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The Office of Study Abroad (OSA)

The OSA will be your host during your time at KU.  Kate Gerken is the incoming exchange student coordinator so she will communicate with you throughout the application process, prior to your arrival, and during your time on campus.  You will meet with Kate or another coordinator in the OSA to enroll in your classes after completing orientation.  You are welcome to stop by the OSA, in 108 Lippincott, at any time with questions or concerns. 

International Student Services (ISS)

ISS provides an experienced immigration advising staff to help answer questions and process paperwork for maintaining legal student immigration status.  It also provides a wide range of services and programs to help international students adjust to cultural life at KU. From the week-long “You at KU” orientation program to ongoing programs to academic support for success, ISS is here to help international students have a rewarding and fulfilling experience while at KU. 

Department of Student Housing

The majority of exchange students opt to live in on-campus residence halls or apartments.  Once admitted to KU, you will receive an acceptance email with details about how to contract for on-campus housing.  You can explore housing options at www.housing.ku.edu.  For questions related to on-campus housing, please email housing@ku.edu

Student Access Services

Student Access Services, part of the Academic Achievement & Access Center, works with all units at the University to insure that every student has an equal opportunity to succeed at KU. They are here to provide services for students with disabilities whether physical, medical, sensory, psychological, or related to attention or learning.

Watkins Health Services

Conveniently located on campus, Watkins Memorial Health Center offers a comprehensive range of medical services for students including general medicine, walk-in, and women’s health clinics and an on-site pharmacy.  Counseling & Psychological Services is located in the same building and is a resource for students struggling with adjustment issues and other psychological, interpersonal, and family problems.

Contact Us

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) is excited to welcome you to KU and will serve as a resource throughout your time at KU.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

OSA Phone Number: 785.864.3742 (add 001 at the beginning if calling from outside the US)

Email: kategerken@ku.edu or osaexchange@ku.edu


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
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.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times