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Student Initiated Programs for Law Students

Student Initiated Programs for Law Students
Study law abroad through an approved and accredited non-KU study abroad program.
Academic Year
Spring Break
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Program Type: 
Student-Initiated Program
Program Summary: 

Student-Initiated Programs (SIPs) allow KU law students to earn resident KU credit for study abroad programs sponsored by other accredited U.S. universities and colleges. The SIP category also applies to degree-seeking KU law students who opt to enroll directly in foreign institutions accredited by the Ministry of Education of the host country for a summer, semester, or academic year. 

Law students participating in a SIP remain enrolled at KU during the study abroad program and receive KU resident credit for the coursework that they complete abroad.  The credits are applied toward the 35-credit elective requirement but grades earned during study abroad will be credit/no credit instead of a letter grade, thus the credits earned abroad do not factor into the KU law GPA or ranking. Continuous KU resident credit enrollment allows for access to state and federal financial aid as well as deferment of loan repayments. In addition, law students on a SIP receive academic, cultural and safety information at the mandatory Office of Study Abroad (OSA) orientation and have contact (including 24-hour emergency assistance) with the OSA while abroad.  Law students also receive emergency medical evacuation and repatriation coverage for the study period.

Program selection

Law students must schedule an appointment to meet with an OSA program coordinator and the KU Law School Registrar before beginning the KU application process. The program coordinator will help the law student determine if the non-KU program meets University of Kansas* and SIP guidelines. The program coordinator will also explain the application process in greater detail and provide the law student with OSA SIP application directions.

*Note: Due to concerns for student and faculty safety, the University of Kansas does not sponsor study abroad at locations where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning has been issued. See http://travel.state.gov for a list of countries currently under a Travel Warning.

Below are just a few of the many programs that KU law students might want to consider first. Programs may change from this list, which is not updated regularly, so please refer to the host program information for details and confirmation. The KU Office of Study Abroad does not endorse any particular program provider.


Ireland and United Kingdom   


It is entirely the law student's responsibility to monitor deadlines and application procedures for the non-KU program. In addition, students must complete the KU Office of Study Abroad SIP application and scholarship application (if applicable) by the deadlines listed below, regardless of the non-KU program deadlines.
Deadline for Winter Break, Spring Break, & Spring Semester programs: October 1
Deadline for Fall, Academic Year, or Summer programs: March 1

Law students must meet with the KU Law School Registrar during the application process in order to complete an Academic Plan. Through this process they will be able to determine what courses they can take abroad and what KU resident credit they will receive for their study abroad courses. Upon acceptance to the non-KU program, law students must submit a copy of the letter of acceptance from the host institution to the OSA.


All students who participate in SIPs are required to take part in the KU OSA pre-departure orientation even if there is an on-site orientation arranged by the non-KU program.  The OSA orientation provides important academic, cultural, and safety information to all study abroad participants.


Students are required to maintain full-time student status (12 hours/semester) while abroad and post all courses to their KU transcript.  All courses must be approved prior to departure by the KU Law School. They will be posted to the KU transcript as they appear on the student’s Academic Plan & Approval Form with the grade of Credit or No Credit.  Grades will not be calculated into the student's KU Law School GPA.

A signed and sealed official transcript (or equivalent document) must be provided to KU the Office of Study Abroad (OSA). The transcript may be forwarded directly to the OSA Program Coordinator or the student can hand-deliver a sealed copy.  Participants in Student-Initiated Programs (SIPs) will want to check with their provider or host institution to find out if their transcript will be sent automatically or if they must obtain one directly. 

Failing to complete the grade posting process will prevent graduation from KU and may have other implications such as immediate forfeiture of all financial aid, including return of scholarships and repayment of loans.


The Office of Study Abroad SIP fee includes the OSA administrative fee, KU enrollment, OSA pre-departure orientation, 24-hour emergency contact services, and emergency medical evacuation and repatriation services. 

Talk to your OSA Program Coordinator to find out the current amount for the OSA SIP fee.

The SIP fee is in addition to any tuition, fees or other expenses related to the non-KU program. The SIP fee will be billed on your KU account once you commit to the program.

All other program related expenses (non-KU program provider fees and/or host institution tuition, room and board etc) are the responsibility of the student and will not be billed on your KU account. Students must make arrangements to pay these fees directly.


Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (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
17th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program 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 130 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
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