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GE3: KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Daejeon, South Korea (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Exchange Language of Instruction: English, Korean
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Dormitory, On-Campus Dormitory
Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate Program Advisor: Office of Education Abroad (Email
Courses Offered: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems and Control Engineering
Program Description:

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Daejeon, Republic of Korea

University Info

Office responsible for International Exchange Students
International Relations Team -

Language(s) of Instruction  English is the medium of instruction but a few courses are also offered in Korean.

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 Yes
  • Graduate Students: Yes
  • Computer Science Majors: Yes
(If applicable) 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 and Brain Engineering
  • Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering,
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering,
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information & Communications Engineering
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Knowledge Service Engineering
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear and 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
  • Three passport-size photos (write your name on the back of each photo) (no larger than 55mm x 45mm or smaller than 50mm x 40mm)
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             
  • Summer term: Early July- Mid August
  • Fall term: Early September-Mid December 
  • Winter term: Late December-Early February

Registration Dates for 2013: (approximately a week prior to class commencement)
  • Spring term: Early March                           
  • Summer term:  To be announced.
  • Fall term: Early September                         
  • Winter term: To be announced.

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 at the orientation.

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions:

Course Timetables (Schedule of Classes):

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.

Student Life:

Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Yes. 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.

Life in Daejeon:

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:


While abroad, students continue to pay their Case tuition rather than the tuition at their new institution. In addition there are several expenses students’ financial aid can potentially help to fund. These are listed in the attachments below.