Kansai Program


to the University of Kansas International Short Programs (ISP).  We are excited to meet you and work with you during your time in Kansas.  Your program will include intensive English study, the possibility of university academic course work and cultural enrichment through campus and Lawrence community outreach.  You will be living in campus housing and have the opportunity to meet many American students.  There are student groups you can join and activities you can participate in while you are here.  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.

Expect to be busy, learn a lot and have fun in


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

August - December 2021

Arrival August 19, 2021

Travel Information
  • You will be arriving at Kansas City International Airport (MCI).
  • You will spend your first night at an airport hotel.
  • ISP staff will pick you up at the hotel with a bus and escort you to Lawrence.
  • Travel time from the airport to KU is about one hour.
  • When we arrive in Lawrence ISP staff will help you get checked into your housing.
  • You will be meeting your roommates and getting settled.
Housing and Dining Options for Kansai University Students at KU

As a Kansai University student, you will have some options for housing and dining plans during your stay at KU. In addition to university run housing and dining, you now also have the opportunity to choose a privately run residence hall, Naismith Hall. You can choose a different option each term. No matter your choice, you will have approximately the same amenities such as laundry facilities, resident advisors who will help you adjust to life at KU, and activities planned specifically for your residence hall or floor/hallway. It is more likely that you will share a room with another Kansai student during the spring and summer.  By fall, you should hopefully be able to room with other friends you meet at KU.

The following information is designed to help you decide which option to choose.

Jayhawker Towers and Dining         

You may choose to live in Jayhawker Towers, the KU owned apartments. 

Nestled on the side of Daisy Hill, Jayhawker Towers are a popular choice for upperclassmen, transfer, and non-traditional students. They offer increased space, privacy, and independence while retaining the advantages of on-campus living such as location, staff, security, programs, and activities. They are located directly across from the Schools of Engineering and Law, as well as the Burge Union and Allen Fieldhouse.

All Jayhawker Towers apartments comprise a living room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. Apartments are designated as 2-person (each resident has a private bedroom) or 4-person (2 residents share a bedroom). They offer continuous occupancy and summer contracts are available.

You can find out more at https://housing.ku.edu/Towers

Naismith Residence Hall and Dining

Naismith is a student housing complex located on the edge of The University of Kansas Campus! Naismith puts you just steps from specialty major buildings such as Capitol Federal Hall, Murphy Hall, and Robinson Center and across the street from Allen Fieldhouse. The all-inclusive living experience provides you with everything you need and more while in college. They offer some of the largest room sizes compared to residency halls at KU with each of the one or two-person floorplans. In addition, they have a dining hall located right inside Naismith open all year, 7-days a week, 3 meals a day, included in your rental rate!

With the interior and exterior renovation of all of the amenities and units, you and your friends are going to want to call Naismith home. The construction plans include upgrades to the dining area, communal kitchens, one-of-a-kind fitness area, lounges and study rooms on each floor.

Although Naismith Hall has a small kitchen facility, you are required to have a Naismith Hall dining plan. This dining plan can only be used in the Naismith dining hall. 

To learn more about Naismith Hall and Dining and to see photos please visit https://www.naismithhall.com/ 


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


  • As a student with ISP, 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.
  • There is a charge for many services, including medications, x-rays and minor surgery. You or your health insurance company must pay these charges.
  • 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.
Watkins Hours

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 health insurance.

As a full-time student with ISP, you will be able to see a doctor for free while you are at KU.

Any medical tests, medications or treatments you receive will be partially covered by your insurance but you will also be responsible for part of these costs.  The exact distribution of charges will depend upon which tests, medication or treatments you require but, in general, insurance covers about 80% of your medical charges.  During the break times between semesters, there may be a charge for visiting a doctor but your insurance will help pay for that charge.

Medical Check in

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

  • two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations,
  • a Turberculosis test, and
  • 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 two vaccinations for each disease.

The Tuberculosis test must be taken in the U.S., so any test results regarding TB that you bring from your country will not be accepted.

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

  • Your insurance will cover 100% of the cost of these required immunizations.
  • If you think you have had these vaccinations but don't have a record, the staff at Watkins will offer you the possibility of taking a blood test (called a titer test) to check your immunity levels. Your insurance will not cover the costs of these tests.
US Volunteer Work Experience

While at KU, you will be participating in occasional volunteer opportunities throughout Lawrence.  This experience will give you a chance to meet Americans outside of the campus environment and to assist Lawrence residents in need of help.

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


Before you arrive

ISP Handbook

Optional Activities