• General Information

    Full Name of University:

    University of Kansas

    Number of Utrecht Network semesters you can accept during 2017/18 (not students):

    6

    General University Website:

    www.ku.edu

    International Office/Website for Incoming Students:

    www.studyabroad.ku.edu/ExchangeStudents

    Contact person for incoming and outgoing students:

    Contact for Incoming Students:
    Kate Gerken
    Program Coordinator
    Office of Study Abroad
    1410 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 108
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7515
    +1-785-864-3742 (tel)
    +1-785-864-5040 (fax)
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    Contact for Outgoing Students:
    Jenna Hunter-Skidmore
    Program Coordinator
    Office of Study Abroad
    1410 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 108
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7515
    +1-785-864-3742 (tel)
    +1-785-864-5040 (fax)
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Application website. If paper only, please write “paper only.”

    http://www.studyabroad.ku.edu/applications (Instructions)
    https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=IncomingExchange (Application)

    How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduate versus graduates?

    The application process for graduate students takes more time, and should be started earlier.  Additionally, graduate students may be required to provide more information regarding their courses in advance.  The link to instructions above provides more details.

    Other important notes

    N/A

    Last updated

    02/08/17

  • Academics

    Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students (list explicitly)

    College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (including the School of Arts and School of Public Affairs & Administration):  African & African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Behavioral Science, Atmospheric Science, Behavioral Psychology, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Botany, Chemistry, Child Language, Classics, Clinical Child Psychology, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Economics, English, Entomology, Environmental Studies, Film & Media Studies, French, Geography, Geology, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Gerontology, Global & International Studies, History, History of Art, Indigenous Studies, Latin American Area Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Sociology, Spanish,  Theatre, Theatre Design, Visual Art (including Painting, Ceramics, Metalsmithing/Jewelry, Textile Design, Expanded Media, Printmaking, Sculpture), Visual Art Education, and Women, Gender, &  Sexuality Studies; School of Architecture, Design & Planning: Architecture, Architectural Management, Design, Design Management, Interaction Design, and Urban Planning; School of Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems, Management & Leadership, Marketing, Supply Chain Management; School of Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering,  Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Computing, Engineering Physics, and Mechanical Engineering; School of Journalism & Mass Communications: Journalism, Marketing Communications; School of Music: Accompanying, Band Conducting, Carillon, Choral Conducting, Church Music, Opera, Musicology, Bassoon, Clarinet, Double Bass, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Oboe, Composition, Orchestral Conducting, Theory, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin,  Violoncello, Voice, Music Education, Music Therapy; School of Social Welfare

    School of Education: extremely limited course options available

    Are graduate areas open for exchange?

    Yes

    Areas of study open to graduate exchange students (list explicitly)

    College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (including the School of Arts and School of Public Affairs & Administration):  African & African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Behavioral Science, Atmospheric Science, Behavioral Psychology, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Botany, Chemistry, Child Language, Classics, Clinical Child Psychology, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Economics, English, Entomology, Environmental Studies, Film & Media Studies, French, Geography, Geology, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Gerontology, Global & International Studies, History, History of Art, Indigenous Studies, Latin American Area Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Sociology, Spanish,  Theatre, Theatre Design, Visual Art (including Painting, Ceramics, Metalsmithing/Jewelry, Textile Design, Expanded Media, Printmaking, Sculpture), Visual Art Education, and Women, Gender, &  Sexuality Studies; School of Architecture, Design & Planning: Architecture, Architectural Management, Design, Design Management, Interaction Design, and Urban Planning; School of Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering,  Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Computing, Engineering Physics, and Mechanical Engineering; School of Journalism & Mass Communications: Journalism, Marketing Communications; School of Music: Accompanying, Band Conducting, Carillon, Choral Conducting, Church Music, Opera, Musicology, Bassoon, Clarinet, Double Bass, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Oboe, Composition, Orchestral Conducting, Theory, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin,  Violoncello, Voice, Music Education, Music Therapy; School of Social Welfare

    School of Business: limited course options available
    School of Education: extremely limited course options available

    Can advanced undergraduate students take graduate level courses?

