Campus Map - This map of campus will help you navigate to your classes and appointments.
Map of Lawrence, Kansas - This map of Lawrence will help you find your way around the city.
KU Parking Services - If you own a car and wish to park on campus, this is where you purchase your parking permit.
KU and Lawrence Bus Service - KU and the City of Lawrence, collaborate to provide public transportation around the city of Lawrence. Students and staff ride free with a valid KU ID. Bus schedules are found here.
Culture Shock - All students experience this during their time studying abroad. Learn about the causes and tips to over come the effect.
Home Sickness - Being away from home and family is often challenging. Here are some tips for dealing with home sickness.
International Peer Support - Staffed by international students, for international student, the International Peer Support group can help you navigate your transition at KU.
CAPS - Counseling and Psychological Services can help students with issues related to adjusting to college and other psychological, interpersonal and family problems.
Academic Integrity - As a student you are held to particular standards of academic integrity. This website explains those standards.
Study Skills - Learning how to study effectively will help you maximize your educational experience.
Time Management - Learning how to study effectively will help you maximize your educational experience.
Academic Support - The Academic Achievement & Access center can assist you in finding tutoring for your classes.
Writing Center - The Writing Center helps students improve and prefect their writing style.
Student Organizations - KU offers over 600 student run clubs and organizations.
Watkins Health Services - On campus health, wellness and medical services available to students.
International Student Services can provide various information sessions and trainings for interested departments, offices, or organizations on campus. Our staff is well-versed in topics such as F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations, employment opportunities for international students, cross-cultural communication and cultural adjustment, student support services, and more.
Please provide us with some brief information through the form below and an ISS representative will follow up with you as soon as possible regarding your request.
Culture Shock Thursday, September 14, 2017
Do any of these sound familiar to you?
If you are experiencing any of these, know that these are often the effects of Culture Shock.
Culture Shock describes the anxiety a person experiences when they move from their home culture to an entirely new cultural environment. As a new international student, when you move to a new country everything is unfamiliar; weather, food, language, social roles, customs – basically everything in your new life. Like any major life change this has definite reactions, many like the list above.
Culture Shock can also be explained as experiencing as the stages of the 4-F’s. Consider where you may be in the following stages:
Regardless of what stage you find yourself in, the most important thing to remember is this process is normal. Everyone , EVERYONE, experiences this. You are not the only one going through this. Most people experience Culture Shock in stages; some people go through the stages multiple times. While it may take some time, you will begin to adjust to your new cultural surroundings.
Don't get discouraged!
Here are my "TOP 10 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH CULTURE SHOCK":
Remember, no has ever died because of culture shock. You will get through this. Enjoy the ride and come see me if I can help.
Stephen A. Byrn
Time Management Thursday, September 7, 2017
Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done?
Often that feeling comes from the need for better time management. While there are only so many hours in the day, good time management will make a big difference in your academic performance. Another benefit is it will free up more time to do the things you like. Think of time management like setting up a budget. Just like you only have so much money each month, you only have so much time.
Here are some tips for better time management:
Also check out the Academic Achievement and Access Center website for additional tips and advice on academic success.
Remember Rule #1 and ROCK CHALK!
Stephen A. Byrn
Welcome to the United States and KU! Tuesday, August 29, 2017
We hope you enjoy your time here as a student. My name is Steve Byrn. I am the Student Resource Coordinator for International Student Service here at KU. My job is to help you be successful as a student at KU. I work with students on issues related to academic, cultural adjustment, time management, study skills, personal life, etc. Basically, I am the point of contact on just about any issue which affects your life as a student at KU. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find out for you or connect you with resources to help you. I can relate to what it is like living in a different culture. Twice during my university career, I studied abroad. Over the semester I will be emailing you with tips via my, “LEARN WITH BYRN” emails to help you navigate your new cultural and academic surroundings.
The United States has cultural influences worldwide through art, music, film, etc. Many of these may have shaped your perceptions of life in America. However, these perceptions are often not accurate portrayals of our culture. The US is a country of vast diversity which you will see reflected on campus and in Lawrence. If you have any questions about life in the US, in Lawrence, on campus, or whatever, feel free to email or stop by to see me with questions about living in the US or being a student at KU. I will do my best to help.
Remember Rule #1 and Rock Chalk!
Stephen A. Byrn