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Planning for Study Abroad

Thinking about studying abroad? 

Studying abroad is more than just traveling internationally. Because you earn credits on all KU approved study abroad programs, it will be important to determine how studying abroad fits into your academic plan at KU. 

Identify the right term to go abroad academically, personally, and financially. Use these tips to get started:


   Make a Graduation Plan. Talk to your academic advisor about how to include study abroad within your curriculum.

 


   After you've met with your academic advisor, visit the Study Abroad Info Center for walk-in advising in 105 Lippincott Hall to get started on your study abroad plan.
 


   Note: certain semesters work best for certain majors, and not all classes abroad are offered both semesters.
 


   If a summer abroad works best, check out KU's summer program options.
 


   Don't forget, you'll need a valid passport! Passports typically take 2-3 months to be processed. 
 


   Remember to plan your finances for study abroad too! Research scholarships and financial aid options well in advance!
 


   Have questions? Email us at studyabroad@ku.edu or check out our FAQs page

 


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