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  • Locations: Daejeon, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Binghamton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.5 Housing Options: Dormitory without Meal Plan
Language of Study: English Class Level: Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Direct Enrollment, Exchange Student Type: Binghamton University Students Only
Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight Program Advisor: Allison Nyamuame:
Program Description:

KAIST Exchange Program

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Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process

KAIST (formerly known as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) is home to a Binghamton exchange program for students in the Natural Sciences and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Watson school students majoring in Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Science & Industrial Engineering are encouraged to apply and take credits toward their major. Science students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics are also encouraged to apply. Binghamton students are fully integrated into the university, taking coursework in English with Korean students. Students live in campus residence halls and are included in all university activities.


The Republic of Korea, known as South Korea, is a country of some 44 million people.  With its own distinctive history and culture, it also represents the triumphs and challenges of East Asia's modernization, economic expansion, and contraction. Korea is an excellent vantage point from which to view the region's international cooperation, competition and politics. The country also features some of the world's most enchanting countryside: beautiful mountains, picturesque valleys, rivers, and beaches.Daejeon is Korea's 5th largest metropolis. The city's name comes from the Chinese characters (dae) and (jeon), which means "great field." Daejeon is known as the "Silicon Valley of Korea" and KAIST is located in the Daedok Innopolis, a special zone for research and development that clusters top research universities, government and corporate research centers, and venture capital companies. Located in the center of the country, it is possible to get anywhere in the country within half a day. KAIST is just a quick hour train ride from Seoul on a rapid transit train. Daejeon also features a variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, flea markets, sports competitions, and cultural events offers something for every individual interest. The small mountain park of Pomunsan, on the southern side of the city, features several traditional Buddhist temples and a beautiful scenic cable car ride up to a peaceful overlook with a spectacular view of the city. Daejeon was also host of the World Expo and many of its exhibits are still open for viewing as a public park.


Fall semester begins approximately September 1 and ends in mid-December. Spring semester normally begins the last week of February and ends in mid-June.

Academic Features

Binghamton University offers students in the sciences and Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences an opportunity to study abroad at KAIST. Coursework in English is available in the Colleges of:

Natural Sciences
Life Sciences & Bioengineering
Information Science and Technology
Cultural Science

Watson school students majoring in Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Science & Industrial Engineering are encouraged to apply and take credits toward their major. KAIST offers particularly strong programs in Computer Science, Electrical and Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Design, Chemistry, and Telecommunications. For advising on specific coursework, please visit the advising office of your college. Course descriptions and time tables can be found on the KAIST course website.

To see a list of courses students have previously taken at KAIST and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Study Abroad Course Equivalencies page. 

For more information about KAIST, please visit their website here.

Student Life

The Office of Advising and Support for International Students (OASIS) and KAIST International Student Association (KISA) provide support for students participating in the program, including an orientation upon arrival to introduce students to the campus and assist with course registration, alien registration, and answering other questions as they arise. There several programs offered for international students including a global leadership distinguished lecture series, KAIST ONE, which is a program run by native and international students to promote cultural awareness, International Festivals, International Movie Nights, Korean Cultural seminars, which introduces Korean history, culture, and food to international students, Job Seminars, Sports Day, and Year-end Party. OASIS also organizes excursions to other parts of Korea, including Seoul, Busan, Kyoungju.

In the fall, take part in the university's annual KAIST-POSTECH Science Wars, a series of academic and athletic competitions between KAIST and its rival Pohang University of Science and Technology. Events include , intelligent programming, science quiz competitions, e-sports Starcraft tournament, basketball, soccer, and baseball.

Students are placed in any of the 29 on-campus student residence halls in double or triple accommodations. The dorms are separated by gender. Each room is furnished with beds, closets, desks and chairs and shared facilities including restrooms, showers, laundry facilities and lounges on each floor. Pillows and blankets can be rented through the University. Meals can be purchased in any of the on-campus dining facilities, which are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and feature traditional Korean cuisine (rice, stew, main dishes, and side dishes). There are several on-campus snack bars and convenience stores that sell snacks, bread, ice cream, milk products, cup noodles, instant rice, fruits, and beverages. For western-style food, the KAIST campus features a hamburger fast food restaurant as well as a pizza place and coffee shop. Other dining options are found in the neighborhoods of UEundong and Gungdong, which are within walking distance of campus.Students have access to the campus fitness centers, which feature racquetball, badminton, volleyball, and basketball courts, outdoor soccer fields and tennis courts, ping-pong tables, a swimming pool, fitness equipment and sauna.

Check out KAIST's brochure for international exchange students HERE.

Estimate of Costs

Estimates to be added soon

In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton.

Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study. Other SUNY and non-SUNY students should contact the financial aid office on the home campus for information about eligibility for all aid programs.

The Evelio Figueroa Memorial Scholarship supports students with financial need studying for the fall semester or academic year; the Rosefsky Scholarship supports students with financial need studying in the summer, fall, spring or academic year. Scholarships: students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship, if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship, click here.  Other national scholarships may be available as well. Please visit the Office of International Programs or go to our scholarships page for more information.

Withdrawal Policy: 
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Application Process

Applicants for the KAIST program should be in their sophomore, junior or senior year with a strong academic background. Students with a 3.5 grade point average or higher are encouraged to apply. No previous knowledge of Korean language is required. This exchange program is intended for students who have not previously studied or lived in Korea for an extended period of time. All prospective candidates should make an advising appointment with a study abroad advisor in the Office of International Programs. 

To find out more information, get any questions answered about the KAIST Program, or schedule an individual advising appointment, please contact

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/02/2019 06/20/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.