at the University of Kansas

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There are nearly 7,000 languages spoken in the world today. When you study a language, you gain greater insights into the varied cultures that these languages represent, and thus gain a greater appreciation of the world and your place within it. Learning a foreign language gives you access to new literature, new music, and new art. Combining foreign language skills with other areas of expertise multiplies job opportunities, opening up travel-filled career paths in business, technology, diplomacy, journalism, education, the military and countless other fields. You may also be required to take a foreign language as part of your degree program.

The University of Kansas is a national leader in the study of foreign cultures, offering coursework in 40 foreign languages, more than any university between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. Our faculty bring a wealth of knowledge about the cultures of the world, guiding students at every level from introductory undergraduate courses through the granting of the Ph.D. KU is home to five resources centers focused on foreign languages and area studies, and offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships for the study of select languages; we also provide foreign language instruction and scholarships to active duty military personnel and reserves, as well as ROTC students. KU's Office of Study Abroad, which helps to send roughly a quarter of KU's undergraduates abroad before graduation, offers scholarships to make an international experience possible for all students. KU is also home to over 2,200 international students from over 100 countries, who inform our understanding of world events and prepare our students for today's increasingly globalized society. Knowledge of a foreign language (or multiple languages) will be a crucial skill for competing in the marketplace of the 21st century. Check out what you can do with your degree in a Foreign Language at the University Career Center. The future will be conducted in many languages other than English. Don't miss out!

Why KU
  • Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
  • KU offers courses in 40 languages
  • Graduates of the College have won Emmys, discovered new species, and been named to Forbes' "most powerful women" lists
  • No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times