Students are encouraged to undertake a substantial study abroad experience as part of the major. Studying abroad helps students master the language and affords them cultural understanding far beyond what can be conveyed in a classroom.
KU offers several options for academic-year abroad, direct-exchange programs for undergraduates and graduates in China (Nankai, Nanjing, Huazhong Normal universities and the University of Hong Kong), Japan (Fukuoka, J.F. Obirin, Okayama, Sophia universities and Tsuda College) and South Korea (Korea University). The department sponsors a five-week study abroad program in Hiratsuka, Japan, every summer.
The study abroad office also helps students find other summer, semester, or academic-year programs that meet unique student needs. Credit is usually similar to credit earned during an academic year at KU, and costs are about the same. Some scholarship aid is available. Consult the Office of Study Abroad for program and scholarship information as well as program offerings in other countries in Asia.