Welcome Family Members

Dear family members,

Thank you for lending your support to an experience that may be one of the most exciting and significant events of your student's life. Study Abroad provides your student an opportunity to learn about another country, its culture and its people, while earning academic credit toward his or her KU degree. The experience also provides a chance to learn about oneself in the context of the world community.  We are so pleased that your student has chosen to participate in an international academic program through the KU Office of Study Abroad.

KU study abroad advisors have been working closely with your student and have supplied each program participant with a copy of our Study Abroad Handbook (pdf) (academic policies, cultural adjustment, health and safety, and other information relevant to the study abroad experience) and program-specific materials. We ask that students discuss this information with their families.  Your student has also requested that we share this information with you.  Please browse these resources and others available on the Family section of the the Office of Study Abroad website and to talk to your student to better understand the program, the process, responsibilities, and benefits of study abroad.

We want to assure you that the health, safety and security of students is of the utmost importance to everyone in the Office of Study Abroad.  In addition to the information provided to your student, we encourage you to take advantage of the useful health and safety information available for all foreign countries from the U.S. State Department and from the Centers for Disease Control.   The Study Abroad Handbook contains additional information, including a description of services provided to all KU study abroad participants by AIG Global Assistance Services (Travel Guard) and New Directions, which can offer support to students in a variety of unexpected or emergency situations.

If you do not have a passport, I would encourage you to consider getting one in case of an emergency.  In the past, we have had times when a student has become ill or has been injured and the presence of a family member was desirable.  While these types of incidents are uncommon, it’s certainly advisable to be able to join the student abroad, if needed.  Information on applying for and obtaining a U.S. passport is available through the U.S. State Department.

Please bookmark this page as a handy quick reference while your student is abroad.  If you have particular questions or concerns you would like to discuss, I urge you to contact our office.


Angela Perryman


KU Office of Study Abroad


Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

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 Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for 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
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.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times