Nancy Chaison

Associate Director - Program Management and Finances
Primary office:
785-864-3742

Nancy Chaison, Associate Director, earned an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Kansas and a BA in Latin American Studies from Mount Holyoke College.  Her duties include financial planning for the administrative unit and over 130 study abroad programs each year, working with the Director and Program Coordinators in program management and new program development, and managing Study Abroad scholarship funds.

Nancy began working at KU in 1985 in the Center of Latin American Studies, and joined the Office of Study Abroad in 1999.  In 2010 she was awarded the University of Kansas Unclassified Professional Employee of the Year.  Her international experience includes eight childhood years in Puerto Rico, her college sophomore year in Madrid, three site visits to Costa Rica and one to Spain, and personal travel in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico.


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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
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
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times