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Student Initiated Programs in Southeast Asia

Student Initiated Programs in Southeast Asia
Study abroad in Southeast Asia through an approved and accredited non-KU study abroad program.
Location: 
Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Language of Instruction: 
English
Thai
Vietnamese
Term: 
Fall
Spring
Summer
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
Student-Initiated Program
Program Summary: 

Student-Initiated Programs (SIPs) allow KU 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 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. 

Students participating in a SIP remain enrolled at KU during the study abroad program and receive KU resident credit and grades for the 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.

Program selection

Students must schedule an appointment to meet with an OSA program coordinator before beginning the KU application process. The program coordinator will help the 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 student with OSA SIP application directions.

Below are a few of many SIP program providers that offer programs in Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Students may find other program providers not on this list offering programs that better fit their needs. The KU Office of Study Abroad does not endorse any particular program provider. 

 

Malaysia

Singapore

Thailand

Vietnam

*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 the http://travel.state.gov for a list of countries currently under a Travel Warning.

Application

It is entirely the 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, and Spring Semester programs: October 1

Deadline for Fall, Academic Year, or Summer programs: March 1

As with many other study abroad options, students must meet with departmental faculty advisors and their academic advisor in their major during the application process in order to complete an Academic Plan.  Through this process they will be able to determine what equivalent KU credit they will receive for their study abroad courses.

Upon acceptance to the non-KU program, students must submit a copy of the letter of acceptance from the host institution to the OSA.

Orientation

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.

Credit-Posting

Students are obligated to maintain full-time student status while abroad and to post all credit earned during the study abroad program to their KU transcript.  The foreign coursework, including all grades earned (utilizing the standard A-F range), will be posted on the student's KU transcript as the nearest equivalent course offered at the University of Kansas.  All credit is subject to the approval of the appropriate academic departments.  Grades will be calculated into the student's GPA at KU.

The student must provide an original, official transcript (or equivalent document), signed and sealed by the host institution's officials, to the OSA upon completion of the study period. The transcript may be forwarded directly to the OSA Coordinator or the student can hand-deliver a sealed copy. Failing to provide the transcript by the end of the following academic year may result in an administrative withdrawal dated at the beginning of the term abroad and immediate forfeiture of all financial aid, including return of scholarships and repayment of loans.

Fees

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.

Currently, the KU tuition and program fee for participation in a Student-Initiated Program is as follows:

  • Summer/Short-Term: $580
  • Semester: $1,050
  • Academic Year: $1,330

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.

Eligibility: 

Undergraduate or graduate students may participate in a SIP as long as 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. In all cases, the student must meet the sponsoring institution's eligibility requirements and must be accepted to the program by the sponsoring institution.

 

Further Reading: 

Students searching for a study abroad program are encouraged to meet with a Peer Advisor in the OSA Info Center, located in 105 Lippincott.  No appointment is necessary.  Students who decide to do a SIP are responsible for researching their options, finding an appropriate program, and meeting with a program coordinator to discuss the program.

The following websites are useful tools for researching non-KU programs:

Brochures for a number of non-KU programs are available in the OSA Info Center.  


Announcements

Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu
 

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 at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for 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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