2021 Jayhawk Planet

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Study Abroad Returns Despite Continued Presence of COVID-19

Resuming international travel in the midst of a constantly changing pandemic was not without challenges, but 2021 demonstrated that education abroad during COVID-19 is possible and remains a transformational learning experience for students.

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SAGE Staff Named 2020-21 KU Team of the Year

KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement was named the 2020-21 KU Team of the Year in recognition of the staff’s herculean efforts to safely bring home students studying abroad and pivot programming for students who could no longer travel abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Seeing COVID Through a New Lens

Rather than viewing the COVID-19 pandemic as an obstacle to their international education plans, study abroad participants recognized a unique opportunity to see COVID and COVID response through a different cultural lens.

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Student visiting Montserrat, Catalonia.

International Education at Home and Abroad

Ava Cormaney always knew that she wanted to study abroad during her undergraduate career. Originally from Lawrence, Cormaney graduated from KU in August 2021 with a degree in Spanish and a focus on pre-physician assistant studies. She decided to pursue a study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking location to improve her foreign language fluency, a skill that would translate well to her career post-graduation.

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Hodgie Bricke outside the Taj Mahal.

Honoring Hodgie Bricke

Hodgie’s commitment to international education remained constant throughout her three decades at KU. She retired from KU in 2012 as Assistant Vice Provost for International Programs but remained a strong ally until her death in 2020. Family and friends are honoring her passion for international travel and education with the Hodgie Bricke Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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2020 Jayhawk Planet

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Education Abroad

As COVID-19 rapidly spread around the world during the spring semester, Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE) worked diligently to safely return nearly 200 KU undergraduate students who had been pursuing educational opportunities in 25 countries around the world.

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Cross-Departmental Collaboration Provides Greater Access to Study Abroad

SAGE has partnered with TRIO SES & STEM (TRIO) to provide targeted advising and programming to better meet the needs of students in underrepresented communities.

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Scholarships Enable Student to Study Abroad Three Times

Shannon Kirkman, a senior at KU, attributes her ability to study abroad multiple times to the funding she received for each of her education abroad experiences.

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36 Years of Promoting and Preserving German

Bill Keel began his teaching career at KU in 1978 and in 1980 led his first Summer Language Institute. During his tenure leading the Summer Language Institutes, Keel has taken a total of 700 undergraduate students to Germany.

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Annual Report Places KU Among Top 25 Institutions For Study Abroad Participation

The University of Kansas ranks 22nd for undergraduate participation in study abroad among contributing public doctoral-granting higher education institutions, according to the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange released earlier this week.

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2019 Jayhawk Planet

students in China

Global Scholars Program Shapes Life Trajectories

In 2010, the then Office of International Programs, now International Affairs, created the Global Scholars Program with support from the Center for Global and International Studies and the Honors Program. Global Scholars is modeled after the long-running University Scholars Program, and like University Scholars, an interdisciplinary seminar serves as the foundation for the 15 sophomores selected as Global Scholars each year.

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KU Professor Leads a Record 51 Study Abroad Programs and Counting

In the summer of 2019,Mary Klayder led her 51st study abroad program as she took students on a month-long journey through Great Britain. For that record-breaking accomplishment in international education, KU International Affairs and Study Abroad & Global Engagement honored Klayder at a reception in October.

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145 University of Kansas Students Receive Free Passports

Through the provision of free passports to students, the Passport Caravan aimed to support diverse students in taking the initial step toward participation in a study abroad program.

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Kelsey Norris in the Air Force

Scholarships Enable Student to Gain Hands-On Experience in Japan

For Kelsey Norris, funding had a significant influence on her decisions to study abroad. As a recipient of the GI Bill, she selected programs that enabled her to enroll in KU courses taught in Japan.

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Study Abroad Secures Additional Funding From The Freeman Foundation

More scholarships will be available for University of Kansas students participating in internships in East and Southeast Asia through a renewed two-year, $400,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation.

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