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Study Abroad Options in Pre-Health Fields

Study Abroad Options in Pre-Health Fields
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KU Exchanges

The University of Kansas Office of Study Abroad offers a variety of semester and year-long exchanges for students studying biology, chemistry, psychology, and engineering. Popular options include the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

University of Costa Rica

For students studying Spanish, UCR is a wonderful opportunity to improve Spanish fluency and take courses in a variety of subjects abroad. Students live with local host families and enroll directly in classes with locals taught in Spanish. Subjects include biology, chemistry, psychology, and healthcare. Volunteer opportunities are available.

Healthcare and Social Policies in Sweden

This KU sponsored, faculty-led summer program focuses on Sweden’s system of comprehensive and publicly-funded healthcare and social services. A professor will guide the group, provide background lectures, lead discussions, and answer questions. The program includes visits to healthcare facilities and lectures from local healthcare professionals.

Cape Town Mobile Health Clinic

Sponsored by Arcadia University, students explore public health by spending 10 hours each week under the supervision of South African health professionals. This program offers an opportunity to learn about healthcare and nursing in the developing world from a hands-on perspective.

SIT Study Abroad

The School for International Training offers global health summer and semester programs focused on research and service around the world. Options include Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems in Madagascar, Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices in India, and Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. In addition, students may be interested in the public health programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Jordan, and South Africa.

DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia

DIS offers semester and summer programs in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Disciplines include biomedicine, biotechnology, child development, family studies, gender studies, human development, neuroscience, pre-medicine, health science, psychology, and public health.

CET Academic Programs in Vietnam

CET offers semester and summer programs in Vietnam focused on public health. Students participate in a service-learning internship, take courses in public health, and study beginning Vietnamese. This program may be eligible for Freeman Asia Internship Scholarships.

Human Health & Spanish for Health Professionals in Costa Rica

Students enroll at Veritas University in San Jose for the summer or semester and take a mix of coursework taught in English and Spanish language courses. Course options include Spanish for Health Professionals, Introduction to Genetics, Introduction to Physical Therapy, Alternative Health Approaches, Health Psychology, and Tropical Medicine. 

Microbiology in Western Europe

Participants will be exposed to many of the public health approaches and aspects of Western European countries giving them the opportunity to compare and contrast those found within the United States. In addition to cultural tours and activities, historical sites related to infectious disease impacts on human development will also be included in the itinerary.


Hospital Shadowing in Spain

A six-week program where students shadow doctors to gain professional experience in the medical field.  Earn credit, build confidence, and be immersed in a new culture.



Deadlines Extended for Summer, Fall and Academic Year Programs.

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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.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times