The NYU-KAIST partnership, formed in 2022, will drive advances in research and education, forge new industrial collaborations and investments, and lay the groundwork for a joint presence in New York City, KAIST’s first campus in the US. Through the Office of Global Programs, students have the exciting opportunity to participate in an international exchange program with KAIST, one of the world's leading science and technology universities.

On this page: AcademicsEligibility | How to Apply | Housing | Health and WellnessCosts | Contacts


Academics

NYU Global Programs has coordinated with KAIST and schools/departments across NYU to ensure that students have access to a robust science and technology curriculum that will count towards their degree. Pre-approved courses are listed on the courses page, but students will be able to take other KAIST courses that are not already approved, pending approval from an academic advisor or dean.

Pre-approved KAIST courses fall within the following subject areas:

  • Industrial Design
  • Technology and Culture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Korean Language
  • HSS / Core

Eligibility

  • Minimum of one year of university level course work at the point of application
  • Transfer students are eligible - must demonstrate one year of study
  • 2.7 GPA or higher
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing

How to Apply

Students must first apply to be nominated for KAIST by submitting the KAIST Outgoing Exchange Interest Form, which can be selected as an option upon logging into the Office of Global Programs Study Away Portal.

Deadline for Fall International Exchange: February 15

Deadline for Spring International Exchange: September 15

The KAIST interest form requires the following items:

  • Transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Course preferences
  • Professor contact for letter of recommendation
  • Academic advisor contact for course approval

Students who are nominated for KAIST will be given access to the KAIST application. More information about KAIST application requirements will be provided shortly.

Housing

KAIST housing is guaranteed and required.*

Students reside in a residence hall designated for exchange students. The residence hall is one of various dorms located on KAIST's 350+ acre campus. 

Room amenities include:

  • Beds
  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • Closets
  • Bedding**

*After the first semester, continuing students must apply for housing during the KAIST housing application period.

**Bedding is provided to exchange students for their first semester.

Campus amenities include:

  • Cafeterias, food courts, and restaurants
  • Athletic facilities (playgrounds, tennis courts, gym, track, soccer field, pool)
  • On campus bank

Health and Wellness

The health and safety of NYU students is always the number one priority for the Office of Global Programs. Shortly after being admitted, students will begin receiving communication from our partner office at KAIST, International Support Student Services. ISSS maintains a 24 hour response line and a stress clinic for students.

Students must have health insurance for the duration of their program:

  • GeoBlue international health insurance provided at no additional charge by the Office of Global Programs
  • Local health insurance, payment submitted to KAIST following arrival
  • Maintain valid domestic health insurance 

Costs

Students pay tuition and fees through their regularly scheduled NYU e-bill. Housing and local insurance must be paid to KAIST after arrival in South Korean won. Students can travel with funds or use banking facilities on campus.

Total (per semester)* $33,879
Undergraduate tuition & fees $30,219
Housing $800
Flight* $1,500
Local health insurance $280
Food $800
Local transportation $280

*Based on College of Arts and Science tuition. Students will pay tuition for their NYU school.

**Approximation for flight from New York City to South Korea.

Contacts

Please direct your questions to the Office of Global Programs from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT.

Office of Global Programs
383 Lafayette Street, 4th Floor
Phone: 212-998-4433
Email: global.programs@nyu.edu

Once students are admitted to KAIST they will receive contact information for KAIST's International Student Support Services (ISSS).