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Graduation Credits : Minimum 130 credits required
※ A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher out of a possible 4.3 in all coursework


General Course : Minimum 27 credits and 9AU (applicable to students entering KAIST in 2009 and onward; for those who have entered KAIST before 2009, refer to the Course Completion Requirements by Year of Admission)
Mandatory General Course

Students entering KAIST in 2011 and onward: 6 credits and 9AU
English Communication(1), Critical Thinking in English(2), Writing(3), Physical Education(4AU), Humanity/Leadership(2AU), Ethics and Safety II(1AU), Happy College Life(1AU), Exciting College Life(1AU)

Students entering KAIST between 2009 and 2010: 6 credits and 9AU
9AUEnglish Communication(1), Critical Thinking in English(2), Writing(3), Physical Education(4AU), Community Service(2AU), Humanity/Leadership(2AU), Ethics and Safety II(1AU)

Students entering KAIST between 2007 and 2008: 7 credits and 9AU
English Communication I(1), English Communication II(1), English Reading & Writing(2), Writing(3), Physical Education(4AU), Community Service(2AU), Humanity/Leadership(2AU), Ethics and Safety II(1AU)
* English Communication I → English Communication
* English Communication II → English Conversation
* English Reading&Writing → Critical Thinking in English

Students entering KAIST between 1998 and 2006: 7 credits and 9AU
English I(2), English II(2) Writing(4AU), Community Service(2AU), Humanity/Leadership(2AU), Ethics and Safety II(1AU)
* English I → English Communication
* English II → Critical Thinking in English

Elective General Course in Humanities & Social Science: Minimum 21 credits

'Take (6 credits) 1 course of each of the following 2 categories among 3 categories: Humanity, Society and Literature and Arts; the rest can be chosen regardless of the category. (applicable to students entering KAIST in 2009 and onward; for those who have entered KAIST before 2008, refer to the Course Completion Requirements by Year of Admission)


Students entering KAIST between 2007 and 2010 should earn Minimum 9 credits through lectures in English among the 21 credits required as Elective General Courses in Humanities & Social Science. Students having a double major take 12 credits without considering categories. (Students entering KAIST between 2007 and 2010 should take 6 credits through lectures in English.)
※ The requirement of taking lectures in English as Elective General Courses in Humanities & Social Science is not applied to students entering KAIST in 2011 and onward.


Completion of Basic Courses : Minimum 32 credits(Applicable to students entering KAIST in 2012 and onward; for those who have entered KAIST before 2011, refer to the Course Completion Requirements by Year of Admission)
Mandatory Basic Courses: 23 credits
① 1 course among Fundamental Physics I (3), General Physics I (3), and Advanced Physics I (3)
② 1 course among Fundamental Physics II (3), General Physics II (3), and Advance Physics II (3)
③ 1 course of General Physics Lab I (1)
④ 1 course of Basic Biology (3) or General Biology (3)
⑤ 1 course of Calculus I (3) or Honor Calculus I (3)
⑥ 1 course of Calculus II (3) or Honor Calculus II (3)
⑦ 1 course among Basic Chemistry (3), General Chemistry I (3), and Advanced Chemistry (3)
⑧ 1 course of General Chemistry Lab I (1) or Advanced Chemistry Lab (1)
⑨ 1 course of Basic Programming (3) or Advanced Programming (3)

※ Students having entered KAIST in 2007 or before: 23 credits (①~⑨)
※ Students having entered KAIST between 2008 and 2011: 26 credits ((①~⑨), Freshman Design Course: Introduction to Design and Communication)(3))

Elective Basic Courses: Minimum 9 credits
※ Students having a double major take 6 credits.


Major Course : Minimum 45 credits are required
Mandatory Major Course : 12 credits (CE201, CE230, CE350, CE371) are required
Elective Major Courses : Minimum 33 credits are required


Research Course : Minimum 3 credits are required (CE490)
※ Students having a double major are exempt.


English Proficiency Requirements upon Graduation
Before entering or during studying at KAIST, students should obtain the minimum required score or higher from one of the following: TOEFL, TOEIC, TEPS and IELTS.
Students who have hearing impairment level 3 or above should obtain the minimum required score or higher, excluding listening.

1) Students who have submitted past scores for TOEIC (before April 2006) or TEPS (before February 28, 2007)
Students admitted in 2008 or later
Classification iBT TOFEL PBT TOFEL CBT TOFEL TOEIC TEPS IELTS

General qualification score

83 560 220 775 690 6.5 
Qualification score for hearing impairment level 3 or above 62 372 146 387 414 4.8

Students admitted in 2007 or earlier
Classification iBT TOFEL PBT TOFEL CBT TOFEL TOEIC TEPS IELTS

General qualification score

83 560 220 760 670 6.5 
Qualification score for hearing impairment level 3 or above 62 372 146 380 402 4.8

Students who have submitted NEW TOEIC score taken after May 2006 or TEPS score taken after March 1, 2007
Classification iBT TOFEL PBT TOFEL CBT TOFEL TOEIC TEPS IELTS

General qualification score

83 560 220 720 599 6.5 
Qualification score for hearing impairment level 3 or above 62 372 146 360 359 4.8


Graduation Requirements for Foreign Students: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)
Undergraduate foreign students are required to obtain level 2 or higher score in TOPIK before entering or during studying at KAIST.
※ Applies to students entering KAIST in 2013 and onward


Requirements for Double Major and Minor
Double major : Double major
Minor : Minimum 21 credits courses are required including 12 credits of required mandatory major courses

※ General and basic courses in undergraduate program are different from years of admission; therefore, students entering KAIST before 2011 should refer to the Course Completion Requirements by Year of Admission.

※ This major requirements are applicable to students entering KAIST in 2012 and onward; for those who have entered KAIST before 2012, have a free choice of course requirements refer to the Course Completion Requirements by Year of Admission.