The regular program consists of one academic semester, Spring Semester 2013. Students should plan on arriving in Columbus no later than December 27th, 2012, so they can get settled in before the first day of class.
It is also important that students avoid arriving over the Christmas holiday (December 24th and 25th) as the airport will be very busy, and many forms of transportation will be limited. Students may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start of the program, and must return to Korea within 60 days of the program's completion.
During the first week of Spring Semester there will be a program orientation in which students will be introduced to the American style of education and provided with details about the program. Students will meet program administrators and receive a variety of information about the program, the university, and Columbus.
It is possible for students to extend their stays for up to two semesters beyond the end of Spring Semester in order to work on their thesis. Although it is very beneficial for program administrators and students to make the decision to extend prior to arrival in the United States, any student interested in extending their study can do so as late as the end of March 2013.
Any student choosing to extend their study must adhere to the following guidelines during their extension:
Students will be provided with access to computers, libraries, and e-mail within the Fisher College of Business. Since program participants are enrolled as official Ohio State graduate students, they will have automatic access to parking passes and bus passes.
Tuition and Scholarships
The tuition fee per student for the 2013 KAIST program at the Fisher College of Business will be $15,000. Tuition funds cover all costs related to instruction, including textbooks, which will be ordered for each student by program administrators.
The Department of Finance has $5,000 total to give in scholarships to self-sponsored students. The scholarship money can be awarded to a minimum of 2 students, at $2,500 each, or it can be divided among a number of students. The Department of Finance will distribute scholarships based on the recommendation of KAIST.
Students who extend their stays in order to work on their thesis will be charged an additional fee per semester. The university fee table for Summer and Autumn Semester 2013 has not been released, and tuition will be based on the university fee table for graduate students.
Arrival in the United States
It is recommended that each student arrives in the U.S. with at least $150 in American currency and/or a major credit card to cover their initial expenses, including transportation from the Columbus airport to their hotel or local residence. Please contact the program administrator if you need assistance with airport pick up.
We will provide the required paperwork so students can apply for F-1 visas for the period of their studies at Ohio State. Students must provide photocopies of the photo and information page of their passport prior to arriving in the U.S., and present their original passport and visa to KAIST program administration once they arrive in the U.S. More detailed information about visas can be found at Office of International Affairs.
As official Ohio State students, participants in the program must have Student Health Insurance, which can also cover family members. Students will be enrolled first, and upon arrival students can choose to add their family members. Instructions for doing so will be provided to all students at program orientation.
For more detailed information about international student health insurance, visit the Student Health Insurance (SHI) website, or the Office of International Affairs website. Students are required by the university to purchase OSU Student Health Insurance, but family members are optional coverage.
Communication During the Program
In order to allow for prompt and effective communication between KAIST students and program administrators, it is required that each student check their Fisher e-mail account once a day for the duration of the program. It is crucial that all students check their e-mail and maintain contact with program administrators, as they often e-mail very important information to all KAIST students about a variety of issues, such as visa requirements, registration information, course schedules, course cancellations, etc.