    Yes. Classes numbered 700 and above require departmental approval for all undergraduate students.

    Can graduate student take undergraduate level courses?

    Yes

    Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties

    N/A

    Areas of study not available to exchange students

    School of Medicine
    School of Health Professions
    School of Pharmacy
    School of Nursing
    School of Law
    School of Engineering: Engineering Management 
    *all Edwards Campus courses

    Websites for course offerings

    www.classes.ku.edu

    Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange

    For both undergraduate & graduate

    Undergraduate students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.  In addition, they are limited to the equivalent of 15 credit hours of undergraduate tuition.

    Graduate students must enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester and a maximum of 12 graduate hours.

    Students can opt to exceed the maximum enrollment amounts, but they will be required to pay for all costs above the amounts covered via the exchange.

    Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?

    If so, please provide summer school website.

    No

    Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival?

    Upon arrival.  Students are asked for their course requests upon admittance to KU so that enrollment permission can be requested prior to arrival.  Students will meet with an advisor in the Office of Study Abroad to enroll in classes after orientation.  

    Language Requirements

    Upon arrival, all international students will check-in with the Applied English Center (AEC) during orientation. If the students are native speakers of English, hold a degree from a U.S. university, or fulfill the below-mentioned TOEFL or IELTS score, they will receive a waiver after a short interview.
     
    If students have not met the TOEFL or IELTS score minimums listed below, or if they have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS, they will be required to take an English proficiency test upon arrival. Based on the exam results, students may be required to take one or more English courses during their first semester at KU, depending on their language proficiency. If that is the case, students will take another test at the end of the semester in order to determine whether they will be required to take further English classes during the following semester.

    Test Scores Required for English Language Waiver: Paper-Based TOEFL - Minimum score of 57 on each section and score of 4.5 or higher on the essay; Internet-Based TOEFL - Minimum score of 23 on each section; IELTS - Overall band score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 on each section recommended.

    Language test certificate required?

    If so, which and when: before admission or upon arrival?

    TOEFL or IELTS required for admission for graduate students only; undergraduate students can be admitted and take the KU AEC test upon arrival

    Preparatory language course for incoming students?

    Indicate dates and costs

    N/A

    Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection?

    Students are asked for their course requests upon admittance to KU so that enrollment permission can be requested prior to arrival.  Following orientation, students will meet with an advisor in the Office of Study Abroad for assistance with course enrollment. 

    Additional Notes

    N/A

    Last updated

    02/08/17

  • Dates

    Application deadline for each term

    Fall Semester and Academic Year:  March 15
    Spring Semester:  October 15

    Academic Calendar

    Please list exact dates

    Fall Semester 2017

    Graduate Orientation - July 31 - August 8 (July 31st is anticipated arrival date)

    Undergraduate Orientation - August 7 - August 15 (August 7th is the anticipated arrival date)

    Classes - August 21 - December 7

    Final Exams - December 11 - December 15


    Spring Semester 2018

    Orientation (Graduate & Undergraduate) - January 2 - January 9 (January 2nd is the anticipated arrival date)

    Classes - January 16 - May 3

    Final Exams - May 7 - May 11

    Examination period(s)

    Fall Semester 2017: December 11-15
    Spring Semester 201: May 7-11

    If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early?

    (i.e. semester ends in December and exams are late January).

    Each semester ends on a Thursday and the exam period begins the following Monday.  Fall semester exams conclude by mid-December.  Spring semester exams conclude by mid-May.  

