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Study Abroad

The opportunity to study abroad during college is exciting! Students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts are encouraged to explore their options for study abroad during a short program, summer, semester, or full academic year. Numerous opportunities exist through KU faculty-designed programs, other universities, and program providers.

A sample listing of undergraduate study abroad opportunities are art history, communication, design, fine arts, music, and media studies, organized by country of study or sponsoring university appears on this site.

Most programs require an application, official transcripts, sophomore (or higher) standing, and a minimum GPA. Because this information may change at any time, please consult the program's website for detailed and current information, application materials, deadlines, visa requirements, and program dates. The Office of International Programs in Boxwood House maintains an extensive listing of study abroad programs. They can also provide information on application procedures, deadlines, financial aid, credit transfer, and travel documents.

When planning to study abroad, students should meet with their major advisor and a study abroad advisor from the Office of International Programs at least six months prior to the start of the desired study abroad semester. Upon acceptance into a study abroad program, students submit a completed Request for Permission to Study at Another College form to the Registrar's Office, to determine if coursework taken abroad will transfer to KU. Students on a study abroad program during a fall or spring term will officially take a leave of absence from KU for that term; the Registrar's Office can provide more details and information.

KU is a member of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) which sponsors more than 75 study abroad programs. Details about financial aid and program costs are available from the Office of International Programs.

The Chancellor John C. Cavanaugh Education Award and the PSECU International Education Award are competitive scholarships that are available to PASSHE students who are enrolled in an approved study abroad program. The deadline to apply is May 16, 2014.

Students are encouraged to peruse these materials, visit the Office of International Programs, and communicate with their advisor far in advance of their intended study abroad term. Most programs have application deadlines, and if required, VISA and other travel documents can take weeks to obtain.


Kutztown University also participates in National Student Exchange, a program that enables students to study at a different university in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for a semester or full academic year, often for the cost of their home university tuition. This program offers one more way for visual and performing arts students to experience different culture and broaden their experiences while in college.

Seeing the world with her own eyes

Andrea Rincon in Florence, Italy

Meet Andrea Rincon, who experienced a semester in Italy in the Study Abroad program.

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Across the pond at another KU

Meet Amanda Panish, who experienced a semester at Kingston University in England as part of the Study Abroad program.

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Meeting people, learning about the world

Mark McTague, the Great Wall of China

Meet Mark McTague, who experienced a semester in China in the Study Abroad program.

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