the shortlisted applicants being invited for an interview at the office of the Korea Hana Foundation
  • The selection panel will include representatives from the Ministry of Unification, Korea Hana Foundation, Australian Embassy Seoul, and UTS

Closing date

Applications for 2020 Scholarships are open until 13 March 2020.

Apply at the Korea Hana Foundation.

"These scholarships aim to not only encourage Former North Korean Students to develop their English skills but also help support cultural understanding and bilateral relations between Australians and Koreans."

- Alex Murphy, Managing Director, UTS Insearch