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 All students, including freshmen, can study abroad  if they have completed one semester on campus at KU and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. For Exploratory Pathway students, study abroad early in your academic career can provide the experience and exposure necessary to help  identify or eliminate major or minor possibilities.  It's also a great way to  connect to a community of peers  early on in your KU experience. Winter break, spring break and summer are ideal times for Exploratory Pathway students to study abroad; recommended programs for students on the Education & Public Service Pathway are listed at the end of this guide.

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  • The minimum eligibility requirements to study abroad are the completion of one semester on campus and a GPA of 2.5 or higher, so students can study abroad as early as winter break, spring break or summer of freshman year. Some programs may have additional eligibility requirements.
  • Schedule a meeting with your UAC advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your exploratory pathway and identify specific courses and timing opportunities for your study abroad experience. You should also review the online advising resources for exploring majors. Continue your program research at the KU 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.
  • Several winter break, spring break and summer programs explore the Education & Public Service Pathway. Some even fulfill KU Core requirements. Applications are due October 1st for winter and spring break programs, and March 1st for summer (internship deadlines are even earlier), so visit the Study Abroad Info Center early in the fall semester to learn more about your options.
  • Many KU study abroad programs fulfill Core Goal 4.2, so you might consider reserving that for your time abroad.
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.
  • Courses to take at KU: There may be certain courses within your curriculum that you should plan to take at KU.  Meet with your academic advisor to learn more about any restrictions that may exist in your curriculum so that you can effectively plan for a study abroad experience.


  • A number of study abroad courses have already been pre-approved for KU credit.  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.


Early Childhood Unified in Costa Rica

Gain a general perspective on education institutions, specifically early childhood and early childhood special education, and services in Costa Rica. Examine services offered in Costa Rican institutions and how they are similar or different across contexts and cultures.

Global Migration Studies in Rome - Italy

Learn about the political and sociological consequences of global migration on domestic policies in Italy, such as racism and anti-immigration practices. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 5.2 (pending approval).

Humanities in Rome - Italy

Explore what it means to study the humanities, when the humanities emerged as a program examining human creativity and thought, and how the humanities remains a technique for living and being in the world today. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2 and Goal 2.1 or Goal 3 Arts and Humanities.

Internship in Dublin - Ireland

Participate in an international internship that will allow you to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Internship in Prague - Czech Republic

Participate in an international internship that will allow you to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Internship in Shanghai - China

Participate in an international internship that will allow you to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Internship in Stuttgart - Germany

Complete a 9-week internship with the Department of Defense at United States European Command (EUCOM). Internships are available in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to international relations, intelligence history and public affairs. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Korea University International Summer Campus - South Korea

Take introductory courses in comparative law, criminal justice, international relations, social problems, sociology, U.S. legal system, and more during a 4-week or 6-week summer program at one of KU's partner universities in Seoul, South Korea.

Law, History and Culture in Great Britain - England

Study the history of the British and American legal history in Cambridge, England. This program focuses on how conflict in Britain over centuries has shaped the law and culture within Britain, as well as the evolution of international crime and procedure with a focus on the International Criminal Court. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Rural Healthcare & Education Practicum - China

Gain hands-on experience in a qualitative research study aimed at improving health and education in rural China. Provide project and field support to faculty and researchers working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Sustainable Development Field School - Guatemala

Learn about the social and cultural challenges of development among impoverished non-Western populations. Take part in team projects to enhance Ch'ortis' quality of life. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Teaching English in Korea

Gain hands-on teaching experience in South Korea and learn the fundamentals of teaching English to speakers of other languages. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

University of Jyvaskyla Summer School - Finland

During this 4-week program, take courses in education in Finland, national education systems, learning environments, learning and teaching in growing diversity, and more.

University of Trento Summer School on Global Challenges - Italy

Study topics such as political science, international relations, and law at the Summer School on Global Challenges in Trento, Italy.


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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
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.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times