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  • Mission Statement: The Global Awareness Program recognizes students who demonstrate growth in cultural knowledge, expansion of international perspectives, and development of cross-cultural communications skills that prepare them to work and lead in today's interconnected world.   

  • GAP is open to all undergraduate students and shares the same KU Common Core Goal #4.2: "Respect human diversity and expand cultural understanding and global awareness" and Learning Outcome: "Upon reaching this goal, students will be able to: Examine a variety of perspectives in the global community, distinguish one’s own cultural patterns, and respond flexibly to multiple worldviews."

  • The program consists of three components: Academic, Co-curricular, and International Experience.  Whether for personal enrichment or improving future job prospects, the Global Awareness Program certificate can help you achieve your goals, stay connected to KU’s rich international community, and distinguish you as a Jayhawk ready to lead in a global society.


          Academic                    Co-curricular                 International

Upon completion, you will receive: 


 Certification with Distinction is notated on certificate only, and may be added at a later date.     

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Component A: Academic

Click here for lists of courses that qualify.  We accept courses you are currently enrolled in on the condition that you pass with a 'C' grade or higher.  

U.S. students:

  • A minimum of two semesters of college-level study in the same modern foreign language (Latin and ancient Greek not accepted)  
  • AND three courses with a modern, international focus (from 19th century forward) from 3 different departments (2 departments accepted for students in STEM fields)

International students:

  • Pass the English Proficiency Exam through the Applied English Center (AEC), or receive an English requirement waiver with test scores determined by Undergraduate Admissions.  International Students who are native English-speakers still need to pass two semesters of a foreign language.  
  • AND TWO courses with a modern international focus + ONE Humanities or Social Science course.

Component B: Co-curricular Activities 

Engage in  cultural activities at KU!

Earn credit for your international activities! In the portfolio, you can document the activity, date/location, point category, and email address of sponsoring organization.  *As of Fall semester 2015, we have changed the requirements of this component to 20 hours of participation in co-curricular, approved educational activities with a cultural and/or international focus.  If you documented these experiences in our previous database, please email gap@ku.edu and we'll forward those to you. (We apologize for any inconvenience, and can email you your prior activities if documented in the old portfolio system).  

There are hundreds of international and cultural activities, performances, clubs, exhibits, lectures and events happening each semester. The four main categories are: clubs and organizations, events, volunteer activities, and language tables.  Find out about events through our Activities CalendarFacebook, or Twitter pages.  

Component C: International Experience 

Expand your perspective

As a U.S. student, you can complete this component by participating in any KU Study Abroad Program or by engaging in another form of international experience during your time at KU. This includes: participating on study abroad programs through other institutions, interning, participating in a service-learning project, or conducting research in other countries. For non-KU experiences, please fill out this petition on your experience and email it to us at gap@ku.edu. before registering and completing your portfolio. Following your international experience, just document the basic information in the online portfolio, answer reflection questions, and submit the portfolio.    

As an international student, we automatically accept your study at KU as an international experience. Thus, all you have to do is answer reflection questions on your experience in the U.S. through the GAP portfolio.   

Click here to access your GAP ePortfolio!

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