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Virtual Study Abroad

Virtual Study Abroad
Spring Break
Winter Break
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
  • Gain in-demand global skills and experiences
  • Engage internationally while staying local
  • Earn academic credit applicable toward your major, minor, electives or the KU Core 
Program Summary: 

KU program

Virtual Universidad de San Andrés Spanish course: Students will earn credit for SPAN 424 taking this winter break 2022 course taught by faculty from San Andres, which is in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Click on the link for more details.

SIP options

KU students can choose to participate in a broad selection of online courses or global internships taught by instructors from around the world. KU has partnered with the organizations below to offer virtual study abroad opportunities for KU students. Each partner offers a unique set of courses and experiences, so be sure to browse through the offerings available at each! Check back often as providers are expanding their virtual program offerings.

  • AIFS (Courses and Internships)
  • American Councils Study Abroad - Intensive language and culture programs for Russian, Balkan and Eurasian languages. Nine different languages from Albanian to Uzbek offered.  Most langugaes available as full-time or part-time option during the Spring term.
  • API (Courses and Internships) - Winter Break, Spring, and Summer internships, short-term language programs in French and Spanish, and team-based skills workshops such as the Global Innovation Lab and Community Engagement Lab.
  • Arcadia (Courses and Internships)
  • Augsburg University - Take a variety of courses from faculty in the global south. Course options include Communication Studies, History, Political Science, and more.
  • Campus B (Social Impact Innovation Lab) - Join the team-based virtual social impact project for four weeks in the Spring semester. Students will have the opportunity to work along side Brazilian students, local leaders from social organizations and specialists from the field in order to develop a project aiming to solve a current social problem in the Brazilian landscape.
  • CAPA (Courses and Internships)
  • CEA (Courses and Internships) - Internships and elective courses in Business, Communication, and Psychology. Take 1-2 courses during the Spring or Summer term.
  • CET - Participate in a virtual intensive language and culture program to study Chinese (CET China), Japanese (CET Japan) or Arabic (CET Jordan) offered in Summer.
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong (International focused business courses) Business courses offered English during late June to early August 2021.
  • CIEE (Courses and Internships) - A variety of courses in architecture and history, business and communications, environmental sciences, cultural studies, and social sciences are offered for Summer.
  • ISA Remote Learning (Courses and Internships) - Enroll in courses during January or the Spring semester taught from Costa Rica, Italy, or Spain. There are a wide variety of course options including art, biology, business, cultural studies, and environmental studies.
  • ISEP Virtual Service Learning, Internships and Academic Experiences 
  • Korea University (Courses) Summer- Enroll in business, economics, psychology, math & Korean studies courses.
  • Singapore Management University (Courses)-Study Business, Economics and EALC courses during their four week program from late June to late July 2021.  
  • SIT (Language Courses and Internships) - Spring and Summer internship and online language programs in non-traditional study abroad locations. Languages offered in a virtual format include Arabic, Bahasa, French, Hindi, Nepali, Quechua, Spanish, Swahili, Tibetan, and Vietnamese.
  • TU Graz: Virtual Reserach - Remote research program for KU computer science students. Multiple reserach projects available during Winter Break, Spring or Summer terms.
  • USAC Global Perspectives (Courses and Internships) - Summer course options in Business, Cultural Studies, Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellness, International Affairs, and languages including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.  Take one course or a full semester.

KU is also offering a variety of virtural international internship experiences. Click here for more information.

Students will work with the KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement office to have these courses/credits reviewed and approved for KU credit hours.

In addition to the program fees charged by the partner organization, students will have a KU required fee of $290.  This KU fee covers the following services and benefits:

  • Advising on academic and administrative policies and processes for virtual study abroad programs;
  • Enrollment at KU for the term;
  • KU credit and grades for the courses completed through the partner program (this allows credits to apply toward major, minor, certificate or core credits with approval of the appropriate academic unit);
  • Access to federal and state financial aid through KU;
  • Eligibility for KU Study Abroad scholarships.

Students participating in a virtual study abroad program or remote global internship are eligible to apply for a KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement scholarship. Access the scholarship application here

If you have a question about a particular region of the world where there is virtual programming available, please contact the program coordinator for your desired location.


Summer 2022 programs now accepting applications !

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