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  • Start planning for your study abroad experience early. You can take admission requirements, math content, and teacher education courses abroad and still stay on track for graduation.
  • Study abroad is a great way to satisfy your math content and/or admission requirement courses. Therefore, it is a good idea to reserve some of those classes to take overseas.
  • Summer options: Summer is a great time to take math content and admission requirements. You could also participate in a unique field experience through one of the summer teaching programs.
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.
  • U.S. Specific Courses: Courses that include special education content (SPED) are based on United States law, so you should plan to take these courses at KU. In addition, the courses during your student teaching semesters will include field work and practicum requirements, thus these must be taken at KU as well. (C&T 489, C&T 490, C&T 495, C&T 544, ELPS 537, EPSY 520)


Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Middle Mathematics Education (at Macquarie)
Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Middle Mathematics Education (at Wollongong)


  • Schedule a meeting with an education advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your four year plan and identify specific courses as well as specific timing opportunities for your study abroad experience. If you wish to take teacher education courses abroad for a full semester, you will need to follow a specific pre-determined study abroad 4-year graduation plan, in which you will study abroad in Australia during the fall semester of your junior year. Early planning starting your freshman year is vital. If you wish to take other courses abroad, such as your math content or admission requirements, there is a little more flexibility with your graduation plan, and you will study abroad earlier -- during late freshman or early sophomore year.
  • 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 both summer and full semester study abroad programs that offer admission requirement and math content courses. The best time to pursue these programs is the summer after your freshman or sophomore year or fall semester of your sophomore year. The application deadline for summer and fall programs is March 1st.
  • Some admission requirement and math content courses commonly offered abroad include HIST 128, HIST 129, GEOG 104, GEOL 101, POLS 110, POLS 150, PSYC 104, SOC 130, MATH 116, MATH 290, MATH 365, MATH 410, and MATH 558.


  • The ideal time for Middle Math Education students to study teacher education courses abroad is the fall semester of junior year.  The application deadline for fall programs is March 1st,
  • There is a limited degree of flexibility with your course sequencing during this time. If you need an education class (C&T, ELPS, EPSY, SPED) that is not available through your study abroad program and only offered at KU during the semester you are abroad, the School of Education is usually willing to work with you in arranging access to the course via Skype, Lecture Capture, or some other technology.
  • Some junior level Teacher Education courses that are commonly offered abroad include:  C&T 331, C&T 448, ELPS 301, EPSY 306, and EPSY 456.


  • Senior year is not a good time to study abroad for Middle Math Education students because of your student teaching requirements.
  • There are a couple of senior level Teacher Education courses available overseas (C&T 448 and EPSY 456), so you may want to plan on taking these early during your junior year while abroad.


  • KU faculty have already pre-approved a number of teacher education and math courses abroad. 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.


Programs Offering Admission Reqt and/or Mathematics Content Courses

Korea University - South Korea

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman or sophomore year
Sample Courses: Calculus I, Calculus II, Critical Thinking and Writing, General Biology I, General Chemistry I, Intro to American Politics, Intro to Comparative Politics, Introductory Life Science, Intro to Psychology, Statistics

Swansea University - Wales

Recommended Timing: Either semester - sophomore year
Sample Courses: American Politics and Society, Elementary Probability and Statistics, Foundations of Algebra, Fundamental Calculus, Fundamental Mathematics, Fundamental Mathematics Skills, GEOG 104, GEOL 101, Introductory Calculus, Introduction to Linear Algebra, POLS 150, The American Civil War in History and Memory

University College Cork - Ireland

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - sophomore year
Sample Courses: Calculus, Introduction to Geology, Psychology as Science, various Non-Western Social Science courses

University of Leicester - England

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year
Sample Courses: Algebra, American History 1607-1877, American History 1877-Present, Calculus & Analysis, GEOG 104, History of Math, Introduction to Statistics, Linear Algebra, PSYC 104

Programs Offering Teacher Education Courses

Macquarie University - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior year
Sample Courses: C&T 331, EPSY 306, EPSY 456, Physical Science Lecture and Lab

University of Wollongong - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior year
Sample Courses: C&T 331, C&T 448, EPSY 456, HSES 260

Programs Offering Teaching Experience

These programs may count for KU Core Goal 4.2. Recommended for summer after sophomore or junior year.

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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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