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Michele Arellano

Associate Director - Student Services
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Michele Arellano, Associate Director, holds a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and a B.G.S. in Sociology both from the University of Kansas.  Her main responsibilities are managing the online study abroad application system, overseeing all student services functions (admissions, enrollment, financial aid, payments), serving as liaison to select student affairs and enrollment management offices (Admissions, Bursar, Financial Aid and Scholarships and Registrar)  and assisting the Director and other Associate Directors with daily office management.

Michele has been with the KU Office of Study Abroad since July of 2002. Prior to working in Study Abroad she was a Financial Aid Advisor and Verifier at the KU Financial Aid and Scholarships office.  Michele is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educations, and serves as the Chair of the NAFSA Financial Aid Subcommittee and member-at-large of the Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee.   Although Michele did not study abroad in the traditional sense, she spent most of her youth abroad (12 years), living in the Philippines, Yemen and Indonesia and traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Western Europe.  Her most recent travels were Japan, as a University of Kansas representative for the Hiratsuka and Lawrence Sister City 25th Anniversary Celebration and Vietnam to visit family.


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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 from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad 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
28.5% 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