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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of grades must I have to study abroad?
2. Do I need to be proficient in a second language?
3. When should I begin the application process?
4. Can I receive financial aid?
5. How much do programs cost?
6. How long does a program last?
7. Will my credits transfer?
8. Will my GPA transfer?
9. Where will I stay?
10. Will I need a visa?
11. Will there be a pre-departure orientation?
12. The program I am interested in isn't listed in the directory. How can I apply? 

1. What type of grades must I have to study abroad?

All students with a 2.5 GPA or higher are welcome to apply. However, some study abroad programs may require a higher GPA. Students must also have at least 24 credits earned by the semester or session they intend to study abroad.

2. Do I need to be proficient in a second language?

No. Programs in both English-speaking countries and non-English speaking countries offer courses taught in English. However, you may be required to take at least one language course while abroad. There are also intensive language programs available, if you would like to continue your study of a language.

3. When should I begin the application process?

It is recommended that you meet with the study abroad advisor at least 6 months prior to the semester you wish to go abroad. Individual programs have varying deadlines, so it is best to begin the application process early. Don't wait until the last minute!

4. Can I receive financial aid?

You may use your state and federal financial aid as well as student loans for approved study abroad programs. Tuition waivers may be used for programs that charge KU tuition. If you receive scholarships, you must check with the scholarship provider to find out if you will be permitted to use the funds for a study abroad program. Please contact Financial Aid Services, as every student's financial aid is unique.

5. How much do programs cost?

Prices will vary depending on the program you choose.

6. How long does a program last?

You can choose a 4-6 week summer session, 2-3 week winter session, a semester, or year-long program.

7. Will my credits transfer?

Courses offered by another university can be transferred to KU if you earn a grade that is the equivalent of the U.S. grade of C- or higher. See the WES grade conversion tool. A grade of pass/fail is not acceptable for transfer credit. It is best to review your course selections with your academic advisor to ensure they meet your program requirements and to submit the Study Abroad Course Pre-Approval form prior to the beginning of your study abroad program.

The following academic policies govern course transfer:
  • ACA-019 Maximum Number of Transfer Credits in Major
  • ACA-023 Transfer credits from other Institutions
  • ACA-052 Permission to Study at Another College or University
  • ACA-079 Residency Requirements - Undergraduate Students
8. Will my GPA transfer?

KU courses will be graded and will impact your GPA. Grades issued by another college or university will not transfer to KU or be calculated in your KU GPA. Remember, you may need to provide transcripts from your study abroad program for admission to graduate school.

This is the academic policy that governs the transfer of grades received from another institution: ACA-057 GPA Calculations and Transfer Grades

9. Where will I stay?

Depending on the program, you can choose between student apartments, residence halls, or family home-stays.

10. Will I need a visa?

This will depend on the country and length of your program. KU, as well as the host institution, can provide assistance in obtaining the necessary information.

11. Will there be a pre-departure orientation?

Yes! Students are REQUIRED to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation. It is held on campus during the semester prior to your semester abroad. Friends and family are welcome to join.

12. The program I am interested in isn't listed in the directory. How can I apply? 

Search for Other Program - Not Listed and complete that application. We will research the program and make a decision on your application.