Push Your Boundaries
Your education can take you places Be proud. The University
of Kansas is a globally-engaged university with hundreds of internationally-focused opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. As a Jayhawk, you can take regionallyfocused area studies courses taught by our five different area studies centers, study more than 40 foreign languages, interact with more than 2,400 international students (or, if you are an international student, join Global Partners to engage with U.S. students), attend the lectures of world-renowned visiting scholars, and study abroad in more than 70 countries. Plus, you can earn a Global Awareness Certificate that recognizes your global engagement. KU has a long tradition of being an internationally-focused institution. The first KU student studied abroad in 1949. KU’s Applied English Center, which helps students whose first language is not English, opened in 1964. The first Area Studies center at KU, the Center for East Asian Studies, was established in 1959, followed in 1961 by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, in 1965 by the Center for Russian, East
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European, and Eurasian Studies, in 1992 by the Kansas African Studies Center, and in 2009 by the Center for Global and International Studies. In 2005, the University of Kansas was nationally recognized as a leader in international education when we received a Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. We’re still innovating. In the fall of 2014, the Office of Study Abroad launched the Mapping Study Abroad to the Major Curriculum Integration initiative, which aligns study abroad opportunities to academic majors. This fall, KU’s many foreign language departments will come together as the new School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Today, almost 25% of KU undergraduates study abroad, and KU is currently ranked 26th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad. KU also has the longest running exchange partnership in the Western Hemisphere with the Universidad de Costa Rica. Be a part of the KU tradition, and embrace the many globally-minded and international opportunities that are key to a Jayhawk education.
Upcoming Events School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures Inaugural Convocation
September 1, 3:30 PM Kansas Union Alderson Auditorium
Jayhawks Without Borders Icebreaker
September 4, 11 AM Bailey Hall 318
Study Abroad Fair
September 9, 10:30-3:30 4th Floor, Kansas Union
Global Partners Launch Party
September 11, 5 - 7 PM Kansas Union, Kansas Room
September 23, 12 - 3 PM Kansas Union Plaza
Study Abroad Scholarship & Program Application Deadline
get your passport now!
Global Scholars Each year, 15 sophomores receive a $1,000 study abroad scholarship through KU Global Scholars. The program selects highly motivated students with an interest in global studies. Global Scholars emphasizes intercultural learning and faculty-mentored research in preparing Scholars to become innovative leaders and thoughtful global citizens. The program is open to: • Students beginning their second year of college. • Students with a 3.75 GPA or higher (those with a slightly lower GPA may apply as well). • Scholars must enroll in an interdisciplinary honors seminar during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Important Information: • Global Scholars are chosen based on their application and interview. • The Global Scholars Program runs the same semester as the University Scholars Program. Students may apply to one, but not both of these programs. Online applications open on Monday, August 24th. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 24th. For more information go to: international.ku.edu/globalscholars or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first step in taking advantage of international opportunities at KU is getting a passport. Passports can take up to 3 months to process. Apply for yours now so you are prepared to go abroad! If you already have a passport, check the expiration date!
Did you know? 1. More than 2,400 international students and scholars attend and conduct research at KU 2. KU has exchange agreements with more than 160 international universities & cities 3. KU offers more than 1,000 language classes or other classes with an international focus
KU’s Passport Services is located in Strong Hall, Room 300. Students faculty, staff, and community members are all welcome to apply for or renew their passports here. • • •
Passport photos can be taken on site in Strong 300 Appointments are encouraged, but not required Paper applications are available in Strong 300. Applications are also available online. international.ku.edu/passport
4. The International House offers short-term lodging to visiting international scholars
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Global Awareness Program The Global Awareness Program recognizes students who demonstrate growth in cultural knowledge, expansion of international perspectives, and development of cross-cultural communications skills that prepare them to work and lead in today’s interconnected world. The program consists of three components: Academic, Co-curricular, and International Experience. Complete two components to earn your certificate, and all three to earn the certificate with distinction. See component requirements below and go to gap.ku.edu to learn more and register today! GAP is open to all undergraduate students. Once complete, the certificate is notated on your transcript and is an excellent addition to your resume. Whether for personal enrichment or improving future job prospects, the Global Awareness Program certificate can help you achieve your goals, stay connected to KU’s rich international community, and distinguish you as a Jayhawk ready to lead in a global society. Join over 2,500 students who have earned their GAP certificate since 2004.
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Component A: Academic – Take 2 foreign language courses and 3 courses with an international focus. With over 1500 international courses offered at KU, the hardest part can be figuring out which courses apply! You can automatically search the courses that apply through your Degree Progress Report. Otherwise, you can find out which courses apply through our website. U.S. students complete a minimum of 2 semesters of a modern foreign language and 3 courses with an international focus. International students must pass the English Proficiency Exam or receive an English requirement waiver. Native English-speakers still need to pass two semesters of a foreign language. International students also need to take two courses with a modern international focus and one CLAS or social science course. Component B: Co-curricular Activities - Engage in 20 hours of cultural activities at KU. It’s simple – earn credit for engaging in international activities!
