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KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
Daejeon, South Korea (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year,
The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Program Sponsor: Global E³ 
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Aerospace, Bioengineering, Biomolecular, Brain, Chemical, Civil, Communications, Computer Science, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Industrial Design, Information, Knowledge Service, Materials Science & Engrg, Mechanical, Nuclear, Quantum, Systems
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Courses Available in English?:
Program Description:

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Daejeon, Republic of Korea

University Info   |   College of Engineering   |   International Relations Team

Language(s) of Instruction 

English is the medium of instruction. 80% of the courses offered are in English.


Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is located in Daejeon. KAIST was established by the government of Korea in 1971 as the nation’s first research oriented science and engineering institution and was ranked as the top university in Korea for 6 consecutive years by Joong Ang Newspaper’s University Evaluation.  In the 2012 QS and THE University Rankings, KAIST was ranked 63rd and 68th respectively overall. In the engineering section, KAIST was ranked 24th by the QS evaluation.

KAIST has more than 10,000 students including 700 international students from over 70 countries and 1,200 faculty members including 200 foreign faculty members from 27 countries.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students: Accepted
  • Graduate Students: Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors: Accepted


Fall, Spring or Academic Year

This summer program is available to Global E3 students as a fee-paying program and is not administered by IIE as part of the Global E3 program. Please visit the program website or contact the university directly for more information.


English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Scores (TOEFL, IELTS):

All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in English. A minimum score of TOEFL iBT 80 or its equivalent in other English language proficiency tests are required.

Disciplines Available:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bio & Brain Engineering
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information & Communications Engineering
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Knowledge Service Engineering
  • Material Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear & Quanturn Engineering
  • Web Science & Technology

Additional application materials?

  • Nomination letter by student coordinator
  • Statement of Purpose (one page, word document only)
  • Current original transcript(s). All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation.
  • English Language Proficiency Record (if applicable)
  • Copy of Passport
When will students receive their acceptance package?

Acceptance packages will be mailed to students’ home school advisors approximately 8 weeks after receiving a complete application.


Semester Dates

  • Spring term: Early March-Mid June              
  • Fall term: Early September-Mid December  
Registration Dates for 2015: (approximately a week prior to class commencement)

Spring term: Early March                            
Fall term: Early September                          

For course registration, please sign up for the KAIST Portal, with your student number as your ID and temporary alien registration number as your password. More details will be given individually via email after being accepted for the exchange program.

Academic Calendar 

Course Contents  

Workload per semester

Credit per Regular Semester

One credit is normally earned by attending one hour of lecture per week for the entire semester. Research credits are normally earned by conducting thesis research and attending seminars and lab experiments. One research credit is equivalent to three hours of research work per week for the entire semester. Undergraduate students are eligible to take a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 credits; students in a master’s or doctoral programs take a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 12 credits. This rule is also applied to exchange students.

Grading System

KAIST uses the “A-B-C-D” grading system. A+ is one’s highest achievable result.

Letter Grade Explanation Grade Point
A+, A, A- Outstanding Performance 4.3, 4.0, 3.7
B+, B, B- Superior Performance 3.3, 3.0, 2.7
C+, C, C- Satisfactory Performance 2.3, 2.0, 1.7
D+, D, D- Minimal Pass 1.3, 1.0, 0.7
F Fail -
W Withdrawn (not counted)

Academic Transcripts

The IRT will send the first hard copy of your official academic transcript to your home university upon completion of the program. Additional transcripts however, should be applied by the students individually.
  • At the Academic Registrar's Team
Certificate Types (Korean/English):
Official transcript, enrollment, graduation/degree conferment, expected graduation/degree conferment, course completion
  • Via vending machine
Certificate Types (Korean/English): official transcript enrollment. Location :
1st floor, Creative Learning Building (E11) (available 24 hours)
  • Long distant/postal issuance
You need to contact Academic Registrar’s Team for special arrangement.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

IRT will apply for on-campus accommodation for all exchange students based on their application form. However, a place cannot be guaranteed.

