Regular Program - January 29 - February 26, 2020
Regular and Internship Program -- January 29 - March 7, 2020

This program is sponsored by Kanagawa University in Hiratsuka, Japan. Only participants selected by the sponsor are eligible for the program.

International Short Programs (ISP) of the University of Kansas welcomes students from Kanagawa University each year.  Students live in a residence hall on campus and study English and U.S. culture in the classroom and in the community every week,  On weekends they go on field trips and have a short homestay with an American family.

Students are taught by Applied English Center teachers and supported by ISP staff and ambassadors (KU students).  We love working with each year’s group of students from Kanagawa University, and we are anticipating another great program in 2020!

We hope the information on this site will answer all of your questions.  If you need more information, please email your question to isp@ku.edu.


Arrival - January 29, 2020


Travel Information

  • You will be arriving at the Kansas City International Airport (MCI).
  • We will pick you up at the airport.
  • Travel time from the airport to KU is about one hour.
  • When we arrive in Lawrence, we will help you get checked into your dormitory.
Housing & Meals

Participants will live with a roommate from the program in a double occupancy room in Naismith Hall on the University of Kansas campus. 

Naismith Hall Aminities

  • You will live in a 4-person suite, two 2-person rooms connected by a bathroom
  • Each person will have a lofted bed, desk, desk chair, dresser and closet.
  • The hall has a central living room area where students can gather to socialize, watch TV, play games and study.
  • Laundry facilities are located in the building.
  • You will be provided with sheets, a blanket, a pillow and a towel for use during your program.
  • On-site fitness center
  • Swimming pool and sun deck
  • Community kitchen
  • 24-hour computer lab
  • In-room housekeeping

Naismith Hall Cafe

Participants will be provided 19 meals per week.

  • During the week, breakfast and dinner will be provided in the Naismith Hall Cafe which features food-court style service, all-you-care-to-eat at each meal and a large dining area.
  • For lunch during the week, you will be provided with funds on your KUID card so that you can use to eat at restaurants on campus.
  • On the weekends, two meals a day (brunch & dinner) will be provided in the Naismith hall Cafe.

In case of sickness, you should first go to the Watkins Student Health Center on campus.


  • As a student at the Applied English Center, you will be eligible for the full services offered by the Watkins Student Health Center at KU. You must have your KUID with you to receive medical treatment.
  • Prescriptions filled at the Student Health Center are not free, but they are less expensive than other pharmacies.
  • Dental care is not available at Watkins.

Regular office hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

During student breaks, hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Pharmacy: 785-864-9512
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
Emergency: 911

Health Insurance

You will be covered by KU student insurance.

You will be able to see a doctor at Watkins Student Health Center at no charge. However, if the doctor decides that tests must be run or treatment (including medications) are necessary, there may be a small charge that you will be expected to pay. Your insurance will pay the majority of the cost for most of these things, but there may be a small percentage that you will be required to pay.

Medical Check-in

In order to be allowed to enroll at KU, you must have:

  • two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations,
  • a Meningitis vaccination

If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR and/or Meningitis vaccinations in your home country, you can bring it with you. The record must be in English, show the date you took the vaccination, and be signed by a doctor.

In the US, the MMR vaccination contains three vaccines – one each for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  In your country each of these vaccines might be given separately.  Your records must show one vaccinations for each disease.

If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here. 


Your classes will help you become more comfortable and confident using English and will help you understand American society better. You will also have many opportunities to meet and talk with KU students and the people of Lawrence.

Upon arrival, you will take the Michigan Language Assessment (formerly CaMLA) Proficiency Exam. Based on your results, you will be placed into a level-appropriate regular AEC Listening/Speaking/Grammar class.

Students' schedules will be determined by their class placement.

AEC Listening/Speaking/Grammar course

Students will practice English pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary development, and listening comprehension. There will also be practice with sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary.

Community Connections

3 - 9 hours each week

You will be actively involved in a wide variety of activities to help you learn more about KU, Lawrence, and life in the United States. Orientation to the campus and the Lawrence community is an intrinsic component of the course. This course provides you with one-on-one connections with a wide range of people on campus and in the community.

Field Trips

You will meet ISP staff and your host families for a fun afternoon of playing games together. You will then leave with your host families and return to campus the next day.

Two Trips to Kansas City

We will take you to Kansas City twice during your program.

First, we will take you to a suburban area called the Legends. You will visit a store called Cabela's that is full of equipment for hunting and camping and all kinds of outdoor sports that are very popular with outdoorsmen in the U.S. You will tour the stadium and facilities of Sporting KC - the professional soccer team in Kansas City.

We will also take you into the northern part of Kansas City. There you will visit the WWI Museum as well as enjoy interactive exhibits at the College Basketball Experience.

Jayhawk Basketball Game

You will have the chance to see a KU basketball game. In 2008, the Jayhawks were the National Champions and the basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse are always very exciting.

Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact ISP staff during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the ISP, you should call 785-521-5944.

Emergency phone:  785-521-5944

ISP Office phone:  785-864-6161

Mindy Van House
Office: (785) 864-1496

Erin Greer Smith
Office: (785) 864-1557

Grace Marco
Office: (785) 864-6161

Geri Lamer
Office: (785) 864-1321

Aaron Huerter
Office: (785) 864-5316


Sample Calendar

Optional Activities