Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Location

Daejeon, South Korea 

Availability

Available university-wide.


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    KAIST is a very highly ranked University located in the city of Daejeon in South Korea. The 2016/7 QS World University Rankings ranked KAIST as 46th overall in the world, and 6th in Asia. It was 13th globally in Material Sciences and 14th in Engineering and Technology. 
     
    KAIST has three campuses, one in Seoul and two in Daejeon. The Seoul campus is situated in Seoul, the capital of Korea. The main campus and the Munji campus are both located in the centre of Daedeok Innopolis in Daejeon. Daedeok Innopolis is the largest scientific and technological R&D cluster in Korea, comprising government & private research institutes, start-ups and venture companies. 
     
    KAIST has adopted a student-centred, autonomous academic system. The Open Major System allows undergraduates to take courses in the fields of possible interest and then choose a major that best suits their aptitude by the end of their first academic year. 
     
    From the outset, KAIST has emphasized the importance of both basic and applied sciences. As Korea's foremost institution, KAIST undertakes mid- to long-term strategic R&D projects in order to promote technological innovation that will benefit humanity and industrial society. 
     
    ISSS provides the following numerous services for new and current international students. One of which is the Buddy Program. Students are placed in a group with a Korean buddy. The Buddy Program is a great way to meet Korean students and other international students early in the semester. Several programs and events are prepared for participants, including a field trip and movie night. 

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    Daejeon, temporary capital of South Korea during the Korean war, is now the fifth largest city in central South Korea. It is just under an hour away from Seoul by high speed train. The strategic location of the city makes it a hub for transport. Daedeok Innopolis (previously Daedeok Science Town) in Daejeon has been dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Korea”, as it is renowned for being an important centre for science, research and technology. The city has a vibrant and active entertainment district, Dusan-dong where you can find hundreds of trendy bars and nori-bong, Korea’s favourite past-time.

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    • Daejeon O-World
    • Hanbat Arboretum
    • Daecheong Lake
    • Uineungjeongi Cultural Street
    • Yuseong hot springs 
    • Jangtaesan Park 
    • Gyejoksan Hwangtogil Trail 
    • EXPO Science Park 
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    South Korea, officially called the Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, covering the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing its only land border with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

    South Korea has a population of around 51.5 million people, and is one of the world's most densely populated countries at 503 people per square kilometer, a number more than 10 times the global average. South Korea is a highly developed country and the world's 11th largest economy. Its capital, Seoul, is a major global city and half of South Korea's population live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fourth largest metropolitan economy in the world.

    Nearly 70% of South Korea's land area is mostly uninhabitable due to it being mountainous, a major factor in the population concentration. Despite the large population and city lifestyle, South Koreans are known for being very active, with most weekends spent out of doors for many people.

    It’s known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, coastal fishing villages, beautiful sub-tropical islands, and its advanced high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital. Today, South Korea is known for its globally influential pop culture such as K-pop and TV dramas, part of the phenomenon referred to as the Korean Wave. Korean and English are the major two languages used in South Korea, and generally English will get you by for exchange.

    Did you know…..?

    South Korea has the world's fastest Internet connection speeds and the world's second best healthcare system. South Korea is a global leader in many technology and innovation driven fields, being the world's 5th largest exporter and 8th largest importer.
     
     

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KAIST Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Fall semester (SP5)
August to December

Spring Semester (SP2)
February to June


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    Undergraduate

    • Accounting 
    • Aerospace Engineering 
    • Bio and Brain Engineering 
    • Biological Sciences 
    • Business Strategy 
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering 
    • Computing 
    • Culture Technology 
    • Department of Mathematical Sciences 
    • Economics 
    • Electrical Engineering 
    • Financial Management 
    • High Tech Venturing 
    • Humanities & Social Sciences 
    • Industrial Design 
    • Industrial Systems Engineering 
    • Information Technology Management 
    • Marketing 
    • Materials Science and Engineering 
    • Mechanical Engineering 
    • Nuclear and Quantum Engineering 
    • Organizational Behaviour 
    • Technology Management 

    Postgraduate

    • Accounting Principles 
    • Advanced Econometrics 
    • Advanced Statistics for Management 
    • Business Analytics for Innovation Management 
    • Computing 
    • Digital Innovation and IT Management 
    • Economics of Technology 
    • Entrepreneurship Program 
    • Global Information & Telecommunication  
    • Green Business and Policy Program 
    • Humanities & Social Sciences 
    • Industrial Design 
    • Innovation Management and Strategy 
    • Investments Theory 
    • Managing Innovative Organization 
    • Network Economics 
    • Strategic Management  
    • Supply Chain Innovation 
    • Technology Management and Corporate Finance 
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    All students must meet standard exchange selection criteria and any host institution restrictions.

