Kentucky State University offers many opportunities for qualified students to study and earn credits while visiting and living in a foreign country.  KSU is affiliated with a number of study abroad providers and consortium organizations, including Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) and the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS), which offer many different options, including full semester or year-long study, summer programs, and a short winter term (December–January).  Opportunities for study abroad are available in Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central/South America.  Students can study almost anything they would normally study at KSU.  All programs are creditbearing and normally count towards the student’s program of studies.

Participation in a student exchange program is a form of study abroad.  In these programs, which usually last for a full semester or year, KSU students trade places with an international student from one of KSU’s partner universities.  Taking part in an exchange program is particularly intellectually and culturally enriching because students are immersed in local culture, take courses with local students, and study under professors not available to them in their home institution.  KSU now has exchange agreements with a number of universities in Kenya, Korea, Eastern Europe, and Central and South America.     Very often financial aid can be applied to studying abroad.  OGEP will help students evaluate their financial need and, in cases where financial aid alone will not suffice, help them identify other sources of funding.  One source of funding is the special Global Thorobred Award, a KSU fund established to help defer the cost of studying abroad.

It is not mandatory, but students are highly encouraged to begin making plans in their freshman or sophomore year to plan for studying abroad as a junior or senior.  Visit the Office of Global Education and Programs in Academic Services Building, Suite #303, or visit the OGEP website, for more information.

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