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Student Initiated Programs in Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Student Initiated Programs in Germany, Austria & Switzerland
Study Abroad in Germany, Austria or Switzerland through an approved and accredited non-KU study abroad program.
Location: 
Dependent on Program
Language of Instruction: 
English
German
Term: 
Fall
Spring
Summer
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
Student-Initiated Program
Program Summary: 

Student-Initiated Programs (SIPs) allow KU students to earn resident KU credit for study abroad programs sponsored by other accredited U.S. universities and colleges. The SIP category also applies to degree-seeking KU students who opt to enroll directly in foreign institutions accredited by the Ministry of Education of the host country for a summer, semester, or academic year.

Students participating in a SIP remain enrolled at KU during the study abroad program and receive KU resident credit and grades for the coursework that they complete abroad.  Continuous KU enrollment allows for access to state and federal financial aid as well as deferment of loan repayments. In addition, students on a SIP receive academic, cultural and safety information at the mandatory Office of Study Abroad (OSA) orientation and have contact (including 24-hour emergency assistance) with the OSA while abroad.  Students also receive emergency medical evacuation and repatriation coverage for the study period.

Program selection

Students must schedule an appointment to meet with an OSA program coordinator before beginning the KU application process. The program coordinator will help the student determine if the non-KU program meets University of Kansas* and SIP guidelines. The program coordinator will also explain the application process in greater detail and provide the student with OSA SIP application directions.

Below are just a few of the many programs that KU students might want to consider first, as these are programs which KU students have used in the past. Countries and programs may change from this list, which is not updated regularly, so please refer to the host program information for details and confirmation. The KU Office of Study Abroad does not endorse any particular program provider.

Academic Programs International (API) in Germany

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) in Austria & Germany

Arcadia in Germany

Boston University Geneva Internship Program in Switzerland

CCIS Study Abroad in Germany, Austria & Switzerland

CEA Study Abroad in Germany

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Germany

DAAD programs and scholarships in Germany

TCNJ Business & International Studies & European Study Center in Germany

IES Abroad in Austria, Germany

Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) (for Education majors teaching abroad)

FU-BEST and FUBiS - Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

GlobalLinks Learning Abroad in Germany

Goethe-Institut – language institutes throughout Germany

Internationales Kulturinstitut  (IKI) - language institute in Austria

Junior Year Munich in Germany

SIT Study Abroad in Switzerland

UAS7 Study & Internship Program in Germany

USAC in Germany

*Note: Due to concerns for student and faculty safety, the University of Kansas does not sponsor study abroad at locations where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning has been issued. See the http://travel.state.gov for a list of countries currently under a Travel Warning. 

Application

It is entirely the student's responsibility to monitor deadlines and application procedures for the non-KU program. In addition, students must complete the KU Office of Study Abroad SIP application and scholarship application (if applicable) by the deadlines listed below, regardless of the non-KU program deadlines.

Deadline for Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring Semester programs: October 1

Deadline for Fall, Academic Year, or Summer programs: March 1

As with many other study abroad options, students must meet with departmental faculty advisors and their academic advisor in their major during the application process in order to complete an Academic Plan. Through this process they will be able to determine what equivalent KU credit they will receive for their study abroad courses.

Upon acceptance to the non-KU program, students must submit a copy of the letter of acceptance from the host institution to the OSA.

Orientation

All students who participate in SIPs are required to take part in the KU OSA pre-departure orientation even if there is an on-site orientation arranged by the non-KU program.  The OSA orientation provides important academic, cultural, and safety information to all study abroad participants.

Credit-Posting

Students are required to maintain full-time student status (12 hours/semester) while abroad and post all courses to their KU transcript.  All courses must be approved prior to departure, while abroad, or upon return by the relevant academic department. They will be posted to the KU transcript as they appear on the student’s Academic Plan & Approval Form or Credit Worksheet with the accompanying grades earned.  Grades will be calculated into the student's KU GPA.

A signed and sealed official transcript (or equivalent document) must be provided to KU the Office of Study Abroad (OSA). The transcript may be forwarded directly to the OSA Program Coordinator or the student can hand-deliver a sealed copy.  Participants in Student-Initiated Programs (SIPs) will want to check with their provider or host institution to find out if their transcript will be sent automatically or if they must obtain one directly. 

Failing to complete the grade posting process will prevent graduation from KU and may have other implications such as immediate forfeiture of all financial aid, including return of scholarships and repayment of loans.

Fees

The Office of Study Abroad SIP fee includes the OSA administrative fee, KU enrollment, OSA pre-departure orientation, 24-hour emergency contact services, and emergency medical evacuation and repatriation services.

Currently, the KU tuition and program fee for participation in a Student-Initiated Program is as follows:

  • Summer/Short-Term: $580
  • Semester: $1,050
  • Academic Year: $1,330

The SIP fee is in addition to any tuition, fees or other expenses related to the non-KU program. The SIP fee will be billed on your KU account once you commit to the program.

All other program related expenses (non-KU program provider fees and/or host institution tuition, room and board etc.) are the responsibility of the student and will not be billed on your KU account. Students must make arrangements to pay these fees directly.

Eligibility: 

Undergraduate or graduate students may participate in a SIP as long as they meet the minimum 2.50 GPA requirement and are in good academic standing at KU. As with other programs, students must complete at least one academic term at KU prior to participating in study abroad. In all cases, the student must meet the sponsoring institution's eligibility requirements and must be accepted to the program by the sponsoring institution.

Further Reading: 

Students searching for a study abroad program are encouraged to meet with a Peer Advisor in the OSA Info Center, located in 105 Lippincott. No appointment is necessary.  Students who decide to do a SIP are responsible for researching their options, finding an appropriate program, and meeting with a program coordinator to discuss the program.

The following websites are useful tools for researching non-KU programs: 

Brochures for a number of non-KU programs are available in the OSA Info Center.  


Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Scholarship
Fund created by estate gift from the late Dean and Elisabeth Collins. Awards up to $10,000 for students on semester or $20,000 for year long programs to Germany.  Open to all majors but preference for students studying music and particularly opera. Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=CollinsScholarship 

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Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
CIEE-Berlin -- Fourth Estate: The Influence and Power of Media
TBA
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
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COMM 3005 BRGE
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
3
CIEE-Berlin -- Gender, Race, Sexuality and Popular Culture
COMM 3004 BRGE
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
3
CIEE-Berlin -- Mass Media in Europe
COMM 3003 BRGE
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
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Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
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JOUR 3001 BRGE
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
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Equivalency Valid Until: 
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Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
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MKTG 3001 BRGE
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
3
CIEE Berlin - International Finance
BUSI 3001 BRGE
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
CIEE Berlin - International Management
BUSI 3003 BRGE
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
CIEE Berlin - Business Ethics and Leadership
MGMT 3001 BRGE
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
CIEE Berlin - German Business in a European Context
BUSI 3001 BRGE
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
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BUSI 3002 BRGE
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
3
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Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
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Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
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FU-BEST 2
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
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Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
3
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FU - BEST 6
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2019
Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
3
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FU-BEST 7
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2019
Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
3
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FU-BEST 10
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
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Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
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Free University - Themes and Issues in Transatlantic Relations
FU-BEST 16
Language of Instruction: 
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Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
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Free University - Environmental Politics and Policy in Europe
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Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
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Equivalency Valid Until: 
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3
Free University - Environmental Politics and Policy in Europe
FU-BEST 18
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English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
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APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Free University - Art and Dictatorship
FU-BEST 19
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2019
Status: 
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KU Credit Hours: 
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Language of Instruction: 
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Date Reviewed: 
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Equivalency Valid Until: 
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Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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