KINS-KAIST International Nuclear Safety Master Scholarships, International Nuclear Safety School, Korea

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International Nuclear Safety Master Scholarships, International Nuclear Safety School (INSS)
Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

A nuclear power program entails a long term commitment to the peaceful, safe and secure use of nuclear technology. To assure a high level of nuclear safety, a nuclear power project has to be undertaken on well-established and sustainable nuclear safety infrastructure. A country wishing to introduce nuclear power plants (NPPs) needs to focus on developing high quality of human resources. Underlining the importance of education and training as a key component of safety infrastructure, the General Conferences of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continue to encourage promoting higher education program.

Assuring an acceptable level of nuclear safety which is the fundamental objective of safety regulation is achieved through regulatory process that mainly involves safety review, inspection and decision-making. Such process requires in-depth technical knowledge and experience on all areas of science and technology related to nuclear applications, as well as on rules and regulations, stakeholder involvements, and international norms. Nuclear regulators and safety experts should be not only educated to have knowledge and skills but also trained to be capable of applying fundamentals of nuclear engineering and safety principles to their activities.

The “KINS-KAIST International Nuclear Safety Master’s Degree Program” is designed to educate and train high-caliber students, through which they can grow to be nuclear safety leaders in their countries. The ultimate goal of the program is to raise high-level policy makers to develop legal and governmental infrastructure, nuclear regulators to conduct regulatory activities, and safety experts to deal with technical safety matters.

The program is being organized through the cooperation of Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and technology (KAIST). As a regulatory expert organization in Korea with the top-level capabilities and experience in nuclear safety regulation, KINS is responsible for delivering curricula on safety regulation and on-the-job-training courses. KAIST, internationally well known for excellent education and research achievements in science and technology, undertakes courses on nuclear technology and fundamental research methods. The close location of KINS to KAIST provides the participants of this program with more convenience.

Top experts from KINS and outstanding professors at the Dept. of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (NQE) of KAIST will offer well-rounded curricular combining the essence of both organizations in the area of nuclear safety and regulation. The general organization and conduct of the program are overseen by Program Steering Committee. International Nuclear Safety School (INSS) established within KINS manages administrative works in cooperation with NQE of KAIST.

KINS awards full scholarships for one and a half years to admitted students. The coverage of the scholarship includes tuition, stipend, round trip air ticket and other costs essential for studying. The scholarship coverage is as follows:

  • Application fee (USD 100)
  • Tuitions for one and a half years
  • Stipend (700,000~900,000 Korean Won/month): to be paid monthly on 10th of each month during stay in Korea
  • The economy-class round-trip airfare between the nearest airport of the originating country and Incheon International Airport of Korea
  • Medical insurance fee of approximately 40,000 Korean Won/month
  • Tuition for Korean culture and language course (if a student wants to attend it)

Notes for Scholarship

  • Application fees are waived for all the applicants.
  • KINS Scholarship recipients must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above on KAIST grade scale (min. 0 to max. 4.5) in order to retain their scholarship.
  • If a student decides to withdraw from the program of study after he/she was offered admission, he/she must pay KINS the full amount of the scholarship (including application fee) received up to the time of withdrawal.
  • On-campus housing (dormitory) can be arranged but the cost must be borne individually. At present, a shared room by 2 persons at KAIST will be provided for the first year and costs about 400,000 Korean Won/semester for person (may change slightly). The cost must be pre-paid at the beginning of the semester. A shared room by 2 persons will be provided by KINS for the last remaining months at a cost of about 100,000 Korean Won/month for person (may change slightly).
  • Students who want to bring his/her family must bear the rent for rental apartment near campus, which is quite expensive. Family housing for married student is provided by neither KINS nor KAIST.
  • The meals in the Campus cafeteria cost around 2,500 ~ 3,500 Korean Won per meal. The costs must be born individually.

A. Eligibility Requirements
This program is open to any countries, particularly member countries of IAEA Asian Nuclear Safety Network (ANSN), having high interests in bringing up nuclear safety experts and regulators. To apply for the scholarship of International Nuclear Safety Master’s Degree Program, applicants must:

  • hold a Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalents),
  • work for government or nuclear related institutions, and
  • be recommended by his/her government or current institution.

B. Documents for Submission
The following documents must accompany each application. The forms can be downloaded from the INSS homepage (

1. Admission Application Form for KINS-KAIST International Nuclear Safety Master’s Degree Program (Form 1)

  • All information on this form will be used to contact the applicant; thus, full attention should be given to the correctness.
  • E-mail address and telephone should be kept operational. Messages will be sent via e-mail. Sometimes, interview may be made through phone.

2. Statement of Purpose (Form 2)

  • Information shall be conveyed on this form about yourself and your accomplishments, your purpose and objective in pursuing your study, and any work and/or academic experience related to nuclear safety regulation.

