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Course Announcement for 2006 Fall Semester






The RCA/KAIST 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 Programme 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.

This programme has been implemented since March 2003 and the 16 students in total from 6 countries have been accepted up to now.

For graduation, students must accomplish at least 36 credit units consisting of 8 courses (24 units) with the average GPA of 2.5 or higher and a thesis research (12 units), which normally takes 2 years.

Contents of courses
English 1 course 3 credit units
Nuclear energy policy 1 course 3 credit units
Other nuclear & quantum engineering 6 courses 18 credit units
Thesis research 12 credit units

3. Institution & Department Awarding the Master’s Degree

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

◇ For more information, such as housing, map etc., visit the official KAIST website at http://www.kaist.edu
Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (DNQE)

◇ For more information, such as faculty members, curriculum etc., visit

4. Schedule for Application, Study and Graduation

November 2005
- Announcement of the Programme to all RCA Member States (National Representatives) by the RCA Regional Office.
- Refer to the New Programme at http://www.rcaro.org/

20 April 2006
- Application deadline for 2006 Fall Semester
- All documents must be received by the Programme Coordinator by this date.
The documents to be arrived later than this date will be discarded.
- Programme Coordinator will review the documents and submit them to the administration team of KAIST by 30th April 2006 if they are complete.

During June 2006

- Applications will be evaluated by the Student Selection Committee of KAIST.
- Administration team of KAISTwill notify the admission results to the applicants in mid-June whether the candidate is accepted or not..
The Programme Coordinator and the Programme Assistant will contact admitted applicants for further instruction by e-mail..
Students should prepare Visa and the one-way air-line ticket. (Arriving date : 24~28 August) and let the Programme Coordinator know for the dormitory reservation. (2 students share a room)

24~28 August 2006
- When the students arrive at Incheon airport, they take a Airport Limousine Bust for Daejeon at Platform 9A in the airport.
- When the students arrive at Daejon, take a taxi to KAIST.
- When arrive at KAIST, should contact the Student Affairs Team (+82-42-869-2162, happyseong@kaist.ac.kr) for a residence application.
- Visit the department office of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, the Programme Coordinator (011-9401-3821, Prof. Cho), or the Programme Assistant in N7-1 Building in campus.
- The Programme Assistant will guide the students to the dorm and help for settlement.

◇ Students also must submit the receipts of the air fare to the Programme Coordinator for reimbursement.
◇ Students should bring 3 passport-size photographs in order to make a photo ID and other necessary official documents without delay.
◇ Students are advised to bring warm clothes for winter season, November to February in Korea as well as some money for the initial set-up because the scholarship is given at the end of each month.

1 September 2006
- 2006 Fall Semester starts.
- Students can take up to 15 credits per semester.
- Students must follow the department and KAIST regulations for the graduation.
(see the www.kast.edu ==> Admission ==> Graduate School)

~18 August 2008
- Graduation ceremony

5. Qualifications for Application

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 by asking the Representative of your country to send an email to RCARO, You can find their information http://www.rcaro.org/.

6. How to Apply

The following items must accompany each application.

1. KAIST International Graduate Application Form 
2. Statement of Purpose 
3. Statement of Financial Resources 
4. Two Letters of Recommendation from 2 professors of the educational institute where the applicant attended for BA or MS degree
5. Academic transcripts from all the colleges attended
6. Graduation certificates from all the colleges attended
7. 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.
8. 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.

- All applicants from the following RCA Member States such as Bangladeshi, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, must submit one of the official English proficiency test score higher than the given criteria ;





















- Submission of English test score is exempt for applicants from the following RCA Member States;
Australia, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Applicants should send their application package directly to the following address by 20 April 2006. We shall only accept your application documents that arrive at KAIST by this deadline. We do not take any responsibility for a failure in delivery of application documents by the deadline.
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

7. RCA Program Scholarship

Applicant for RCA program scholarship.

- must be recommended by his/her National RCA Representative of each Member State shown at http://www.rcaro.org/. (The National RCA Representative is requested to send the candidate name (and organization/institution) to RCA Regional Office in Korea at jaylee@rcaro.org or by fax to 82-42-864-1626)

- In the form of ‘Statement of Financial Resources’, use ‘RCA Program Scholarship’ as a sponsoring organization. The amounts for the tuition and fee = US$ 6,650/year and the living expense = 7,200,000 Won/year for 2 years.

- There is another regular scholarship in KAIST, KAIST Scholarship, that any students can apply for. The amount for the tuition and fee = US$ 6,650/year for 2 years and the living expense = 6,000,000 Won for the 1st year and 3,600,000 Won for the second year. Also for the candidate accepted as KAIST scholarship student, the air fare is not supported.

However we suggest for RCA scholarship applicant to submit another ‘Statement of Financial Resources’ for KAIST Scholarship to increase the possibility of admission in case there is a high competition for RCA Scholarship.

RCA-KAIST program scholarship coverage is as follows ;

- Programme application fee (USD 100)

- Tuition (6,618,000 Won = Approx. USD 6,618 for one academic year)

- Living expenses (600,000 Korean Won/month) : to be paid on 25th of each months for two years.

- The economy-class one-way air fare from the nearest airport of the originating country to Incheon, Korea): to be reimbursed by the programme after arrival. Student should inform the air fare to the Program Coordinator by e-mail before paying for it for the permission. Also student must submit the air plane ticket and its payment receipt issued by the travel company after arrival in KAIST. The local transportation from the air port to Daejon, and the air fare for the departure after
graduating the program is not covered by the program.


- On-campus housing (dormitory) can be arranged but the cost must be borne individually. At present, a shared room by 2 persons at KAIST costs about 390,000 Korean Won/semester and must be paid at the beginning of each semester.

- 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 expensive.

- The meals in the Campus cafeteria cost around 2500 ~ 3000 Korean Won per meal.

- Medical insurance and student medi-care fees: approximately 33,000 Korean Won/month also to be borne individually.

◇ For any questions about the course or application procedure,
please contact Prof. Gyuseong Cho, the Programme Coordinator,
at gscho@kaist.ac.kr
Tel) +82-42-869-3821 Cell) +82-11-9401-3821
Fax) +82-42-869-3810


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