There are hundreds of international and cultural activities, performances, clubs, exhibits, lectures and events happening each semester. The four main categories are: clubs and organizations, events, volunteer activities, and language tables. Component C: International Experience – Study, intern, volunteer or work abroad during your KU career and reflect on your experiences! U.S. students can complete this component by participating in any KU Study Abroad Program
or by engaging in another form of international experience, and responding to short-answer reflection questions. This includes: participating on study abroad programs, interning, a servicelearning project, or conducting research in other countries. International students automatically complete this component by studying in the U.S. and need only respond to reflection questions on your experience in the U.S. Learn more: gap.ku.edu
Global Partners Become a member of Global Partners! The Global Partners program matches American and International students to promote cultural exchange. Practice a foreign language, earn credits for GAP, and learn more about other cultures while making new friends.
Global Partners is an exciting way to meet people from all over the world and make life-long friends at the University of Kansas. International and domestic students are matched and placed into semester-long groups of four, giving students an opportunity to get to know other cultures on a person level. The groups are formed based on membersâ€™ interests, academic majors, and languages. Students meet with their group
at their own leisure and are also invited to events for all global partners, such as playing soccer or Frisbee, meeting at a restaurant for dinner, playing world trivia or volunteering in the Lawrence community. All undergraduate and graduate students and international scholars are welcome to participate. Global Partners is an exciting and unique way to build friendships, expand your global knowledge, and partake in service opportunities to make KU and the entire world better. The program also counts for the Global Awareness Program Certification. Learn more: iss.ku.edu/globalpartners
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Study Abroad Program SpotlightS
Universidad Pontificia de Comillas Madrid, Spain This new semester or year-long program offers courses taught in English in Madrid. Courses are available in a wide variety of disciplines, including business, computer science, engineering, GIST, Spanish, psychology, education, and political science.
International Summer Internship Multiple locations Students can intern over the summer in Sydney, London, Dublin, Madrid, Shanghai, Germany, Kazakhstan, Prague, Hong Kong, and more. International internships are open to any major. Students live in apartments and gain real work experience abroad.
Learn About Your Options •
Attend the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday Sept. 9 in the Kansas Union
Stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott Hall Room 105
Talk to an academic advisor about your plans
UPPSala University Uppsala, Sweden Located just outside of Stockholm, Uppsala is the oldest university in Scandinavia. The university is world-renowned for research, especially in the natural sciences. It has a wide variety of courses in English and offers a college town atmosphere.
Pick a Program & Apply •
Meet with a program coordinator in our office to talk about your options and the application process
Apply to your program (and for study abroad scholarships) online
Arabic Studies Ifrane, Morocco Students spend 8 weeks over the summer in Ifrane on the campus of Al-Akhawayn University, learning Arabic from Moroccan instructors. Students can take introductory through advanced Arabic courses, and the program includes weekend excursions.
University of Hong Kong Hong Kong Students spend a semester or year in Hong Kong, taking a wide variety of classes taught in English. HKU is a premier international university. It is on slopes of Hong Kong Island overlooking Victoria Harbor and is close to Hong Kong’s bustling financial district.
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Go Abroad! •
Attend pre-departure orientation to learn more about the region and prepare for a new cultural experience
Go abroad for a semester, year, summer, spring break, or winter break!
Mark your calendar! study abroad fair wednesday, sept 9 10:30-3:30 4th floor, kansas union
Funding Study Abroad Studying abroad is an incredible experience, but it doesn't need to cost an incredible amount of money. Through a simple internet search or by stopping by the Office of Study Abroad, you will find that thousands of dollars are available for international study through scholarships and grants through the Office of Study Abroad, the Gilman Scholarship Program, and the Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarship, to name just a few. I studied in South Korea for both a summer and a year-long program at no cost out of pocket. Come by the Office of Study Abroad and see how you can cut your costs too!
learn more: studyabroad.ku.edu @KUStudyAbroad email@example.com
- Akira Cowden, South Korea, Academic Year 2014-2015
Jayhawks Without Borders
Study Abroad Facts At KU, we want all students to be able to study abroad. We offer a variety of options and assistance along the way to make it possible: • • • • • •
All majors are eligible to study abroad. Students can study abroad after completing one semester on campus at KU. The Office of Study Abroad offers a wide variety of programs with courses taught in English. The Office of Study Abroad provides scholarships ranging from $500 - $10,000 per student Students receive individualized advising for programs and financial aid. We offer programs over spring break, winter break & the summer, as well as semester and year programs.
Get international exposure without leaving campus! Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) was founded in Fall 2014 to bring together KU students interested in: African Studies, East Asian Studies, Global and International Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. JWB meets every week during the academic semester for entertaining cultural activities and informative lectures that help increase global awareness and action. JWB was nominated for a SP 2015 Jayhawk Choice Award for Best New Student Organization of the Year. The club has over 70 active student members and 5 officers. Jayhawks Without Borders meets on Fridays at 11 in 318 Bailey Hall.
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Letâ€™s chat. study abroad info center 105 Lippincott / M-F, 9-5 / firstname.lastname@example.org