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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 Languages & Cultures Pathway are listed at the end of this guide.

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GENERAL PLANNING TIPS FOR EXPLORATORY PATHWAY STUDENTS

  • 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 Office of 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 Languages & Cultures 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 Office of Study Abroad 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 the KU Office of Study Abroad 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.

COURSES AND CREDIT

  • 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.

RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS FOR LANGUAGES & CULTURES PATHWAY

Winter Break Programs

Globalization and Afro-Brazilian Culture in Salvador - Brazil

Learn about African slavery in Brazil, Afro-Brazilian history, and the vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2 or 6.1.

The Andean World: History and Culture - Ecuador

Explore the colonial history, folklore, and contemporary ways of life in Cuenca, Ecuador, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travel Writing and Costa Rica

Investigate a variety of current issues in Costa Rican politics, culture, ecology, and tourism through lectures, field trips to sites of interest, and individual research projects. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Summer Programs

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 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.

Japan Then and Now

Explore pre-modern and modern Japanese history through visits to sites that provide visual evidence of past historical events. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Language & Culture in Buenos Aires - Argentina

Improve Spanish language skills and experience Argentinian culture first-hand by living with families in Buenos Aires. Earn 9 hours of university credit in Spanish courses. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Language & Culture in Florence - Italy

Improve Italian language skills and experience Italian culture first-hand by living with families in Florence. Earn up to 10 hours of university credit in Italian courses. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Language & Culture in India

Improve Hindi language skills and experience Indian culture first-hand through cultural excursions to Delhi, the Taj Mahal, national parks and rural villages. Earn up to 10 hours of university credit in Hindi courses. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Language & Culture in Nicaragua

Learn Miskitu, an indigenous language, and experience Nicaraguan culture first-hand by living with families in Granada. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Language & Culture in Salvador - Brazil

Learn Portugese and experience Brazilian culture first-hand by living with families in Salvador. Earn 6 hours of university credit in Portugese courses. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Language Institute in Eutin - Germany

Improve German language skills and experience German culture first-hand by living with families in Eutin. Earn 9 hours of university credit in German courses. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Language Institute in L'viv - Ukraine

Learn Ukrainian and experience Ukrainian and Eastern European culture first-hand through cultural activities and multi-day excursions. Earn 6 hours of university credit in Ukrainian and Eastern Europe Area Studies courses. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Language Institute in Paris - France

Improve French language skills and experience French culture first-hand by living with families in Paris. Earn 6 hours of university credit in French courses. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona - Spain

Improve Spanish language skills and experience Spanish culture first-hand by living with families in Barcelona. Earn 9 hours of university credit in Spanish courses. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Law, History and Culture in Great Britain - England

Study how conflict in Britain over centuries has shaped the law and culture within Britain, as well as the evolution of international crime and procedure. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Sustainable Development Field School - Guatemala

Learn about the social and cultural challenges of development among impoverished non-Western populations while implementing micro-projects. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

Teaching English in Korea

Teach English at the Kyung Hwa Private Girls' School while studying theories of second language acquisition and models of English as a Foreign Language practice, with particular focus on the role of English in contemporary South Korea. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.

University of Jyvaskyla Summer School - Finland

During this 4-week program, take courses in Finnish language and culture, popular culture and identity construction, gender studies and more.

University of Trento Summer School on Italian Culture - Italy

Study topics such as Italian literature, history, archeology, art, music and cinema in Trento, Italy.


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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
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