KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) is a prestigious research university in Korea. It was founded in 1971 and became the nation’s first research university. This university is known for its excellence in the field of science, technology, mathematics and recently, business. It is composed of 3 campuses: Seoul campus for business, and two science and technology campuses in Daejeon.

All English Classes

All classes in Kaist are taught in English. This is a great advantage for international students who were taught in English because the majority of Korean students were not taught in English. As an international student, you can focus on the subject itself while Korean students need to learn both English and also focus on the subject.
Since all the classes are taught in English, you are not pressured to learn Korean quickly. You can gradually pick up Korean if you want, since you are not forced to learn it in order to understand your professors. All English classes is an important reason why you should apply to KAIST.

Qualified Professors

The professors in KAIST are among the most qualified professors in South Korea and around the world. They have studied at various elite universities such as Cambridge, MIT, CalTech, and Harvard. Using the knowledge learned from those universities, they are constantly making technological advances and discovering new concepts. KAIST faculty have identified the cause of Parkinson’s disease, developed satellites and moon landers, and discovered new evidence for the existence of super solid. They have been making discoveries and are continuing to impact the world with their discoveries.
In KAIST, you can be taught by these excellent professors and research with them to make amazing discoveries. To have this opportunity, you should apply to KAIST.
If you are interested, you should look at KAIST’s chemistry professors’ profilesphysics professors’ profiles, and mathematics professors’ profiles to see their research interests and universities that they have studied in.

Research Emphasis

KAIST put much emphasis on research projects that will benefit industries and humanities. There are many research programs in KAIST including HRHR (high risk high return) which encourages creative research, URP (Undergraduate Research Participation) which makes possible for undergraduate students to research under the qualified professors in KAIST, and EEWS program (energy, environment, water, sustainability) which focuses on solving pressing needs in the fields of energy, environment, water, and sustainability.
These programs are housed in many cutting-edge research facilities. KAIST Institute (KI) is the main research institution in Kaist and consist of KI for BioCentury, KI for IT Convergence, KI for Robotics, KI for Nanocentury, KI for Health Science and Technology, Saudi Aramco-KAIST CO2 Management Center and I-Space. In addition to the KAIST Institute, KAIST research are conducted in NanoFab Center, the Satellite Technology Research Center, the Humanoid Robot Research Center, the Metabolic & Biomolecular Engineering National Research Laboratory, and other research facilities.

 These research programs and cutting edge facilities are funded by the private companies and Korean government, who are eager to benefit from the technology advances in KAIST. Korean government and private companies has invested more than 250 million dollars to KAIST research in 2015 alone. This tremendous amount of money makes many research projects to be very active.

As the result of many research funded by huge sums of money, KAIST has a total of over 6,000 domestic patents and 800 international patents from 2006 to 2015 according to the KAIST Scholarship website. In 2015 alone, there were 2,001 contracted project and about 6,000 published journals! These figures shows that research is very active in KAIST, and that is one of the reasons why you should apply to KAIST.

Success of the Graduates

KAIST graduates do phenomenal in both the industry and in academia. KAIST graduate has a job placement rate close to 100 percent, and many of them work in global companies such as Samsung, LG Electronics, and Hyundai. The success of the graduate in the job field can be shown in Samsung, where over 25 percent of Research and Development staff are KAIST graduates.
Graduates who chose to go into research field are admitted to prestigious universities such as MIT, CalTech, and UCLA. After they receive their doctorate degree, the majority of them teach at elite universities around the world. They are able to be successful because of the strong education that they have received in KAIST.


The qualified professors, high level of research activity, and successful graduates are some of the reasons that KAIST places high in global rankings. QS Global Ranking is the most well-known global ranking system, and they ranked KAIST as 43th overall, 13th in Engineering and Technology, 28th in Natural and Sciences (2015 QS World Ranking). Reuters, another well-known ranking system ranked KAIST as number 1 for most innovative universities in Asia, and number 6 in most innovative universities in the World. If you are interested in other rankings, visit KAIST Rankings.


All students can stay in the KAIST dormitory for approximately 91,000 KWR per month which is very inexpensive compared to other options. Living in the dorm will help you to save significant amount of money because of the lower rent costs and other costs such as transportation.

Selecting Major in Second Year

In KAIST, students cannot select a major in freshman year, but students can select majors in their second year without any additional requirements. This is different from majority of Korean universities where freshman has to select a major. Selecting a major in the second year will help students to study what the like the most and suit them best.

KAIST Scholarships (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Kaist International Student Scholarships

  • Scholarship Amount- Tuition, living stipend, national health insurance.
  • Eligibility- All students who are accepted into KAIST will receive this scholarship.
  • Application Procedure- There is no separate scholarship form for this scholarship. Every student accepted into KAIST will receive this scholarship. For more information about undergraduate scholarships, visit KAIST Undergraduate Scholarships website. For more information about graduate scholarships, visit KAIST Graduate Scholarships Website.
Korean Government Scholarships

This is a fully funded scholarship that is provided by the Korean Government for both undergraduate and graduate students. If you want to learn more, please read article about Korean Government Scholarships.

How to Apply

The official scholarship website is the best place to find information about the application procedure. For information about undergraduate scholarships, visit KAIST Undergraduate Scholarship Guide. For information about graduate scholarships, visit KAIST Graduate Scholarship Website.


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