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.
Since this program meets all Department of Education requirements for intensive summer language programs, eligible graduate and undergraduate students may use FLAS Summer Fellowships. Students should see www.flas.ku.edu for more info. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad for a breakdown of costs per FLAS guidelines, if you plan to apply for a FLAS award.
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. Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
d. 1 General Recommendation and 1 Language Recommendation
e. Authorization to Release Student Information
f. Student Conduct Verification
g. Financial Aid Questionnaire
Three aspects of the program were particularly rewarding. First, our daily language instruction was supplemented with lectures in sociology, political science, and geography, held by professors from the University of Ivan Franko. My classmates and I listened to the professors in Ukrainian, simultaneously acquiring knowledge of Ukraine and the Ukrainian language. The professors taught us the most salient aspects of the geography of the Ukrainian economy, presented us with survey data about the complexities and nuances of contemporary Ukrainian identity, and reviewed with us the various hypotheses on the origins of the Ukrainian ethnicity and Ukrainian statehood. Secondly, one of the most rewarding cultural experiences of the program was a short trip to the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, including the cities of Uzhorod and Mukacheve. It was a great chance to see a different kind of western Ukraine. Lastly, the host family stay was perhaps the best part of the program. We were at home in a foreign country and had a chance to see Ukrainian life from the inside out, as well as practice our Ukrainian. Our host family saw to it that we were properly oriented and prepared for each day in the city.
Patrick Michael Callen, Summer 2012 Participant
The daily interactions with Ukrainians were the most rewarding part of my experience abroad. Every conversation, every transaction made in a shop or at a kiosk, and every academic lesson gave me the opportunity to constantly practice Ukrainian. Constant practice and the necessity of using Ukrainian exclusively is something that is hard to recreate in the United States.
Amy Lynn Murphy, Summer 2012 Participant
I learned more about the obvious cultural and economical differences between the West and East in Ukraine but was able to put it into historical and political contexts. Language experience and instruction was exemplary.
Summer 2013 Participant
I learned that it is important to learn Ukrainian on its own terms. Many students come to Ukraine with a knowledge of Polish and Russian, and these languages will give them a leg up with Ukrainian. But thinking in Ukrainian will bring rewarding results for those trying to immerse themselves in the language.