Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology/ KAIST

Program Details

Program Location Daejon, South Korea
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology/ KAIST

KAIST Campus

KAIST was established in 1971 as a research-oriented university to foster outstanding talent in science and technology. Starting as Korea's first research-oriented graduate school, KAIST is now known as one of the best academic institutes of science and technology from across the globe.

KAIST has set itself a new model for research universities in Korea and established its reputation for pioneering research throughout the world. Despite its relatively short history, KAIST ranked 41st in the 2019 World University Rankings and earned 1st place in Asia's Most Innovative University Rankings for 2016-2019. 

Daejon is South Korea's 5th largest city. The city developed a reputation as high-tech headquarters, as over 230 research institutions have developed in the city and the outskirts, and also has many popular attractions for visitors.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology/ KAIST

The City of Daejon

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Undergraduate students must take at least 50% of their courses in the discipline you are majoring in. Students can take:
  • A minimum of 4 courses (12 credits)
  • A maximum of 8 courses (24 credits)
Additional course information can be found at this link


KAIST will apply for on-campus accommodation for all exchange students based on their application form. The assigned dormitories (room type: double or triple occupancy) for exchange students are furnished with beds, closets, desks and chairs for each room.

Additional information on housing can be found at this link

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance $120.00
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Housing $900.00
Local Transportation $200.00
Visa $150.00
Books and Supplies $200.00
Meals $2,000.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology/ KAIST


Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.