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GENERAL PLANNING TIPS FOR ACCOUNTING

  • Start planning for your study abroad experience early.  You can take Business Foundation courses, Business Core courses, and/or Advanced Business Electives abroad and still stay on track for graduation.
  • Study abroad is also a great way to satisfy your KU Core requirements.  Therefore, it is a good idea to reserve some of your KU Core classes to take abroad.  
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through the KU Office of Study Abroad and national organizations.  Additionally, the School of Business offers scholarship opportunities for business students pursuing international study. Research your opportunities early.
  • U.S. Specific Courses: Students planning to earn a Certified Public Accountant license should work closely with their academic advisor during the study abroad process.  Although Accounting courses may be available abroad, students must complete the necessary educational requirements in order to sit for the CPA exam.  Therefore, before submitting an application for study abroad, you should discuss any accounting courses that you plan to take abroad with your academic advisor to ensure that the courses meet the eligibility criteria for the CPA.

WHEN TO GO

Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Accounting

Freshman

  • Schedule a meeting with your business school advisor early during your first semester at KU to discuss your graduation plan and identify specific courses as well as specific timing opportunities for your study abroad experience.
  • After you’ve met with your academic advisor, continue your program research by visiting the KU Office of Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott Hall. Study abroad peer advisors can help you to identify suitable study abroad options based upon the information you received from your advisor.
  • Studying abroad usually requires two letters of recommendation, so it’s good to start identifying individuals who can speak to your academic qualifications as well as your ability to be successful during an international experience.
  • The summer after your freshman year is a great time to take KU Core or Business Foundation courses abroad.  Deadlines for summer programs are typically on March 1st, so visit the KU Office of Study Abroad Info Center early in the spring semester to learn more about your options. 

Sophomore

  • Sophomore year is a great time for Accounting majors to study abroad.  There are program options available during either the fall or spring semester.
  • Because many of the Business Foundation courses and Business Core courses at KU are taught both during the fall and spring semesters, there is some degree of flexibility with your sequencing during this time.
  • You can take a combination of Business Foundation courses, Business Core courses, KU Core courses, and/or minor courses abroad.
  • Summer internships abroad are a great way to gain valuable professional experience in a unique location.  There are several locations to choose from, and you can participate in these internships after your sophomore year. 

Junior

  • Accounting majors may study abroad during junior year, but as stated above, it will require careful planning with an academic advisor. 
  • Business Core courses or Advanced Business Electives are good course options to pursue abroad during this time. 
  • The KU School of Business offers a number of faculty-led programs during the summer and winter breaks.  Junior year is a good time for accounting majors to participate in those programs. 

Senior

  • It is not recommended that Accounting majors study abroad senior year.
  • Because your Accounting major courses include key information about U.S. accounting standards and you will need to make sure you are meeting educational requirements for the CPA exam, you should plan to take these courses at KU. 

COURSES AND CREDIT

  • School of Business faculty have already pre-approved a number of business courses abroad.  To see available pre-approved courses, visit the Course Equivalencies Database.
  • If you want to take a class/classes that have not been pre-approved, complete the credit approval process.

RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS FOR ACCOUNTING

Semester Programs

American Business School - France 

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Business Core, Advanced Business Electives

CIMBA - Italy

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Business Foundation, Business Core, Accounting Major courses, Advanced Business Electives

Korea University - South Korea

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Business Foundation, Business Core, Advanced Business Electives

Universidad de Costa Rica

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - junior year
Sample courses: Business Core, Advanced Business Electives

University of Hong Kong 

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Business Foundation, Business Core, Advanced Business Electives

University of Hull - England  

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year
Sample courses: Business Core

University of International Business & Economics - China  

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Business Core, Advanced Business Electives

University of New South Wales - Australia  

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year, fall or spring semester - junior year
Sample courses: Advanced Business electives

Short term Programs

CIMBA - Italy 

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore or junior year 
Sample courses: Auditing, International Financial Accounting, Business Core

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Varies by location

School of Business Faculty-Led Programs 

Recommended Timing: Winter Break or Summer - varies by program
Sample courses: Varies by program


Announcements

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 Tuesday mornings from 11am-12pm and Friday afternoons from 2pm-3pm 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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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
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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
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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
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