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Course Announcement for 2008 Spring/Fall Semester






2008 RCA/KAIST Master’s Degree Program

1. Overview

The RCARO-KAIST Master’s Degree Programme of the Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) is designed to educate and train high-caliber students from the RCA Member States with the aim to preserve and enhance nuclear technology for the RCA Member States. The graduates of the programme have been contributing to the developments of nuclear and radiation technology for the graduates’ countries by working in government supported R&D institutions, or government funded enterprises, universities etc. as elite leaders.

This programme has been implemented since March 2003 and 18 students in total from 9 countries have been accepted up to now. To finish the course it takes 2 years regularly and students must satisfy certain requirements.
certain requirements.

2. RCARO-KAIST Programme Scholarship

RCARO-KAIST program scholarship coverage is as follows
- Application fee (USD 100)
- Two-year tuition (Approx. USD 7,000 per academic year)
- Stipend (600,000 Korean Won/month = Approx. USD 600 /month): to be paid monthly on 25th of each month for two years
- The economy-class one-way airfare from the nearest airport of the originating country to Incheon, Korea, which will be reimbursed by the programme after arrival, so students must submit their air plane ticket and the payment receipt issued by the travel agency where he/she bought the ticket.
- The local transportation from the airport to Daejon, and the returning air fare after finishing the course is not covered by the programme.
- 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 400,000 Korean Won/semester (subject to change slightly) and must be paid at the beginning of each semester.
- KAIST does not provide family housing for married students during the first year. It can be provided in the second year, but there might be a high competition. So students who want to bring his/her family must bear in mind that the rental apartment near KAIST is quite expensive.
- The meals in the Campus cafeteria cost around 2,500 ~ 3,000 Korean Won per meal.
- Medical insurance fee of approximately 40,000 Korean Won/month also to be borne individually.

3. Qualification for Application

- must have graduated from a 4-year academic institution (or equivalent by the time) and have BA (Bachelor of Arts) or equivalent degree
- must be recommended by National RCA Representative of his/her country by asking the Representative to notify the candidate name to the RCARO by email to ksyum@rcaro.org , jaylee@rcaro.org or by fax to +82-42-864-1626.
- can find the information about his/her country’s Representative at http://www.rcaro.org/.

4. Application Documents

The following documents must accompany each application.

(visit www.kaist.ac.kr ==> Admission ==> Graduate School for the forms and details)

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. The letter by superiors or experts of national research institutes or private companies will not be accepted.
5. Academic transcripts from all the colleges attended
6. Graduation certificates from all the colleges attended
7. TOEFL score record (for students only from non-English speaking countries defined in the following note) - The test taken more than 2 years prior to application due date may not be accepted.
8. Optional: Any material demonstrating applicant's scholastic ability
- for the forms and details, visit www.kaist.ac.kr ==> Admission ==> Graduate School
- In ‘Statement of Financial Resources’ form, applicant should fill only 1 to 6 in the first page and signature and date in the second page.
- All documents 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 written in English officially so if application documents including academic transcript are written in a language other than English, they should be translated into English with the authorization of a public notary in your country.
- Applicants from 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 Australia, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Singapore.

5. How to Apply

- Applicants should send their application package directly to the following address, and it should be arrived before the due date given below. We shall only accept application documents that arrive at KAIST by due dates. We do not take any responsibility for a failure in delivery of application documents by the deadline.
Due date for 2007 Spring Semester Admission : 25 October 2007

Due date for 2007 Fall Semester Admission : 25 April 2008

to Prof. Poong Hyun SEONG
RCA-KAIST Master’s Degree Program 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