    Require a minimum GPA of 5.0  
     
    Courses from the following schools are not available for exchange:

    • Graduate School of Medical Science 
    • Graduate School of Engineering 
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    • UniSA academic transcript  
    • Passport 
    • Passport-sized photo (3cmx4cm) 
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    Students must take a minimum of 12 KAIST credits for 18 UniSA units. The 13.5 UniSA unit-load option is not available at KAIST.

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    UniSA students are not required to provide evidence of English proficiency.  

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KAIST Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Weather
Autumn/Winter: -6°C to 5°C
Spring/Summer: 20°C to 30°C

Currency
₩ South Korean Won 

Local language/s
Korean


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    KAIST does not offer airport pick up. Students will need to make their own way to the campus from Incheon International Airport
     
    More information on how to get to the campus can be found here

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    KAIST will apply for on-campus accommodation for all exchange students based on their application form. The assigned dormitories (room type: double or triple occupancy) for exchange students are furnished with beds, closets, desks and chairs for each room. KAIST will lend you one pillow and one blanket. Shared facilities include restrooms, showers, washing machines, clothes dryer, and a lobby on each floor. 
     
    More information on accommodation can be found here

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    As an exchange partner with the University of South Australia, you do not have to pay tuition fees to KAIST, instead you will pay tuition as you would normally at UniSA. Travel and living expenses are at your own cost. The table below gives an indication of costs you will incur: 

    Items Approximate Cost (AUD)
    Return flights from Adelaide (to Seoul)  $1200 
    Accommodation (on-campus)  $800 to $1350 per semester 
    Meals/Groceries $2200 per semester 
    Transportation $350 per semester 
    Entertainment and incidentals including phone, laundry etc. $1700 per semester 

    More information can be found here.

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    UniSA offers a generous travel grant of up to $2500 for a full semester exchange. You may also be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan of up to $8000. For more information please see funding and scholarships website

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    UniSA offers travel insurance as part of your exchange for up to 270 days (can be extended up to 365 days). For more information please see travel insurance website.  
     
    Please click here to read the travel insurance policy. 
     
    A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here
     
    If you have any further questions about travel insurance, please contact the UniSA Insurance Office on 08 8302 1678. 

KAIST Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Visa information

It is your responsibility to apply for your visa for your overseas study experience. You can refer to the relevant consulate regarding a specific countries visa requirement. UniSA is legally unable to provide visa advise. Please see below links for more information.  
 
Australian Government DFAT brief on Republic of Korea (South Korea) is available here
 
Republic of Korea (South Korea) embassy website can be found here
 
KAIST student visa FAQ is available here.

Register your travel

To participate in an exchange experience, you must register your travel with International SOS (iSOS). We will provide instructions on how to do this throughout the process. 
 
UniSA has partnered with iSOS to offer our students medical, safety and security advice, referrals, emotional support and routine and emergency assistance when travelling or living abroad. 
 
For more information please visit the Travel Health and Safety Webpage
 
Before your departure, we strongly encourage you to visit the Smartraveller website
 
The website contains important information you need to know about travel documents, up to date travel advisories on destinations you may be travelling to on behalf of the University, travel tips and more. 

KAIST Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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KAIST international Summer school

A unique opportunity for students to interlace a tapestry of academic exchange through creative teaching and learning. We invite you to come and experience innovative teaching and the blending of cultures at KAIST this summer at the 2020 KAIST International Summer School Program. This experience will most-definitely broaden your cultural understanding, deepen your intellectual capacity, and expand your network of friendships. We believe that 2020 KISS will provide a wonderful environment and program that will serve as a catalyst in formulating new friendships and pleasant memories that can be shared around the world. 

KAIST International Summer School
Location:
Seoul, South Korea 
UniSA application deadline: 
6th March 2020 
Program dates:
26th June to 24th July 2020 
Credit: 
3 or 6 KAIST Credits
 Duration: 
4 weeks
Eligibility:
All students must meet short-term exchange selection criteria and any host institution requirements.
Credit notes:

Students may enrol in either 1 or 2 courses (equalling either 3 or 6 KAIST credits).
One course in the morning and one course in the afternoon.
3 KAIST credits is equivalent to 4.5 UniSA credits.

Other Information:
 This program is part of the UniSA exchange agreement. UniSA students are eligible for a tuition-free place, dependant on availability – other program fees apply, see partner website for details. 
Available to Undergraduate students only. 
Program brochure:
 Currently unavailable

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