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Course Announcement for 2005 Fall Semester






RCA Master’s Degree Course
Course Announcement 

 1. Objectives

To preserve and enhance nuclear knowledge for RCA Member States
To develop and train the core research resources from R&D institutions, universities, etc. in nuclear energy and quantum engineering

2. Overview

The RCA-KAIST Master Degree Course is intended to educate and train the students of leadership caliber from the RCA Member States with the aim to develop them into elite leaders in nuclear energy and quantum engineering in their countries, working in universities, government supported R&D institutions, or government funded enterprises, etc.

The Course is ultimately envisioned to promote international cooperation and coordination in nuclear arena among RCA Member States. Principally, it is planned to select 1-2 persons from each Member States so that the size of the whole student group for this particular course does not exceed 15 persons per year.

This Course has been implemented since March 2003 and 14 students in total have enrolled up to now.

For graduation, students must accomplish 36 credit units as follows.
® First semester (4 months; Sep. to Dec. 2005): 15 credit units (= 5 courses)
® Interim Semester (2 months; Jan. 2005 to Feb. 2006): 6 credit units of
individual study with the advisor
® Second semester (4 months; Mar. 2006 to Jun. 2006): 15 credit units (= 5 courses)

 3. Institution & Department to Award Master's Degree

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
- Ranked overall 1st place among the science and technology academic institutions in all of Asia
(including Australia) for two successive years in 1999 and 2000 according to Asiaweek.

◇ More detailed information, such as housing and map etc., can be found in the KAIST official
website at http://www.kaist.edu
Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (DNQE)
- The leading department in the field of nuclear and quantum engineering in Korea

◇ More detailed information, such as faculty members and curriculum etc., can be found at:

 4. Financial Support

Tuition (Approx. USD 5,000 for one academic year): to be covered by the host institution.
A round-trip, economy-class air fare (not to exceed nominal fares: to and from the nearest airport
of the originating country and Korea): to be reimbursed by the host institution.
Course application fee (USD 60): to be covered by the host institution.
Living expenses: 500,000 Korean Won/month (approx. USD 440/month) for one year depending
on the course.

◇ NOTE :

- On-campus housing can be arranged but the cost must be borne individually. A shared room
at KAIST currently costs about 390,000 Korean Won/semester (=6 months), approximately
USD 325 /semester (=6 months).

- The meals in the Campus cafeteria cost around 2500 ~ 3000 Korean Won per meal
(2.1 ~ 2.7 USD/meal).

- KAIST does not provide housing for married MS students’ family and the married students,
who want to bring his/her family, must bear that the rental apartment near KAIST is quite

- Medical insurance and student medi-care fees: approximately 220,000 Korean Won/semester
(6 months), approx USD 190/semester (6 months), also to be borne individually.

 5. Qualifications for Application and Admission

Applicants must:
- have graduated from a 4-year academic institution or equivalent by the time they are enrolled
in the programme (Bachelor of Arts degree)

- be recommended by the National RCA Representative of his/her country

- meet the KAIST admissions criteria

- have the English test score higher than the following criteria except for those applicants from
English speaking countries.
TOEFL PBT 510, TOEFL CBT 180, TOEIC 605, or TEPS 507 (2005 applicants only. It will be increased continuously)

 6. How to Apply

The National RCA Representatives are requested to send the names and organization/institution of the applicants to RCARO.
Applicants should send their application package directly to the following address by 20 April 2005.
Prof. Gyuseong Cho
RCA-KAIST Master’s Degree Course Coordinator
Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
373-1 Guseong-dong, Yuseong-Ku, Daejeon
305-701 Republic of Korea

The following documents are requested to be attached when applying.

1. KAIST International Graduate Application Form 
2. Statement of Purpose 
3. Statement of Financial Resources
4. Two Letters of Recommendation (1 copy from each) from the educational institute attended
5. Academic transcripts & graduation certificates from all the colleges attended
6. TOEFL score record (for students from non-English speaking countries)- The test taken more than 2 years prior to application for admission will not be considered..
7. Optional: Any material demonstrating applicant's scholastic ability


- All documents stated above must be official and original. The offer of admission may be revoked if a candidate's submitted documents are found to be false and counterfeit. Also faxes and photocopies are not considered as the valid application documents. However photocopies of transcript with new fresh valid stamp are considered as original.

- All documents should be in English and if application documents including academic transcript are in a language other than English, they should be translated into English with the authorization of a public notary in your country.

- We shall only accept your application documents that arrive at KAIST by the deadline (20 April 2005) corresponding to your expected admission schedule. We do not take any responsibility for a failure in delivery of application documents by the deadline.

- Submission of English test score is exempt for applicants from RCA Member States where the official language is considered as English by KAIST are Australia, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Singapore.

- All applicants from other RCA Member States such as Bangladeshi, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, must submit the official test score of TOEFL(PBT or CBT), TOEIC, TEPS or etc.

- To download or for more details about the application documents and forms, visit http://www.kaist.edu/home.html

 7. Implementation Schedule

February 2005
- Announcement of the Course to all RCA Member States (National Representatives) by
the RCA Regional Office.
- Applicants to the Course must be recommended by National RCA Representative of each
Member State. (The National RCA Representatives are requested to send the names and
organization/institution of the applicants to RCA Regional Office in Korea at
dkkim@kaeri.re.kr or mjleerca@kaeri.re.kr or by fax to 82-42-864-1626))
- Refer to the New Programme at http://www.rcaro.org/

20 April 2005
- All documents must be received by the Course Coordinator by this date.
- Course Coordinator reviews the documents and submits them to the administration team
of KAIST if they are complete.

June 2005
- Applications will be evaluated by the Academic Committee of KAIST.
- Administration team will notify the admission results to the applicants and the Course
Coordinator in mid-June.
The Course Coordinator and the Course Assistant will contact admitted applicants
for further instruction by e-mail.
- Students should prepare Visa and the round-trip air-line ticket. (Arriving date : 24~28 August,
Leaving date : open)

24~28 August 2005
- Campus dormitories (2 persons per room) will be allocated to the accepted applicants before
their arrival.
- Selected students arrive at KAIST, Daejeon, Korea and settle at the dormitory with a guide by
the Course Assistant.

◇ Students are advised to bring 3 passport-size photographs in order to have photo ID and
other necessary official documents made without delay.

◇ Students also must submit the receipts of the air fare and the local transportation inside
Korea from Incheon airport to KAIST for reimbursement.

◇ Students are advise to bring warm clothes for winter season, November to February in Korea.

1 September 2005
- 2005 Fall Semester starts

◇ For any questions about the course or application procedure,
please contact Prof. Gyuseong Cho, the Course Coordinator,
at gscho@kaist.ac.kr
Tel) +82-42-869-3821
Fax) +82-42-869-3810


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