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The KU Office of Study Abroad strives to develop affordable, high-quality programs so that all students can afford to study abroad.

We have two full-time financial advisors to assist students interested in studying abroad.

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 Tuesday mornings from 9am-10am and Wednesday afternoons from 3pm-4pm 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.  

Estimated Costs for Studying Abroad
Individual program costs vary based on a variety of factors, such as program structure, hours of credit, length of program, number of excursions or other group activities, and location. Many programs are comparable to the cost of a semester in Lawrence. View the KU campus vs Study Abroad Cost Comparison sheet (pdf) for more information.


Did you know?

Program budgets are available on our program pages under "Program Cost."
Budgets include tuition, housing, and estimated personal expenses. 


You can use our Budget Worksheet to compare your cost of studying at KU with the cost of studying abroad.  This tool will help you determine what your true study abroad costs are. 


  • Most scholarships students receive will apply to study abroad programs, although many scholarships will not cover summer classes or summer study abroad programs.
  • KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships are available to KU degree-seeking students. See the OSA Scholarships section for more information.
  • For other scholarship opportunities please view our scholarship page as well as our OSA Scholarship Handbook (pdf).

Financial Aid

  • Most students who qualify for loans or grants can apply their aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.
  • U.S. Veterans may be able to use VA funds to cover study abroad tuition and fees.  Veterans must work closely with their Veterans Benefits Coordinator to determine what fees, if any, can be covered.
  • Non-KU students should check into the financial aid and scholarship resources available to them at their home institution.

Useful Links

KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships

KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarship Handbook

Ultimate Student Guide to Financing Your Life Abroad - GoOverseas.com


Summer & Fall Program Deadlines Extended for some programs.
See list of programs for more information.

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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