Before You Apply

※ KAIST does not have TRANSFER program, applicants must apply as a freshmen.

※ KAIST holds 【non-declared major system】 at the freshmen year, applicant will get their admission offers as “undecided major”.

On sophomore year, students will choose the department/division for their degree year without any additional requirements or admission procedures.

KAIST offers various educational opportunities focusing on science and technology, across 4 different Colleges, 4 Schools and 17 unique & independent departments.

Explore more of our offered programs and your opportunity at KAIST below:

1) College of Natural Sciences (

  • Physics (
  • The Department of Physics at KAIST focuses on research in condensed matter physics, optics, plasma physics, theoretical high energy physics, physics of complex systems, biophysics, and nonlinear/nonequilibrium physics. Several research centers are active within the department.

  • Matematical Sciences (
  • The department aims to nurture mathematical talents, so as to make significant contributions to advancements in research and related industries. It maintains the highest standards in education and research, and promotes interdisciplinary research with various fields such as natural sciences, engineering, and economics. In addition, research synergy is maximized through active exchange with world-class universities, research institutes, and businesses at home and abroad.

  • Chemistry (
  • Chemistry is a central science in the sense that chemical transformations are based on physical principles and responsible for biological processes in life as well as many material processes. The Department of Chemistry at KAIST is committed to providing distinguished, interdisciplinary programs in both education and research. The department’s education system aims to foster talented individuals to accelerate the nation’s scientific research and development.

2) College of Life Science & Bioengineering (

The undergraduate curricula in our department are finely organized for students to build a creative research capability and thus to become prominent biological scientists who can play a leading role in the advancement of biological science and technology. Currently, our department has 35 excellent faculty members and modern research facilities, and conducts the cutting-edge research mainly focusing on the two advanced technologies, genomics and nano-technology. In particular, emphasis is placed on research including human diseases and their molecular mechanisms, functional genomics and its application, and nano-biotechnologies and their application.

  • Biological Sciences
  • Brain & Cognitive Sciences

3) College of Engineering (

  • Mechanical Engineering (
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks to achieve world-class standards in education and research, and to play a leading role in research on creative, essential technologies that serve as a basis of advanced industries. It is exploring methods to enhance social values for a human-centered society, and fostering mechanical engineering leaders to address challenges faced by humanity.

  • Aerospace Engineering (
  • The Department of Aerospace Engineering’s strengths lie in education and research in aerospace system design, structural dynamics, aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, propulsion and combustion, and flight dynamics. It has contributed to the development of aerospace technology by participating actively in government-led aerospace technology programs.

  • Electrical Engineering (
  • As the largest academic department in KAIST, the School of Electrical Engineering has developed KITSAT-1, a tactile sensor that mimics human skin, the world’s smallest transistor, intelligent robots, and 5G mobile communications technology. The school pursues education and research in various areas such as systems, electronic devices, and smart systems, and gives back to society through volunteering activities.

  • Computer Science (
  • Modern computing is human-centric. Its focus has shifted significantly towards humans – the creators, users, and subjects of computing – from the hardware and software technologies. This paradigm shift, as demonstrated by the growing interest in social computing with big data, presents opportunities for a deeper understanding of individuals necessary to improve the quality of life. The KAIST School of Computing carries forward the vision of human-centric computing by staying committed to excellent research and educating future global leaders of computing technologies.

  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering is an indispensable field of engineering for human life and industrial activities. CEE provides infrastructures for housing, industry, and transportation, conducts research for preservation and improvement of the natural and built environments and effective development of natural resources for general well-being of human society. To keep up with a fast-paced modern world becoming increasingly sophisticated each passing day, KAIST CEE is actively taking part in developing state-of-the-art construction and environmental technologies.

  • Bio & Brain Engineering (
  • The mission of our department is to foster human resources that will create new knowledge and technology in the fields of Bioengineering and Brain Engineering. Through this ambitious endeavor, we seek to develop technology that will raise quality of life and open a new future for the people of Korea and the world.

  • Industrial Design (
  • Based on the motto “Shape the Future: Design for a Better World,” ID KAIST’s objectives lie in training global design experts who lead the front end of innovation. These experts have the ability to create pioneering businesses and understand hidden human needs, influenced by the science, technology, and society area of inquiry and relying on knowledge of engineering, technology, and human behavior. ID KAIST also aims to serve as a world-leading research-centered design education program by building a multidisciplinary knowledge base.

  • Industrial & Systems Engineering (
  • System analysis and problem-solving, system design, and integration techniques not only can be applied to traditional manufacturing (steel, automobiles, ships, electronic devices, and semiconductors), but also to service industries (information services, consulting, communications, finance, medicine, logistics, and internet), and complex engineering systems (environment, transportation, national defense, and plants). The department adopts a broader perspective compared to other fields of engineering, so as to optimize large-scale, complex systems in manufacturing, business, engineering, and society.

  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (
  • The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST aims to tackle important life-science and chemical engineering challenges by applying traditional and evolving chemical engineering principles. Chemical engineers are responsible for the design of chemical processes for the manufacture of various types of product. Broadening the area of interest to a wide spectrum of fields, we seek to nurture chemical and biomolecular engineers who can address current societal issues, ranging from energy crisis to environment preservation to improvement of daily living.

  • Materials Science & Engineering (
  • Materials science and engineering is a discipline that applies basic knowledge in materials science to real-world processes according to purpose and need. The department seeks to enhance the performance and functionality of materials through advanced research, and to improve the quality of life by developing new, creative materials.

  • Nuclear & Quantum Engineering (
  • The undergraduate program in the department provides students with basic principles of engineering and sciences related to the nuclear energy, radiation and quantum technologies and their engineering applications. The overall courses in the department are well suited for any student who has taken freshman- and sophomore-year courses in engineering or science.

All the students in the department actively participate in various departmental activities such as seminars and individual research courses, and develop their relationships with faculty members and graduate students in the department.

4) College of Business (

  • Business and Technology Management
  • We foster creative and convergence-oriented global business leaders to satiate the needs of ociety as the rapid improvement of science, industry convergence, and the emergence and uccessful commercialization of new technology determine the welfare of the country.

    BTM strives to help our students become top business managers who pursue the following three objectives.

5) School of Transdisciplinary Studies (

  • Under the belief that “flowers bloom at all boundaries,” the School of Transdisciplinary Studies will foster talent versed in transdisciplinary research, equipped with knowledge to solve problems across disciplines, scholars who have a vision for the future based on a love of reading and discussion.
  • To foster talent essential for the future, the School plans to provide students with unprecedented transdisciplinary educational services that blur the boundaries between departments.

    The School of Transdisciplinary Studies will foster creative, transdisciplinary global leaders in preparation for the 4IR age, characterized by hyperconnectivity, superintelligence, and convergence.