University of Kansas

A great place to be...

University of Kansas campus imageSituated in the heart of the US, the University of Kansas (KU) is a major public research and teaching institution with an established international reputation for excellence. Founded in 1865, KU is part of the small and selective (and invite only) Association of American Universities and recognised as a top 100 US institution and top 50 US public university. They offer a comprehensive range of modules from all academic disciplines across their 13 schools, but with a reputation for challenging students to achieve. Academically, KU has something to offer everyone.

Situated on the historic Mount Oread in the beautiful city of Lawrence, the campus is a blend of the historic and new, widely believed to be one of the most beautiful environments to study at in US. With more than 600 clubs and societies KU offers a strong community feel, a wealth of cultural and social opportunities, studying at KU gives you a chance to live and study in what is voted the 7th best college town in the US ( 2017). The town has a vibrant and renowned art, film and music scene, but with a lower cost of living than most of the US. Also KU has one of the strongest sports programmes in the US, with the Jayhawks Basketball team being one of the top in the country and at the heart of the University.

Ranked as one of the top US public universities for running Study Abroad programmes for their own students, KU know what it is like to study abroad at another university. As such their Office of Study Abroad will provide you with all the support you need before, during and after your study abroad experience, making sure that if select KU you will have a true mid-western educational experience like no other....

Become part of the Jayhawk Family, and study abroad at the University of Kansas!

KU information:

Who can participate?

All Reading disciplines that allow Study Abroad taught at KU

Entry requirements:

Minimum 55% average

Semester dates:
  • Semester 1: August- December
  • Semester 2: January - May

Reading application deadline:


Cost of Living:  Updated details to follow; however KU suggested living costs were $300-450 per month + hall / catering fees
Additional Costs:

Visa is required to study in the US

Will need to take out compulsory insurance - either from KU or alternative (see insurance section in money matters page).

NB - Eligible students might be able to recoup funds through Student Finance

Further Information:

Additional information: 

  1. Students must be selected and nominated by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office before the KU will accept any application from a Reading student.
  2. Students who request to study abroad for a full academic year when their degree has a term / semester option available will receive a lower priority for places than students who choose the term / semester option.
  3. If there are more students who want to study at KU than places available then all of the following (will be considered in making decisions regarding the allocation of places:

  • Capacity constraints at partner institution
  • Academic performance
  • Personal Statement
  • Spread of subjects
  • Subject Study Abroad coordinator comments
  • Duration of Study Abroad placement
  • Previous engagement / contact with ESAO


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