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Explore international graduate study

The University of Kansas is the ideal institution to earn your graduate degree. Located in the heart of the U.S., in the city of Lawrence, KU is a major teaching and research university — one of just 38 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).


Schools and departments

You’ll earn your graduate degree in one of KU’s 14 schools. The biggest is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — often simply called the College — and home to over 100 graduate programs. Outside the College, Jayhawks embark on graduate study in architecture and design, business, engineering, and more.

Applied English Center

Depending on your level of English proficiency, you may be required to complete coursework through KU’s Applied English Center (AEC) to enter graduate study. With the help of experienced instructors, the AEC prepares non-native English-speaking Jayhawks linguistically, academically, and culturally.

Multilingual writing assistance

The KU Writing Center offers specialized support and tutoring services for non-native English writers. From basic questions to bigger concerns, the center’s team of experts will go one-on-one with students to help them craft the writing projects common to graduate study.

International Students

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International Support Services

International Support Services (ISS) offers support to students from outside the U.S., as well as opportunities to get involved in the campus community and meaningfully connect with other Jayhawks. ISS also provides immigration support, assisting international students in maintaining their legal status.
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International Student Association

For over 50 years, the International Student Association (ISA) has brought together Jayhawks of all nationalities, hosting regular events and introducing students to the many cultures represented in the KU community. For Jayhawks new to the U.S., ISA is the perfect introduction to stateside student living.
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Clubs and organizations

Jayhawks share and celebrate their identities through over 130 multicultural clubs and organizations. Clubs are the perfect way to meet students with similar backgrounds, or get to know those different from your own.
Students from the Association of Indian Students at the University of Kansas celebrate Holi.

Lawrence, Kansas

Life in Lawrence — a historic city of 100,000 — is uniquely Kansan. We experience four distinct seasons, with average temperatures ranging from -2.0° C (28.4° F) to 32° C (90° F). Kansas City, about 45 minutes east, is home to professional sports, major corporations, and an international airport.
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All admitted graduate students in F-1 and J-1 status are required to attend International Support Service’s multi-day Orientation program. There, you’ll enroll in courses, attend various events and activities, explore campus and the city of Lawrence, and learn everything you’ll need to make a smooth transition.
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Costs and tuition

Your cost to attend KU will depend on a few key personal details. Use our calculator to determine your estimated tuition, fees, and living expenses.

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