How to Apply

Application process

Information from the KU Office of Study Abroad

Applying to study abroad can appear to be a complex process, but the OSA is here to help you through the process and will work with you every step of the way. After you begin your application, you will see an electronic checklist on your JayhawksAbroad online account that will guide you through each step.

Step 1: Meet with a Coordinator.

If you have not already met with a Program Coordinator at the Office of Study Abroad, we recommend that you make an appointment to talk about the program you are interested in. To make an appointment, please call our office at 785-864-3742. You should also meet with Frances Lyons in the J-School advising office.

Step 2: Apply online.

KU students can begin an application by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the top of the program brochure page that they would like to apply to.

Step 3: Complete your application.

All applicants will be required to complete several documents for the application. Below is a list of the typical documents that will need to be completed for an application. Requirements will vary by program. After an application is created, students will see a checklist of specific required documents for their program application.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Autobiography
  • Official Transcript/Un-official Transcript or Advising Report
  • Recommendations
  • Authorization to Release Student Information
  • Student Conduct verification
  • Any additional forms required by the specific program

Not a KU student?

There are several KU programs that are open to students from other colleges and universities. Non-KU students will be asked to complete the requirements above. Once accepted, Non-KU students will need to apply to KU as a non-degree seeking study abroad student. For more information on the application process for Non-KU students, please view the Non-KU student section.

How to determine your cost to study abroad

Through a partnership with the University of Stirling in Scotland, it is easy for KU students to complete some requirements for their degree at a very attractive cost when compared with other study abroad programs. Significant savings are accomplished through included housing, recreation and in-country travel costs. Students will have access to the facilities of the University of Stirling throughout the program.

Financial Considerations for Study Abroad

Students planning to study abroad should, early in preparation, consider all aspects of study abroad opportunities, including your personal financial situation. The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) encourages students to accurately and objectively look at various financial considerations while choosing a program. What is the total estimated cost for a program? How much does it cost to study at KU in Lawrence? What resources are available to help pay for study abroad?

Estimated Costs for Studying Abroad

Individual program costs vary based on a variety of factors, such as program structure, hours of credit, length of program, number of excursions or other group activities, and location. The University of Kansas Office of Study Abroad strives to keep costs down while maintaining high-quality programs that are available to as many students as possible. For instance, KU exchange agreements with universities in Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong, and with the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) provide study abroad opportunities of great value at tuition, room and board costs close to those of staying on the Lawrence campus. View the KU campus vs Study Abroad Cost Comparison sheet (pdf) for more information.

For KU Study Abroad programs, sample program costs are available online on program brochure pages in the Program Cost section or from the OSA for your use in planning. It is important to keep the "other" costs in mind. How much traveling will you do while abroad (if you are studying in England, are you planning to go to Italy for a long weekend trip, for instance)? How long before or after your program do you want to stay? Do you have any special dietary/health needs requiring extra funds? If you have financial questions at any time during your process of choosing a study abroad program, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office in the KU Visitor Center, 785-864-4700 and make an appointment to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor about your personal situation. The Office of Study Abroad can also take walk-ins for study abroad financial advising at 105 Lippincott Hall.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program. Limited supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students through the Office of Study Abroad. See the OSA Scholarships section for more information. For other scholarship opportunities please view our OSA Scholarship Handbook (pdf). Non-KU students should check into the financial aid and scholarship resources available to them at their home institution.