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  • Start planning for your study abroad experience early. You can take admission requirements, general education, or Sport Management HSES courses abroad and still stay on track for graduation.
  • 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 KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.
  • U.S. Specific Courses: The 15 credit-hour HSES 499 internship course must be completed at an approved site within a 50-mile radius of Lawrence. You may petition to complete this course abroad if your GPA is higher than 3.0.


Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Sport Management

Freshman & Sophomore

  • Schedule a meeting with a sport management advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your four year 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 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.
  • There are both summer and full semester study abroad programs that offer courses required for your minor (business, journalism or psychology) as well as general education and KU Core courses. The best time to pursue these programs is the spring semester of your freshman year, either semester of your sophomore year, or the summer after your freshman or sophomore year. See "Recommended Programs" below for specific examples.

Junior & Senior

  • The ideal times for Sport Management students to study abroad are the second semester of their junior year or first semester of their senior year. Application deadlines are typically on October 1st for spring programs and March 1st for fall programs.
  • There is some degree of flexibility with your course sequencing during this time. You might need to take a class or two online during the summer before you go abroad or the summer after you return to KU. If you need an HSES class that is not available through your study abroad program and only offered at KU during the semester you are abroad, the Sport Management Department is usually willing to work with you in arranging access to the course via Skype, Lecture Capture, or some other technology.
  • Some junior and senior level sport management courses that are commonly offered abroad include: HSES 380, HSES 384, HSES 440, HSES 483, HSES 486, and HSES 487.


  • Sport management faculty have already pre-approved a number of sport management 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 Sport Management Coursework

Deakin University - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior or senior year
Sample Courses: business minor courses, HSES 384, HSES 486, HSES 487

Massey University - New Zealand

Recommended Timing: Either semester - junior year OR fall semester - senior year
Sample Courses: journalism minor courses, HSES 330, HSES 380, HSES 382, HSES 440, HSES 483, HSES 487

Sport Management in New Zealand - Auckland

Recommended Timing: Winter Break - sophomore or junior year
Course: HSES 598 Special Course: Global Sport Management

University of Kent - England

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - junior year
Sample Courses: psychology minor courses, HSES 289, HSES 440, HSES 487

University of Stirling - Scotland

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - junior year
Sample Courses: business minor courses, HSES 380, HSES 440, HSES 483, HSES 487

Programs Offering Business, Journalism or Psychology Minor Coursework

CIMBA - Italy

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman or sophomore year
Sample Courses: business minor courses

Korea University - South Korea

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore or junior year OR Spring semester - freshman year OR fall semester - sophomore year
Sample Courses: business minor courses, psychology minor courses, KU Core courses, general education courses

Lorenzo de' Medici - Italy

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman or sophomore year
Sample Courses: journalism minor courses, KU Core courses, general education courses

National University of Singapore - Singapore

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - sophomore year
Sample Courses: psychology minor courses, CLAS general ed courses

University of Hong Kong - China

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year
Sample Courses: business minor courses, KU Core courses, general education courses

Programs Offering Internship Experience

Earn HSES 335 credit while gaining valuable work experience overseas. Internship duties vary based on location and student interest. Recommended for summer after junior year.

Internships in Dublin, Ireland

Internships in Germany

Internships in London, England

Internships in Shanghai, China

Internships in Sydney, Australia


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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
Study Abroad & Global Engagement 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
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