ISS Orientation

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) offers a week-long orientation for new international students called "You at KU" that is designed to help ease your transition into life in the United States and at the University of Kansas. The orientation usually begins about ten days before the first day of classes and includes many useful topics such as:

  • the enrollment process at KU
  • what to expect in a U.S. classroom
  • cultural adjustment
  • accessing healthcare in the U.S.
  • safety at KU
  • an Information Fair showcasing a variety of local activities
  • all required check-in procedures that must be completed prior to enrollment

The OSA will enroll you and include the orientation registration fee and housing during orientation week as part of your exchange benefits. You do not need to enroll yourself or pay any fees.

Because this is such an important opportunity, we require all new international students to participate, so please plan your travel accordingly.

Temporary Housing

If you arrive before orientation begins in the fall semester, the residence hall designated for orientation housing typically opens several days prior to when orientation begins so that students can stay there for a nominal nightly fee.  For students starting at KU in the spring semester, orientation housing does not open until the day that orientation begins so you will need to secure temporary housing. 

Lawrence has a wide variety of hotels and motels. Rates can vary greatly. For more information on Lawrence hotels, please Visit Lawrence.  Sharing a room with another student will lower your cost. Mention that you are a new KU International student and you may receive a discount. 


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Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
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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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