Promoting Study Abroad in Your Unit

Class Visits

OSA Staff regularly prepare short class visits for large lectures at the beginning of each semester, but we also attend any class, regardless of size, at the request of an instructor interested in presenting study abroad information to their students. Class visit presentations generally last between 5 and 10 minutes and are frequently scheduled at the beginning or end of the class period to minimize the any interruption to class. The presentation can either be an overview of the vast variety of program options or it can be focused on a specific program. The presentation can also be expanded to cover these topics in more detail during a full class period, if requested. The presentations at class visits are usually given by our Peer Advisors, the Outreach Coordinator, or the Program Coordinator responsible for the program or region. If you would like to schedule a class visit, please contact our office at studyabroad@ku.edu.

Study Abroad Fairs

The OSA has two study abroad fairs each year. Generally these fairs are held on the second week of September and February. Our Fall fair focuses on semester study abroad options and also promotes our winter break and spring break programs. Our Spring fair is focused on the summer study abroad options available to students. Faculty members who are leading study abroad programs are encouraged to attend part of the fair to meet and talk to students who are interested in the program. The Fair is run by the OSA staff, with help from faculty and alumni of the study abroad programs.

Brochures & Fliers

The OSA produces paper brochures for almost all of the study abroad programs offered and also creates fliers for events, such as the Study Abroad Fair and information meetings. The print brochures are available in our office as well as the brochure rack on the 4th floor of Wescoe. Brochures are also frequently available at the Foreign Language Centers on campus. If you would like to request brochures, please contact our office either by phone 785-864-3742 or email, studyabroad@ku.edu. When you contact us with your brochure request, please make sure to include your name, the program brochure needed, the number of brochures needed, the date needed, and if you would like to pick them up or have them sent to your office. If you need more than 50 brochures at one time, please allow us at least 24 hours to complete the request.

Information Meetings

Faculty Directors and/or departments sometimes choose to have on campus informational meetings about their programs or programs of specific interest to their majors. This is a great way to promote your individual program or to reach students within your department in a smaller setting. The OSA will be able to contact students who have expressed interest in the programs that will be discussed at the meeting and can follow up with the students directly if they have additional questions. The OSA staff may also be available to staff information tables in high-traffic areas to support general study abroad promotion. In addition, the OSA will be happy to advertise your information meeting via social media outlets and through brochure/calendar items across KU.


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Summer & Fall Program Deadlines Extended for some programs.
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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