Why Study at KU?

Thousands of international students come to the U.S to study here.
Here is why you should join them as an international KU student.

Right in the heart of the U.S.

Kansas is the center of the country, and the town of Lawrence is full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best little college towns in the U.S.

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Home to more than 100,000 people, including sizable Asian and Hispanic populations.

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Lawrence officially named itself a welcoming city for immigrants.

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Average temperature is 4°C in January, 29°C in June, and 20°C in October.

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50 parks, hundreds of shopping and dining options, and a cool music scene.

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Local companies that recruit KU students include Boeing, Deloitte, and IBM.

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Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is less than an hour from KU.

Highly ranked for research and more

KU offers more than beautiful views and friendly people. You’ll also find 13 schools at KU, 11 of which offer undergraduate fields of study, including the highly ranked School of Engineering and School of Education.


Ranked #60 Top Public School.1


Highly ranked undergraduate programs include business, petroleum engineering, and aerospace engineering.


One of only 34 public universities in the Association of American Universities for leading research universities.

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KU named top 50 nationwide for the size of its library collection.2


16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, for personal attention from your professors.

Student life:
Fun and friends any time

Ready to take a break from studying? Try checking out cool events on campus, relaxing by the river with friends, or exploring big cities near KU.

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28,000+ students, including 2,200+ international students.


600+ student organizations, from the Arabic Club to Biomedical Engineering Society to Soccer (Football).

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Fitness center includes workout equipment, pools, a rock-climbing wall, and even an indoor golf simulator.

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22 on-campus dining options, from buffet-style dining halls to late night snacks.


Less than 45 minutes from Kansas City, with big city culture and more.


32+ sports clubs, 28+ intramural sports leagues, and 16 top division sports teams.

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For me, it’s really easy to make friends on campus. They won’t think, ‘Oh, you’re an international student, we’ll treat you different.’ They are really accepting, and all of the professors are really helpful.”

– Shuang, Accounting major from China

1 U.S. News & World Report.
2 American Library Association.

At KU, you can study what you love.

KU offers an amazing variety of degrees, from engineering to business to international studies. Ready to start your future studying in the U.S.?