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View of Hanbat Arboretum and modern buildings at autumn in Daejeon, Korea

Program at a Glance


Country or area Korea, South
City Daejeon
Class Level So, Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.85
Term Spring Semester, Year, Fall Semester
Taught In English, Korean
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Want to add an international perspective to your STEM degree at UC? Particularly ideal for engineering students, this program lets you take classes in English in one of the most popular destinations for UC students studying abroad. The added advantage of studying abroad at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is the research opportunities and support throughout. The International Scholar and Students Services team hosts regular language and culture events throughout the year as well as a buddy program, traditional performances, and a party at the end of the program. Korean language coures are offered (not for credit) and you are encouraged to join student clubs on campus. The small country of South Korea is easy to navigate thanks to English signage almost everywhere, and it has everything—millennia-old architecture, quaint hanoks, ultra-modern skyscrapers, gardens in the sky, soaring mountains, and peaceful beaches. On weekends, enjoy the freedom provided by the high-speed trains to explore popular cities like Seoul (160 km in an hour) or Busan (258 km in just an hour and a half!).


The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), was established by the Korean government to educate scientists and engineers committed to economic growth and innovation in Korea. Since its founding, KAIST has been the eminent science and technology university in the country. As a gateway to advanced innovation and entrepreneurship, KAIST’s five research institutes—BioCentury, Information Technology Convergence, Robotics, NanoCentury, and Health, Science, and Technology—are among the most exciting features for research-focused STEM majors. Located in Daejeon, in the center-west region of South Korea, you'll find Seoul to the north and Busan to the south. The university serves as a central transportation hub, making it possible to travel anywhere in the country in a couple of hours. The campus is surrounded by picturesque mountains and features waterways, complete with fountains and a lake filled with geese and ducks.