KAIST Exchange Program

KAIST (formerly known as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) is home to a Binghamton exchange program for students in the Natural Sciences and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Watson school students majoring in Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Science & Industrial Engineering are encouraged to apply and take credits toward their major. Science students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics are also encouraged to apply. Binghamton students are fully integrated into the university, taking coursework in English with Korean students. Students live in campus residence halls and are included in all university activities.


The Republic of Korea, known as South Korea, is a country of some 44 million people.  With its own distinctive history and culture, it also represents the triumphs and challenges of East Asia's modernization, economic expansion, and contraction. Korea is an excellent vantage point from which to view the region's international cooperation, competition and politics. The country also features some of the world's most enchanting countryside: beautiful mountains, picturesque valleys, rivers, and beaches.

Daejeon is Korea's 5th largest metropolis. The city's name comes from the Chinese characters 大(dae) and 田(jeon), which means "great field." Daejeon is known as the "Silicon Valley of Korea" and KAIST is located in the Daedok Innopolis, a special zone for research and development that clusters top research universities, government and corporate research centers, and venture capital companies. Located in the center of the country, it is possible to get anywhere in the country within half a day. KAIST is just a quick hour train ride from Seoul on a rapid transit train.

Daejeon also features a variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, flea markets, sports competitions, and cultural events offers something for every individual interest. The small mountain park of Pomunsan, on the southern side of the city, features several traditional Buddhist temples and a beautiful scenic cable car ride up to a peaceful overlook with a spectacular view of the city. Daejeon was also host of the World Expo and many of its exhibits are still open for viewing as a public park.


Fall semester begins approximately September 1 and ends in mid-December. Spring semester normally begins the last week of February and ends in mid-June.

Last Updated: 8/21/14