    Orientation session(s) for incoming students

    Is it mandatory, indicate dates and costs

    The Office of International Student Services (ISS) offers a week-long orientation for new international students called "You at KU". The orientation usually begins about ten days before the first day of classes (see dates section above for upcoming orientation dates).  The orientation program is conducted by International Student Services (ISS) and includes an introduction to university facilities, resources and policies, and student life at KU and in the U.S.  For more information, visit: www.studyabroad.ku.edu/iss-orientation 

    The orientation is required for all exchange students so the OSA covers the orientation fee, however, students must pay for the cost of housing during orientation (see housing section below for housing options during orientation).  The OSA will send students pre-registration instructions after acceptance.

    Course registration deadline

    None - enrollment occurs during orientation upon arrival.  Students will be asked to submit course requests by a specified deadline (usually mid-April for the fall semester and mid-November for the spring semester).

    Last updated

    02/08/17

  • Costs

    Total cost estimates per month in US Dollars

    (broken down below)

    Housing

    On-Campus Residence Halls (double occupancy): 
    Traditional Residence Halls = $4,616 per year [Approximately $460 per month]
    Renovated Residence Halls = $5,910-$7,518 per year depending on hall [Approximately $590 - $750 per month]

    Jayhawker Towers (on-campus apartments): 
    Traditional 2 bedroom apartment = $3,766 (4 residents per apartment) or $6,442 (2 residents per apartment) per year.  [Approximately $375 - $645 per month.]
    Renovated 2 bedroom apartment = $4,864 (4 residents per apartment) or $8,388 (2 residents per apartment) per year. [Approximately $490 - $840 per month.]

    All on-campus housing options include wired and wireless internet with 30 mbps level data.

    Off-campus Private Apartment/House Rental: 
    Rent = $300-$600 per month
    Utilities = $75-$120 per month
    Estimates will vary depending upon the number of students sharing the apartment/house

    Meals

    Campus Dining Plan
    Ranges from $3,584-$4,290 per year (approximately $400- $475 per month) depending on the plan and number of meals included.  A 50 meal plan option is available to apartment residents only for $450 (approximately $50 per month).  
    Students living in on-campus residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan.  Meal plans are optional for students living in campus apartments (Jayhawker Towers).  

    Off-Campus Meal Cost Estimate:
    $300- $400 per month if most meals prepared at home.

    Books

    $350- $450 per semester depending on the field of study

    Local Transportation

    Approximately $100 per semester, but will vary.  Students have free campus & city transportation with their KUID card.

    Health Insurance

    Required KU Health Insurance: $580 per semester (subject to change)
    Exchange students are automatically enrolled in and charged the mandatory health insurance plan unless granted a waiver through the ISS Office.  See section below for more information on the waiver.

    Other

    (please indicate and specify any mandatory additional fees)

    Personal expenses - $800 per semester
    KU student ID card - $15

    Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed?

    If not, please include fees in “other” field above.

    Yes, students may apply for a health insurance waiver if they already have insurance coverage that meets or exceeds ALL minimum requirements. To use alternate insurance, students must complete and submit waiver request form.  To apply for the waiver, students must submit the Waiver Request Form by the first day of class and provide documentation showing that you are covered by an insurance plan that meets the specified minimum requirements.  Learn more about the minimum requirements and waiver process at: www.iss.ku.edu/insurance/  

    Additional Notes

    Fees covered by the Office of Study Abroad for exchange students include tuition and course fees, technology fee, ISS fee, ISS check-in and orientation fee, infrastructure fee, and campus fees. 

    Last Updated

    02/08/17

  • Housing and Student Life

    Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed?

    Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements, however, general questions can be directed to the incoming exchange student coordinator.  The Department of Student Housing can assist with questions about on-campus housing (see contact information below).  Housing is not guaranteed, however, students may contact the Office of Study Abroad if problems arise. 

