Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students

KAIST International Student Scholarship

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Undergraduate
Provider: KAIST
Country to Study in: South Korea

Scholarship Description
The Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) offers the KAIST International Student Scholarship for both undergraduate and postgraduate international students (see the KAIST PostGraduate Scholarships here).

KAIST Undergraduate Scholarships are very competitive and once a student is selected by KAIST, his/her tuition fee is waived off and he/she will get scholarship based on KAIST policies.

KAIST welcomes applications from all over the world. Eligible international undergraduate applicants wishing to study at KAIST are invited to apply for the KAIST International Student Scholarship as they apply for their course. You can choose to apply either for SPRING semester or Fall semester.

Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) International Student Scholarship

All applicants must be of International Student Admission. Applicants with a financial need are able to apply for the scholarship.

If you graduated or will be graduating high school, you can apply for any of KAIST's undergraduate (bachelor's degree) program. International candidates must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Spring Semester, 2018: He or she has graduated or will graduate from his or her secondary education by February 28th, 2018.
    Fall Semester, 2018: He or she has graduated or will graduate from his or her secondary education by August 31st, 2018.
  • He or she is not a citizen of Korea.
    Note: Korean citizens who hold dual citizenship are not eligible to apply as foreign students.
International applicants whose parents were born in Korea MUST additionally satisfy one of the following two requirements:
  • Neither of the candidate’s parents is a Korean citizen or;
  • The candidate must have received his/her entire elementary, junior high, and high school education outside of Korea at a comparable and equivalent level of those provided in Korea. But in this case, international schools located in Korea are not acknowledged as foreign schools.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT South Korea)

Participating Institutions
Korean Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Fields of study
Undergraduate level studies in all courses available at KAIST (including Science, Technology, Engineering, Humanities, Social Science, Business. etc)

All undergraduate students enter without declaring a major and after one year of studying basics of science they are free to choose any major they are interested in. And there is no restriction in changing major. KAIST values the process of student finding their interest and talent for the best future career.

Number of awards
About seventy-nine (79)

Sponsorship duration
The award is expected to last throughout the duration of the student's program at KAIST. However, the student must maintain GPA over 2.7 out of 4.3 at KAIST

Scholarship benefits
The Subsidies covered by the scholarship include:
  • Full tuition fee: tuition exemption for 8 semesters
  • Living expenses: 200,000 ~ 350,000 KRW per month
  • Medical insurance
Method of Application
Applicants can choose to apply either SPRING semester or Fall semester. The application period and selection procedure for the KAIST Scholarship is done at the same time as the application period and selection procedure for the KAIST undergraduate course program admissions. If you are interested in applying for admission as an international student for an undergraduate program at KAIST, visit KAIST Undergraduate Admissions.

Interview is NOT required for all accepted candidates. Candidates will be contacted through individual emails if interview is necessary.

It is important to read the Admission Guide for International Undergraduate Students carefully, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information.

KAIST has three application cycles: EARLY, REGULAR, and LATE.

For the EARLY cycle, online application opens September 3, 2018 and ends October 31, 2018. For the REGULAR cycle, online application opens November 1, 2018 and ends January 11, 2019. For the LATE cycle online application opens March 1st, 2019 and closes May 24th 2019

Submit your completed application and documents by 11:59 p.m. on the application deadline based on local time of Republic of Korea.

Please download and read the guideline carefully. As a candidate, it is your responsibility to know the application requirements, to submit the necessary materials by the deadline, and to monitor the status of application on the official website.

KAIST, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology is one of the world's best research oriented university. KAIST is filled with opportunity, excellent academic system, cutting-edge research, world-class facilities, and internationally renowned faculty. KAIST is one of the top leading universities in South Korea and one of the world's best research oriented universities. Undergraduate programs at KAIST is unique with providing large opportunities and flexibility.

Application Deadline: 31 Oct 2018 || 11 Jan / 24 May 2019
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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