Laura Leonard

Assistant Director
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Laura Leonard is the Assistant Director for Curriculum Integration and Campus-Based Programs. She earned a BA, an MA, and a PhD in French Language and Literature from the University of Kansas. Her primary responsibilities include leading the Curriculum Integration Initiative on our campus and supporting and developing campus-based programs to bring an international experience to every Jayhawk. She is also the program coordinator for short-term School of Education & Human Sciences study abroad programs.

Laura has previously served as a Study Abroad Program Coordinator and (re)joined the SAGE team in November 2019 having spent the previous 8 years as an academic advisor for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Laura lead the Humanities, International, & Interdisciplinary Advising team as Senior Academic Advisor for 5 of those years, and worked closely with students, faculty, and staff interested in languages and international study. Laura is also a KU study abroad alum, having spent a year abroad in Besançon, France as an undergraduate exchange student. She lived, worked, and studied abroad in France again both at the Masters and the Doctoral level, including as KU’s on-site Program Coordinator at Besançon, and has traveled extensively in France and Western Europe.


Fall 2020 & Academic Year 2020-2021 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
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
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