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Mapping Study Abroad to the Major

“Mapping Study Abroad to the Major” or Study Abroad Curriculum Integration is a collaborative initiative between KU’s academic departments and Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE) to fully integrate study abroad programs (to include international study, internship, research or service-learning) into the college experience and academic curricula for students in all degree programs. The end goal is to make study abroad accessible to a greater percentage of the institution’s undergraduate students while still keeping them on track towards a timely graduation.

Study Abroad Curriculum Integration (CI) seeks to address obstacles to student participation (principally academic fit, faculty engagement, and finances) by tailoring international education experiences to meet the academic requirements and learning outcomes of each department.  Specifically, CI aims to:

  1. Encourage and empower faculty and advisors to be partners in the development, support, and promotion of international programming;
  2. Maximize study abroad opportunities for students by leveraging departmental and institutional relationships and by expanding the terms of current collaborative agreements with KU partner institutions abroad;
  3. Enhance student learning through greater academic cohesion between international study and KU coursework in the major;
  4. Increase scholarship support to make study abroad financially feasible for all students;
  5. Enable students to start planning during their freshman year (or even before arriving at KU!) for a full semester abroad.

Strategic Plan for Curriculum Integration at KU

The University of Kansas expanded the role and prominence of Study Abroad by placing it squarely within the KU Core Curriculum.  Advanced Education Goal 4.2 seeks to ensure that students gain “cultural understanding and global awareness” through their foundational KU education.  Students will be able to meet this educational goal through a significant study abroad experience, defined as an experience of a semester or year duration or a short-term program achieving UCCC approval.

Concurrent with the KU strategic planning process, Study Abroad & Global Engagement launched a comprehensive Curriculum Integration initiative by targeting specific academic units for CI engagement during the 2014-15 academic year. We continue to add new academic units to the project each year. 

Curriculum Integration Strategic Plan:  AY 2014-15
Curriculum Integration Annual Report: AY 2014-15 
Curriculum Integration Annual Report: AY 2015-16
Curriculum Integration Annual Report: AY 2016-17


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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