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Submit the documents designated by the President by the predetermined deadline. (Tuition payment, course registration, etc.)

Registration of incoming students

  • Submit the documents designated by the President by the predetermined deadline
  • Tuition payment (borne by students): Admission fees, tuition fees
  • Course registration: Within the course registration period

Registration of existing students

  • Tuition payment (borne by students): Tuition fees
  • Course registration: Within the course registration period

Registration period

  • Spring semester – During February
  • Fall semester – During August

Students who fail to register or fail to request a leave of absence within the stipulated period will be expelled on the grounds of non-registration, in accordance with the KAIST Regulations.

Tuition

  • KAIST website > Notice (Search “tuition” in the title)
  • Notice for the determination of tuition fees: Notice will be provided each December for the tuition fees determined for the following year
  • Notice for tuition payment: Notice will be provided each January/July (the month for notice is subject to change)

Course registration

  • KAIST Portal > Notice > Registration/School Register/Thesis
  • Notice for course registration (regular semester): Notice will be provided each January/July (the month for notice is subject to change)
  • Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter semester: Notice will be provided with regard to the period for course registration and alteration of course registration.

The time limit for the course is one year; the enrollment duration limit is two years.

Enrollment Duration Limit

  • The time limit for the course is one year; the enrollment duration limit is two years.
  • Extra school year: This means from the third semester following the one-year time limit for the course, and K-School will collect tuition for the extra school year from the relevant students.

Students in each course are permitted to take a leave of absence if they cannot attend the course due to an illness, accident, military service, or any other extenuating circumstances. (Refund)

Definition

  • In the case of an illness, accident, military duty, or any other extenuating circumstances, students may take a leave of absence. Students do not have to take a leave of absence if they are studying at another university inside or outside Korea to acquire credits or conduct research in accordance with the KAIST Regulations.

Duration of leave of absence

  • Two semesters for the master’s course (excluding the leave-of-absence period for military service; for childbirth and childrearing, up to two years (one year for male students); and for starting up a small business or venture business, up to four semesters. The leave of absence period for illness may be additionally extended for up to two semesters.)
Type Leave of Absence Request Period / Required Documents
General
  • Application available between the end of a regular semester (end of June/December) and the mid-term period
  • No general leave of absence available between the end of mid-term period and the end of the semester
Illness
  • Application available by the business day immediately before the final-exam period
  • Attach a medical certificate for outpatient treatment or hospitalization for at least four weeks at a general hospital (including a KAIST-affiliated hospital)
Business Startup
  • Application available by the mid-term period
  • Submit an Application Form for Student’s Extracurricular Activities (Student Affairs Team) and obtain approval therefor
  • One Certified Copy of Corporate Registration or Business Registration Certificate
Childbirth or Childrearing
  • Application available by the business day immediately before the final-exam period
  • One copy of Childbirth Certificate or Family Relations Certificate (for child aged 8 or younger)
Military Service
  • Application available throughout the semester
  • Attach the notice of enlistment

Process

  1. ① Student to request a leave of absence at KAIST Portal
  2. ② Obtain approval from the advisor (after mandatory interview) and from department head/chief professor
  3. ③ Obtain confirmation from the relevant administrative department and officer in charge for the relevant department/major
  4. ④ Student to submit required documents online to the Academic Registrar’s Team at KAIST Portal (application to be automatically cancelled if the documents are not submitted by the deadline)

Online application is not available from two days before the deadline (end date of the mid-term period for general/business startup; business day immediately before the final-exam period for illness/childbirth childrearing). Complete a Request Form for Leave of Absence and submit it to the Academic Registrar’s Team after obtaining approval from relevant faculty members and confirmation from the relevant administrative department.

Refund due to a leave of absence

(Date of occurrence is the day when a Request Form for Leave of Absence is submitted offline to the Academic Registrar’s Team two days before the start date of a leave of absence.)
Date of Occurrence Amount of Refund (As of 2016)
Before the deadline for alteration of course registration Entire amount to be duly paid by student
From the day after the deadline for alteration of course registration, to the date 30 days after the commencement date of the semester 5/6 of the amount for payment (excluding admission fees, mutual aid fees, and student union fees)
  • Amount for payment: ₩674,667 (=4,408,000 X 5/6)
  • Amount already paid by student: ₩450,000
  • Amount to be paid by student: ₩224,667
Between 30 and 60 days after the commencement date of the semester 2/3 of the amount for payment (excluding admission fees, mutual aid fees, and student union fees)
  • Amount for payment: ₩1,349,334 (=4,408,000 X 2/3)
  • Amount already paid by student: ₩450,000
  • Amount to be paid by student: ₩899,334
Between 60 and 90 days after the commencement date of the semester 1/2 of the amount for payment (excluding admission fees, mutual aid fees, and student union fees)
  • Amount for payment: ₩2,024,000 (=4,408,000 X 1/2)
  • Amount already paid by student: ₩450,000
  • Amount to be paid by student: ₩1,574,000
90 days or more after the commencement date of the semester No refund
  • Amount for payment: ₩4,048,000 (=4,408,000 X 1)
  • Amount already paid by student: ₩450,000
  • Amount to be paid by student: ₩3,598,000

When the period of a leave of absence ends or the grounds for a leave of absence no longer exist, students should register to return to school within a specified period in February or August to continue study.

