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Welcome Exchange Students

JayhawkThe Office of Study Abroad (OSA) welcomes you to the University of Kansas and the city of Lawrence. The Office of Study Abroad works with incoming students studying at the University of Kansas for a semester or year from our Exchange Partner Universities.  We are here to help you meet your academic goals and get settled in your new home in Lawrence.

The University of Kansas

Founded in 1864, the main KU campus consists of 950 acres atop historic Mount Oread in Lawrence, Kansas. KU serves as a major comprehensive research and teaching institution as well as a center for learning, scholarship and creative endeavor. KU has more than 25,000 students including about 1600 international students. KU also has two other campuses nearby: The University of Kansas Medical Center is located in Kansas City, Kansas (approximately 41 miles from the main campus in Lawrence), and the Edwards Campus is located in Overland Park, Kansas (approximately 34 miles from the main campus in Lawrence). However, almost all of your classes will be on the main campus in Lawrence.

The University consists of fourteen different schools; eleven of these schools admit undergraduate students while the other three schools offer only graduate level classes.

The undergraduate schools are as follows:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Architecture, Design and Planning
School of The Arts
School of Engineering
School of Music
School of Allied Health
School of Business
School of Education
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy
School of Social Welfare

The graduate schools are as follows:

Graduate School
School of Law
School of Medicine

The City of Lawrence

The city of Lawrence lies in the Kaw Valley, bordered on the north and south by the Kansas (Kaw) and Wakarusa rivers, and overlooked by Mount Oread, the hill on which the KU campus is built. Early settlers called the hill “Hogback Ridge,” but it was later renamed after the Oread Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts. The word “oread” comes from Greek, meaning “mountain nymph.”

Lawrence is home to two universities, the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. Because it is a small city (80,000 people) with a large student population, Lawrence has a small town, friendly atmosphere as well as many of the attractions of a big city. It is know for its art and music scene, along with its wide array of local specialty shops, cafés, and restaurants. In addition, Lawrence is a short one-hour drive to Kansas City, a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million.

Information about the University of Kansas and the City of Lawrence is available in the International Viewbook.

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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
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.