    Housing options

    Residence Halls
    Traditional dormitory-style living which typically has 2-3 students per room.  Students in residence halls are required to purchase a dining plan since there is no kitchen access.  Residence halls are located on or very close to campus and remain open during all university breaks, with the exception of Winter Break.  Students wishing to stay on-campus over Winter Break must sign up for winter break housing and pay a fee.  Learn about KU dining plan options here: http://union.ku.edu/dining-plans.  Explore on-campus housing options at: www.housing.ku.edu

    Jayhawker Towers Apartments
    Four-person and two-person apartments centrally located on campus.  Each apartment includes 2 bedrooms, a living room, full bath, and kitchenette with a stove, oven, and refrigerator.  The bedrooms are furnished with beds, desks and chairs, and closets with a dresser.  Students have the option to purchase a meal plan, but it is not required since there is kitchen access.  The buildings remain open during breaks and students living there may stay through the breaks at no additional cost.  Space has become increasingly limited in Jayhawker Towers, so students are encouraged to apply well before the application deadline if interested in living there, and even then, it may not be possible.  Learn more about Jayhawker Towers at: www.housing.ku.edu. 

    Off-Campus Accommodations
    The majority of exchange students choose to live on-campus for convenience and because it is challenging to find furnished apartments with short-term leases.  However, exchange students occasionally choose to live off-campus in apartments or shared houses.  All off-campus housing arrangements are the responsibility of the students.  One option popular with exchange students is Naismith Hall, a privately-owned residence-hall style option that is adjacent to campus.  Learn more at www.naismithhall.com. (If you are coming for just one semester, be sure to specify this with the staff to ensure a single semester contract is possible.).

     
    Learn more about available housing options and procedures for applying for housing at: www.studyabroad.ku.edu/housing


    Housing During Orientation
    During orientation, students have the option to move into their on-campus housing early for an additional nightly fee or sign up for special orientation housing elsewhere.  The latter option is highly recommended as transportation is usually provided to orientation from these locations.     

    Housing Website and Contact Person(s)

    Department of Student Housing
    University of Kansas                     
    422 W 11th Street, Suite DSH
    Lawrence, KS 66045
    +1-785-864-4560 (tel)
    +1-785-864-5048 (fax)
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    www.housing.ku.edu

    Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate?

    Please list housing application deadline.

    Applying for housing is a separate application. There is no deadline to apply for on-campus housing, however, space is limited. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  Learn more about available housing options and procedures for applying for housing at: www.studyabroad.ku.edu/housing

    What kinds of health facilities are available at the university?

    Watkins Health Center
    Provides students with all kinds of medical services, including regular physicians (with a variety of specialties including gynecology, urology, physical therapy), pharmacy, and lab.  Many services are very inexpensive for full-time students.  Learn more about available services at: http://studenthealth.ku.edu/

    Ambler Student Recreation Center
    An on-campus recreation facility with a variety of opportunities for physical fitness, team and individual sports, classes, and personal training.  Facilities include a fitness center, outdoor field complex, outdoor education center, tennis courts, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, a climbing wall, and a swimming pool.  Learn more at: https://recreation.ku.edu/   

    Are internships available?

    Yes, might be arranged for credit through the various academic department, on a case by case basis.  Student is responsible for seeking out and applying or internships as there is no formal placement process available through the Office of Study Abroad.

    Are student jobs available/allowed?

    Yes, international students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus. Special restrictions might apply depending on scholarship regulations from students' home countries.

    Additional Notes

    Undergraduate students must verify that financial support is available in the minimum amount of $5,873 per semester, $11,746 for the year (2017-18).  Graduates must also show evidence of financial support but amount depends on the academic discipline that the student will study so please contact the Office of Study Abroad to inquire about the minimum requirement.  

    Last Updated

    02/08/17

  • Promotional Materials

    Please add links to promotional materials below

    Please keep in mind that these resources are here for partners to use to promote exchanges; this is not itself a promotional website. As such, please simply link to your promotional materials and refrain from embedding video or images on this page.

    University Video:

    University Image Library:

    University or Departmental Brochures:

    Last Updated

    23 May 2017