Types of Programs

KU offers a wide range of study abroad program opportunities for KU students.  Program types vary by academic discipline, credit hours, destination, cost, duration, and level of student support.  An important part of selecting a program is understanding the many opportunities available, what makes each of them unique, and which program will best meet your academic, professional, and personal goals for study abroad.

KU Reciprocal Exchange Programs

KU has formal student exchange agreements with more than 50 institutions worldwide.  These programs allow KU students to enroll in regular university classes at the host institution for the semester or academic year.  Participants on exchange pay tuition and associated fees to KU and then study at the partner school.  Reciprocal student exchange programs can be the most economical option for KU students to study abroad for the semester or academic year.

KU Direct Enrollment Programs

KU has formal agreements with a select set of overseas institutions which enable KU students to study as visiting students at the foreign university.  These programs allow KU students to enroll in regular university classes at the host institution for the summer, semester or academic year.  Students pay the foreign university tuition and fees for visiting students.

KU Faculty-Led Programs

KU faculty and staff develop, direct and teach these programs.  Programs are generally two to ten weeks in duration and offer a unique but limited set of KU courses. These programs provide an opportunity for students and faculty to travel together exploring common interests.  This is also a typical introductory programming model with a high level of student support.

KU International Internship Programs

Group internship programs are offered during the summer in Dublin, London, Madrid, Shanghai and Sydney.  Students are placed individually in internships according to their majors/minors and industry preferences.  Students intern for 20-32 hours per week (dependent upon program) and may also complete coursework during these 8 week programs.  All internships are for unpaid and for academic credit.

KU Research Abroad

KU students may participate in independent research programs identified through KU faculty connections or offered directly through partner institutions, governmental programs or professional organizations.  Students work directly with their KU academic departments to ensure oversight and credit for the research experience.

Student-Initiated Programs

KU students may participate in international study, internship, or research abroad programs sponsored by other accredited U.S. universities, foreign institutions accredited directly by the Ministry of Education of the host country, or third-party program providers when no direct relationship exists between a foreign institution and KU.  Students participating in a SIP remain enrolled at KU during the study abroad program and receive KU resident credit and grades for the coursework that they complete abroad.  SIPs provide for a broader range of destinations and disciplines and can provide unique program components such as field work, internships, or research experiences.


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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