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Course Announcement for 2009 Fall and 2010 Spring






2009 RCARO-KAIST Master’s Degree Course Programme

 1. Overview

The RCARO/KAIST Master’s Degree Programme of the Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) 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 MSs. 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 key leaders.

This programme has been implemented since March 2003 and 21 students in total from 9 countries have been accepted up to now. To finish the course it takes two years regularly and students must satisfy certain requirements.

 2. RCARO/KAIST programme scholarship
RCARO/KAIST programme scholarship coverage is as follows:
- Application fee (100,000 KRW)
- Two-year tuition (Approx. 8,300,00 KRW)
- Stipend (600,000 KRW/month) to be paid monthly on 25th of each month up to the month of completing the degree work
- 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 ticket and the payment receipt issued by the travel agency where he/she bought the ticket.
- The local transportation from the airport to Daejeon as well as the returning airfare after finishing the course is not covered by the programme.
- On-campus housing, i.e., dormitory, can be arranged but the cost must be borne individually. At present, a shared room by 2 persons at KAIST costs about 432,000 KRW/semester, which is subject to change, 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. Thus students who want to bring his/her family are requested to note that the rental apartment near KAIST is quite expensive.
- The meals in the Campus cafeteria cost around 2,500-3,000 KRW per meal.
- Medical insurance fee of approximately 40,000 KRW per month also to be borne individually.

 3. Qualification for Application
Applicants are required to:
- have graduated from a four-year academic institution (or equivalent by the time) and have Bachelor of Arts, or equivalent degree
- be recommended by National RCA Representative of his/her country by requesting the Representative to notify the candidate name to the RCARO by email to jaylee@rcaro.org or by fax to +82-42-864-1626.
* Information on his/her country’s Representative can be found at the RCARO website, www.rcaro.org.

 4. Application Documents

The following documents must accompany each application. (Visit www.kaist.ac.kr, and click Admission, and then go to 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, click Admission and go to 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 not true and/or counterfeited. 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 2009 Fall Semester Admission : 27 April 2009

Due date for 2010 Spring Semester Admission : 26 October 2009

To: Prof. Poong Hyun SEONG
RCARO/KAIST Master’s Degree Programme Coordinator
Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
(305-701) 373-1 Guseong-dong, Yuseong-Ku, Daejeon
Republic of Korea

 6. Admission and Course Procedures
1) Screening at the Department: 27~30 April 2009 / 26~30 October 2009
- Programme Coordinator will review the documents and submit them to the Administration Team of KAIST by 30 April 2009 / 31 October 2009 if they are complete. If the number of applicants is more than the number of maximum acceptance, some application can be converted into the KAIST scholarship.
2) Admission evaluation: May 2009 / November 2009
- Applications will be evaluated by the Student Selection Committee of KAIST.
3) Admission notification: mid-June 2009 / mid-December 2009
- Administration Team of KAIST will notify the admission results to the applicants 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 in Korea Consulate in his/her countries and a one-way air ticket, and let the Programme Coordinator (or Programme Assistant) know arrival date and time for the dormitory reservation. (2~3 students are to share a room.)
4) Arrival at KAIST: 26-28 August 2009 / 27-29 January 2010
- When the students arrive at Incheon airport, they should take an Airport Limousine Bust for Daejeon at Platform 9C in the airport. (The bus ticket costs less than 30,000 KRW) 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. (The tax fare is about 5,000 KRW) 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 you 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 Programme Assistant will guide the students to Student Affairs Team (+82-42-869-2162) for a residence application and to your room.
5) Settlement in Campus: -31 August 2009 / -31 January 2010
- Programme Assistant will help you for settlement (including 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 Programme 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 airfare 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.

* Additional information:
- 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 (more than 900,000 KRW) for the initial set-up because the scholarship may be given at the end of each month.
6) Start Semester: 1 September 2009 / 1 February 2010
- Semester starts.
- The total credit units per semester ranges from 12 to 15.
- Students must fulfill the department and KAIST regulations for the graduation. (For detailed information, please see www.kaist.ac.kr, and go to Admission and click 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), plus 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 programme, scholarship and application procedure etc, please contact:

Prof. Poong Hyun SEONG (Programme Coordinator)
Email: phseong@kaist.ac.kr
Tel: +82-42-350-3820
Fax: +82-42-350-3810
Mobile: +82-10-3220-3820

Mr. In KIM (Programme Assistant)
Email: noische@kaist.ac.kr
Tel: +82-42-350-5860
Mobile: +82-10-8643-3561

For detailed information about KAIST, including housing and map, can be found in its 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. Jeong-hoon LEE (Programme Manager, RCA Regional Office)
Email: jaylee@rcaro.org
Tel: +82-42-868-2779
Fax: +82-42-864-1626
Mobile: +82-10-8999-6946



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