Since its establishment in 1971, KAIST educate and foster elite scientists for the future, equipped with theoretical and practical expertise.

Flexible Academic System

KAIST was the first university in Korea to introduce an undeclared major system for all incoming undergraduate freshman in 1986. Students can choose any major of their interest after two years. Also, with flexible academic system and unique “Expedited Degree Conferment” opens up enormous possibilities for KAIST students.

Conducting Classes in English

More than 80% of the classes are currently conducted in English. International students can complete degree requirements by taking lectures in English.

Opportunities of Hands on Research

KAIST provide a wide range of opportunities for students to gain real laboratory and research experience as a research-oriented university. For example, Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provide undergraduates with research experience and research expenses aiming to cultivate a desire for learning as well as a creative mindset. Through URP, Cho Sang-yeon, then an undergraduate student (Dept. of Chemistry, 2008), published a paper in a sister journal of Cell, and was featured on the cover of the journal.

URP Operation Performance 2006 ~ 2012
Excellent Research Performance
  • Operation of 1,809 cases(total research expense of 2.865 Billion KRW) of research activities
  • 718 domestic patent cases registered(applied for a total of 1,747cases)
  • 242 overseas patent cases registered(applied for a total of 331 cases)
  • 48 cases of technology transfer contracts(total contract amount 1.35)
  • Operation of 8 research facilities, 51 KAIST research centers, and 92 general research centers for the enhancement of convergence research.
Acclaimed Faculty
International Scholar and Student Services Team(ISSS)

ISSS is exclusively in charge of supporting international students studying at KAIST, and is helping international students settle down and adjust to their new life at KAIST to ensure a successful study-abroad experience. ISSS strives to provide international students with high-quality administrative services that are fast and convenient.

Language Center

KAIST Language Center (KLC) is offering Korean classes for KAIST international faculty, students (including exchange students), and their families. There are six semesters in one year and each semester consists of 5 weeks. KLC also provides foreign language classes for English, French, and etc. In addition, KLC’s English editing, proofreading and translation services for research papers are very popular among KAIST faculty and students.