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Awards, Scholarships, Financial Aid

General Financial Aid and Scholarship Information: 

Please consult the KU Financial Aid & Scholarship » office website, for information on available financial aid and scholarship opportunities related to your chosen undergraduate degree and priority deadlines.  

Foreign Language Scholarships:

Information related to several foreign language specific scholarships, fellowships, and awards are also available via the hyper-linked websites.  

Please consult each program's websites for application instructions and deadlines: 

FLAS (Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellowships) » 

Each year, the US Department of Education awards Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) funding to Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas. FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to KU and non-KU graduate and advanced undergraduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes. 

The FLAS program »  began with the National Defense Education Act of 1958 and continues today under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  With its support, students pursue advanced training in modern, less-commonly-taught foreign languages and either area or international studies.  The program’s flexibility allows students to pursue their own interests in a variety of disciplines including the humanities, the social sciences, STEM fields, and professional programs.  FLAS continues to produce distinguished foreign language and area studies experts whose knowledge enriches government, business, and higher education.

There are two types of FLAS awards: Academic Year and Summer. Most Academic Year FLAS fellowships are used for domestic study at KU, although a semester or full year abroad is also an option. Most Summer FLAS awards are used for study abroad.  However, Summer FLAS can also be used for an on-campus KU language program or an intensive language program at another accredited university in the US.

FLAS awards are only available for specific languages ».  Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.

Application Deadline: ​February 3, 2014.  Application deadline is for Summer 2014 and Academic Year 2014-15 applications. All FLAS awards are contingent on federal funding. 

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 whose benefits 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 KU Office of Study Abroad ». If you are interested in spending part of your academic career in East Asia, please contact the OSA.

Application deadlines for Summer and Fall: March 1. 

Summer Study AbroadHiratsuka Summer Program

Academic Year Study Abroad Programs:

Academic year study abroad opportunities are available in the following cities and/or universities:

China: Nankai, Nanjing, and Zhengzhou

Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University

Japan: Fukuoka, Obirin, Sophia, and Okayama

Korea: Keimyung University, Korea University, Sogang University, and Yonsei University

CEAS (Center for East Asian Studies)Awards: »

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for a Chinese Government Scholarship for the study of Chinese language and culture or pursue a degree in same in China during the 2014-2015 academic year at one of 94 approved universities (see list in CEAS office). 

Application deadline: February 3, 2014.

The Jill Kleinberg Scholarship will provide $1000 to an undergraduate for study or an internship in East Asia during the summer of 2014 or AY 2014-15. Priority will be given to students pursuing double degrees in East Asian Studies and Business or taking courses in both areas. However, any undergraduate who plans to study in East Asia during this period is eligible to apply. This award may be used in combination with other scholarships or grants.

This scholarship will award $1000 to one recipient each year until 2015.  

Applications are due February 3, 2014.  Awards will be announced by early April.

The Okubo Award, named after Genji Okubo, a longtime supporter of Japanese studies at KU, is awarded annually for the best student paper on a topic related to Japan. The Okubo award is open to students who are studying in Japanese studies in any department and is open to graduate students and undergraduate students. Papers must be read first then nominated by a professor. There are no requirements for the paper's format.

Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.

For information, please contact Jun Fu at the Center for East Asian Studies, 785-864-3849.

PLEASE NOTE: The official announcement on Confucius Institute Scholarships for the 2014-2015 Academic Year has not yet been issued by Hanban.  The following are temporary guidelines, based upon 2013, to be used for preliminary planning purposes. The official 2014 guidelines will be made available as soon as CEAS receives them.

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for a Confucius Institute Scholarship for the study of Chinese language and culture or to pursue a Master’s degree in teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages in China during the 2014-2015 academic year. Full academic-year as well as one-semester scholarships are available. 

Application deadline: February 3, 2014.

Project GO »

Project Global Officers is an a national initiative » to encourage ROTC students across the country to study critical languages and develop regional expertise and intercultural skills. With funding from the National Security Education Program and Defense Language Office and administration from the Institute of International Education, the University of Kansas is one of twenty-five universities in the U.S. that can award Project GO (Global Officers) scholarships to study a critical language on the KU campus or on KU summer study abroad programs. Intensive summer language study gives ROTC students the chance to add a critical language to their current undergraduate major.  This preparation helps ROTC students stand out among their peers and gain valuable experience in learning to interact with people from around the world in another language.  These rich multi-cultural experiences are available to eligible* undergraduate ROTC students.

Intensive language study is available on campus as well as abroad. In the ideal academic program, the ROTC student would use the first summer of Project GO funding to start the study of a language in the US, and a second summer of funding from Project GO to study the language intensively abroad.  During the academic year between those summers, students can work with a conversation partner on a weekly basis to maintain their skills.

In Summer 2014, KU will offer introductory-level instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Russian on campus and study abroad for Arabic at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. »  The program dates are June 3-July 25th for domestic training and June 1-July 25th for study abroad.  

The priority deadline for applications is February 10, 2014. 


The following awards are available to current EALC students and are faculty-nominated:

Please note: The recipients of the following East Asian Languages and Cultures Student Achievement Awards are selected by department faculty members based on students’ classroom performance. The number of awards and scholarships may vary according to the amount of money available and the qualifications of currently-enrolled students.  If you are interested in supporting these awards and scholarships for future students, please see our donation portal » and an announcement of past recipients »

Niswander Award

This is a dictionary award, and five are usually given each year; one for Korean and two each for Japanese and Chinese language students.  Recipients are selected from the first-year classes.

Rex Niswander graduated from KU in 1976 and is now a lawyer in New York City.  He established these awards in 1993.

Wan Award

This award is given to a promising undergraduate student at the intermediate level of Chinese language study. 

Grace Wan taught Chinese at KU from 1966 through 1982.  This award was established in her honor, prior to her death in 1984.

Kuo Scholarship 

Given to one second- or third-year student who demonstrates exceptional talent and interest in continuing his/her Chinese studies at the third- or fourth-year level.

Joseph Kuo taught Chinese here, 1966 through 1992.  He established the award in memory of his wife, Mary.

Tsubaki Award

This award is given to an undergraduate student who intends to study in Japan for the first time and who will reside there at least two semesters, to a graduate student studying in Japan for the first time, or someone studying one semester in Japan for the first time.

Andrew Tsubaki taught Asian theater from 1968 to 2000, and he chaired EALC from 1983-1990.   He died in December 2009.  He established this award in 2003, in honor of his wife Lily.



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