Period

  • Within a specified period in February or August for each semester (Refer to the academic calendar on the website)

Process

  • Student to request returning to school at KAIST Portal → Obtain approval from the advisor and from department head/chief professor → Submit it to the Academic Registrar’s Team
    For a leave of absence for military service, the copy of certificate of discharge or the original copy of Resident Registration Abstract must state the date of enlistment and date of discharge (attachment is mandatory)

Remarks

  • Tuition payment must be completed within the registration period.
  • Students who fail to return to school or extend a leave of absence after the period for requesting returning to school will be expelled on the grounds of failure of returning to school.
  • For a leave of absence for military service, the end date is not the end date of the approved leave of absence, but the end of the semester including the actual date of discharge from military service.
  • Students discharged from military service earlier than the end date of the originally approved period for leave of absence should return to school for the semester in which the date of discharge is included; for those who fail to return to school, the period from the next semester to the end date of the leave of absence will be regarded as the period for general leave of absence.
  • If the date of discharge becomes later than the end date of the approved leave of absence, the student must request a leave of absence again by attaching the certificate of military service to obtain approval for extension.

Student giving up study due to extenuating circumstances (Refund; repayment of benefit costs)

Application period

  • Not specified (excluding the final-exam period)

Refund of payment due to withdrawal

(Date of occurrence is the day when a Request Form for Withdrawal is submitted offline to the Academic Registrar’s Team two days before the start date of withdrawal.)
Date of Occurrence Amount of Refund (As of 2016)
Before the deadline for alteration of course registration Entire amount to be duly paid by student
From the day after the deadline for alteration of course registration, to the date 30 days after the commencement date of the semester 5/6 of the amount for payment (excluding admission fees, mutual aid fees, and student union fees)
  • Amount for payment: ₩674,667 (=4,408,000 X 5/6)
  • Amount already paid by student: ₩450,000
  • Amount to be paid by student: ₩224,667
Between 30 and 60 days after the commencement date of the semester 2/3 of the amount for payment (excluding admission fees, mutual aid fees, and student union fees)
  • Amount for payment: ₩1,349,334 (=4,408,000 X 2/3)
  • Amount already paid by student: ₩450,000
  • Amount to be paid by student: ₩899,334
Between 60 and 90 days after the commencement date of the semester 1/2 of the amount for payment (excluding admission fees, mutual aid fees, and student union fees)
  • Amount for payment: ₩2,024,000 (=4,408,000 X 1/2)
  • Amount already paid by student: ₩450,000
  • Amount to be paid by student: ₩1,574,000
90 days or more after the commencement date of the semester No refund
  • Amount for payment: ₩4,048,000 (=4,408,000 X 1)
  • Amount already paid by student: ₩450,000
  • Amount to be paid by student: ₩3,598,000

※ If a student in the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program decided to withdraw, he or she should pay the amount to be borne by students as specified above.

※ Repayment of benefit costs is additionally required.

Repayment of benefit costs (Master/Ph.D.)

  • All or some of the student education expenses received while studying must be repaid.
  • Amount of benefit costs to be repaid = No. of semester X 242,880 won (=4,048,000 X 6%: As of 2016)
  • The refund of tuition for the relevant semester due to withdrawal will be calculated separately.

Application process

  • Student to request withdrawal at KAIST Portal (with a guarantor’s joint signature) → Obtain approval from the advisor (after mandatory interview) and from department head/chief professor → Obtain confirmation from the relevant administrative department and officer in charge for the relevant department/major → Student to submit it online to the Academic Registrar’s Team at KAIST Portal (request to be automatically cancelled if not submitted by the deadline)
  • (Online application is not available from two days before the deadline (business day immediately before the final-exam period or the start date of a semester). Complete a Request Form for Withdrawal (with a guarantor’s joint signature) and submit it to the Academic Registrar’s Team after obtaining approval from relevant faculty members and confirmation from the relevant administrative department.

Remarks

  • No student in any course may withdraw at their discretion without any justifiable ground.
  • Students who intend to withdraw due to an extenuating circumstance must submit a request for withdrawal with the consent of their guarantor and obtain approval from the President.
  • KAIST scholarship holders must obtain approval from their parents (with joint signature).
  • To request withdrawal, students in Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program should repay the benefit cost and the charges for the refund of tuitions for the relevant semester.

Subject to deliberation, readmission may be permitted for students who wish to study again after withdrawal or expulsion.

Application period

  • Two semesters including the semester including the date of withdrawal or expulsion must have lapsed; readmission may be applied for, only once, within three years therefrom.

Process

  • Apply for readmission (Refer to notice by the Academic Registrar’s Team) → Department/major screening → Deliberation by the Academic/Research Deliberative Committee → Approval from the President

Required documents

  • One copy of application form for readmission (prescribed form)
  • One copy of study plan (prescribed form)
  • One copy of statement of (planned) advisor’s opinion (prescribed form)
  • One copy of recommendation for readmission deliberation (prescribed form)
  • One copy of transcript
  • Attach relevant evidentiary documents for military service or illness treatment period.

Remarks

  • Students who apply for readmission within three years from their withdrawal or expulsion may be permitted readmission to the last school year of their study or lower, subject to deliberation by the Deliberative Committee.
  • No readmission will be permitted for any of the following persons:
    • - Those expelled due to a lapse of time limit (Applicable to those admitted in 2008 or earlier)
    • - Those expelled due to a lapse of time limit, or those expelled or those who withdrew after extending the time limit (Applicable to those admitted in 2009 or later)
    • - The period available for readmission application (within three years) does not include the period of military service or period for illness treatment requiring long-term care (related evidentiary documents to be attached)

No transfer of major is allowed for students in Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.

The grounds for expulsion include non-registration (no course registration), failure of returning to school, lapse of time limit, academic probation, and disciplinary actions.