3. Statement of Financial Resources (Form 3)

  • On this form, only Section I with signature and date shall be filled in.

4. Two Letters of Recommendation in format made by KAIST (Form 4)

  • Two recommendations are required from teachers or professors of the educational institute where the applicant attended for BA or MS degree.
  • Letters in private format are not accepted.
  • Letters should be signed and sealed, and either be included in the application package or be sent directly to KINS by the recommender.

5. A Letter of Recommendation in format made by KINS (Form 5) from the applicant’s current employer

  • Letters in private format are not accepted.
  • Recommendation by head of the applicant’s organization will be highly taken into account.

6. Graduation, degree and/or diploma certificates from all the colleges attended

  • Original or certified copies are required
  • Certificate for expected graduation by August 2011, which is issued by the university, is accepted.

7. Transcripts of academic records from all the colleges attended

  • Original transcripts or certified copies are required

8. Certificate of Official English Proficiency

  • Original or certified copies are required
  • Only scores of regular session of TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS or TEPS tests are accepted.
  • The test date on the certificates should not be older than 2 years as from the deadline of submission of documents.
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English are exempted from submitting the certificate.
  • Applicants studied more than 2 years in the institution where language of instruction is English can replace the certificate by an attestation issued by the institution authority. The attestation form can be downloaded in INSS homepage.

9. Curriculum Vitae

  • Free style personal resume

10. Copy of Passport

  • It should be checked that the passport have enough period of validity.
  • In case of not obtaining passport by the deadline, a copy of national ID is usable.

11. KAIST Online Application Forms (5 Files: Application for Admission, Check List of Documents and Certificates, Letter of Recommendations, Statement of Financial Resources, List of Honors and Awards)

12. Optional: Any material demonstrating applicant’s scholastic ability

  • Awards, honors, prizes, merits, distinction, or decoration
  • School profile and credit rating system.

Notes for Documents Preparation

  • Application forms can be downloaded from the INSS Homepage ( Applicants are recommended to frequently visit the INSS Homepage for being informed of further notices or additional guidance.
  • It is strongly recommended that all required documents should be typed in instead of handwriting.
  • All or part of submitted documents shall not be returned in any case.
  • All documents must be official and original. The offer of admission may be revoked if a candidate’s submitted documents are found to be false or counterfeit. Faxes and photocopies are not considered as the valid application documents. However photocopies of transcript with new fresh valid stamp are considered as original.
  • All documents should be written in English officially; so, if application documents including academic transcript are written in a language other than English, they should be translated into English or in Korean with the authorization of a public notary in your country.
  • Please put date and signature on documents properly.
  • Admitted students can not defer enrollment to a later semester. Those who wish to defer enrollment must reapply.

C. Submission
Applicants should send their application package directly to the following address, and it should arrive before the due date given below. We shall only accept application documents that arrive at KINS by the due date. We do not take any responsibility for a failure in delivery of application documents.

Due date for 2011 Fall Semester Admission: 31 March 2011

Dr. Yun-Hyung CHUNG
KINS-KAIST Master’s Degree Program Coordinator
Department of Global Human Resource Development
International Nuclear Safety School
Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS)
P.O. BOX 114, Yuseong, Daejeon
305-600 Republic of Korea

A. Selection Criteria
Candidates are considered without respect to race, color, religion, disability or gender.
Selection is performed on the basis of:

  • Academic excellence,
  • Outstanding performance (Honor, Prize, Decoration, etc) in scientific subjects,
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English,
  • Creativeness and innovativeness, and
  • Leadership.

One of the critical factors for admission is English proficiency. The minimum scores for English tests are as follow:

  • TOEFL IBT 83
  • TOEFL PBT 560
  • TOEFL CBT 220
  • TOEIC 720
  • TEPS 599
  • IELTS 6.5

B. Schedule for Admission and Arrival
As the International Nuclear Safety Master’s Degree Program is run under the cooperation agreement with KAIST, all the processes of academic affairs including admission, arrival, orientation and registration have to be harmonized with those of KAIST. In this regard, students’ cooperation in meeting the following schedule is highly required.

Application Receipt: 31 March 2011

  • Program Coordinator of KINS checks the completeness of application of documents and acknowledges the receipt.

Screening by Joint Committee of KINS and KAIST: April 2011

  • Joint Committee of INSS/KINS and NQE/KAIST reviews the documents, screens applications and recommends applicants to the Admission Committee of KAIST for final selection.

Evaluation and Notification: May 2011

  • Applications are evaluated to select students by the Admission Committee of KAIST.
  • Final result is notified to each applicant.

