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Student Outreach and Advising

Faculty, advisors, and KU other staff members can be highly influential as a student considers studying abroad as part of their overall curriculum path toward graduation.  Faculty and staff play a vital role in encouraging students to study abroad and in helping them to prepare for the experience.  Many students have never thought about study abroad or do not realize that they can fit an international program into their degree plans. Departmental advisors play a key role in promoting the idea of study abroad to KU students, as you often have regular, early contact with students in your disciplines.

What You Can Do:

  • Encourage Freshmen to Start Thinking About & Planning for Study Abroad

By encouraging students to begin their study abroad planning early in their KU careers, students will have the most flexibility in program choice and timing and greater opportunities available to them. 

Mention study abroad in your classes, during individual meetings with students and at extracurricular activities in which you're involved. If you’ve had a personal experience of studying, researching or teaching abroad, relate the many and varied benefits of this experience to your audience.

  • Promote and Attend Study Abroad Events

There will be many study abroad events throughout the year, including Study Abroad Fairs, information sessions and tables, educational presentations for faculty and staff, etc. To stay up-to-date with what's happening in study abroad, check out our events calendar or become a fan on our KUStudyAbroad Facebook page.

  • Stay In Touch With Us

Need additional information on Study Abroad?  Have questions or comments to share?  Stay in touch with Study Abroad & Global Engagement by email, studyabroad@ku.edu, by phone, 785-864-3742, or stop by for a visit in 108 Lippincott Hall.  We’re happy to help.


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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
Study Abroad & Global Engagement 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