  • Eligibility: Exchange students, KAIST summer program participants
  • Dormitory rooms (room type: two or three single beds) are furnished with beds, wardrobes, and desks. Students should prepare their own sheets, pillow/pillowcase, and blankets during their stay. Cleaning can be done (by the students themselves) either in one of the on-campus dry cleaners or elsewhere.
  • A deposit fee of 100,000 won is required to pay once for maintaining the rooms’ furniture. This fee will be refunded when students move out.
  • KAIST will lend you one pillow and one blanket. The rental and cleaning fee is 20,000 (subject to change) won which would be asked to pay after arrival at KAIST.
  • Restrooms, showers, coin-operated washing machines, and computer labs are shared in the dormitory.
  • Kitchen facilities are not available in the dormitory. Meal services are available at on-campus cafeterias serving three times a day, Monday through Sunday. The average price of a meal is US$5.
  • Dormitories are installed with LAN allowing 24-hour access to information networking. Free WiFi is also available on campus after a simple online registration at
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
From the available dates. The IRT will inform the available dates to successful applicants via email.


Entry Visa

Citizens of countries other than Korea must have a student visa, D-2 for Semester Abroad. Once you have received the Certificate of Admission from KAIST, apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea in your home country.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

Please note that KAIST does not provide any insurance for exchange students. So it is mandatory that all incoming exchange students should apply for a study abroad insurance in their home country. Although the limit of coverage is up to each student, all incoming exchange students must acquire health insurance that covers them during the full duration of their stay overseas.

When should I arrive?

Any foreigner who wishes to stay in Korea for more than 90 days must obtain an alien registration card from the Daejeon Immigration Center. Application must be made individually within 90 days upon arrival at the Daejeon Immigration Center to register their fingerprints.

Please take your passport, three passport size photographs taken within 6 months, and 10,000 won for the issuance. The Office of Advising & Supporting for International Students (OASIS) will assist you in obtaining the card.

Location: International Center (W2-1), 1st floor
Office hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (Lunch 12:00 - 13:00)

When should I arrive?
If the student plans to live on-campus, then it is recommended that students move in on available move-in dates at the beginning of the term.

If the student is living off-campus and is signing an apartment lease, then students should arrange a move in date with the landlord.

All students should arrive in time for orientation.

Spring semester: End of February
Fall semester: End of August

Is airport reception available?
No. Please see the following for directions on how to get to KAIST.

Is there any bank on campus?

Yes. Woori Bank located on the 1st floor of the Student Center (W2)

Campus Health Service:
You will be asked to get a health check-up at the Medical Center at KAIST in order to live in on-campus dormitories. It costs approximately 20,000 won and includes measuring weight and height, Body Mass Index (BMI), blood test, urinary test & electrocardiogram, and test of eyesight, dental condition, hearing and radiograph (X-ray.)

The campus clinic is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and every other Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call 350-2175.


Cost of living:

We estimate that a single international student living alone in an on-campus dormitory requires approximately US$ 420 per month for living expenses.


campus cafeteria - 3,500 - 6,000 won per meal
regular restaurant - 6,000 - 15,000 won per meal

Housing (dormitory) - Approximately 150,000 won per month.

Local transportation - Approximately 1,200 won per ride.

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) - Expenses vary depending on courses.

Personal expenses - Personal expenses vary with individual students.

Other administrative fees - Orientation & Alien Registration fees: Approximately 50,000 won


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students 

International Relations Team



KAIST is situated in the northwestern part of Daejeon. Daejeon is the fifth largest city in Korea with a population of approximately 1.5 million people living in an area of 540 km2 (the total area of the Korean peninsula is 222,154 km2). Located in the center of Korea, Daejeon serves as a hub of transportation. Major expressways and railways connecting the country from the north to south converge in Daejeon. With this wonderful transportation network, it is possible to travel anywhere in the country within half a day from Daejeon.

For more information, please visit the Daejeon Metropolitan City homepage.

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