Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology Reviews

Updated 5 May 2020

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  1. "good"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Masters 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    government supponsored, enthusiastic research, very good atmosphere for studies

    Cons

    A lot of pressure for academic publications

  2. "It all depends on your professor"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Research Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High quality devices and tech. / Good library / Paid tuition and + small student support (500,000 KRW for Phd)

    Cons

    Everything depends on professors and not on law or rules/ Professor might give you no further money while around 1M won is needed for a 2 person life / Working hours up to late or mid-night depending on professor / Out of town / Must learn Korean for outside survival / Few foreigners

  3. "Good choice for deep research"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Corporate Security Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good research enviroments for resarch and study

    Cons

    Poor salary, a lot of stuff

  4. "Good place if science is your thing. Otherwise, develop yourself elsewhere."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Gwangju
    Recommends

    I worked at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - you can live just ok on the money you get (Ph.D. gets 1M KRW - depends on a professor) - great facilities - good living conditions - an opportunity to explore Korea and learn Korean culture - valuable experience - would recommend to anyone who wants to do science and dedicate his life to academia - would recommend to any STEM foreign students who want a degree, have access to free education and willing to work hard for it - would advise against anyone who has other options and can do other things with his life - Ph.D. is rarely 4 years here (more like 4.5 - 9+)

    Cons

    - no life-work balance - you are stuck in the lab for 10+ hours every day - bad culture - professors are treated like gods (and act like ones) - low pay (you can survive and even save if you are frugal) - high workload (if you want to graduate you have to work like slave) - no sense of achievement (your work is not appreciated) - skewed values (life of a scientist became a chase for publications in high impact factor journals) IMHO there are other ways to serve people (and science) - if you fail to graduate you will have to pay some percentage of the money they invested in you back MOST IMPORTANT CON: - you get fixed money from GIST (about 450k at the moment)and a salary from a professor. He can pay you 1.5M or he can pay you 0. Totally up to him. Still rated 3 stars because GIST gave me a lot of lessons and working experience. I wouldn't be who I am without it.

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  5. "MS degree candidate"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Research Assistant 

    I have been working at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good research environment for studnets

    Cons

    But it is different depend on lab

  6. "Research Institute with High Research Facilities"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Gwangju
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Full curriculum run in English, 3rd in the world considering Citation per faculty. Collaboration with Caltech. Graduate assistantship is available for all student. No 1 in Korea considering technology transfer.

    Cons

    It is far from the city. The size of the university is comparatively small( only 2000 students)

  7. "PhD student"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Gwangju
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Calm and peaceful environment Beautiful campus Good living facilities

    Cons

    Language barrier Huge Culture barrier Difficult communication Administrative problems Difficult to secure resources, sometimes

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  8. "Long Working Hour"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Gwangju
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learned many techniques, worked with talented researcher

    Cons

    Long working hour (12hrs for almost all labs) which made me exhausted

  9. "PhD candidate"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time

    Pros

    good and clean facilities, kind people, low cost of living

    Cons

    it is far from the heart of a city

  10. "Post doc"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology full-time

    Pros

    It is a good experience.

    Cons

    They give very few vacation days.

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