EAPSI(The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute) program is designed for U.S. graduate students wishing to explore science and engineering experience in the context of a research setting. It is also to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts including S.Korea, Japan, Australia, China, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan and to experience the culture(s) of the participating locations. Support of US-Korea scientific cooperation activities is an integral part of the KUSCO mission to sustain and strengthen the nation’s science, mathematics, and engineering capabilities, and to promote the use of those capabilities to enhance the competitiveness of the Korean economy. Under the ‘EAPSI Korea Program’, KUSCO cooperates with National Science Foundation to enable U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through collaboration with Korean research institutes early in their careers.
The EAPSI provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand foreign research experience; 2) an introduction to the science, policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective country; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture and language of the host country.
Foreign language capability is not required for acceptance into the EAPSI program. Selected students attend a 2-3 day pre-departure orientation session in the Washington, D.C. area in late March or early April. Each year, the Summer Institutes occur between June and August. Approximately eight weeks are spent on research activities at the host institution. Students work collaboratively with host researchers on the projects.
‘EAPSI Korea Program’ is administrated by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and KUSCO coordinates the orientation and Korean language courses, and helps participants move to host institutions. KUSCO also provides financial support for selected students as well. (Korea handbook Download)