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GENERAL PLANNING TIPS FOR ECONOMICS

  • Start planning for your study abroad experience early. You can take first and second year ECON preparatory courses as well as ECON major requirements abroad and still graduate on time.
  • Study abroad is also a great way to satisfy some KU Core requirements, such as 4.2. If you are earning a B.A., you might consider studying a language abroad.
  • Many of the recommended programs in this guide offer classes for both your ECON major and other areas that might be relevant if you have a minor or second major (i.e. accounting, business, finance, math, political science) 
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through the KU Office of Study Abroad and national organizations. The KU Department of Economics also offers study abroad scholarship funding. Research your opportunities early.
  • Courses to take at KU: There may be certain courses within the Economics 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.

WHEN TO GO

Freshman

  • Schedule a meeting with an economics 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The summer after your freshman year would be a great time to take some of your KU Core and/or first and second-year preparation courses (ECON 142/144, MATH 115 or 125) abroad.  Applications for summer programs are usually due March 1st, so visit the Study Abroad Info Center late in the fall or early in the spring semester to learn more about your options.

Sophomore & Junior

  • Junior year is an ideal time for economics majors to pursue a study abroad program. Spring semester of sophomore year is also a good option. Some of the recommended programs in this guide require junior status and every program has its own GPA threshold, so pay attention to the eligibility requirements.
  • Some sophomore and junior level economics and math courses that are commonly offered abroad include: ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON Electives 500+, MATH 116/126, MATH 290 and MATH 526.  Your academic advisor can help you to determine which courses to target for your study abroad experience.
  • Summer international internships are a great way to gain valuable professional experience in a unique location.  There are several locations to choose from, and you can participate in these internships the summer after your sophomore or junior year.

Senior

  • If you plan to study abroad as a senior, you should first meet with an academic advisor prior to applying for a program to make sure that you are on track to complete all your degree requirements.
  • ECON 700 and 715, required for students earning a B.S., are only offered at KU during the fall semester. If you study abroad during fall semester of senior year, make sure you have a plan to complete those courses.

COURSES AND CREDIT

  • Economics faculty have already pre-approved a number of economics courses abroad.  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 ECONOMICS

Semester Programs

Corvinus University of Budapest - Hungary (available through direct enroll or program providers such as API or CIEE)

Recommended Timing: Either semester - sophomore year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON electives

Higher School of Economics (HSE) University Moscow - Russia

Recommended Timing: Either semester - sophomore year, spring semester - junior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Statistics
Minor or Co-Major: Political Science

Korea University - South Korea

Recommended Timing: Either semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 536, ECON 600+ electives, Calculus, Linear Algebra
Minor or Co-Major: Accounting, Business, Finance

Masaryk University - Czech Republic

Recommended Timing: EIther semester - junior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 600+ electives
Minor or Co-Major: Business, Finance

Nova School of Business and Economics - Portugal

Recommended Timing: Either semester - sophomore or junioar year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Statistics

Sophia University - Japan

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives

Thammasat University - Thailand

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year, either semester - junior year, fall semester - senior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives, ECON 715
Minor or Co-Major: Business, Finance, Marketing

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - France

Recommended Timing: Spring semester junior or senior year
Sample courses: ECON 800+
Minor or Co-Major: Mathematics

University of Cape Town - South Africa (available through direct enroll or program providers such as Arcadia, CIEE, IES Abroad, or ISA)

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - sophomore year, either semester - junior year, fall semester - senior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives
Minor or Co-Major: Political Science

University of Exeter - England

Recommended Timing: Either semester or full year - junior year, fall semester - senior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives
Minor or Co-Major: Mathematics, Political Science

University of Hong Kong - China

Recommended Timing: Either semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives, Calcul
Minor or Co-Major: Accounting, Business, Finance, Political Science

University of New South Wales - Australia

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year, either semester - junior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives, ECON 700, ECON 715, Calculus, Linear Algebra
Minor or Co-Major: Accounting, Business

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business - Austria

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year, either semester - junior year
Sample courses: ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives, ECON 715
Minor or Co-Major: Business

Summer Programs

HWR Berlin School of Economics and Law (available through direct enroll or the program provider CEA)

Recommended Timing: Summer after sophomore or junior year
Course: ECON 536

Environmental Studies of Europe

Recommended Timing: Summer after sophomore or junior year
Course: ECON 550

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer after sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Varies by location

Korea University International Summer Campus

Recommended Timing: Summer after freshman or sophomore year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, Calculus, Linear Algebra

London School of Economics Summer School (available through direct enroll or program providers such as IFSA or API)

Recommended Timing: Summer after freshman, sophomore, or junior year
Sample courses: ECON 142, ECON 144, ECON 520, ECON 522, ECON 526, ECON 500+ and 600+ electives, ECON 715
Minor or Co-Major: Business, Finance


Announcements

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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