Services for International Employees & Scholars

Cost of Living

When calculating your annual budget, it is important to understand that the cost of living in Lawrence, Kansas is relatively low to average compared to other areas of the United States.  However, when moving to a new area your expenses will be higher than you initially expect.  Because individuals vary in their personal tastes and needs, it is difficult to predict exact expenses.

If you are a J-1 scholar, you should have been told the funding requirement set to issue the Form DS-2019 is set at $1,350 per month, plus $550 per month per dependent.  These funding levels are set at the United States poverty guidelines.  Poverty guidelines are very, very low.  We strongly encourage everyone to have higher levels of funding.

You can learn more about the cost of living in Kansas by visiting the Kansas Department of Commerce».

We have put together some different scenarios to help you determine how much money you will need to live in Lawrence


International Calendar

One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester year, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents.
Start working on your degree now! You can take university classes for credit at the same time you are taking English classes.
Earn university credits now! You can use 9 AEC credits as elective credits toward your KU degree in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Architecture.
Fulfill a university requirement! Completion of your English proficiency requirements means you have finished your foreign language requirement at the University of Kanas.
We have computers just for you! The AEC has its own computer lab that AEC students can use for free.
We have tutoring just for you! The AEC has an Academic Resource Center where AEC students can get free tutoring from AEC teachers.
We have Conversation Groups just for you! You can practice your English language conversation skills at our AEC Conversation Groups.
Need help? Have a question? The AEC has a team of cross-cultural advisors ready to answer your questions and help you with any problem you are facing.
We are experts at what we do! AEC faculty and administrators have a total of 701 years in International Education.