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2021 RCA-KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) Master’s Degree Course






2021 RCA-KAIST Master’s Degree Course


The RCA-KAIST Master’s Degree Program of the Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (NQE), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is designed to educate and train high-caliber students from the Regional Cooperative Agreement (RCA) Member States with the aim to preserve and enhance nuclear technology for RCA Member States. The graduates of the program have been contributing to the developments of nuclear and radiation technology for their countries by working in government supported R&D institutions, or government-funded enterprises, universities etc. as elite leaders.
This program has been implemented since March 2003 and 40 students in total from 11 countries have been accepted up to now. To finish the course, it takes up to 2 years regularly and students must satisfy certain requirements.

2.RCA Scholarship
RCA-KAIST program scholarship coverage is as follows;
- Application fee (80,000 Korean Won -> see “How to apply”)
- 2 years Tuition (Approx. 8,200,000 Korean Won per academic year)

Stipend (1,000,000 Korean Won/month): to be paid monthly on 25th of each month for up to 23 months depending on the study period.

- The economy-class one-way airfare from the nearest airport of the originating country to Incheon, Korea.
  ◇ NOTE :
- If a student decides to withdraw from the program of study after he/she was offered admission, he/she must return the full amount of the scholarship (including application fee) received up to the time of withdrawal.
- Withdrawal due to objective reasons (illness or natural disasters, etc.) shall be excluded from the return of scholarships.
- The local transportation from the airport to Daejeon, and the returning airfare after finishing the course is not covered by the program.
ㆍInformation about KAIST
- On-campus housing (dormitory) can be arranged but the cost must be borne individually. At present, a 2-beds standard room at KAIST costs about 800,000 Korean Won/6 months (slightly different depend on each dormitory) and must be paid before the beginning of each semester.

KAIST provides family apartment for married students near campus. You can register for this apartment after arriving at KAIST but there is a high competition. Normally, students can move into this apartment after 2-3 months after registering. Private housings with comparatively high price are also available near campus.


The meals in the Campus cafeteria cost around 4,500 Korean Won per meal.

- Medical insurance fee of approximately 50,000 Korean Won/month and KAIST student health insurance fee of 40,000 won/semester should be paid by students.
3.Qualification for Application
Applicants :
- 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 by email to Ms. Juyeong Park, program coordinator at juyeong@kaist.ac.kr or by fax to +82-42-350-8516.

can find further information about his/her country’s Representative at http://www.rcaro.org/.

4.Application Documents
  • Application forms can be downloaded from the KAIST admission website. (https://admission.kaist.ac.kr/intl-graduate/). Applicants are recommended to frequently visit the KAIST admission website for being informed of further notices or your application status. 

1. Document checklist (Online Application Printout)
2. Application form (Online Application Printout)
3. Statement of Financial Resources (Online Application Printout)
4. Two Letters of Recommendation from two professors of the educational institute where the applicant attended for BA or MS degree. Applicants who are working can also get recommendation letters from their supervisors. Letters will be received electrically by KAIST recommendation system.

Recommendation of RCA national representative of applicant’s country (free-form): The copy of representative’s letter should be sent to Ms. Juyeong Park at juyeong@kaist.ac.kr by the deadline of online application. Information on national representative can be found at http://www.rcaro.org.

6. Graduation (or expected) and degree certificates from all the colleges attended (original or certified copy)
7. Academic transcripts from all the colleges attended (original or certified copy)

Curriculum Vitae


Copy of identity documents I (applicant’s): An official document indicating applicant’s nationality. e.g. passport, national ID card, alien registration card, etc. (Include a copy of page showing the passport number, date of issue and expiration, photo, and name.)

10. Copy of identity documents (parents’): An official document indicating parents’ nationality, e.g. passports, national ID cards, etc. (Include a copy of page showing the passport number, date of issue and expiration, photo, and name.); It can be replaced by Death Certificate or Family Registration Certificate.

Optional 1: Regular TOEFL (or TOEIC, TEPS, IELTS) score record more than below score will be highly evaluated (for students only from non-English speaking countries). The test taken more than 2 years prior to application due date may not be accepted.

2021 ~ 83 560 220 599 720 6.5


12. Optional 2. List of Honors and Awards (downloadable)
13. Optional 3. Employment Certificate
14. Optional 4. School Profile/ Credit Rating System

For the forms and details, please visit https://admission.kaist.ac.kr/intl-graduate/. Applicants should follow International Graduate Admission Application Guide.

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.

For degree and transcript, certified copy with apostille certificate (or Korean embassy certificate) is preferred, as it will expedite your achievement of visa after admission notice.

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.
5. How to apply

All applicants must apply online from March 16, 2021 ~ April 2, 2021, through https://apply.kaist.ac.kr/intergradapply. After finishing online application, the application ID and password must be informed to Program coordinator (juyeong@kaist.ac.kr) so that admission fee can be paid by RCA program. Payment will be made only if recommendation letter from RCA NR is received.


Online application form should be printed and enclosed in the application package.


Applicants should send their application package directly to Graduate Admissions Team at KAIST, and application package should be arrived by the due date given below. For detailed information including address, please refer to the KAIST admission website (https://admission.kaist.ac.kr/intl-graduate/). The Graduate Admissions Team shall only accept application documents that arrive at KAIST by due dates. They do not take any responsibility for a failure in delivery of application documents by the deadline.


