KAIST International Summer School- South Korea

Spend a 4-week summer term in Daejeon at one of South Korea's most renowned scientific and technical universities! Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) is a major world player in engineering development and innovation. The summer program offers courses taught in English that integrate science, technology, philosophy, and art to ensure a comprehensive education.

KAIST is a member of Global E3, an exchange program of Engineering Schools from around the world. 


  • Good academic and behavioral standing
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Please check partner school for specific 

Cost of the program:  Please check with the provider's website. Please note once you are registered for the program, you will be charged the $300 study abroad fee through the Pitt Pay system. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Questions about Funding study abroad?  Check out the Study Abroad’s funding search page and note that SSoE has funding specifically for Pitt engineering students.



Academic Description
Please visit the KAIST International Summer School website for previous course syllabi and the most up to date information on available courses. Past courses offered at KAIST International Summer School include: Biomedical Imaging Idea and Expression Basic Korean and Korean Culture Emerging Nanofabrication Technology Vision, Brain, and Art Art and Philosophy You may take up to two (2) courses depending on their scheduled time slots for a total of 6 course credits. Courses are offered in the morning and in the afternoon.
Application Instructions

You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Programs Office, then you will be directed to apply to KAIST. Prior to being accepted, please visit the KAIST'S website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. 

SAO Staff

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Konnichiwa! After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue to love exploring new countries and cultures! I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize international opportunities! Reach out to me at a.olalde@pitt.edu!

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