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

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 approximately 30,000 students including just over 2,000 international students. KU also has two other campuses nearby: The University of Kansas Medical Center is located in Kansas City, Kansas and the Edwards Campus is located in Overland Park, Kansas (both approximately 40 miles from the main campus in Lawrence). Exchange students do not typically take courses at the Medical Center or Edwards Campuses due to the additional tuition and fees involved. 

The university earns excellent ratings in the top college guides. For more than a decade, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has awarded KU four‐star ratings in all categories – academics, quality of living, and social life. KU is famous for the natural beauty of its campus, the high quality of its academic programs, reasonable cost, and diverse cultural and recreational opportunities.

 

The University consists of fifteen different schools; twelve 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 Health Professions

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

KU offers more than 360 academic degree programs.  To search for program offerings by school and area of study, click here

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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
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA