Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology

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GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)
Established 1993
Type Public
Location Gwangju, South Korea South Korea
Campus Urban (Gwangju Campus)

GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology), formerly known as the Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology (K-JIST), is a leading research-oriented institute of Korea located in Gwangju, South Korea. Students in GIST can attend classes in the institute and participate in research.


GIST was established by the South Korean government in 1993 as a research-oriented graduate school that focuses on technology and education. Despite its relative small size, since its establishment, GIST has advanced from an unknown graduate school in South Korea to one of nation's most prestigious schools, ranking first in the number of publication per professor in 2005. In 2010, GIST started its undergraduate program. Today, GIST continues to develop itself into a world-class research university.


  • GIST cultivate talented individual with 3C1P (Creativity + Cooperation + Communication + Problem-solving).
  • GIST leads talented students into the world stage.
  • GIST is HERE - Highest Efficient in Research and Education.

Student body[edit]

As of May 2012, the GIST student body consists of 1,286 students, with 293 undergraduate and 993 graduate students. Women made up 20% of the undergraduate and 28% of the graduate student body.


Undergraduate program (GIST College)[edit]

  • Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences (freshmen and sophomore)
  • Major Concentrations (junior and senior)
    • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Concentration
    • Chemistry Concentration
    • Physics Concentration
    • Life Science Concentration

Graduate program (Graduate School)[edit]

Even though GIST is a Korean university, its courses are taught in English (except humanities and social science courses); MS theses and PhD dissertations are written in English as well. In addition, admitted students benefit from tuition waiver and fee-free application. Furthermore, all students are supported by a monthly stipend which should be enough to cover their basic living expenses. Finally, military service as mandated by South Korea is waived for Korean PhD students of the institute.

Features (Undergraduate)[edit]

  • Benefit (for every student)
    • Tuition fees are exempted
    • Eco-friendly Dormitory is provided (double-occupancy)
    • School expenses and School meal subsidy are supported
  • Education
    • Intensive Basic Science Education
    • Interrogatory Method (Inquiry-based Learning)
    • Intensive Liberal Arts
    • 1:1 Mentor System
    • World-class Research Program (G-SURF)
    • SAP(Study Abroad Program): Caltech, UC Berkeley


The GIST campus is located in Gwangju.

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