The Graduate Direct Exchange programs were established at the University of Kansas after World War II to provide students with opportunities to pursue non-degree graduate-level studies in their fields. The Study Abroad & Global Engagement administers the program, manages the student application process, and selects qualified applicants for placement. Under the terms of each reciprocal agreement, an enrolled graduate student of KU may study at one of our European partner universities during the academic year, while a European graduate student attends the University of Kansas. Direct Exchange Scholars receive tuition and modest monthly stipends from the partner institutions for room, board and incidental expenses. Students will generally need to supplement their stipends with their own funds or student loans to ensure enough money to travel and to participate in extracurricular activities. All partner institutions also require the payment of modest campus privilege fees (for library usage, technology access, and the like) by GDX participants. Travel and other incidental expenses must be covered by personal funds.
To be eligible to participate in the Graduate Direct Exchange Program, applicants must be KU students with graduate standing at the time their program begins. A Direct Exchange Scholar must maintain KU graduate student status during the year of the scholarship. To do this, all GDX participants must formally enroll in at least one GDX credit hour at KU for the fall and spring semesters (at their own expense) or pay the KU Study Abroad fee to transfer credit from the European institution back to KU. Enrollment at KU while participating in the GDX program ensures maintenance of graduate student standing at KU. Enrollment also facilitates the process of transferring graduate credit from our partner institutions to KU upon the completion of the academic year abroad. Finally, enrollment as a GDX participant ensures students’ eligibility for federal student loans.
Preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled or will be enrolled in KU graduate programs as degree seeking students (although students who will hold formal graduate non-degree status at the time of participation may apply). GDX scholarships are available to graduating KU seniors who are also applying for graduate programs of study at KU and to enrolled KU graduate students only. Applicants must have the requisite language and academic background appropriate for the program and institution of choice.
Funding your Study Abroad Program
KU Study Abroad can do personalized financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment. KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Federal Grants, and KU or outside scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a study abroad program.
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer, March 15th for Fall and Academic Year programs and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break and Spring Break programs.