KAIST Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

KAIST Scholarship 2022

KAIST or fully known as Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology is a research based graduate school that focuses on the sciences and technological advancements. Founded in 1971, KAIST is located in Seoul, South Korea; having three campuses at Seoul, Munji and its main campus. It comprises of sic schools, five colleges and 29 departments that teach their students the Art and utilization of advanced facilities.

About International Studentship

Having Asia’s 4th largest economy, South Korea is a standing member of the World Trade Organization since 1995. KAIST’s exposure is well spread in Literacy, mathematics, education and sciences which makes the college fee quite expensive, leaving International student the option of applying for Scholarship. Applications are currently open for the KAIST Scholarship 2022 -2023. An opportunity for students to have a Bachelors, Masters and PhD degree in over 300 scholarships. An example is the GSK Scholarship offered by the Government which covers;

  • Completion grant
  • Full tuition fees
  • Language courses
  • Medical insurance
  • Living allowance
  • Resettlement allowance
  • Round airfare
  • Award for excellent Korean language
  • Printing cost

Goals of KAIST Scholarships

  • The aim of the scholarship is ;
  • Attract the brightest minds to contribute to its research activities
  • To provide higher education opportunities for International students
  • To strengthen participants capacity
  • To provide insight into technology
  • To promote international exchange in education and learning
  • To form mutual friendships among participating countries
  • To assist international students with education at tuition free level
  • To encourage creativity and transfer knowledge into innovations, encouraging the use of the facilities in the University

The number of International students at 1,027 was dated back in 2019 which included 358 masters’ students and 213 PhD students. These students were from the Asian and Oceania nations, nurturing diverse cultures and welcoming international bodies to empower them with scholarship programs with about 80 percent taught in English Language.

Offering programs that allows students learn important information, KAIST organize orientation programs for International students to fully prepare themselves for the life in Korea. These programs like the Student Club Presentation, KAIST campus tour, Buddy Programs and many other are incorporated into the school schedule. International students also have access to facilities like the sport centers, health insurance, medical facilities, dormitory and cultural facilities.

International students are also granted student support, opening them to the KAIST International house, a place where students unwind with events, seminars, programs and language support. KAIST also provides the KAIST counseling center, stress clinic. Students’ organizations and clubs and the KAIST International Students Association for easy participation. International students are also encouraged to join the International community on facebook from various countries like Ethiopia, India and Latin American students and researchers Associations.

Application fee

Application fee for both Graduate and Undergraduate International students is $80 or KRW 80,000. It has no waiver program and the form cannot be changed once paid.

Documents and requirements needed for Undergraduates;

Applicants need to acquire a high school diploma and have foreign citizenship

Transcripts and other documents like passport, passport photograph, a recommendation letter, English proficiency test score and financial resources.

Documents and requirements needed for Graduate students;

A bachelor’s degree to enroll into a Masters program

Application form, two recommendation letters, diploma transcripts, English proficiency test score, curriculum vitae, copy of documents, financial certificate, identity document of both parents,

Scholarship for International Students

International students are given full scholarship of four years or eight semesters for the tuition fee and an allowance of KRW 350,000 (300 USD) per month for first year and an amount of KRW 200,000 (175 USD) per month for second year. This also comes with a health insurance.


Applicants of International status


Students must maintain a GPA of over 2.7 out of 4.3 at KAIST after their freshman year.

Applicants must be under 40 years old

Applicants must be in good health, mentally and physically

Undergraduate Scholarship

KAIST is offering an amazing opportunity for international students to study in Korea on scholarship, helping them making progress in global research and entrepreneurship. Aside from degrees, the University offers a wide range of programs, conferences, workshops, exchange programs and overseas studies. The scholarship is available in any field of study, giving the students an opportunity to get diverse education in an advanced environment.


All international students

Courses Available

College of Natural Sciences

  • Physics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Chemistry

College of Life Sciences and Bioengineering

  • Biological Sciences

College of Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Environmental Engineering
  • Bio and Brain Engineering
  • Industrial design
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nuclear and Quantum Engineering

Application dates;

Application begins September 1, 2022 and ends October 23, 2022.

Recommendation letter submission begins Sept 1, 2022 and ends Oct 30, 2022

The second cycle of application begins Nov 9, 2022 and ends Jan 8, 2022.

Recommendation letter submission begins Nov 9, 2022 and ends Jan 15, 2023.

Graduate Scholarship

The korea advanced Institute of Technology is offering a graduate program to support international students as Masters and PhD degree level at the institute. The scholarship is fully funded and provides full tuition fee waiver, living expenses and medical insurance plus research apprenticeship.


All International students

Course of study

  • Natural Science
  • Physics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Life Sciences and Bioengineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Graduate school of information
  • Graduate school of Artificial intelligence
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental and energy program
  • Bio and Brian Engineering
  • Brian and Cognitive Engineering
  • Graduate school of knowledge service engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nuclear quantum Engineering

Liberal Arts and Convergence Science

  • Graduate School of culture
  • Technology
  • Graduate School of Science
  • Technology and policy


  • Business and Technology
  • Management
  • Global IT technology Program
  • Management Engineering


  • A full scholarship
  • Full time Fee covered
  • A monthly allowance of about 300 USD for Bachelors students.
  • A monthly allowance of 400 USD for Masters Students
  • Medical Insurance
  • Student support
  • Living allowance
  • Access to its research resources

How to apply

To apply for scholarship in KAIST, here are the following processes;

  • Visit the website and fill the application form online
  • Choose a degree and program of study
  • Enter your personal and academic backgrounds and prior experiences
  • Write your statement of purpose and answer other questions required of you
  • Choose your financial resources resource
  • A payment of $80 or KRW 80,000 can be made by credit card or local bank transfer
  • Upload the necessary document copies such as High school profile, high school transcript, English proficiency test report, Official test score report, passport or national ID, statement of financial resources, honors and awards (optional),
  • Submit after review

The scholarship covers some expenses, excluding some like Airfare, Korean language Course. In accordance to the Government policy, duplicating payment is prohibited. Undergraduate scholarships are provided until graduation provides the student maintains a certain level of grade.

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