304 Fairchild Hall
The mission of the Office of International Programs is to lead the internationalization of Kansas State University by supporting and collaborating with faculty, students, and scholars in international education and research worldwide.
Building upon several decades of international involvement, K-State provides a range of programs that link the campus with other parts of the world. Many of these are coordinated through individual departments or colleges; others serve the whole university.
The Office of International Programs supervises the Study Abroad Program, the English Language Program, the International Undergraduate Recruiting Office, and the International Student Center, and provides a range of services and support to faculty and students.
Study Abroad Program
Karlin Webster, Director
304 Fairchild Hall
The Study Abroad Office is the first stop for students planning to study, volunteer, intern, or research abroad. We offer a variety of academic programs that prepare students for success in an increasing global society. Programs range from short term faculty-led and group programs to individual summer, semester, and academic year opportunities. Programs are available in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. With over sixty individual exchange programs and several hundred affiliation agreements worldwide students are able to find a program that matches their needs and interests. Exchange programs involve reciprocal partnerships with universities abroad that allow students to attend partner universities while paying K-State, in-state tuition and study abroad fees to K-State. Additional program options are available through direct enrollment and affiliated program providers. Faculty-led programs are study abroad courses taught internationally by K-State faculty and are coordinated by the Study Abroad Office in cooperation with the academic departments.
Federal Financial Aid and most scholarships can be used towards study abroad. The Study Abroad Office encourages students to apply for local and national study abroad scholarships in addition to the scholarships available through the Study Abroad Office. Select scholarships for foreign study are listed below:
Scholarship Programs for Foreign Study
Scholarships available through the Office of International Programs/Study Abroad include:
- The Catherine Joyce Memorial Scholarship
- Doris Hays Fenton Memorial Scholarship
- Elfrieda Nafziger Scholarship
- Faculty-led Program Scholarship
- Friends of International Programs Scholarship
- Goss Discovery Scholarship
- The Heather Stewart Memorial Scholarship
- The Joseph and Elizabeth Barton-Dobenin International Exchange Scholarship
- Megan E. Taylor Czech Republic Student Award
- Rodolfo J. Montes de Oca/Costa Rica Small Town International Scholarship
- The Vernon Larson Study Scholarship
- Veronica Bonebrake International Scholarship
Scholarships available through other offices include:
103 Leadership Studies
Megan E. Taylor Czech Republic Student Fellowship
College of Business Administration
110 Calvin Hall
Modern Languages (majors only)
104 Eisenhower Hall
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Boren
112 Eisenhower Hall
Rotary Humanitarian Study Grant
112 Eisenhower Hall
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Sara Thurston González, PhD, Director
104 International Student Center
The staff at International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provide vital services for K-State’s around 2,500 international students, scholars, and their families. This includes advice on U.S. immigration regulations, support during their stay in the U.S., and cultural programs. The staff assists them with visa and passport issues, work authorization, entry and exit documentation, certification of status forms, housing, programming and personal concerns. ISSS also offers assistance to faculty and departments wanting to bring international scholars to the United States. Additionally, the staff serves the entire campus as a resource on international student and scholar issues. The office operates under the Office of International Programs and works with all facets of the University to implement and support both the goals of each student and scholar and the goals of the University in international education. Staff members provide leadership and support for a variety of programs that promote global awareness and understanding.
ISSS is housed in the International Student Center which is composed of three building that have been completely funded by private gifts to K-State. The Taiwan Wing houses most of the staff. The Korean Room houses the director’s office and office meeting space. The Center provides a comfortable relaxed atmosphere where people can meet or attend various programs. It includes a multipurpose meeting room, kitchen, reading lounge, and small classroom. Rental of the facilities is available. The building has wireless internet reception.
English Language Program
Mary Wood, Director
The English Language Program offers intensive English courses primarily for international students who plan to enter degree programs at K-State. However, it also accepts students who wish to come for English instruction only.
