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Student Initiated Programs: Research Abroad

Student Initiated Programs: Research Abroad
Earn credit for research abroad through an approved and accredited non-KU study abroad program.
Multiple Locations
Academic Year
Spring Break
Winter Break
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Student-Initiated Program
Research Abroad
Program Summary: 

Student-Initiated Programs (SIPs) - Research Abroad allow KU students to earn resident KU credit for research conducted abroad for a summer/short term, semester, or academic year.

Students participating in a SIP Research Abroad through the Office of Study Abroad remain enrolled at KU during the term and receive KU resident credit charged at In-State Resident Tuition Rates for the research 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.

Application Procedures

Students must schedule an appointment to meet with an OSA program coordinator before beginning the KU application process. The program coordinator will explain the KU application process in greater detail, provide the student with OSA SIP application directions and register the student in the SIP Research program.

*Note: Out of concern for student safety and well-being, KU does not sponsor study abroad in locations where a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 or Level 4 has been issued. The classification level applied to each country can be accessed at www.travel.state.gov.  Information on Level 3 or Level 4 regional designations within a country is available by reading the country-specific advisory.  Exceptions to this policy will be considered by petition to the International Travel Review Committee (ITRC). See studyabroad.ku.edu/traveladvisories for details.


All students who participate in SIPs are required to take part in the KU OSA pre-departure orientation. The OSA orientation provides important academic, cultural, and safety information to all study abroad participants.


The Office of Study Abroad SIP fee includes the OSA administrative fee, OSA pre-departure orientation, 24-hour emergency contact services, and emergency medical evacuation and repatriation services. The SIP fee replaces your campus fee which will be determined during the application process and will be billed on your KU account once you commit to the program.

The SIP fee is in addition to any KU tuition and course fees related to your enrollment for the program. All other program related expenses (airfare, passport, personal expenses, 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.


Undergraduate or graduate students may participate in a SIP - Research Abroad as long as their academic department has approved their research course enrollment, 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.


Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

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 at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for 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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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.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times