6. Admission and Course Procedures

Screening at Department : 25~30 Oct. 2007 / 25~30 Apr. 2008
- Program Coordinator will review the documents and submit them to the Administration Team of KAIST by 31 October 2006 if they are complete. If the number of applicants are more than the number of maximum acceptance, some application can be converted into the KAIST scholarship
Admission Evaluation : Nov. 2007 / May 2008
- Applications will be evaluated by the Student Selection Committee of KAIST.
Admission Notification : mid-Dec. 2007 / mid-Jun. 2008
- Administration Team of KAIST will notify the admission results to the applicants whether the candidate is accepted or not.
- The Program Coordinator and the Program Assistant will contact admitted applicants for further instruction by e-mail.
- Students should prepare Visa in Korea Consulate in his/her countries and a one-way air-line ticket. and let the Programme Coordinator (or Programme assistant) know your arrival date and time for the dormitory reservation. (2~3 students shall share a room)
Arrival at KAIST : 6~10 Feb. 2008 / 27~31 Aug. 2008
- When the students arrive at Incheon airport, they should take a Airport Limousine Bust for Daejeon at Platform 8A in the airport. (< 30,000 won) and tell the driver you will leave at the former Lotte Hotel bus-stop in Daejeon.
- When the students arrive at Daejon, get off the bus at Lotte Hotel bus-stop and take a taxi to KAIST. (< 5,000 won) and tell the driver you want to got to Mechanical Engineering Building inside of KAIST campus or show the driver the following Korean words.
- When arrive at N7-1 building (or Nuclear Eng. Building connected to Mechanical Engineering Building) in KAIST, go to the department office on the 2nd floor. The Program Assistant will guide the students to Student Affairs Team (+82-42-869-2162) for a residence application and to your room.
Settlement in Campus : ~10 Feb. 2008 / ~31 Aug. 2008

- Program Assistant will help you for settlement (making a bank account, the ID & key card for entering building N7-1, the computer account and the residence card etc.)
- Report your arrival to the Program Coordinator, Prof. Poong Hyun SEONG by visiting Room 3410 of N7-1 building for further instruction such as assigning academic advisor etc.
- Students should submit the receipt of the air fare to the NQe department office for reimbursement.
- Students are encouraged to meet many professors of interests and should determine his/her academic advisor with the agreement of the professor he/she chose and then his/her studying desk will be assigned in the academic advisor’s graduate student office.
◇ 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 the cold season, November to February, as well as some money (~ USD 800) for the initial set-up because the scholarship may be given at the end of each month.
Start Semester : 11 Feb. 2008 / 1 Sep. 2008
- Semester starts.
- The total credit units per semester ranges from 12 to 15.
- Students must fulfill the department and KAIST regulations for the graduation. (see the www.kaist.ac.kr ==> Admission ==> Graduate School)

7. Requirements for Graduation

There are two options for MS degree track;
Thesis-based MS degree
- For graduation, students must obtain at least 36 credit units consisting of (1) 8 courses (8x3 = 24 units) with the average GPA score of 2.5 or higher and (2) a thesis research (12 units) for 2 years. The minimum credit plan for graduation is as follows;

English (NQE595 or CCxxx) 1 course 3 credit units
Nuclear energy policy (NQE575/675) 1 course 3 credit units
Nuclear & quantum eng. courses 4 courses 12 credit units
Ccourses in any departments 2 courses 6 credit units
Thesis research & writing 12 credit units
Total 36 credit units
Course-based MS degree
- This is an option to finish MS programme without thesis research (12 units) but with 2 more courses (6 units) + and individual study (6 units). The advantage is to finish MS degree in 1.5 years. For this option, however, students must consult with his/her academic advisor during the first or second semester.

8. Further Information

For any questions about the program, scholarship and application procedure etc, please contact:

Prof. Poong Hyun SEONG, the Program Coordinator,
Email: phseong@kaist.ac.kr
Tel) +82-42-869-3820
Mobile) +82-16-220-3820
Fax) +82-42-869-3810

Mr. Young Sik KIM, the Program Assistant
Email: sik007@kaist.ac.kr
Tel) +82-42-869-3860
Mobile) +82-19-378-9946

For detailed information about KAIST, including housing and map etc. can be found in the official KAIST website at http://www.kaist.ac.kr -> admission -> Graduate School


For detailed information about the Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, such as faculty members, research area and curriculum etc., can be found at: http://nuclear.kaist.ac.kr/new/english


For detailed information about the RCA, National RCA representatives, RCARO (RCA regional office in Korea) and the program etc, can be found at: http://www.rcaro.org/

Mr. Jay Lee, Assistant Programme Officer, RCARO
Email: jaylee@kaeri.re.kr or koala6@gmail.com
Tel: +82-42-868-2779
Fax: +82-42-864-1626


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