Thinking of applying to study abroad this summer or fall? Not sure where to begin? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here is a brief outline of the steps you’ll need to complete before going abroad this year. Our deadlines are quickly approaching on March 1, so it’s important to get started as soon as possible.
Stop by the Study Abroad Info Center
If you’re not sure which program is best for you, or if you have any general questions about studying abroad, stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott. No appointment is necessary – we are open for walk-in advising from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. If you have a specific program in mind, you can make an appointment with one of our program coordinators by calling our office at 785-864-3742 or by visiting the Info Center.
Meet with your academic advisor
It’s important to make sure that the classes you want to take this summer or fall will count towards your degree. You should make an appointment to meet with your academic advisor sometime in the next few weeks to go over the classes you’ll need to take abroad to make sure you’re progressing in your degree program.
Ask your professors for recommendation letters
All of our applications require two letters of recommendation written by professors, TAs, or work supervisors. For language programs, this will include your language instructor. It’s best to give them a few weeks to write your recommendation letters, so the sooner you ask, the better!
Complete the online application by March 1
Our application is online, and each program page will list the documents you’ll need to submit as part of your application. This will normally include recommendations, an essay, a biography, a transcript submission, and some forms you can fill out online. You can request an official transcript to be sent to our office from the Registrar’s office here. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The essay is about 500 words long, and we essentially want to know why you want to study abroad and how it will impact your academic experience as a KU student. If you have any questions about this process, please stop by the Info Center in 105 Lippincott or call us at 785-864-3742!
Apply for scholarships online by March 1
Our scholarship applications can also be found online! The process is roughly the same, including an essay and a transcript submission. The deadline is the same as our program applications, on March 1. We have both merit-based and need-based scholarships available, so apply for as many as you are eligible for to maximize your chances of receiving one.
We’ll get back to you within just a few weeks after our deadline about your admission status and scholarship information. Once you’ve been accepted, there will be just a few more forms to fill out and you’ll be ready to go abroad!