The Curriculum Integration Process

CI is a highly collaborative process whereby OSA staff partner with key faculty and administrative staff in academic units to identify specific courses as well as timing opportunities within a curriculum where a study abroad experience could be attainable.  OSA staff then research course offerings and experiential learning opportunities both at current partner institutions as well as other potential international sites and present these findings to faculty and staff within the unit.  This information is reviewed by faculty to assess curricular fit and, if appropriate, added as a suitable option for students to pursue abroad.  The culmination of this work is the production of study abroad materials that highlight a portfolio of vetted study abroad programs and courses specific to that major.  These materials will help guide both students and their academic advisors in planning for study abroad experiences during their academic career.

The OSA is interested in working with faculty and administrative staff in departments and schools across campus to engage their units in study abroad curriculum integration.  If you are interested in learning more and/or would like to become involved in this project, please contact Alexis McKinley Jones at 785-864-7812 or amjones@ku.edu.

To ensure the goals of the CI initiative are met and to actively engage faculty and administrators in the development, selection and approval of programs for their students, the Office of Study Abroad is pleased to offer grant funds in support of faculty/staff travel either to an existing international site or to a new potential partner for the purposes of developing new study abroad opportunities for KU students.


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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
17th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 130 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times