The Global Awareness Program (GAP) recognizes KU students for global engagement in academic coursework, co-curricular involvement, and international experience.  The program is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Kansas who wish to supplement their degree with GAP certification on their transcripts. GAP helps prepare students to live, work, and lead in a global society while supporting KU's Common Core Goal 4: Respect Human Diversity and Expand Cultural Understanding and Global Awareness.  Established in 2003, GAP is the first certificate program offered at KU, and is proud to recognize and reward students for their participation in experiential learning for intercultural competence.  Scroll down to learn more!

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Complete two out of three components to become GAP certified, or complete all three components for Certification with Distinction  (Notated on Certificate only)  

Component A: Academic  

Click here for lists of courses that qualify.  If you are currently enrolled in a course, please add the grade you anticipate earning and we will verify that you received a C or above at the end of the semester.  

For U.S. students:

  • A minimum of 2 semesters of college-level study in the same modern foreign language (Latin and ancient Greek not accepted)


  • 3 courses with a modern, international focus (from 19th century forward) from 3 different departments (2 departments accepted for students in  STEM fields)

For 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 need to pass two semesters of a foreign language.  


  • TWO courses with a modern international focus and ONE course with a focus on history, culture, and/or society in the U.S.A.

Component B: Co-curricular Activities 

Engage in the many cultural activities at KU!

It's simple - get credit for your international activities! In the portfolio, you can document the activity, date/location, point category, and email address of sponsoring organization.  We require no other evidence of your attendance, but do expect you to reference details of the activities and what you learned in your reflection responses.  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.  For example, participate in Global Partners and earn 20 points per semester.  Find out about events through our Activities CalendarFacebook, or Twitter pages.  All events and activities have point values and you have to reach 60 points to complete this component. 

Component C: International Experience 

Study abroad makes you smarter

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. 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  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.   

* Due to new Core requirements, petitioning for a non-KU study abroad experience will no longer be an option AFTER spring 2015.    


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