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Virtual Study Abroad

Virtual Study Abroad
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
Summer Non-Faculty Led
  • 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: 

Staying home this summer doesn't mean KU students can't make the world their classroom!   While summer study abroad is not possible, KU students can choose to participate in a broad selection of online courses or global internships taught by instructors from around the world.  Through one of the many partners listed below, KU students can take courses such as Contemporary Challenges in Global Health, Japanese Manga and Art, Advanced Spanish, and many more!  Each of these courses will enable students to engage globally, learn about a different culture and community, develop critical intercultural competencies and career skills, and develop academically, personally and professionally. 

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! 

KU and Universidad de San Andres are also offering SPAN 424. View the program page for more information. 

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

All of the programs listed above enable students to earn 3-9 hours of academic credit for the summer term.  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 summer 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 programs during the summer 2020 are eligible to apply for KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement need-based scholarships of up to $500.  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.


Spring 2021 programs now accepting applications !

Study Abroad Information & Advising
Our office is still available to help you with your study abroad questions.  Click here to set up an E-advising appointment with our team.

Study Abroad Financial E-Advising
Personalized advising through phone appts, Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, call 785-864-3742 or email nicholas.f.kellerman@ku.edu

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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
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