Admission Process: From June 2011

  • Admission Team of KAIST starts the admission process to contact admitted applicants via e-mail or phone. During the process, the admitted students should carefully follow the instructions given by KINS and KAIST and keep open their communication channels.
  • Admitted students should prepare Visa in Korea Consulate in their countries. KAIST issues the Certificate of Admission, with which students will apply for VISA. Students are advised to acquire Student Visa (D-2 type) to avoid any inconvenience in KAIST. It should be made sure that the visa is valid for at least two years.
  • Students should book air-ticket. Airfare will be reimbursed after arriving in Korea based on the airfare receipt; thus, the receipt should be kept and brought with you.
  • Students must indicate their preferences of participation in the orientation program that will be announced around July.
  • Students must inform the Program Coordinators of KINS and KAIST of their arrival dates and times for the preparation of dormitory and other necessary arrangements.

Arrival at KAIST: August 2011

  • Students arrive at KAIST with reference to the Guidance of How to Get to Daejeon and KAIST, which will be provided with updated information.
  • Students should bring 3 passport-size photographs in order to make a photo ID and other necessary official documents.
  • Students are advised to bring warm clothes for the cold season, November to February, as well as some money (~ USD 100) for the initial set-up because the stipend is given on 10th of each month.

Settlement in Campus: August 2011

  • Program Assistant of KAIST helps you for settlement (making a bank account, the ID & key card for entering buildings, the computer account and the residence card, etc.)
  • Visit International Nuclear Safety School of KINS for further arrangements such as financial matters, assignment of mentors, orientation program, etc.
  • Students attend Orientation Program, which will be designed considering the arrival schedules and preferences of the students.

Orientation for Student: August 2011

  • Korean culture and language course will be provided if students agree to attend it. (Tuition fee will be covered by the KINS scholarship.)
  • During orientation, the Program Coordinators provide students with further instructions and information on academic registration, courses for selection, assignment of academic advisors, graduate requirements, and KINS mentorship program.

Program Start: 1 September 2011

  • The first semester of the program starts on September 1, 2011.
  • Students must fulfill the requirements of the program for graduation and observe regulations of KINS and KAIST. Details will be informed during the orientation.

C. Requirements for Graduation
To finish the program it takes up to one and a half years (exact mandatory duration is 16 months) and students must satisfy certain requirements. KAIST has two options for MS degree track: Thesis-based MS degree and Course-based MS degree. However, the International Nuclear Safety MS Program is designed to follow Course-based MS degree track.

For graduation, students must obtain at least 33 credit units consisting of (1) 9 courses (9×3 = 27 units) with the GPA (Grade Point Average) score of 2.5 or higher and (2) independent research (6 units). The minimum credit plan for graduation is as follows;

  • Introduction to Nuclear Safety Regulation 1 course 3 credit units
  • Safety Regulation for Nuclear Installations 1 course 3 credit units
  • Radiation Safety and Emergency Preparedness 1 course 3 credit units
  • A Mandatory General Course 1 course 3 credit units
  • NQE Courses 3 courses 9 credit units
  • Any graduate courses in KAIST 2 courses 6 credit units
  • Individual research 6 credit units
  • Total 33 credit units
  • On-the-job-training at KINS Additional Requirements

During the last semester, students select a project topic and research for it, parallel with the OJT at KINS. The project should be carried out with due reflection on comments and guidance from his/her advising professor. Final presentation shall be made before the advising professor and Steering Committee and be passed to earn 6 credits of Individual Research.

If a student wants to follow thesis-based MS degree, he/she must consult with his/her advising professor to change his/her scholarship support. Such change is usually initiated by his/her professor based on the exceptional performance.

If they succeed in satisfying the graduation requirements, they will be given Certificate of Completion from KINS and also Engineering Master’s Degree from KAIST. The degree from KAIST is accredited by the Korean Government.

Contacts for Further Information

For questions about the program, scholarship, eligibility, qualification, etc., please contact:
Program Coordinator of KINS, Dr. Yun-Hyung CHUNG
Telephone: +82-42-868-0245
Cellular phone: +82-10-6584-5884
Facsimile: +82-42-861-4046

Program Assistant of KINS, Ms. Sung-hee KWON
Telephone: +82-42-868-0496
Cellular phone: +82-10-7738-0496

For questions about admission procedure, course management, academic administration, etc., please contact:
Program Coordinator of KAIST, Prof. Gyuseong CHO
Telephone: +82-42-350-3821
Cellular phone: +82-10-2772-3821

Program Assistant of KAIST, Ms. Christine KIM
Telephone: +82-42-350-8511
Cellular phone: +82-16-446-9633

Department Head of NQE, KAIST, Prof. Sung-Min CHOI
Telephone: +82-42-350-3822
Cellular phone: +82-11-457-3822
Facsimile: +82-42-350-3810

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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