Submitted documents will NOT be returned in any case. Please keep a copy of all application materials in case the materials get lost in the mail.

Statement of Financial Resources

Resource: Sponsoring Organization, Firm, or Government
Classification : Tuition & Fees, Living Expenses
Name: RCA-KAIST Master’s Degree Program
Amount: 19000/18100

Professor Information

Name : Prof. Gyuseong Cho
Relationship with Applicant : Program Coordinator
Occupation : Professor
Mailing Address : 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141, Rep. of Korea
Email : gscho1@kaist.ac.kr
Fax : +82-42-350-8516
Telephone : +82-42-350-8511
Cell Phone : +82-10-4165-4840

- After you submit your application forms to Graduate Admissions Team at KAIST, you MUST notify the RCA-KAIST Master’s Degree Program professor (Prof. Gyuseong Cho, gscho1@kaist.ac.kr) by email.

Applicants must continue to check their online application page to see if the document has arrived and recommendation letters has been uploaded.

- Application due date :  April 9, 2021

Postal Address
Graduate Admissions Team, KAIST
# 110, 1st Floor, E16-1 B/D
291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141
Republic of Korea
Office. +82-42-350-2352, 2354 / E-mail: advanced.adm@kaist.ac.kr

6. Admission Procedure and Coming to KAIST
Screening at Department: May, 2021
- The Departmental Student Selection Committee (which includes the Program professor) at the Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST will review all the applications submitted to the Admission Management Team of KAIST. Then, qualified applicants will be recommended to the Student Selection Committee of KAIST. If the number of qualified applicants is larger than the maximum number of students that the RCA-KAIST Master’s Degree Program can accept, some of applications can be transferred into the KAIST scholarship program.

Admission Evaluation: June, 2021
- Applications recommended by the Departmental Student Selection Committee will be evaluated by the KAIST Student Selection Committee.

Admission Notification: June 18, 2021
- Admissions results will be posted on the KAIST admission website (http://admission.kaist.ac.kr) along with registration instructions. The program coordinator also will contact admitted applicants for further instructions by e-mail.

VISA and Air Ticket Process: July, 2021
- The admitted students should get his/her Visa from Korea Consulate in his/her countries. KAIST International Office (IO) will give you guidance for Visa issuance,

Economy-class one-way ticket under 800 USD from originating country to Incheon international airport will be provided. Program coordinator will contact you for this information when the admission result is announced.

Arrival at KAIST: August 25 ~ 28, 2021
- When the students arrive at Incheon airport, they should take an Airport Limousine Bus to Daejeon at Plat form 9D in the airport. (< 35,000 won) and tell the driver you will get off at the former Lotte Hotel bus-stop or Government Complex bus-stop in Daejeon (06:00 AM~23:30 PM).
- When the students arrive at Daejeon, get off at bus-stop and take a taxi to KAIST (< 6,000 won). Tell the driver your dormitory name and building number to get to your dormitory. Information on dormitory will be provided in advance by KAIST International Office (KAIST IO) with admission notification.

Settlement on Campus: August, 2021
- KAIST IO will help you for settlement in KAIST (making a bank account, the alien registration card, the computer account and the residence card etc.). For more information, please visit KAIST IO website at https://io.kaist.ac.kr/
- Report your arrival to the Program Coordinator, Ms. Juyeong Park by visiting Room 6101 of N21 building for further instruction on RCA-KAIST Program.
- 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 laboratory.

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 March, as well as some money (~ 1,500,000 Korean Won) for the initial set-up.

Start of Semester: August 30, 2021 (Monday)
- Fall semester 2021 starts on August 30, 2021.
- The minimum credit unit per semester is 9 and the maximum is 12.
- Students must satisfy the department and KAIST requirements for their graduation (You can refer to the NQE department website at http://nuclear.kaist.ac.kr).
7. Requirements for Graduation
There are two options for MS degree track:
Thesis-based MS degree
- For graduation, students must obtain at least 33 credit units consisting of (1) 7 courses (7x3 = 21 units) with the average GPA score of 2.5 or higher and (2) a thesis research (12 units) for 2 years. If your BS major was not nuclear engineering, NQE502 “Principles and Applications of Nuclear Engineering” or NQE503 “Radiation Science, Technology, and Applications” is mandatory to attend. The minimum credit plan for graduation is as follows;

Mandatory General (HSS 586 or CCxxx) 1 course 3 credit units
Ethics and Safety 1 course 0 credit units
NQE Courses  4 courses 12 credit units
Courses in any departments  2 courses 6 credit units
Thesis research   12 credit units
Total   33 credit units

Course-based MS degree
- This is an option to finish MS program without thesis research (12 units) but with 2 more courses (6 units) + and Independent Research (6 units). The student is supposed to finish MS degree within 3 semesters. For this option, however, students must consult with his/her academic advisor during the first or second semester.
8. Further Information

For any question about the program, scholarship and application procedure etc, please contact Ms. Juyeong Park, the program coordinator of KAIST, at juyeong@kaist.ac.kr.

Tel) +82-42-350-8511, Cell) +82-10-4165-4840, Fax) +82-42-350-8516

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

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/

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


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