KAIST Scholarships

KAIST International Student Scholarship

Application Timeline

KAIST has three application cycles: EARLY, REGULAR, and LATE.

EARLYApplication window opensSep.1, 2020
Deadlines – Application&DocumentsOct. 23, 2020
Deadlines – Recommendation LetterOct. 30, 2020
Admission announcementJan. 4, 2021
Reply to KAISTFeb. 7, 2021
Academic year beginsSpring 2021/ Fall 2021
REGULARApplication window opens Nov.9, 2020
Deadlines – Application&DocumentsJan. 8, 2021
Deadlines – Recommendation LetterJan. 15, 2021
Admission announcementMar. 26, 2021
Reply to KAISTMay. 15, 2021
Academic year beginsFall 2021
LATEApplication window opensMar.1, 2021
Deadlines – Application&Documents May. 28, 2021
Deadlines – Recommendation LetterMay. 31, 2021
Admission announcementJun. 18, 2021
Reply to KAISTJul. 10, 2021
Academic year beginsFall 2021
  • Please note that the dates for Admission Announcement are subject to change.
  • Submit your completed application and documents by 5:00 p.m.(KST) on the application deadline.
  • Interview is NOT required for all applicants. Applicants will be contacted through individual email if an interview is necessary.
  • After you pay the application fee, you are not allowed to change your application track (i.e: from Early to Regular or Late).

Application Fee

  • USD 80
  • KRW 80,000

Payment can be made by credit card or bank transfer after writing application form online. Additional charges (i.e. bank charges) should be covered by applicants. Please note that application fee is non-refundable and you cannot modify application form once you pay the application fee.


  • Applicants of International Student Admission

International candidates must meet all of the following requirements:Spring Semester, 2021 (EARLY only)

  • Candidates who have graduated or will graduate from his or her high school by February 28th, 2021.

Fall Semester, 2021

  • Candidates who have graduated or will graduate from his or her high school by August 31st, 2021.

Applicants with foreign citizenship

  • Applicants who hold Korean Citizenship(dual citizenship) are not eligible to apply as foreign students
  • International applicants MUST ADDITIONALLY satisfy one of the following two requirements:
    • Neither of the applicant’s parents is a Korean citizen, or
    • For applicants of Korean Origin, he/she must have received his/her entire elementary, junior high, and high school education outside of Korea at a comparable and equivalent level of that provided in Korea.
    • Note that international schools located in Korea are NOT acknowledged as foreign schools.
  • Applicants who completed or will have completed high schools in Korea (국내에 거주하는 국내 고교 출신 외국인 학생) are also welcomed to apply to KAIST Undergraduate program.

We do not have transfer program for international students. You have to apply as a freshman student.


  • Full tuition fee: tuition exemption for 8 semesters
  • Living expenses: 350,000 KRW per month
  • Medical Health insurance


  • We offer KAIST Scholarships to admitted students
  • Students must maintain GPA over 2.7 out of 4.3 at KAIST after their freshman year.

About Admissions

International students of Korean origin who do not meet one of the eligibilities above should apply through Korean Admissions.KAIST students hold an undeclared major during their freshman year. At the end of their second semester, students can choose whichever major they want. There is no quota for each department/major.

Application Period

  • Same as Admission Application
  • There is no separate process for applying scholarship
    • Just check “KAIST scholarship” on the Statement of Financial Resources section on online application for admission.