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  • With careful and early planning, you can study abroad for a semester and still graduate on time. 
  • The minimum eligibility requirements to study abroad are the completion of one semester on campus and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Some programs may have additional eligibility requirements.
  • 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 KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement and national organizations. Additionally, the School of Engineering offers scholarship opportunities for engineering students pursuing international study.  Research your opportunities early.
  • Courses to take at KU: You should plan to take your upper division engineering courses at KU.  Meet with your academic advisor to learn more about which courses you can take abroad so that you can effectively plan for a study abroad experience.



  • Schedule a meeting with an engineering advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your graduation 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 KU 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 a few summer programs that offer engineering courses abroad.  The best time to pursue these summer programs is the summer before your sophomore year.  These programs typically offer courses such as Statics, Thermodynamics, and/or upper level math.  Otherwise, summer is a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.


  • One of the ideal times for Mechanical Engineering students to study abroad is the spring semester of their sophomore year, although the fall semester will work as well.  Application deadlines for spring programs are typically on October 1st. 
  • Because many ME courses at KU are offered during the fall and spring semesters, there is some degree of flexibility with your sequencing during this time.
  • You can take a combination of mathematics, basic sciences, KU Core, basic engineering sciences, and/or mechanical engineering courses abroad.  We recommend you take no more than two to three engineering courses abroad.
  • Sophomore level engineering courses that are commonly offered abroad include: Statics, Science of Materials, and Thermodynamics.
  • If you are not planning on an internship during the summer, you could look for a summer program to complete some of your KU Core requirements abroad.


  • The fall or spring semester of your junior year may also be another option for mechanical engineering students to go abroad.  Similar to sophomore year options, look for KU Core, basic engineering sciences, and mechanical engineering courses abroad.
  • Junior level engineering courses that are commonly offered abroad include: Dynamics, Thermal Systems, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, and Electric Circuits.


  • It is not recommended that Mechanical Engineering students study abroad senior year.


  • KU Engineering faculty have already reviewed and pre-approved a number of study abroad courses for KU credit. 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.


Semester Programs

Swansea University – Wales

Recommended Timing: Spring semester – sophomore year
Sample courses: Science of Materials, Thermodynamics, Statics

University of Wollongong

Recommended Timing: Spring or Fall semester – sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Mechanics of Materials, Numerical Analysis, Heat Transfer, System Dynamics and Control Systems.

University of Newcastle – Australia

Recommended Timing: Spring or Fall semester – sophomore year OR fall semester – junior year
Sample courses: Science of Materials, Thermal Systems, The Finite Element Method.

Universidad Pontificia Comillas – Spain

                      Recommended Timing: Spring semester – sophomore year
                      Sample courses: Electrical Circuits, Upper level math

IES Shanghai- Engineering – China

                      Recommended Timing: Fall or Spring semester-sophomore year

Global Semesters – Cyprus

Recommended Timing: Spring semester – sophomore year
Sample courses: Electrical Circuits, Upper level math, Pysics

Short term Programs

CEA – Rome or Paris

Recommended Timing: Summer – after freshman year
Sample courses: Statics, Math

Experiential Opportunities

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer – after freshman or sophomore year
Sample courses: varies by location


Summer 2021 programs now accepting applications !

Study Abroad & Global Engagement physical office will be closed for walkin traffic from Nov 20th - January 15th. However, we are still open virtually! 

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NOTE: Our staff will be unable to meet virtually beginning on Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1. 

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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