Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology - KAIST



Bettina Dinter

RWTHworldwide: Asia


+49 241 80 90812




KAIST, located at the edge of Daejeon, is Korea's leading technical university.

KAIST College of Business in Seoul is not open for the exchange program anymore.

At the west gate of the university you can find countless small and cheap restaurants and bars. There are numerous cafés, small supermarkets, cafeterias, and restaurants on the campus. The campus is laid out like a park and includes a lake, a forest, fitness studios, sports halls, billiard rooms, and numerous other amenities.

Seoul can be reached by bus within two hours. Since Daejeon is centrally located and central transporation hub, other parts of the country are easily accessible.

In the 2013 QS World University Ranking KAIST was in 19th place in mechanical engineering and thus at the same level as RWTH.

As well as offering study abroad opportunities, KAIST also offers research stays. If you are interested in applying, please submit your application via the RWTH International Office. If you would like advice or to apply to KAIST College of Business in Seoul, please contact Stefanie Spatafora at Faculty 8.

Moreover, KAIST regularly hosts summer school in various subjects. For further information, please refer to our web page on Kaist International Summer School.

General Information


South Korea





Number of Students

10,500, of which 550 are international students


Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

International Relations Team

KAIST Student Handbook

Fact Sheet


International Student Support


Type of Agreement

University partnership

Who can apply?

  • Bachelor students in the 3rd semester or higher (study abroad from the 5th semester)
    Please note: Bachelor students may not take Master courses at this university.
  • Master students in the 1st semester or higher (study abroad from the 3rd semester)
    Please note: you must be in at least your 3rd Master semester when you pursue your stay abroad.

Type of Stay

Studies or research

Length of Stay

One to two semesters

Time of Stay

Winter or summer semester

Number of Exchange Placements

ten per semester

Study Details

Semester Dates

1st semester: beginning of March to the end of June
2nd semester: beginning of September to the end of December

Study Possibilities

Faculties and Institutes

If you are interested in applying for the College of Business, please contact Stefanie Spatafora at Faculty 8.

Course Offerings

Lectures offered

Language Courses

Summer School

The university offers language courses during the academic semester (free of charge, the number of spots is limited).

The KAIST Language Center also offers language courses for a fee. Diverse organizations offer language tandems or courses.

Prerequisites for the Application Very good academic performance
Language Requirements

The German Abitur certificate or equivalent counts as proof of language skills.

Submit application in the International Office application portal
Application Deadline in the International Office

You can find further information on the application portal website.

Tuition Fees Tuition fees waived
Average Cost of Living up to 1000 euros
Funding Possibilities

BAföG for abroad
RWTH scholarship database
DAAD scholarship database
MOGAM RWTH Scholarship for Korea
PROMOS scholarships abroad
Financing Study Abroad

Practical Information

Support from the partner university: Yes

Information from the partner university

Health Insurance Students are responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. We highly recommend health insurance and private liability insurance for abroad. Some partner universities have particular requirements for insurance protection.
Experience Reports See the experience reports at Moveonline Exchange
Additional Information

Foreign Office