Study Abroad Student Support Fund

The Christine Pederson Study Abroad Student Support Fund was created through the generous support of Christine Pederson, KU alumnus and former participant in the International Summer School at the University of Oslo.  This fund is designed to assist students applying or admitted to a study abroad program who do not have the immediate funds to cover the cost of securing a passport or student visa.  The Study Abroad Student Support Fund will provide grants of up to $150 to assist students in meeting these expenses.  Funds will be disbursed to approved students and must be used for their intended purpose as demonstrated by submission of a purchase receipt or another form of documentation to Study Abroad.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a degree-seeking student at The University of Kansas.
  • Must have applied to a study abroad program through the University of Kansas Study Abroad & Global Engagement office (this includes Student Initiated Programs).
  • Must have documented financial need for the funds (FAFSA on file and need statement)
  • Must be submitting an application for your first U.S. passport (passport renewals do not qualify)


  • Once approved, students are required to provide documentation of passport/student visa purchase.  

Application Instructions





Summer 2022 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
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