The Office of 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 and Fall and Academic Year programs and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break and Spring Break programs.
Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.
All applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application. Below is a list of documents that will need to be completed for an application.
a. Statement of Purpose
b. Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
c. Spanish Courses
d. Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
e. 1 General Recommendation and 1 Language Recommendation
f. Authorization to Release Student Information
g. Student Conduct Verification
h. Financial Aid Questionnaire
Priya Jaya Hebbar, Summer 2017 Participant
I learned how to be independent. I often found myself exploring the city alone and it was extremely rewarding as well. I grew as a person.
Summer 2012 Participant
Use the month before going on this trip to practice your grammar because that part of the course is very intensive and moves extremely fast. In fact, if possible take a review class online or meet with a tutor to make sure you have the basics down.
Be realistic with your budget so that given the opportunity you can hop a quick flight to another region of Spain and get another look at the cultural differences.
Going out is great but try to check out the local places instead of the tourist hangouts.
Explore!! Put yourself in situations that force the use of the language.
Jenna Rose Haith, Summer 2017 Participant
I learned to keep your belongings as close to you as possible and always be aware of the people by you. Especially at the bars, clubs and on the beach. Learn how to use the public transportation system. It will help you get around the city faster than walking! Even though you can pretty much walk anywhere in Barcelona. If you ignore the vendors then they will not bother you. Don't be afraid to use your spanish skills on the streets, even if they aren't great. It can be really fun! Don't be afraid to try different foods. You will be surprised at what you might like! Your phone doesn't always work, so make sure you know your way around or know how to ask for help! 6 weeks goes by so fast, so make the best of it! Europe is amazing and it is a whole other world over there. Very different from America. Always carry a water bottle and fill it up every chance you get because water is not free nor are restrooms! Ice is very hard to find in Barcelona, along with air conditioning. Pack very few clothes because you will wear the same thing every day. Also, leave space in your luggage because you will shop.. a lot. Don't bring any jewelry, you will just lose it. Also, I did not wear any makeup while abroad. You don't need it. Save up as much money as you can, because I guarantee that you will spend it all. Stay in Barcelona for a few weekends but you should also travel to other places in Europe.