University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution of 28,000 students and 2,600 faculty on five campuses (Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Wichita, and Salina). Its diverse elements are united by their mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world.
The University of Kansas is a top-ranked public research university offering the highest-quality academic programs. KU has continuously had international students on campus since the 1890s, and currently more than 112 nations are represented, and with more than 28 percent of KU students study abroad, makes KU's students global minded among their peers and within their academic disciplines.
In 2014, the KU Academic Accelerator Program was introduced to campus to ease the transitions of a U.S. university, combining credit-bearing courses from the first year of an international student's degree with additional academic support, instruction, and cultural experiences.
Together, these features of the program combine to create a positive learning environment that promotes academic success, active involvement in camps life, and becoming a part of the welcoming and nurturing Lawrence community.
The KU Academic Accelerator Program is designed to ensure student's personal and academic success as well as create a positive and lasting impact on their lives.
From airport pick up to arrival and orientation, academic support services, and career preparation, we have seven signature student experiences that will equip students with the tools and resources needed to give students the opportunity to succeed throughout their first year on campus.
Here are some of the support services offered through the KU Academic Accelerator Program:
Airport Welcome Flexible course selection and registration Visa support services Family and Guest Orientation Dedicated support services team Academic advising and tutoring American cultural experiences, outing and events Career preparation
Upon graduating, students will join a network of more than 450,000 KU alumni to help them succeed in the world.
The University of Kansas is located in beautiful Lawrence, Kansas -- a true college town located on the banks of the Kansas River.
Friendly and caring, Lawrence boosts international cuisine, extensive outdoor recreation, shopping and a thriving arts scene. A free bus system for all KU students, with bus routes arriving and departing throughout campus and the residence halls every seven minutes, helps everyone get around. Students can spend whole days perusing the shops, art galleries, and coffee shops of downtown Lawrence. And once the sun sets, students can watch a movie, band gig, DJ night any night of the week.
Kansas City, just east of Lawrence, is a tech-fueled start-up culture, an international airport and tens of thousands of Jayhawk alumni. National Geographic magazine named Kansas City as one of its 2019 Best Trips destinations.
"The main reason I wanted to get involved is that I thought it would be easier for me when I know more people around campus. I am currently involved in the Indonesian Student Association, Student Senate, and the Muslim Student Association. In the Student Senate, I am representing the undergraduate international students, so my job is basically to advocate for them."
– Farah, Chemical Engineering major from Indonesia
Home to more than 100,000 people, who are a warm and caring community for all students.
The average temperature is 4C in January, 29C in June, and 20C in October
50 parks, hundreds of shopping and international dining options, and a cool music scene
Local companies that recruit KU students include Boeing, Deloitte, and Google.
Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is less than an hour from KU
KU offers more than 600 student organizations, including fitness, arts, and community-building programs and events.
KU athletics have won eleven National Division I championships in basketball, track & field, and cross country.
Fulfill your artistic and creative dreams and take a tour of the Spencer Museum of Art exhibits rotating artists and permanent collections.
The Central District comprises of 280,000 square feet of space for teaching, learning and interdisciplinary research in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences, student resources and related fields.