Renee Frias

Program Coordinator - Program Coordinator - Australia, New Zealand, East Asia, Southeast Asia and Short-term Faculty-led Architecture and Design Programs
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Renée Frias, Program Coordinator, holds an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction (emphasis in Teaching ESL) from the University of Kansas and a B.S. in International Business and Spanish from Northwest Missouri State University. Her main duties include advising students and coordinating programs in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally, she coordinates short-term Architecture, Design and Visual Art study abroad programs.

Renée has been a Program Coordinator at the Office of Study Abroad since February 1999. As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad a semester at Vysoká Škola Bánská Technická Univerzita (VŠB) in Ostrava, Czech Republic and a semester at TEC de Monterrey in Querétaro, México. She has interned with the Quéretaro State Economic Development Office in Quéretaro, México and HIT International Education Counseling Company in Istanbul, Turkey. As a graduate student she received a Tinker grant for research in Brazil, a country she enjoys visiting often with her husband, who is originally from there. Renée has traveled to China, Japan and Australia most recently and has traveled to 19 countries around the world.


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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
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