Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
All students, including freshmen, can study abroad if they have completed one semester on campus at KU and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. For Exploratory Advising students, study abroad early in your academic career can provide the experience and exposure necessary to help identify or eliminate major or minor possibilities. It's also a great way to connect to a community of peers early on in your KU experience. Winter break, spring break and summer are ideal times for Exploratory Advising students to study abroad; recommended programs for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Exploratory Advising are listed at the end of this guide.
General Planning Tips For Exploratory Advising Students
- The minimum eligibility requirements to study abroad are the completion of one semester on campus and a GPA of 2.5 or higher, so students can study abroad as early as winter break, spring break or summer of freshman year. Some programs may have additional eligibility requirements.
- Schedule a meeting with your UAC advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your exploratory pathway and identify specific courses and timing opportunities for your study abroad experience. You should also review the online advising resources for exploring majors. Continue your program research at the KU 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.
- Several winter break, spring break and summer programs explore the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. Some even fulfill KU Core requirements. Applications are due October 1st for winter and spring break programs, and March 1st for summer (internship deadlines are even earlier), so visit the Study Abroad Info Center early in the fall semester to learn more about your options.
- Many KU study abroad programs fulfill Core Goal 4.2, so you might consider reserving that for your time abroad.
- Scholarships are available for study abroad both through KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.
- Courses to take at KU: There may be certain courses within your 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.
Recommended Short-Term Programs
Dive into the world of marine biology and coral reef ecology by exploring the ecology and diversity of marine organisms on the island of Roatan in conjunction with the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences.
Study technology entrepreneurship in one of the world's leaders in technological innovation. Students visit many new companies to learn from startup management how to create a successful entrepreneurial new venture. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2
Examine how the earth works, gain appreciation for the impact of the natural environment on society, and experience ancient and contemporary Greek cultures. Geological processes responsible for natural resources, water, landscapes, natural hazards and climate are presented in the context of their impact to the ancient and present-day Greek society. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.
Participate in an international summer internship through CAPA, CIEE, or ISA that will allow you to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience. This program fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2.
Take introductory courses in biology, calculus, chemistry, economics and physics during a 4-week or 6-week summer program at one of KU's partner universities in Seoul, South Korea.