Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Daejeon, Seoul
Republic of South Korea

Language of instruction


KAIST was established as a research-oriented university to foster outstanding talent in science and technology. It has successfully become a highly-respected member of the global science community, currently ranked within the Top 100 universities worldwide.

The main campus and the Munji campus are both located in the centre of Daedeok Innopolis in Daejeon, the largest scientific and technological research and development cluster in Korea. The city of Daejeon is home to the Mt Gyejoksan Barefoot Festival, one of Korea’s most famous barefoot festivals where visitors walk barefoot along a 14km red clay trail in the forest.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February–June
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

View the KAIST academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

KAIST has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


KAIST has campuses located in Daejeon and Seoul.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Full-time study load

15 credits per semester at KAIST is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at KAIST.

Find courses

Search the KAIST course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Biological sciences
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Computer science
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Biomedical science
Computer science
Electrical engineering
Mechanical engineering

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


All KAIST students can apply to live in the on-campus dormitories. Some students choose to find their own accommodation and live off-campus. The KAIST International Student Support Service provides information regarding both of these options.

Cost of living

Guides are available to help you understand the cost of living while studying at KAIST and prepare a budget for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

KAIST does not provide any insurance for exchange students. It is mandatory that you purchase insurance for overseas study prior to leaving for your exchange.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Students must have a valid passport before mid-September (for Spring semester admissions) or mid-March (for Fall semester admissions) to faciliate the Korean student visa process. 

KAIST provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Korean Embassy for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.