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After being nominated by your home institution to take part in the exchange program at the University of Kansas (KU), you will need to apply to KU by following the appropriate set of instructions below.  Please be sure to read the KU Exchange Fact Sheet before applying as it contains a great deal of information that will help to answer many of the questions you have.

Undergraduate students: 

Once you are nominated, please complete the 1st application with directions below: The application deadline for Fall and Academic year is March 15th and for Spring semester October 15th.

1. Go to and click “Apply Now” button.

2. Click “I am a new user and do not have login credentials to this site (Non-KU students first time log in only).”

3. Complete the New User Form and then click “Create Account.”

4. An email will be sent to you with your temporary password which is valid for 5 days. Click on the link provided to reset your password. After doing this, you should be logged in. You will be prompted to create an application for the term that you are applying for and then enter your address and emergency contacts.

5. Click on the “University of Kansas Exchange Program” link in order to get to the Program Application Page (Pre-Decision). From this page, please upload a photo of yourself so that we can easily identify you (for internal use only).

Graduate students:

Please start by completing the Fee Waiver Request Form.  Once your application fee waiver has been approved, you will receive an email with a link to the full set of instructions.

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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.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times