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The mission of International Programs is to promote, integrate and support international and global initiatives throughout KU’s research, teaching and service endeavors. We do this by:

  • driving academic capacity and groundbreaking research by collaborating with faculty and academic departments to strengthen international ties;
  • accelerating global discoveries by facilitating international scholar employment and research at KU; and
  • educating future leaders by providing international academic, cultural and social opportunities to students. 

The Applied English Center offers English language classes to students and scholars from all parts of the world. The center welcomes students at all levels of English proficiency, preparing them to study at KU or other American universities and helping them participate in American society. Students are prepared linguistically, academically and culturally for university life, and they receive services and advocacy that enhance their achievement.

The Office of International Programs supports the internationalization efforts at KU through faculty grants, student programming and international scholar and employee services.

International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions serves to promote the presence of KU abroad, as well as to enhance international student enrollment and retention. Staff identify and work with prospective students, process all incoming international undergraduate applications, make admit/deny decisions, and create and maintain official university records for this student population.

students holding flags of the world International Student Services provides counseling on immigration issues for the international students at KU. International Student Services also provides a wide variety of cultural and cross-cultural programming for the international students and the general campus community.

The Office of Study Abroad develops and maintains high-quality international education, research and internship programs for KU students and faculty. Staff serves students through the processes of recruitment, advising, program selection, application, enrollment, pre-departure orientation, completion of the overseas program and the granting of academic credit at KU. Additionally, Study Abroad manages the university's affiliations with selected foreign institutions and provides academic services to international students supported through exchange agreements. 

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