Student Initiated Programs: Research Abroad
Student-Initiated Programs (SIPs) - Research Abroad allow KU students to earn resident KU credit for research conducted abroad for a summer/short term, semester, or academic year.
Students participating in a SIP Research Abroad through the Office of Study Abroad remain enrolled at KU during the term and receive KU resident credit charged at In-State Resident Tuition Rates for the research coursework that they complete abroad. Continuous KU enrollment allows for access to state and federal financial aid as well as deferment of loan repayments. In addition, 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. Students also receive emergency medical evacuation and repatriation coverage for the study period.
Students must schedule an appointment to meet with an OSA program coordinator before beginning the KU application process. The program coordinator will explain the KU application process in greater detail, provide the student with OSA SIP application directions and register the student in the SIP Research program.
*Note: Out of concern for student safety and well-being, KU does not sponsor study abroad in locations where a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 or Level 4 has been issued. The classification level applied to each country can be accessed at www.travel.state.gov. Information on Level 3 or Level 4 regional designations within a country is available by reading the country-specific advisory. Exceptions to this policy will be considered by petition to the International Travel Review Committee (ITRC). See studyabroad.ku.edu/traveladvisories for details.
All students who participate in SIPs are required to take part in the KU OSA pre-departure orientation. The OSA orientation provides important academic, cultural, and safety information to all study abroad participants.
The Office of Study Abroad SIP fee includes the OSA administrative fee, OSA pre-departure orientation, 24-hour emergency contact services, and emergency medical evacuation and repatriation services. The SIP fee replaces your campus fee which will be determined during the application process and will be billed on your KU account once you commit to the program.
The SIP fee is in addition to any KU tuition and course fees related to your enrollment for the program. All other program related expenses (airfare, passport, personal expenses, 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.
Undergraduate or graduate students may participate in a SIP - Research Abroad as long as their academic department has approved their research course enrollment, they meet the minimum 2.50 GPA requirement and are in good academic standing at KU. As with other programs, students must complete at least one academic term at KU prior to participating in study abroad.