Work for Study Abroad

The Office of Study Abroad hires students to support outreach and office administration. We begin the hiring process in the spring for the following academic year. Students may apply for multiple positions, but may only accept one.

Current openings:
Office Assistants (4 positions, Applications due May 4):
Social media & events assistant (1 position):
Peer Advisors (3 positions):
STEM Peer Advisor (1 position):
Business Peer Advisor (1 position): 
Center for Global Business Studies Student Coordinator:

Peer Advisors
Includes STEM advisor & Business advisor

Peer advisors are vital to the success of the Office of Study Abroad. They represent the OSA across campus and often serve as the first point of contact between students and the OSA.  As part of their role, they support global awareness and intercultural experiences at KU, including advising students on intercultural and international opportunities at KU and abroad, attending admissions and prospective student events, and giving class presentations. We expect them to attend social justice events, cross-cultural activities, and trainings as a representative of the Office of Study Abroad. Peer advisors advise walk-in students in the Study Abroad Info Center, answer general email inquiries, give class presentations, assist with social media, blog, and contribute to outreach and marketing initiatives. All peer advisors gain project management experience, public speaking experience, marketing experience, and advising experience. Peers should be passionate about their study abroad experience and interested in helping other students. This position is an entry-level position in the field of International Education, and is ideal for anyone interested in a career in study abroad.

Why become a peer advisor?
“Over the past two years, I have gained many beneficial skills as a Peer Advisor that will help me throughout my collegiate and professional career. Having an on-campus job teaches you the importance of time-management and organization. As a Peer Advisor, you have the opportunity to improve your public speaking skills through presentations and walk-in advising. You also have the opportunity to help develop and execute marketing and outreach strategies for the Study Abroad Office. On top of that, the Info Center is a fun and rewarding place to work because you get to interact with students and help them find their own study abroad programs!” ​-Emily F., 2013-2015

Office Assistants
Office assistants are the face of the Office of Study Abroad. They greet all visitors, answer the phone, handle appointment scheduling and check-ins, and process study abroad paperwork. Office assistants work closely with the program coordinators and other OSA staff. This position is great for building communication skills, learning the functions of a large office, and interacting with a wide variety of people. Office assistants should be detail-oriented, reliable, motivated, and organized. Applicants should be culturally aware and excited about study abroad.

Why become an office assistant?
"I’ve worked in the Office of Study Abroad for two years as an office assistant.  I’ve enjoyed my time working here because of the worldly atmosphere.  Not having the opportunity to travel since I returned from my abroad trip a few years ago, I have had the opportunity to help other students take that journey and hear their stories.  Being on campus and having convenient hours has also made it possible for me to handle working and being a full time student." -Jake W., 2013-2015

Social Media & Events Assistant
The social media and events assistant supports study abroad outreach to all KU students. This includes the the management of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat. The assistant will support the organization and implementation of international events, including the Study Abroad Fair, the International Jayhawk Festival, career panels, Ask Us Anything Panels, and orientation. The assistant will attend admissions and prospective student events, and give class presentations. Write promotional materials, assist with publications, organize campus poster distribution, and create ad and messaging campaigns. 

Graphic Designer
The Office of Study Abroad hires 1-2 graphic designers each year. The graphic designer must be able to work 18-20 hours per week between 9 - 5, M - F. Applicants are required to have extensive prior experience using Adobe products, including  InDesign and Illustrator. Graphic design majors are preferred, but other majors will be considered. This is an excellent position for a designer who appreciates a brand and vision, but wants to develop unique concepts and improve functionality. The graphic designer edits and creates program brochures, designs posters, develops social media campaigns, assists with web graphics, and collaborates on newsletters, magazines, and other large print projects. Prior study abroad experience preferred, but not required.


Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)


Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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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
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.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times