Scholarships and Financial Aid

The KU Office of Study Abroad strives to develop affordable, high-quality programs so that all students can afford to study abroad. 

We provide the follow resources to assist students in financial planning for study abroad:

You Can Afford to Study Abroad Info Sessions
Financial aid and scholarship 30 minute info sessions
Wednesdays at 4:00pm and Thursdays at 2:00pm
105 Lippincott Hall

Individual Advising 
We offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

Funding Resources: 

Estimated Costs for Studying Abroad
Individual program costs vary based on a variety of factors, such as program structure, hours of credit, length of program, number of excursions or other group activities, and location. 
Program budgets are available on our program pages under "Program Cost." Budgets include tuition, housing, and estimated personal expenses. 


  • Most scholarships students receive will apply to study abroad programs, although many scholarships will not cover summer classes or summer study abroad programs.
  • KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships are available to KU degree-seeking students. See the OSA Scholarships section for more information.
  • For other scholarship opportunities please view our scholarship page as well as our OSA Scholarship Handbook (pdf).

Financial Aid

  • Most students who qualify for loans or grants can apply their aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.
  • U.S. Veterans may be able to use VA funds to cover study abroad tuition and fees.  Veterans must work closely with their Veterans Benefits Coordinator to determine what fees, if any, can be covered.
  • Non-KU students should check into the financial aid and scholarship resources available to them at their home institution.

Did you know many programs are comparable to the cost of attending KU? View the KU campus vs Study Abroad Cost Comparison sheet (pdf) for more information.


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

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