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The GAP certificate 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 (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 and we'll forward those entries to you. (We apologize for any inconvenience but the new system is far more efficient).  

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 Study Abroad program arranged by KU (Student Initiated programs included), and responding to 10 short-answer reflection questions on your experience in your ePortfolio.  Or, you may participate in another form of international experience that lasts for at least one month in duration, and is pursued during your time at KU (i.e. high school trips are not accepted).  Examples of non-KU programs include: 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 (i.e. those that do not appear on your transcript), please email or call 785-864-7265 to discuss the experience.  If approved, you must then fill out this petition on your experience, document the basic information in the ePortfolio, and submit reflection questions.

As an international student, we automatically accept your study at KU as an international experience.  You can complete this component by submitting the international experience item and answering reflection questions on your time here at KU.

If you are interested in studying abroad, visit the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) to find the right program for you.  For grant and funding information, visit the OSA's scholarships and financial aid page!  

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