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Study Abroad

The University of Kansas promotes international exchange as a vital link in education. Students may choose from semester, academic year, and summer programs in China, Japan, and Korea. These vary in structure from exchanges and individually arranged programs to group programs led by KU faculty members.

Study abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with benefits which go far beyond academic learning. Students develop skills in intercultural communication and problem-solving applicable to everyday life. Students learn to become independent and take initiative, and they gain self-confidence, flexibility, perseverance, and appreciation of diversity. An international experience strengthens career opportunities and increases awareness of the interconnected nature of the world. The global character of the economy has prompted more students to experience cross-cultural linkages first-hand.

All study abroad programs are administered through the Office of Study Abroad and students are encouraged to begin planning their international experience early in their undergraduate career. Along with a Program Coordinator in the Office of Study Abroad, East Asian Languages and Cultures faculty and advisors can assist students identify international programs that fit into their degree and career plans.

Students of Chinese are required to see Professor Crispin Williams before visiting the Office of Study Abroad, to ensure the selection of the most appropriate course to match student’s goals and interests.

If you are interested in spending part of your academic career in East Asia, please contact the EALC study abroad advisor for the language you are studying, as listed below.

East Asian Languages and Cultures Study Abroad Advisors:


Ji-Yeon Lee (Language courses)
2074 Wescoe

Kyoim Yun (Content courses)
2100 Wescoe


Crispin Williams
2110 Wescoe


Elaine Gerbert
2101 Wescoe



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