Category Archives: Life & Academics

Touristic Sites in Korea

Author: Mr. Osama Karkout

KAIST life can be stressing, not much time to enjoy the amazing place you’re in, South Korea! If you get some time during the vacations and want to go somewhere awesome, here I summarize some places for you. You are in Daejeon which is a touristic city itself, plus it’s close to any city in Korea! So in 1 to 3 hours you should be able to reach all the good places in Korea.

10 touristic sites in Korea (from (they are in no particular order as it’s subjective):


Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help You Master Tough Subjects

Author: Mr. Oleg Magnes

Recently I wrote a little article about memory tricks that could be helpful for learning languages. Today I want to continue the topic of studies and share with you some key points and concepts from the Coursera course about learning.

This is the 4-weeks course by Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski from University of California, San Diego.
Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects


KAIST Chronicles: PART 2

Author: Mr. Fahim Masum

Story of a Saudi Arabian-born Bangladeshi who lives in Korea and is surrounded by more Internationals (a very, very diverse background)

My name is Fahim Masum. And I’m a foodie. It is basic human nature to consume food. And boy do I love consuming food. Whether you’re a foodie or not, you want to enjoy what you eat. Luckily for present and future Korean-goers, Korean dishes are very diverse and suit many different tastes.

In Korea, the main items in the common household diet are fish, eggs, and vegetables. Koreans eat healthy; they are one of the healthiest countries in the world, and obesity is observed in a very small minority of the population. If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, Korea is food heaven. But as I had stated earlier, Korean cuisine is very diverse. Streets are lined with restaurants which serve all manner of dishes like ‘Bibimbap’, ‘KImbap’, and ‘Kimchi’ for vegetarians and meat lovers alike, and ‘Bulgogi’ and ‘Sogogi’ dishes for the carnivorous folk.


Mnemonics-Memory Based on Associations

Author: Mr. Oleg Magnes

Today I want to tell you something about one approach of learning, which might be helpful, for example, if you want to learn new language. I guess, this problem is rather essential for all of us during our study in KAIST.

As you probably understood, I want to write about mnemonics. Mnemonics is an extremely powerful learning technique. I heard that mnemonics are used in majority of private language courses. Once I saw the trick, performed by the girl, who mastered this technique. She gave the paper with just 100 numbers to the audience in the lecture hall, and everybody wrote down some word in front of the random number. Then, she read the paper for 15 minutes, and after that any person in the room could ask her the number or the word, and she instantaneously responded with the word or the number respectively. She even was able to recall the orthographic mistakes. No hidden headphones, no help from organizers, nothing. That was impressive, even though it is actually completely useless, unless you are paid for doing those tricks.


KAIST Chronicles: PART 1

Author: Mr. Fahim Masum

Story of a Saudi Arabian-born Bangladeshi who lives in Korea and is surrounded by more Internationals (a very, very diverse background)

My name is Fahim Masum. As a South Asian guy who grew up in the Middle East and had a diverse pool of friends, one would think coming to Korea would be a (relative) walk in the park for me. One would be mistaken. As was I. People eat healthy here. Everyone’s in shape. K-POP is the mainstream. People are shy. So to all you hopefuls and newcomers, and maybe even some oldies looking for some enlightenment, I’m going to write a series of articles that I hope may help you relate, and thus find inner peace in the land of Kimchi.


Problems Faced by Freshmen

Author: Mr. Dipanjan Ray

I am Dipanjan Ray. I am a freshman undergraduate student at KAIST.I joined KAIST in Fall 2015.I would want to share the problems that I faced when I joined KAIST.As I was travelling to South Korea for the first time so I wasn’t sure about how to get to KAIST from the Incheon Airport. Although ISSS had given me all the details of how to get to KAIST I wasn’t really confident because of language problems and moreover my flight landed pretty late. Here I would like to suggest that ISSS can ask country representatives or some students to escort the new students coming into KAIST.I guess KISA members can also take a step in implementing this.


KAIST, A Place Booming with Opportunities

Author: Mr. Wajahat Tahir

Rarely would have one never come across anyone on campus so far who has not underestimated KAIST for myriad of reasons: from lack of non-academic opportunities to unnecessarily pressurized academics, many reasons have been expressed as disappointments. But as a famous proverb emphasizes, the view depends on the glasses you wear, these are our perspectives that define quality of our life. For some, it is a place to only survive through, while for the others, it is an ocean of opportunities to be explored and utilized. The former lot, presumably, fails to figure out the causes behind the latter’s perspective, ending up striving in oblivion. To justify both the perspectives, the analysis boils ends up on comparison, which crushes our expectations.


Solving KAIST’s International Food Crisis

Author: Mr. Wisal Abdullah

Amongst other cultural disparities that international students get to experience during their stay at KAIST, Korean food is the one that outshines them all. Ranging from the sizzling Samgeopsal, staple appetizer Kimchi , the Soft Tofu Stew, Tteokbokki  to the instant noodles Ramyeon, Korean food, as diverse as it is, is still isn’t much like any food that an average international gets to eat at his/her home. This difference of tastes coupled with religious and culinary beliefs of many internationals (Vegetarians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists etc) and the amount of food expenses (3500 Won/meal) at Kaimaru in a limited monthly student scholarship makes the issue of provision of nutritious, affordable and belief-appropriate food an immediate concern.


KISA Cabinet recruitment Spring 2015

KISA cabinet recruitment for the Spring semester is finally here!
KAIST International Student Association strives hard to make life easier and more interesting for international students on campus. Do you have some concerns and feel that you can contribute to the international community? Do you have interests in the behind the scenes to organize awesome events and projects for the international students? Or do you simply want to meet and work with new people from different cultures and backgrounds? We gladly WELCOME YOU ALL to join us!
Application period: 2nd March – 15th March
Apply at: 

After filling the form, send it as an attachment to


The Start of Another Spring

Author: Mr. Youssef Medhat

“Can you hear it? The first bird of spring. The first step after winter is always the hardest. The light blinding. The air cold as ice, catches your breath. But after the first step comes the second and the third. We learn to walk again, to move, to breathe, to see, to live… Time to cast away such crowns of ice, and take a new one. A garland of living green.”

The above quote from the play, The Wild Bride, signifies the natural transition to spring from winter that living creatures undergo. Here in KAIST, there is another similar kind of transition; that from the winter break to the new semester.  As the quote suggests, the transition could be difficult. However with the right attitude one could can be ready to brace head into the new semester.