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  • Start planning for your study abroad experience early. You can take admission requirements, general education, Exercise Science HSES courses, or HSES electives abroad and still stay on track for graduation.
  • 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 Study Abroad & Global Engagement and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.
  • U.S. Specific Courses: HSES 473 must be taken at KU. If you choose to complete the 15 credit-hour HSES 580 internship course, it must be completed at an approved site within a 50-mile radius of Lawrence. You may petition to complete this course abroad if your GPA is higher than 3.0.


Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Exercise Science: Lawrence Campus
Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Exercise Science: Edwards Campus

Freshman & Sophomore

  • Schedule a meeting with an exercise science advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your four year 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 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 both summer and full semester study abroad programs that offer general education and KU Core courses. The best time to pursue these programs is the spring semester of your freshman year, fall semester of your sophomore year, or the summer after your freshman or sophomore year.

Junior & Senior

  • The ideal times for Exercise Science students to study abroad are either semester of their junior or senior year. Students planning to participate in the 15 credit-hour HSES 580 internship instead of the Elective Path during spring semester of their senior year, will need to stay within a 50 mile radius of Lawrence. Application deadlines for study abroad are typically on October 1st for spring programs and March 1st for fall programs.
  • There is some degree of flexibility with your course sequencing during your junior and senior year, especially if you have chosen the Elective Path. You might need to take a class or two online during the summer before you go abroad or the summer after you return to KU (Edwards Campus students should plan to take HSES 310 in the summer before or after their junior year). If you need an HSES class that is not available through your study abroad program and only offered at KU during the semester you are abroad, the Exercise Science Department is usually willing to work with you in arranging access to the course via Skype, Lecture Capture, or some other technology.
  • Some junior and senior level exercise science courses that are commonly offered abroad include: HSES 305, HSES 306, HSES 330, HSES 331, HSES 369, HSES 375, HSES 380, HSES 385, HSES 440, HSES 470, HSES 472, and HSES 474.


  • Exercise science faculty have already pre-approved a number of exercise science courses abroad. 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.


Programs Offering Exercise Science Courses

Bilingual Spanish Language Intensive & Research for Pre-Health Majors - Costa Rica

Recommended Timing: Summer after junior year
Sample Courses: HSES 475, SPAN 170, SPAN 270, SPAN 371

CEA Exercise & Sport Science - Spain

Recommended Timing: Summer after junior year
Sample Courses: Sports Nutrition and Mediterranean Diet, Sport Psychology

Deakin University - Australia

Recommended Timing: Either semester - junior year
Sample Courses: HSES 330, HSES 370, HSES 375, HSES 380, HSES 385, HSES 440, HSES 470, HSES 472, HSES 474 

Massey University - New Zealand

Recommended Timing: Either semester - junior year or senior year
Sample Courses: HSES 305, HSES 306, HSES 310, HSES 330, HSES 331, HSES 369, HSES 375, HSES 380, HSES 385, HSES 440, HSES 470, HSES 472, HSES 474

Universidade de Coimbra - Portugal

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior or senior year
Sample Courses: HSES 440, HSES 470, HSES 472, HSES 480

University of Exeter - England

Recommended Timing: Either semester - junior or senior year
Sample Courses: HSES 305, HSES 310, HSES 330, HSES 369, HSES 440, HSES 470, HSES 472, 

University of Leeds - England

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - junior or senior year
Sample Courses: HSES 330, HSES 375, HSES 385, HSES 470, HSES 472, HSES 474

University of Newcastle - Australia - EDWARDS STUDENTS ONLY

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - junior or senior year; EDWARDS STUDENTS ONLY - NOT AN OPTION FOR LAWRENCE STUDENTS
Sample Courses: HSES 330, HSES 375, HSES 385, HSES 418, HSES 440, HSES 470, HSES 472, HSES 474

Programs Offering Experience

Earn HSES 335 credit while gaining valuable work experience overseas. Internship duties vary based on location and student interest. Recommended for summer after junior year.

Hospital Shadowing - Greece or Spain

International Internships


Spring 2022 programs now accepting applications !

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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
Study Abroad & Global Engagement 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