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KU University of Kansas
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Lawrence, Kansas

GENERAL INFORMATION

FULL NAME AND LOCATION OF UNIVERSITY

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas

NUMBER OF UTRECHT NETWORK SEMESTERS ACCEPTING DURING 2019/2020

8

MAIN UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

INTERNATIONAL OFFICE WEBSITE FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

CONTACT PERSON FOR INCOMING AND OUTGOING STUDENTS

Contact for Incoming Students:
Charlie Ambrose 
Program Coordinator
Study Abroad & Global Engagement
1410 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 108
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515

Phone: +1-785-864-3742

Fax: +1-785-864-5040

chambrose@ku.edu

Contact for Outgoing Students:
Jenna Hunter-Skidmore
Program Coordinator
Study Abroad & Global Engagement
1410 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 108
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515
Phone: +1-785-864-3742

Fax: +1-785-864-5040

jmhunter@ku.edu

APPLICATION WEBSITE

HOW DOES THE APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS DIFFER FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS?

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.

 

ACADEMICS

 

AREAS OF STUDY OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS

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

AREAS OF STUDY OPEN TO GRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS

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 GRADUATE STUDENTS TAKE UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL COURSES

Yes

CAN ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TAKE GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES?

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

AREAS OF STUDY RESTRICTED TO PRIOR BILATERAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN EXCHANGE DEPARTMENTS OR FACULTIES

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY THAT ARE NOT OPEN 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

WEBSITE FOR COURSE OFFERINGS

REQUIRED MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CREDITS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE EXCHANGE

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, WHAT IS THE WEBSITE?

No

DO STUDENTS REGISTER FOR COURSES 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 Study Abroad & Global Engagement to enroll in classes after orientation.

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE(S)

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).

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? DATES AND COSTS?

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL ADVISING OR REGISTRATION 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 Study Abroad & Global Engagement for assistance with course enrollment.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

None

DATES

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR EACH TERM

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

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Fall Semester 2021:

Graduate Orientation - TBD

Undergraduate Orientation - TBD

Classes - August 23 - December 9

Final Exams - December 13 - December 17


Spring Semester 2021*:

Orientation (Graduate & Undergraduate) - Mid-January

Classes - February 1 - May 6

Final Exams - May 10 - May 14

*Dates for this term have been modified due to COVID-19.  Spring term classes typically take place from mid-January to early May.

Refer to https://registrar.ku.edu/calendar for university term dates. 

EXAMINATION PERIOD

Fall Semester 2021: December 13-17
Spring Semester 2020: May 10-14

IF THERE IS A BREAK BETWEEN THE ACADEMIC COURSE CALENDAR AND EXAMS, CAN ARRANGEMENTS BE MADE SO THE STUDENT MAY TAKE EXAMS EARLY?

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. ARE THEY MANDATORY? 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).  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 Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE) covers the orientation fee, however, students must pay for the cost of housing during orientation (see housing section below for housing options during orientation).  SAGE will send students pre-registration instructions after acceptance.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

None

COSTS

 

TOTAL COST ESTIMATE PER MONTH (US$)

Broken down below.

HOUSING

On-Campus Residence Halls (double occupancy): 
Traditional Residence Halls = $680 per month
Renovated Residence Halls = $750 - $1,000 per month

Jayhawker Towers (on-campus apartments): 
Traditional 2 bedroom apartment = $670 per month
Renovated 2 bedroom apartment = $880 per month

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

Off-campus Private Apartment/House Rental: 
Rent = $400-$800 per month
Utilities = $75-$120 per month

 

Estimates will vary depending upon the number of students sharing the apartment/house.

MEALS

Campus Dining Plan:
Approximately $400- $500 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: $950 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

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

IS COMPARABLE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FROM ABROAD ALLOWED?

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 Study Abroad & Global Engagement for exchange students include tuition and course fees, technology fee, ISS fee, ISS check-in and orientation fee, infrastructure fee, and campus fees.

HOUSING AND STUDENT LIFE

 

IS HOUSING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE? IS IT GUARANTEED? HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY?

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 Study Abroad & Global Engagement 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)

DO STUDENTS APPLY FOR HOUSING WITH THEIR UNIVERSITY APPLICATION OR IS IT SEPARATE? IS THERE A 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 Study Abroad & Global Engagement.

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 at a specified minimum amount. Graduates must also show evidence of financial support but amount depends on the academic discipline. Contact Study Abroad & Global Engagement to inquire about the minimum requirement.

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