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Global Partners

Global Partners is an exciting way to meet people from all over the world, build friendships, and participate in intercultural exchange! This program pairs an international student with an American student for the purpose of forming a global friendship and learning about other cultures.

Sign up for the Global Partners program by completing the applicable international or U.S. student application below!

What is Global Partners?

Global Partners is a program that pairs an international student with an American student and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Kansas. It provides a unique opportunity for international students to become more immersed in American culture and experience university life at KU. At the same time, American students will get to engage with and learn about a new culture.

Paired students will meet at least twice a month for an hour each time for the duration of the academic year. Each month you'll receive a list of events happening on campus that we recommend you and your partner attend together. You and your partner can also arrange to meet for an activity that's outside the list of events. Some recommended activities include:

  • Grabbing coffee or lunch on campus
  • Attending an athletic event
  • Watching a performance at the Lied Center
  • Sitting in on a guest lecture
  • Trying a new cuisine at a restaurant in Lawrence

Global Partners will host an event on the first Monday of each month where you and your paired student can engage with each other as well as with other participants of the program. This monthly event can count as one of your two monthly meetups!

What are the benefits of joining Global Partners?

  • Make new friends
  • Improve your language skills
  • Learn about new cultures
  • Develop intercultural communication and interpersonal skills
  • Get involved on and off campus
  • Earn points toward the Global Awareness Program
  • Build your resume
  • Have fun!