Application Process

All students apply to study abroad through our online system called JayhawksAbroad. After you begin your application, you will see an electronic checklist on your JayhawksAbroad online account that will guide you through each step. Send us an email or give us a call if you have any questions! We are happy to help.

Step 1: Find a program that works for you
Stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott 105, from Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM for walk-in advising. Peer advisors will help you find a program that meets your academic goals and personal interests. Once you find a program, they can also make an appointment with a program coordinator or financial advisor for you.

Step 2: Meet with your program coordinator
Once you have selected a program, you can meet with a program coordinator to learn more and make sure it is a good fit. To make an appointment, stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott 105 or call our office at 785-864-3742. 

Step 3: Begin your online application
Students can begin an application by clicking the “Apply Now” button on our online program pages. You can also come by the Study Abroad Info Center and a peer advisor can walk you through the application process. 

To start an application, click "Apply Now" on the Dates & Deadlines page!

Step 4: Complete your application
Below is a list of the typical documents that will need to be completed for an application. Requirements will vary by program.  After an application is created, students will see a checklist of specific required documents for their program application.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Autobiography
  • Official Transcript/Un-official Transcript or Advising Report
  • Recommendations
  • Authorization to Release Student Information
  • Student Conduct verification
  • Any additional forms required by the specific program

Not a KU student?
There are several KU programs that are open to students from other colleges and universities.  Non-KU students will be asked to complete the requirements above.  Once accepted, Non-KU students will need to apply to KU as a non-degree seeking study abroad student.  For more information on the application process for Non-KU students, please view the Non-KU student section.


Summer 2022 programs now accepting applications !

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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
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad 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 160 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
Study Abroad & Global Engagement 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.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times