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Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) 

KAIST is a very highly ranked University located in the city of Daejeon in South Korea. The 2016/7 QS World University Rankings ranked KAIST as 46th overall in the world, and 6th in Asia. It was 13th globally in Material Sciences and 14th in Engineering and Technology.


Available study areas


Unavailable study areas/ degrees

Medical science
Mechanical engineering
Aerospace engineering
Electrical engineering
Civil and environmental Engineering
Industrial design
Systems engineering
Chemical engineering
Materials science
Information and communications Engineering
Humanities and social sciences
Business and management
Information and media management
Postgraduate engineering

Credit equivalency

  • 12 KAIST credits (maximum) = 18 UniSA units
  • 9 KAIST credits (minimum) = 13.5 UniSA units


KAIST is located in Daejeon, the 5th largest city in South Korea (Lonely Planet), with a population of approximately 1.5 million. It’s located in the centre of Korea and is a transportation hub – it is possible to travel anywhere in the country in under half a day from Daejeon.


Several fully furnished dormitories are available on campus.

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All applicants who are not Korean will need a visa to study in Korea. 

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Cost of living

Living costs can vary significantly dependent on an individual’s lifestyle.

KAIST estimates a single international student living along in an on-campus dormitory requires approximately US$500 per month, or approximately AU$700 per month, for living expenses.

Courses in English

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