Services for International Employees & Scholars

The University of Kansas (KU) derives its mission, vision and inspiration from the world that surrounds us. We are a globally connected international research institution of the highest caliber, and we seek to empower and prepare our students, faculty and staff by continually expanding our networks and demonstrating leadership through our scholarly contributions and engagement.

International Programs is central to KU’s global enterprise. Our bold aspirations of Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge guide our efforts. Each represents a set of challenges and opportunities from a global and international perspective. These aspirations all require the University of Kansas to engage, connect, and transcend. Just as we build synergies across disciplines in the process of discovery, we must creatively connect those engaged in that discovery so that boundaries do not become barriers. This is the work of every student and faculty member, and this is the work of every staff member at the university.

International Programs is here to inspire, conduct and facilitate that work in every way that we can. From internationally focused student programs and services to new international development initiatives designed to enhance KU’s efforts in the world, we have a team that is dedicated to comprehensive campus internationalization. While our web site tells a small part of the story, connecting with the Office of Study Abroad, the Applied English Center, International Student Services, International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions, or the Office of International Programs will begin to show you how profound our collective impact can be and the many ways in which we can help you in your own efforts to bring the world to KU and KU to the world.

On behalf of the entire International Programs team I invite you to engage us, to challenge us, and to task us with the important work of helping you pursue your international vision for the university. Despite our many, many successes, we are just getting started. With your partnership we will continue to transform KU and the world.


Charles A. S. Bankart

Interim Associate Vice Provost for International Programs

International Calendar

Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
The AEC comprises three units: the Intensive English Program, Short-term Programs, and KU Outreach Programs.
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times