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When applying for an outgoing student exchange program from KAIST, it is important to work through each step of the application process : noting application

deadlines, financial implications of your exchange program, and researching your destination by consulting the university profiles from our list of partner institutions.

Once you have an idea of what would work best for you, please contact the KAIST International Relations Team coordinator to discuss your options.

It is also important that prior to submitting your application, you read through the descriptions of the courses you plan to study overseas discuss with the staff

in charge of academic affairs.

Study Program

Your choice of institution will be guided by your study needs. Some institutional agreements are limited to students from a particular faculty or department.

See the individual university profiles from our partner institutions to find out if your planned course is suitable. Consult your KAIST course outline to determine

what courses you need to complete while overseas and take electives during student exchange program, when possible.

To determine if courses are suitable at your host institution, consult the websites of our partner institutions.

Approximate credit point translations are:

  • 3 credits = 3 or 4 credits in the US system
  • 3 credits = 5 ECTS in the European system

The head of your department ultimately decides how many credits you will receive for each subject you took overseas based on his/her review of the course

content and assessment.


As a KAIST student you can study for one or two semesters at an overseas university and earn credit towards your degree

through the KAIST Student Exchange Program.

Eligibility Requirements :

  • Current enrolment in a coursework program at KAIST
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least two semesters before applying and graduate students must have completed one semester by the time
    of their departure
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in your current KAIST courses
  • At least one semester left to complete upon returning to KAIST
  • Ability to be self-sufficient financially for the exchange period

Tuition fees at the host institution are waived, but students are required to pay travel and living expenses.

The ideal time to go on exchange is during your second semester of your second year, or first semester of your third year (undergraduate),

or second semester (graduate).

Many of KAIST's exchange agreements are established for undergraduate student exchange only.

However, some faculties have entered into exchange agreements that include or focus specifically on graduate coursework exchanges.

Please refer to our list of partner institutions.

If you require further information about partner institutions, please drop by the International Relations Team, located on the 1st floor of the International Center

(W2-1), Daejeon main campus.

Office hours are Monday ~ Friday from 9 A.M. ~ 6 P.M.

Alternatively, you may call +82-42-350-2441~3 to arrange an appropriate time to consult with the IRT coordinators.

Application process

As a KAIST student you can study for one or two semesters at an overseas university and earn credit towards your degree

through the KAIST Student Exchange Program.

Here is a step-by-step guide to participating in an outgoing student exchange program at KAIST :

  • Read the Outbound Exchange web pages thoroughly
  • Check application deadlines
  • Research your destination: consult the university profiles from our list of partner institutions and obtain references

Material from KAIST's International Relations Team :

  • Consider the financial implications of your exchange
  • Contact the IRT coordinators to discuss your options based on your research to date
  • Complete the online application form for the Student Exchange Program
  • Print out the form and get a signature from the head of your department
  • Attach the following documents to the completed form :

    - Academic transcript

    - 1 Passport photo

    - Essay of 800~1,000 words in English, outlining why you want to participate in the Program and study plan.

  • Make a copy of your entire exchange application for yourself
  • Submit the forms and supporting documents to the International Relations Team at KAIST by the appropriate deadline

Application deadlines

The deadline for KAIST students to submit their student exchange applications with the International Relations Team are as follows :

For exchange during the

  • Spring Semester in 2012: September 15, 2011

For exchange during the Fall Semester :

  • March 15, 2012


Mirrae Asset Scholarship

  • 1) Definition

    The Mirrae Asset Student Exchange Scholarship Program is a scholarship foundation that is funding student's education abroad and their experience of different

    cultures in order to become global leaders in the future. This scholarship program started in 2008 and will be selecting 5000 students in a span of 10 years.

  • 2) Selection Criteria & Application Requirements

    After having been selected by the International Relations Team (IRT), students need to check the IRT homepage announcements or the Mirrae Asset

    Scholarship mepage. (http://foundation.miraeasset.com) because the selection criteria changes every semester.

ASEM-Duo Program

  • 1) Definition

    ASEM member countries form a pair (Europe-Asia) and exchange personnel. Upon exchange, scholarship is provided through this program.

    ASEM-Duo has scholarships available for: Duo-Korea, Duo-France, and Duo-Singapore

  • 2) Which countries must exchange in order to apply for this scholarship?

    This is an exchange between ASEM member countries, so the applicant must check if their country is a member of ASEM. (There are 25 ASEM member countries:

    Greece, Denmark, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, England, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, China, Japan,

    Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Brunei.) Duo-Korea exchanges with European ASEM member countries.

    Those applying through Duo-Korea must be affiliated with a Korean educational institute and must find a pair amongst one of the European ASEM member

    countries. If a European ASEM member country wishes to exchange with Korea, the Korean educational institution must find its pair, then the applicant may

    apply to Duo-Korea through the Korean institution. But, a formal exchange agreement must exist between the Korean and European educational institutions.

    Scholarships will be provided to both students when selected. When forming pairs, the candidates must be from the same domain (i.e. student-student) and

    below is the definition of a student :

    * A Student is defined as someone enrolled in a formal educational institute obtaining a degree (undergraduate, masters, or ph-d)

  • 3) Who can apply for candidacy?

    There are minor differences between programs. Active undergraduate, graduate, and professors may participate in this program.

    For example, Elementary, Middle and High school teachers may also apply, but if they have already graduated and are not active in an educational institution,

    they are not eligible to apply.

  • 4) How do you apply?

    The International Relations Team will inform you of the documents needed once the plausibility of the 1:1 exchange with the European sister school has been

    confirmed. Students must then fill out the application and submit necessary documents to the International Relations Team.

  • 5) Do all applicants receive benefits?

    The ASEM-Duo scholarship foundation decides who the beneficiaries are; therefore, benefits are not guaranteed.

  • 6) For more information please refer to the ASEM-Duo Korea website. http://www.asemduo.org

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