What departments does the GSCT have?
The main focus of CT (Culture Technology) is "culture" and "culture industry". GSCT has several perspectives of viewing and analyzing culture, such as science/engineering, humanity studies, social studies, and art. However, GSCT does not classify students by their majors or backgrounds, as we believe that the essence of CT is in cooperation and convergence of different fields of studies. Furthermore, lowering barriers between different fields of studies is one of the largest goals of CT. GSCT has about 10 laboratories and research groups each having its own focus of study. For further details, please refer to the GSCT website.
Is a student provided with dormitory? And is it compulsory?
KAIST offers dormitory rooms to almost all the students with “Government scholarship and KAIST scholarship”. Living in dormitory is not compulsory. KAIST also has apartments for married students and students can apply for that.
What is the benefit of getting “Government Scholarship”?
Basically, a Government scholarship awardee in GSCT will enjoy the benefits include partial tuition and TA payments. Additionally, there is an academic activity supporting program, as known as BK21+, partially supporting publishing fees, patent registration fees, and domestic/international academic conference fees/boarding/lodging. Students are able to receive additional funds by participating in research projects run by professors or Culture Technology Research Institute (CTRI).
What am I supposed to prepare to apply for M.A. or Ph.D.?
In addition to the basic documents (Self-introduction letter, Academic Record), we recommend to prepare your study plan and what you have accomplished for the interview section which will be carried out when you pass the document screening. Portfolios will help if you have one. To get the acceptance to KAIST, you need to reach certain level of English proficiency regardless of your academic background. You are required to submit publicly credible English score like TOEFL, or TOEIC. If you do not have a score yet, you can take an English test arranged by KAIST.
I want to apply for Ph.D. Am I supposed to have M.A. in CT?
We are well aware that few people have received MA in CT. The precondition to apply for Ph.D. in Ct is, as mentioned above, the applicant has to have passion, a clear sense of his/her goal, and excellencies to carry out research in CT in the applicant’s area. The applicant is also supposed to have clear study plan and concrete idea about the research result.
To apply for MA degree in GSCT what kind of academic background am I supposed to have?
CT means blending and interchanging with technology, humanities, culture, arts. In fact, there is no restriction on undergraduate academic background. In CT Interdisciplinary Program, the predecessor of GSCT, has students not only from Computer Science, Mechanics, Industry Technology but also from English literature, Psychology, Sociology, Industry Design, Fine Arts and even Fashion Design.
How many times do you select new students in GSCT?
Basically applicants can apply once in a year like other departments in KAIST. In some cases of open spots, GSCT can receive applications for the admission in autumn. Autumn admission starts normally in the end of May.
Students are categorized as
1) Government scholarship : Government and KAIST support tuition.
2) KAIST scholarship : KAIST and professor(advisor) support tuition. (Since professor supports with research fund from project, the scope of research may be limited by situation)
3) General scholarship : Company or other institutions support tuition.
4) If you are affiliated any other company or institutions, you can only apply as general scholarship students. (You can apply as other scholarship if you are expected to resign before entering the school. Otherwise, admission will be canceled.)
5) An admitted student will be assigned one student classification above. However, depending on the quota, the student can be recommended as second or third choice of student classification.
What is required for M.A or Ph.D applicants?
Please refer to the KAIST website for the basic application forms and requirements. As GSCT students have various backgrounds and majors, applicants for GSCT are required to submit backup data for their specialties and professions in addition to the basic forms and academic plans. The academic plans form should start with the
Are Ph.D applicants required to confirm their perspective advisors prior to application?
GSCT follows the general standards and rules of any other graduate school around the world. As personal academic plans and fields of studies are mostly rigidly determined prior to application, those who are seeking to apply to the doctoral program of GSCT are strongly recommended to thoroughly study the active research topics in our graduate school. Upon finding a professor whose research interests match to yours, adequate communication with the professor regarding possibilities of advisory should be done before the application. While admittance without a prospective advisor may be possible, difficulties might arise in choosing and confirming your field of study and advisor.
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