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Drexel in Korea: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Daejeon, Korea, South (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement:
KOR 103
Language of Instruction:
English, Korean
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
2. Sophomore, 3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
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Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Lauren Steinberg
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Program Description:

The Program

KAIST logoThe KAIST Exchange program is open to ALL Drexel students who have completed Korean 103 or its equivalent. Students enroll directly in the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), one of the premier universities in Korea, taking courses with Korean students.

The KAIST Exchange program completely immerses Drexel students into Korean education and culture as you take classes with the local Korean and international students. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your Korean language skills and make many international friends!

For more information, including course offerings, visit the KAIST main website: as well as the International Relations website


KAIST offers a variety of courses in English, but not all courses are offered in English. Students should have completed at least Korean 103 before studying at KAIST.  Please note, KAIST's intention is to offer all undergraduate courses in English by 2010.


Drexel students can choose from a wide range of subjects and classes offered in Korean and in English. Students should also consider advancing their Korean skills by taking additional language classes.

KAIST offers courses in the following fields: Physics, Biology, Math, Chemistry, Engineering, Industrial Design, Biomedical Engineering, English, Literature and the Arts, History and Philosophy, Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Social Science, and Science and Technology and Business Economics.


Sony walking robotsStudents should check the KAIST Course Catalog for appropriate courses, paying special attention to the language of instruction. In the remarks section of each course, you can see if the course is offered in English or Korean.

A goal of KAIST is to globalize academic and research activities and produce creative global leaders equipped with international experience. Based on that goal, all freshmen and sophomore courses are delivered in English to enhance students' global competitiveness and provide improved education to foreign students. All undergraduate and graduate courses at KAIST will be delivered in English by 2010.


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Course Equivalencies: List of KAIST courses that have been approved for Drexel equivalencies. If there are courses that you would like to take that are not listed, you will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department at Drexel. For example, if you want to take a sociology course for Drexel credit, the Sociology Department must pre- approve the course and equivalency.

Grading: 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. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. A full course load at KAIST is 16 semester hours. Remember, the goal is to be a full-time student at both your host institution and Drexel.

The language requirement for this program is Korean 103, though a higher level of Korean is strongly encouraged. To advance their language skills before studying abroad, students should consider taking more language courses during their freshman summer vacation term or on campus during their co-op terms. For more information please contact Modern Languages Department at 215-895-5816.

Academic Calendar:

KAIST operates on the semester system. Students have a variety of options including one or two terms abroad.

KAIST's Fall semester: Early September-Mid December = Drexel's fall term Please note, students will have to leave the summer co-op early.

KAIST's Winter semester: End December -End of January. This is not a stand-alone semester, but rather could be added on if a student wanted to stay at KAIST for both fall and winter terms, assuming that appropriate coursework can be found.

KAIST's Spring semester: End of February-Mid June = Drexel's spring term. Please note, students will have to leave Fall/Winter co-op early.

KAIST's Summer semester: July-August This is not a stand-alone semester, but rather could be added on if a student wanted to stay at KAIST for both spring and summer terms, assuming that appropriate coursework can be found.

Due to the potential need to adjust academic and co-op cycles, students are urged to begin planning 12 months prior to their intended study abroad term.

The Experience

korean dragon monumentKAIST 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.

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.

Life in Daedeock Science Town:

One of the fastest and most efficient modes of transport in Daejeon is the bicycle. Most KAIST
students use bicycles when traveling around campus, as evidenced by the nearly endless line of bikes parked near the side gate (the gate leading to Eoeundong on the west side of campus) or by any dormitory building. Due to legislation by Daejeon's municipal government, the streets of the city, particularly in Yuseong district, are extremely bicycle friendly. With crosswalks, pedestrian overpasses, sidewalks on all major roads, and the Gapcheon River walkway, avid bicyclers should feel right at home at KAIST. Bicycling is a great option when visiting nearby Expo Park, the Yuseong spa area, Chungnam University, Weolpyeongdong, Manyeondong, Dunsandong, Carrefour, and Walmart.

In addition, there are several mountains in the vicinity of KAIST which will challenge intrepid
mountain bikers. Gyejoksan is about a 40 minute bike ride away from KAIST campus, and
Gyeryeongsan is about a 50 minute ride away. Be sure to bring a helmet!


Dormitory rooms are furnished with beds, closets, and desks. International exchange students can rent sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and blankets from the International Relations Team.  Restrooms, showers, coin-operated washing machines, and computer labs are shared in the
dormitory.  Kitchen facilities are not available in the dormitory. Meal services are available at on-campus cafeterias, serving meals three times a day, Monday through Sunday. The average price of a
meal is $2.00 US.  Dormitories are equipped with a LAN, allowing 24-hour access to information networking.


Students will be required to obtain a student visa for entry into Korea . Visa Instructions.pdf

Scholarship Information

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid travels with you. If you are interested in seeking additional funding, you should considering applying for study abroad  Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/01/2015 10/01/2015 TBA TBA
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