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About University of Kansas

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.

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.

A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1909, KU consistently earns high rankings for its academic programs. Its faculty and students are supported and strengthened by endowment assets of more than $1.44 billion. It is committed to expanding innovative research and commercialization programs.

KU has 15 schools and offers more than 370 degree programs. Their schools are Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning; Business; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Education; Engineering; Health Professions; Journalism and Mass Communications; Law; Medicine; Music; Nursing; Pharmacy; Public Affairs and Administration; Arts; and Social Welfare. Their particularly strong programs are:

  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine
  • Special education
  • City Management
  • Engineering
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Rural medicine
  • Clinical child psychology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Welfare

Students, split almost equally between women and men, come from all 50 states and 105 countriesl. The University Honors Program is nationally recognized, and KU has produced 26 Rhodes Scholars, more than all other Kansas schools combined.

International Student Services

International Student Services

The University of Kansas welcomes students from around the world. Currently 2,363 international students from more than 100 countries study at KU. The Office of International Student Services (ISS) assists international students with immigration advising and employment workshops; academic support; and social enrichment programs. ISS also coordinates mandatory health insurance for international students and presents “You at KU” International Student Orientation, a week long program designed to ease students’ transition to life in the U.S. and at KU.

The office also connects students with each other and the community, sponsoring the International Student Association and hosting a variety of programs, such as International Coffee Hour, the Kansas City Trip Series, and the Thanksgiving Homestay and Lawrence Friendship Family Programs.



The University of Kansas is known for the high quality of its academic programs. KU has more than 190 undergraduate majors in the sciences, the arts, and humanities that provide a firm foundation for almost any career choice. KU offers professional education in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, engineering, music, law, social welfare, journalism, business, and architecture.

Nearly 50 of KU’s graduate programs are nationally ranked, and the University Honors Program is among the best in the United States.

Students deepen and enrich their academic experience by participating in study abroad, doing original research, or becoming involved in special programs in languages, indigenous studies, history, environmental policy, or a dozen other topics.

International Student Association

International Student Association

International Student Association brings together all international students on the Lawrence campus to promote international friendships and cultural appreciation. The association hosts a variety of social events, such as holiday parties, talent and fashion shows, international food courts, language tables, and expositions.

Applied English Center

Applied English Center

The University of Kansas’ Applied English Center (AEC) is home to one of the first twelve English language programs in the United States. The AEC is widely recognized as a leader in English language instruction. Students enjoy close attention from qualified faculty, all of whom have at least a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Students also have access to the AEC’s digital library and English-learning computer lab. The center also provides cross-cultural advising, hosts conversation groups and activities, and sponsors field trips in Lawrence and the surrounding communities to enhance students’ English language instruction.

Global Partners

Global Partners

Global partners is an exciting way to meet people from all over the world and make lifelong friends at the University of Kansas. International students and U.S. students are matched and placed into semester-long groups of four, based on members’ interests, academic majors, and languages. Groups meet at their own leisure. All members participate in events such as playing soccer or Frisbee, meeting at a restaurant for dinner, playing world trivia, or volunteering in the Lawrence community.



Undergraduate research at KU enables you to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to real-world problems. You can do research in your major or in an area that’s not in your major field. It’s up to you and your interests. Students from more than 50 academic departments conduct undergraduate research annually, studying topics as varied as autism, aquatic food chains, and architecture.

The Center for Undergraduate Research provides support with advice on writing research proposals and sharing research; research skill development; competitions for research funding, and help presenting research.



The University Honors Program at KU helps exceptional students launch extraordinary lives. KU honors students benefit from small courses led by top university faculty, priority enrollment, and specialized advising from both departmental and honors advisors.

Honors students also enjoy the guidance of full-time program staff and faculty fellows; participate in experiential learning such as research, internships, and study abroad; and access Nunemaker Center, a space dedicated to honors students with classrooms, conference rooms, meeting and study areas, a student kitchen, and extended operating hours.



KU Recreation Services brings together fitness, intramural, outdoor, and sport club programs across four facilities. The Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center houses cardio and resistance training machines, four racquetball courts, six basketball and volleyball courts, aerobics and martial arts studios, a suspended walking/jogging track, a 42 foot rock climbing wall, and an indoor golf simulator. Intramural teams include basketball, bowling, soccer, soccer, and more. Hiking, camping, and canoeing equipment is available for rent. And yes, there really is a KU quidditch team.

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Student organizations enable you to connect around common interests, whether they’re pastimes, social or political issues, or academics. There are a variety of student nationality organizations, too. Membership in student organizations not only connects you with your classmates, but it can provide valuable leadership experience.

The Student Involvement and Leadership Center at KU is the place to start. You can also get involved with Student Union Activities, a student-run organization that develops movies, concerts, comedy shows, and other events for the KU community.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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Studying in Kansas

For international students in Kansas there are many different universities and colleges to choose from. Top-rated universities offer students hundreds of undergraduate options, excellent graduate programs, and financial aid assistance. These universities are located in some of the largest cities in Kansas which are home to many of the state's historic sites, parks, museums, festivals, and professional sports teams.
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Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(785) 864-2616



10 days and 23 hours ago
Current KU students! Going home for break? Love KU? International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions is looking for international students to represent KU in their home countries during the semester break. If you’d like to talk about KU at your old high school, at an EducationUSA advising center, or even at home with family and friends, IRUA wants to hear from you. You will make the arrangements; we will provide recruitment literature and other support. Contact or visit 45 Strong Hall for more information.

30 days and 20 hours ago
We had a webinar! Here's the video. Thanks Abraham Atte, Sofía Mildrum Chana, Natalia Leyba, Rohan Choudhari, and Adrian Romero for sharing your KU experiences with prospective #InternationalJayhawks

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