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International experiences

two students pictured in front of a mountain in Guatemala

At the KU School of Health Professions, health care and education cross borders and span oceans. Students have the opportunity to grow on a personal level with study abroad and international experiences while expanding their knowledge of people, ideas, and customs of people from other nations. Faculty frequently volunteer on medical mission trips, participate in exchange programs, and also have the opportunity to conduct research across the globe.

These activities form lasting connections and promote international perspectives and cooperation benefiting the university, the community, and the state of Kansas.

Special Events and Activities
International Education Week 2018
November 12-16, 2018

Celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of KU efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

The week wraps up with fun, food, and drink at Friday's silent/live auction, November 16 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. in Ad Astra Room on fifth floor of Health Education Building.

Funding and Support Available to Faculty and Students

Lou Loescher-Junge International Travel Award
Awarded to students in the physical therapy program for an international educational experience in the country of the student's choice. Learn more

Office of International Programs Award
Open to any current student in the school. The amount awarded varies. Contact the Office of International Programs for details.

Kovac International Observership Award
Available to students in the nurse anesthesia education and respiratory care education degree programs to participate in an international experience in Peru or Ghana.

Explore International Experience Opportunities

Robinson International Studies Award
Established to assist students who want to complete an international education experience at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. Learn more

Global Scholars Distinction Program
The Global Scholars Distinction Program recognizes students engaging in educational experiences that involve working with a variety of cultures and/or with underserved communities at local, national, and global levels. This certificate program was designed to encourage students to combine classroom learning with experiential learning and provide them with a permanent recognition for their efforts. Learn more

Follow the Travels Past and Present

two women students sitting with a mountain in the background in Guatemala

KU Faculty Member Visits Kyrgyz Republic
Lisa Mische Lawson, Ph.D., CTRS was in the Central Asia country this fall participating in the Fulbright Specialist Program. She is working on her project titled "Promotion of Research at Ala-Too International University." Read her blog.

Summer 2018 Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala
A team from KU completed a Medical Missions Foundation trip to Antigua, Guatemala, in June. Nurse anesthesia students joined faculty and program alumni in providing anesthesia care during 75 surgeries at Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro Hospital. Read about their work in the nurse anesthesia alumni newsletter. In addition, audiology students saw 179 patients for hearing tests/hearing aid repairs and fit 148 new hearing aids. Photos

KU Respiratory Care Helps in Ghana
Every year, faculty member Karen Schell, DHSc, RRT-NPS of the Department of Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science, takes much-needed supplies to Ghana. She also works to support respiratory care education in the West African nation. Read her blog

Last modified: Nov 09, 2018