The program offers five levels of full-time intensive English. It also offers advanced part-time courses specifically for students who need support in English while taking classes in their degree field (DAS 176 , 177 , and 178 ).
International undergraduate applicants do not have to submit a TOEFL score. They can be admitted on their academic credentials only. Once they arrive at K-State, if students do not provide other evidence of English proficiency, they must take the English Proficiency Test (EPT). If their test scores place them in English classes, they must enroll in them. This is the condition for beginning academic work. The admission policy follows below:
If you meet academic requirements, Kansas State University can admit you with no proof of English proficiency. Once you arrive, you will be required to take the English Proficiency Test (EPT). The results of the EPT will determine if you need to study English, either full-time or part-time, or if you are ready to begin full-time university classes. This is to make sure that you have the necessary English skills to be successful in your career here at K-State.
The program also screens the English proficiency of incoming non-native speakers of English. For other information and a brochure, write or e-mail the English Language Program at the addresses above.
Students seeking to enrich their college experience and enhance their personal and professional development may take advantage of several interdisciplinary international education opportunities. International travel scholarships are offered by the college and departments.
College of Agriculture
117 Waters Hall
The College of Agriculture offers opportunities for international travel through faculty-led study tours, summer exchange programs, semester abroad program, and summer internships in other countries. Scholarship or grant support is provided for all College of Agriculture students who travel internationally to study topics related to their major. A minor in international agriculture is available to students with agricultural majors. The minor requires a combination of language, international course work, and experience abroad.
College of Agriculture International Scholarships
- Boggs International Agriculture Scholarship
- Brown International Travel Award
- Cholick International Agricultural Scholarship
- Galle International Agricultural Scholarship
- Graham International Agricultural Scholarship
- Lewis International Study Scholarship
- Morgan Family International Study Scholarship
- Stunkel International Travel Award Honoring Fred Cholick
- Wolfe International Scholarship
College of Arts and Sciences
Robert Clark, Director International and Area Studies
014A Eisenhower Hall
The College of Arts and Sciences offers two international, interdisciplinary secondary majors and two minors to undergraduates in any college: International Studies secondary major and Latin American Studies secondary major, East Asian Studies minor and African Studies minor. For more information, reference to these programs select either or find them listed in Colleges and Departments.
College of Business Administration
107 Calvin Hall
The College of Business Administration offers several opportunities to its students to learn about global business issues and practices as they prepare to meet the future challenges in the global marketplace. In addition to study abroad programs and faculty-led trips abroad, business students can earn a Certificate in International Business offered by the College of Business Administration or earn a secondary major in International Studies offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Scholarships are often available for business students who travel internationally to study topics related to their major.
International Service Teams
Trisha Gott, Assistant Director
Manhattan, KS 66502
Since 1989, K-State has supported interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students in service-learning projects abroad. These teams work alongside community partners on locally organized and run community initatives. The International Service Teams, a program of the School of Leadership Studies currently partners with community organizations in South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Participants apply and are selected in the fall semester prior to the summer experience; they enroll in a 16 week spring preparatory course before departing for an eight to ten week engaged service-learning experience during the summer, hosted by the community partners. They are engaged in fall work upon their return to process their learning experience.
International Agricultural Development Programs
The Office of International Agricultural Programs, the International Grains Program, the International Meat and Livestock Program, and other units maintain projects abroad, provide short-term consultants, and provide short-course training for foreign visitors.
International Agricultural Programs
Contact Nina Lilja, Director
Steven Graham, Assistant to the Dean and Director
International Grains Program
Dirk K. Maier, IGP Director
International Meat and Livestock Program
John Unruh, IMLP Director
USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs for:
Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet
Dr. Tim Dalton, Director
Applied Wheat Genomics
Dr. Jesse Poland, Director
Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss
Dr. Dirk Maier, Director
National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center-
“Wheat Genetics Resource Center”
Dr. Bikram Gill, Director