Study Abroad

Dig deep. Find your inner explorer. This is the time. Grow not into someone new, but into yourself. Golden Bears learn everywhere. Take advantage of study abroad opportunities and see the world now, while you are a student.

You can study abroad and take classes in your major in English in many countries, regardless of your ability to speak another language.  You have endless opportunities available to you. Travel with a small group of KU students on a faculty-led program or venture to a program on your own, where you will meet students from around the United States and the world.

The Study Abroad Office, along with academic advisors, the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, and many other departments on campus, will support you throughout the entire process. We can help you select a program, get your courses pre-approved for transfer back to KU, provide a pre-departure orientation and give additional support while you are abroad and after your return to KU.

Get started planning your study abroad experience here.

Use the above link to search for programs, learn about scholarships and financial aid, and apply to programs. 

Program Types and Current Offerings

  • KU Faculty-Led Programs

    Faculty-Led study abroad programs are offered by KU faculty. The KU professor accompanies students during a study abroad program, usually held during winter or summer break. Courses can be a KU course or a course offered by a host university abroad. The group of students and faculty traveling together meet frequently before the trip, often travel together to the destination, and always remain together as a group for the duration of the program in the host country. Pay KU tuition and fees plus program fees directly to KU.

    Winter 2024

    KU Belize Program

    Explore the rich biological and cultural diversity of Belize during Winter Session! Belize is an English speaking country in Central America with an extensive network of protected tropical forests, tropical savannas, and the second largest barrier reef in the world. Some of the most exquisite species we are likely to encounter and study in Belize are epiphytic orchids, leaf-cutter ants, fer-de-lance, boa constrictors, howler monkeys, tapir, kinkajou, harpy eagle, and if we are lucky, the elusive and majestic jaguar. Additionally, Mayans constitute a large portion of the Belizean population and we will experience how they continue to interact with the natural flora and fauna for building materials, clothing, medicines and food.

    KU London Program

    Live, learn, and travel throughout London, England and the region during winter break. London is rich in culture, a global center of art and commerce, and over 100 languages are spoken there.

    Check out the google page for this program! 

    Summer 2024

    KU Ireland Summer Program

    KU Ireland 2024 offers three classes and visits five cities, which each serve as jumping-off points for regional explorations of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. We go to Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Killarney, and Cork while studying History, Psychology, and Literature.

    This is a non-traditional, interdisciplinary study abroad experience. Our studies are all location-based. The cities and the country become our classroom. We brave the rain and take in the sunshine while we forge relationships that will last a lifetime.

    If you’re looking for adventure and an incomparable college experience, visit our website and apply today.

    KU Germany and the Alps Summer Program

    Students and instructors spend nine exciting days in Munich and travel to sites in Bavaria.  Later, the program moves its home base in Fulpmes, Austria, a scenic alpine village in the Stubai Valley 15 kilometers south of Innsbruck.

    Fulpmes will serve as headquarters for class instruction, site visits, and excursions.


    Week 1: With Munich Germany as our base, we'll explore Nuremeberg, the Neuschwanstein Castle, and Salzburg Austria.

    Week 2: With the Stubai Valley in Austria as our base, we'll explore Innsbruck Austria and environs.

    Week 3: Hiking in the Tirolean Alps, and free weekends for your own independent travel. In previous years, students have traveled independently to Venice, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Prague and Vienna.

    KU London - Sports Management

    Join us as we learn about sport systems and governance in the United Kingdom!  We will learn about football (soccer), rugby, cricket, tennis, basketball, and Formula One.

    The program will be based in London and include trips to Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, and Oxford.

    KU Spain - Valladolid

    An intensive five-week, six credit hour study of Spanish language and culture at the Universidad de Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain

    Studying in Spain will increase your understanding of its culture and your fluency in the Spanish language. An intensive program such as the one offered by the Universidad de Valladolid will help you gain language skills and multicultural experiences that are beneficial in today's international job market, with 500 million speakers of Spanish, as well as the United States' job market, where the Hispanic population is the fastest-growing minority.

    Why study Spanish in Valladolid?

    • Increase your fluency
    • Gain multicultural experience
    • Immerse yourself in four hours of class per day for five weeks
    • Experience the real Spain in your home stay with families
    • Go on three day-long excursions to exciting sites
    • Earn up to 6 semester hours of KU credit
    • Enjoy the beautiful late spring weather in Spain

    KU Japan

    Kutztown University is preparing a KU in Japan study-abroad program.  Accepted students will enroll in INT 010 Introduction to International Studies (3 credits from KU).  The program will include  2-4 weeks of  travel and exploration  in Japan with emphasis on Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.


    May and June 2024 with specific travel dates TBD. 


    KU  and PASSHE students from all colleges and majors are welcome to apply to this program.  Due to  the extended time-frame, it's likely that this trip works best for those graduating in Fall 2024 or later.  Seniors and Juniors will have precedence.  Other considerations include GPA and faculty letter of reference.

    • KU Exchange Programs

      Exchange programs are typically a semester or full year study abroad program at a partner university for students in specific majors. You pay KU tuition and fees to KU, but pay room, meals, and personal expenses at host study site.

      Current KU Exchange Programs: 

    • KU Short-Term Programs

      KU currently offers a short-term study abroad program through ICADS in Costa Rica

    • Third-Party Providers

      Third-party providers are independent organizations that facilitate or administer study-abroad programs. They often act as intermediaries by assisting students with logistics like course registration, housing arrangements and other support services. While models differ, academic and social guidance is generally included throughout the duration of a program, such as orientation, support services, field trips and cultural activities. Additionally, providers are typically able to provide transcripts that ease credit transfer for students who enroll in their programs based at universities abroad.

      Kutztown University is currently affiliated with:

      AIFS Abroad (AIFS)

      Academic Programs International (API)

      International Studies Abroad (ISA) 

      The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)

    • U.S. Institutions

      Study abroad program run by a U.S. college/university. Credit and/or transcript may be issued by U.S. university or university abroad. Fees are usually paid to university that is running the study abroad program.

      Remember to check out programs offered by other PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities, too! 

    • Other Study Abroad Opportunities/Programs

      We encourage you to find a study abroad program that is the best fit for you. 

      Direct Enrollment: Or, you can directly enroll in a college/university and take classes with local students. This is a very independent experience, as KU would not have a contract, contacts, or in-depth knowledge of the host university. All tuition, fees, and other expenses are paid to host study site.

      Search for your ideal study abroad program using the study abroad database or apply to the Other Program - Not Listed option if you are interested in a study abroad program that is not in our database. Our staff will review the program and let you know if it can be approved.