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 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 Pathway 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 Pathway students to study abroad; recommended programs for students on the Science & Technology Pathway are listed at the end of this guide.

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GENERAL PLANNING TIPS FOR EXPLORATORY PATHWAY 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 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.
  • Several winter break, spring break and summer programs explore the Science & Technology Pathway. 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 Office of Study Abroad 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 the KU Office of Study Abroad 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.

COURSES AND CREDIT

  • A number of study abroad courses have already been pre-approved for KU credit.  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 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY

Winter Break Programs

Marine Biology in Roatan - Honduras

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.

Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Israel

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

Summer Programs

Geology in Greece: Natural Environment and Civilizations

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.

Internship in Dublin - Ireland

Participate in an international internship 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.

Internship in Prague - Czech Republic

Participate in an international internship 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.

Internship in Shanghai - China

Participate in an international internship 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.

Korea University International Summer Campus - South Korea

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.


Announcements

Deadlines Extended for Summer, Fall and Academic Year Programs.

See list of programs below:
DEADLINES EXTENDED - SUMMER & FALL PROGRAMS (PDF)

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.
—ALA
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