Visiting Student Researcher program at KAIST: South Korea


More program details should be available from KAIST later in the Fall 2022 semester about the Summer 2023 program.  

Have you always wanted to travel to South Korea? The Visiting Student Researcher program at KAIST is for students who wish to conduct research in one of KAIST’s laboratories for less than a year. Students will work closely with KAIST professors on various research projects, depending on laboratory assignment.

Application requirements:

  • Pitt student in good standing
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Must be studying in your second year or higher at the time of application
  • Please check partner school for additional requirements

Costs for the program can be found on the school's website. Funding through the Swanson School of Engineering might be possible, please watch for research and internship funding information to be sent out to all students via email. 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.


Academic Description: 
The Visiting Student Researcher Program is not for academic credit. Students are required to contact KAIST laboratories of interest and receive official permission from the professor running the laboratory in order to participate in the program.
Application Instructions: 

In addition to applying to Pitt Global Experiences through this application portal,  and submitting the Pitt application materials, you must also submit an application and additional documents DIRECTLY to KAIST.   Pitt's application deadline for this program is  1/23/23.   KAIST typically has a similar deadline!  Any questions, please contact: Alicia Olalde, SSOE Global Experiences Office.

KAIST research offerings are typically posted on their  academic department website. Once you have researched the offerings, we suggest you then reach out the the head professor of the lab to request to do research. It is recommended that you use Pitt contacts to KAIST colleagues to assist with this process. From there, the International Relations Team at KAIST will contact you and you will be directed to fill out the Online Registration on the KAIST website.

SAO Staff: 

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Hello! Konnichiwa! I am the Director for Global Experiences and Engagement in the Swanson School of Engineering.  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  explore new countries and cultures and have had the good fortune to work, study and travel all over the world. 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 global opportunities! 

Schedule an appointment

SSOE students: schedule an appointment with me using Pathways via this link!

non-SSOE students-- send me an email and we'll set up a time to meet!


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