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  • With careful and early planning, you can study abroad for a semester and still graduate on time. 
  • The minimum eligibility requirements to study abroad are the completion of one semester on campus and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Some programs may have additional eligibility requirements.
  • Study abroad is 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 KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement and national organizations. Additionally, the School of Engineering offers scholarship opportunities for engineering students pursuing international study.  Research your opportunities early.
  • Courses to take at KU: You should plan to take your senior design courses at KU.  Meet with your EECS advisor to learn more about which courses you can take abroad so that you can effectively plan for a study abroad experience.



  • Schedule a meeting with an engineering advisor 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 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.  
  • There are a few summer programs that offer good course options for Electrical Engineering majors, and the best time to pursue these programs is the summer before your sophomore year.  These programs typically offer courses such as  physics and/or upper level math.  Otherwise, summer is a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.


  • Electrical Engineering students may consider studying abroad the spring semester of their sophomore year provided that they have successfully completed EECS 140, 168, and 211.
  • Because many of the sophomore level EECS courses at KU are offered during the fall and spring semesters, there is some degree of flexibility with your sequencing during this time.
  • Because there are limited sophomore level EE course options available abroad, you should plan to take a combination of mathematics, basic sciences, KU Core, and/or EECS courses (such as Embedded Systems) abroad.  
  • If you are not planning on an internship during the summer, you could look for a summer program to complete some of your KU Core requirements abroad.


  • The fall semester of your junior year is an ideal time for Electrical Engineering students to study abroad, and the spring semester may work as well depending on the host institution's course offerings. 
  • Similar to sophomore year options, look for KU Core and EECS courses abroad.  You could also take technical electives that do not serve as a prerequisite for other required EECS courses.
  • Junior level EECS courses that are commonly offered abroad include: Electronic Circuits I, Programming Language Paradigms, Signal and System Analysis, Control Systems, Probability and Statistics, Digital Systems Design, and Intro to Communication Systems


  • It is not recommended that Electrical Engineering students study abroad senior year due to their senior design course requirements. 


  • KU Engineering faculty have already reviewed and pre-approved a number of study abroad courses for KU credit. To see available pre-approved courses, visit the Course Equivalency Database.
  • If you want to take a class/classes that have not been pre-approved, complete the credit approval process.


Semester Programs

Graz University of Technology – Austria

Recommended Timing: Spring semester – junior year
Sample courses: EECS elective coursework

University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester – junior year
Sample courses: EECS 312, EECS 360, EECS 444, EECS 461, EECS 562

University of Newcastle – Australia

Recommended Timing: Spring semester – sophomore year OR Fall semester - junior year
Sample courses: EECS 360, EECS 388, EECS 443, EECS 448

Short term Programs

CEA STEM in Paris

Recommended Timing: Summer – after freshman year
Sample courses: Upper level math

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer – after freshman or sophomore year
Sample courses: Varies by location

Korea University - South Korea

Recommended Timing: Summer – after freshman year
Sample courses: KU Core, Upper level math and science


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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