KU Special Education in a Global Perspective
- February 1 - 21, 2020
- A 3-week discipline focused program which includes one English course and lectures from KU School of Education faculty.
- Introduction to graduate school in the United States
- Program Cultural and Social Events
- Optional participation in a wide variety of low- and no-cost social and cultural actvities offered through the Office of International Student Services
The KU-SWU Special Education Program arrival date is February 1, 2020.
Flying into Kansas City International Airport, Missouri (MCI)
- The Kansas City airport is a one-hour drive from Lawrence, Kansas where the University of Kansas is located.
- Staff from ISP will meet you at the airport and assist you in catching the shuttle to Lawrence.
- Once you have gotten off the plane, ISP staff members will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign that reads: The University of Kansas Welcomes the KU-SWU Special Education Program
- The staff members will help you find your luggage and catch the shuttle to Lawrence.
- If you have a delay at any point on your journey, please contact ISP staff at 785-521-5944. We will need to reschedule your shuttle.
- The staff will ride the shuttle back to Lawrence with you and help you get settled into Naismith Hall where you will be living during your program.
We hope your journey is a safe one and we look forward to meeting you.
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
- 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.
- They will decide whether to treat you at the Health Center or to send you to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Do not go to the hospital without a referral from the Student Health Center. It will be expensive, and the insurance company may not reimburse you.
WATKINS STUDENT HEALTH CENTER
- As a student at the University of Kansas, 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 and 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.
Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
You will be covered by KU student health insurance.
As a student at KU, you will be able to see a doctor for free while you are here.
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 will be a charge for visiting a doctor but your insurance will help pay for that charge.
As a short-term program student at KU your medical requirements will be:
- Two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
- A Tuberculosis questionnaire
If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR 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.
If your vaccination record is not in English, you can print the form found at this link and ask your doctor to fill it out and sign it.
In the U.S., 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.
If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here.
This program is designed to provide opportunities for the students to meet KU School of Education/Special Education faculty and attend lectures on Education.
Students will attend 4 hours of lectures four days per week given by KU School of Education faculty.
Students will also attend 4-6 hours of English class (English for the International Education Experience) per week.
One day per week will be spent visiting local area schools.
Students will have School of Education Graduate Mentors. They will meet with mentors each week.
The program includes several purely social and cultural enrichment excursions. Program staff accompany all planned cultural events. During orientation, program staff will provide information on a rich array of optional on and off-campus activities and events.
- Kansas City Trip - Legends Outlet Shopping Center – Students will visit the Legends Outlet Shopping Center where they will find brand name stores with discounted merchandise
- Topeka Trip - Students will tour the Kansas State Capitol Building and the Kansas History Museum.
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
Office: (785) 864-6161
Office: (785) 864-1321
Office: (785) 864-5316