Study Abroad Student Leadership Program

Leadership. Citizenship. Service. Support.

The Study Abroad Student Leadership Program prepares returned study abroad students to be active global citizens. The Study Abroad Student Leaders (SASL) serve as liaisons to the KU campus, support the outreach goals of the Office of Study Abroad, develop and implement projects that serve the needs of the community, and raise awareness of global issues. Made up of a group of carefully selected volunteers, the SASLs are advocates for study abroad, social and environmental justice, and cross-cultural understanding. The program has four objectives, which are outlined below:

Outreach & Recruitment: Increase study abroad participation by reaching out to diverse campus populations to encourage study abroad participation, promoting study abroad on campus, and recruiting students to study abroad through meaningful conversations. Develop events and other activities to promote study abroad. For example, SASLs help with the study abroad fair, tabling, and outreach to student organizations.

Student Support: Support students before, during, and after their study abroad experience. Assist current and prospective study abroad students by answering questions, offering advice, helping with complications, and keeping them connected to the OSA. The student leaders will serve on panels and serve as representatives for their study abroad program.

Global Responsibility: Contribute to the community through meaningful service projects that apply the knowledge students gained abroad to helping others and creating change in local communities. For example, the group will do work to support an environmental cause or assisting the homeless.

Global Citizenship: Promote active global citizenship. Educate the KU community about global issues. Inform KU study abroad participants about global issues and news so that they are aware of what is happening when they are abroad. Promote art, culture, and language at KU. This might include educating the KU campus about international immigration issues or learning more about the political issues in Kansas, the U.S., and abroad.

The Study Abroad Student Leadership Program consists of up to 20 returned study abroad student volunteers. The Office of Study Abroad, the Graduate Peer Advisor, and the Outreach Coordinator provide support for the program, but SASLs are expected to be leaders and active participants. All student leaders will work on every objective. Students are divided into teams that split the work, allowing each member of the program an opportunity to have a leadership role. For example, each team will plan and implement a service project, but they will coordinate the project so all members of the program are able to participate.

Student Abroad Student Leader Program Eligibility
SASLs must have studied abroad on an approved program through the KU Office of Study Abroad, maintain a 2.25 GPA, and be in good standing at the university.  All ambassadors are required to go through a formal training process. Training for the fall 2015 semester will be on Sunday, August 23. 

Students must commit to a minimum of 30 hours per semester to the program, which will include group activities, team meetings, service projects, outreach activities, and more.

This program aims to provide all students with an understanding of leadership, global citizenship, and project management. The program should enrich and further the knowledge and skills students gain while studying abroad. In addition, the Office of Study Abroad will recognize the ambassadors’ voluntary work and contributions through:

  • Letter of Recommendation from Outreach Coordinator written on LinkedIn  (if student meets expectations)
  • Certificate of Recognition of Service signed by Director of OSA
  • Recognition ceremony at the end of the year
  • Achievement Awards
  • Career Development Workshop

The application cycle for AY 2015-2016 is now open. Applications are due on August 14. If you are selected for the program, you must attend a mandatory training on August 23, time TBD. Please apply here:

​To view a calendar of scheduled events, please click here: CALENDAR FOR 2015-2016

For more information, please contact Melody Stratton at


Summer & Fall Program Deadlines Extended for some programs.
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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
17th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program 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 130 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
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Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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