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  • The Peace and Conflict Studies curriculum is quite flexible, and with careful planning you can study abroad for a semester and still graduate on time.
  • There are a wide variety of both core and elective PCS courses to choose from abroad.  Many of the PCS course options focus on concepts and topics unique to that particular country giving you a chance to study something that is not offered at KU.
  • 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 the KU Office of Study Abroad and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.


Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Peace & Conflict Studies


  • Schedule a meeting with your academic 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 before your sophomore year would be a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.  Applications for these programs are usually due around March 1st, so come to the Study Abroad Info Center early in the spring semester to learn more about your options.

Sophomore & Junior

  • PCS majors can study abroad during the fall or spring semester of their sophomore or junior year.
  • You can take a combination of PCS major courses, elective courses, minor requirements, and/or KU Core requirements during your semester or summer abroad.
  • Summer internships abroad 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.


  • If you go abroad as a senior, work closely with your academic advisor prior to your departure to make sure that you have completed all your degree requirements.
  • Your senior capstone experience, Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies: PCS 650, is only offered at KU during the spring semester, so consider this factor as you're planning for your study abroad experience. 
  • Completing your capstone experience abroad is possible, but there are limited options available.  SIT Uganda and Uppsala University would be good options to pursue during this time period as both offer an equivalent course to KU's Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies.       


  • Peace and Conflict Studies faculty have already pre-approved a number of PCS 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 Peace & Conflict Studies Courses

Augsburg College - Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore, junior, or senior year
Sample Courses: Cultural Conflict and Change in Latin America

Augsburg College - Namibia and South Africa

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore, junior, or senior year
Sample Courses: Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa, Politics of Development in South Africa

Free University - Germany

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore, junior, or senior year
Sample Courses: Themes and Issues in Transatlantic Relations; Integration, Conflict, and Security in Europe

SIT Study Abroad - Rwanda, South Africa, or Uganda

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore, junior, or senior year
Sample Courses: Varies by location - Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding, Development and Nation Building

Trinity College Dublin - Ireland

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore, junior, or senior year
Sample Courses: Religion and International Relations, Engaging Religious Fundamentalism

University of Kent - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore, junior, or senior year
Sample Courses: Terrorism and Political Violence, Humans at War

Uppsala University - Sweden

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore, junior, or senior year
Sample Courses: Mass Media and Contemporary Armed Conflict

Short Term Programs

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: varies by location

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University - South Africa

Recommended Timing: Summer
Sample Courses: Conflict Management and Transformation

Queen's University - Northern Ireland

Recommended Timing: Summer
Sample Courses: Irish Studies


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