About the Program
KAIST is recognized as one of the best research-oriented science and engineering universities in Asia. Since its establishment in 1971, KAIST has dedicated itself to educating highly qualified students in science and engineering and spearheading scientific and technological innovation for the betterment of the nation and the world and is currently ranked #14 in Engineering & Technology
KAIST is located in Daedeok Science Town, the home to more than 60 government-supported and private research institutes, 4 universities, and numerous venture businesses. The Science Town is situated in the northern part of Daejeon, which is approximately 150km south of Seoul. Daejeon has a population of over 1.3 million citizens. Taking advantage of its geographical location, KAIST provides abundant opportunities for research and learning through collaboration and exchanges with institutions and organizations in the immediate vicinity.
Daejeon is the fifth largest city in Korea with a population of approximately 1.5 million people living in an area of 540 km2 (the total area of the Korean peninsula is 222,154 km2). Located in the center of Korea, Daejeon serves as a hub of transportation. Major expressways and railways connecting the country from the north to south converge in Daejeon. With this wonderful transportation network, it is possible to travel anywhere in the country in under half a day from Daejeon.
Course Availability Classes at KAIST are taught in both English and Korean. Students must complete Korean 101 in order to apply for this program. However, you are encouraged to continue your language studies as course options are greater with an advanced level of Korean.
This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at KAIST before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
You must obtain approval by the appropriate department for each course you plan to take abroad. For example, if you want to take a sociology course at the host institution for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.
Students are taught and graded by Korean faculty at KAIST. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.
Drexel students will have to arrive in Korea at the end of August, before the end of Drexel's summer term. Students should plan on leaving their spring/summer co-op early.
Spring Term Dates (KAIST Semester 1)
Program Start Date
Program End Date
Drexel students will have to arrive in Korea at the end of February, before the end of Drexel's winter term. Students should plan on leaving their fall/winter co-op early. Please double check the end date for the spring semester to make sure that you are back in time for Drexel's summer term.
Students are guaranteed on-campus housing. Dorm fees will depend on whether students are assigned to a two/three person room or single room. All dorm rooms are equipped with desks, chairs, closets, and beds. KAIST will lend you one pillow and one blanket. Shared facilities include restrooms, showers, washing machines, clothes drier, and a lobby on each floor. KAIST IO has a list of dormitory fees.
All applicants who are not Korean need a D-2 visa to study in Korea. KAIST will send the Certificate of Admission to the Study Abroad Office after official acceptance. Students should contact their local Korean embassy/consulate for detailed visa instructions, as requirements vary depending on location of embassy/consulate.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For Language minors only. The College of Arts and Sciences offers Critical Languages Abroad Grants to support study abroad for Drexel University’s minors in critical and less commonly-taught languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and German. Awardees will receive support towards travel and housing while studying abroad to advance their language minor in critical or less commonly taught languages. Grants up to $2,500 will be awarded to eligible students. The amount will vary depending on factors such as country, length of stay, financial aid, and travel costs. Learn More.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.