Core Approved Programs

The KU Core defines the educational goals that are integrated into all of the degrees and majors being pursued by KU undergraduate students.  By achieving the learning outcomes associated with the six educational goals KU graduates will:

  • be better thinkers and communicators;
  • have a broader base of knowledge;
  • appreciate human diversity;
  • be more aware of global culture, ethics, and social issues;
  • and integrate skills and knowledge creatively.

Advanced Education Goal 4.2 seeks to ensure students have the ability to examine a variety of perspectives in the global community, distinguish one’s own cultural patterns, and respond flexibly to multiple worldviews.  KU students can fulfill this educational goal through a significant study abroad experience, defined as an experience of a semester or year duration or a short-term program achieving UCCC approval.

The following study abroad programs will qualify for completion of Goal 4.2:

  • All semester or academic year study abroad programs, provided the student is working in collaboration with Study Abroad & Global Engagement for his/her study abroad plans
  • Most KU-administered short-term programs.  For more information, view the full list of those short-term programs currently approved for Goal 4.2 (pdf).  If your proposed study abroad program is not listed here, please contact Study Abroad & Global Engagement for additional information.

Want to take other KU Core requirements while you are abroad? 

Through the Academic Plan & Approval process, students may be able to find courses abroad that are equivalent courses to KU Core requirements. 


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