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.
Safety on Campus Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Personal safety starts with you. Here are some tips that will help keep you safe. These are applicable regardless whether you are in the US or any place in the world. Despite what you may have heard or seen, the US is not a dangerous country, in fact it is quite safe. For the most part, safety is simply a matter of common sense. These tips will help insure you are safe on campus or as you travel around the country.
Be Observant - Regardless of where you travel, you need to be observant of your surroundings. It is a known fact that many crimes could be avoided is people we alert to their surroundings. Walking across campus or in town your focus solely on your cell phone or with ear buds in place, is not being alert to your surroundings.
Night Company - You should avoid walking alone at night because most crimes that are committed are crimes of opportunity. When you leave campus at night you should walk in pairs or groups. The campus has an escort service which is connected to the campus police. You may contact this program for an escort if you are walking from somewhere on campus to your residence hall at night. If you are going downtown, it’s best to go with a friend.
Valuables - One of the most common crimes on or off campus is larceny, which is the crime of theft. Never, ever leave your personal belongings (purse, lap top, phone, etc.) unattended and walk away. It only takes a few seconds for someone to steal these from you while you go to the restroom or to a vending machine. The same rule applies to your car, never leave your wallet, purse, computer, phone, etc., in your car while you get gas or go into a store. Even if your doors are locked, your car can be broken into and your valuables stolen.
Housing - Whether you live on campus or in an off campus apartment, always lock your doors and windows. Never open your door to a stranger. If you didn’t invite the person don’t let them into your residence. It is also best to keep your doors locked even when you are at home.
Personal Information - Always protect your personal information like credit card numbers and social security number. Identity theft is a worldwide problem. Identity theft comes in many forms. One major form is “scams”. You may receive emails from phony companies asking for personal information. You might even receive a contact from someone purporting to be a representative of the US government. If you are contacted by someone asking for any type of personal information, do not respond. Also if someone offers you a way to make some quick money, just say no. If you are ever in doubt regarding a contact you have received, be sure to talk to someone in the International Student Services office or the campus police department.
My final tip is you are ultimately responsible for your own safety. Use common sense and listen to your internal “Uh-oh” voice. The “Uh-oh” voice is your 6th Sense telling you something is not right. If you are uncomfortable in any situation, ask for help.
Rock Chalk and be safe out there,
Fall Break Activities Thursday, September 27, 2017
With Fall break approaching, you might be looking for some places to explore. Here is a list of interesting, fun and historic places within a 2 hour drive of Lawrence…
First Fridays in KC, MO : Every first weekend, lots of music and art to see in the Cross Roads district of KC. Also down in the West Bottoms Warehouse District which is becoming a go to place for music, art, antiques.
Power and Light District : KC’s big club/restaurant district. Downtown by the Sprint Center
The Plaza : The first outdoor purpose built shopping district in the US. Unique Spanish architecture. Good restaurants and shopping if you have the cash…the shops are rather “toney”
Old Missouri Town : Located in Lake Jacomo Park, in Blue Springs, MO east of KC. Reconstructed Missouri border town circa 1856. Has been used the set for several films.
Truman Library – Presidential Library/Museum of President Harry Truman. Located in Independence, MO. You can also tour his home which is part of the National Park Dept.
Museum of the Frontier Army : Located on Ft. Leavenworth, in Leavenworth, KS. Museum covers the US Army during the westward expansion period.
Eisenhower Library/Museum, Abilene, KS : Presidential Library/Museum for President Eisenhower.
White Cloud, KS. : Home of the White Cloud Flea Market twice a year, pretty much a ghost town otherwise but it’s a beautiful drive.
Atchison, KS : Historic KS river town, built by the railroad barons of the 19th century. Amazing mansions, lovely river side park.
Weston, MO : One of the oldest Missouri River Towns, old tobacco raising area. Nice drive, interesting shops, McCormick Distillery tours. Festivals throughout the year.
Ft. Scott National Historic Park, Ft. Scott, KS : Park of the Natl Park system, important historic site for the Indian Territory, Santa Fe Trail and Bloody KS periods
National WW1 Museum : Located at Liberty Memorial in KC, MO. The largest and best collection/museum dedicated to the first world war. You can also go to the top of the memorial for an amazing view of KC
KC Aquarium : Located at Crown Center, near the Union Train Station in KC, MO
Union Station : Home of the KC Science and Discovery Center. They always have amazing exhibits going. It is a restored Art Deco train station.
Shawnee Indian Mission : Located in Fairway, KS not far from the Plaza, this was the heart of the Shawnee Indian reservation in the 1830’s. Museum with history of the Indian territory.
Three Trails Center : Located in Independence, MO, this museum covers the history of the 3 major western immigrant trails, Oregon, California and Santa Fe.
Flint Hills Discovery Center : Manhattan, KS, interpretive center for the Flint Hills area of Kansas. Changing exhibits.
Tall Grass Prairie Monument : Part of the National Park Service, located near Cottonwood Falls, KS this is one of the few natural prairie areas left in the US. Historic ranch, bus tours, hiking trails and interpretive center.
Cottonwood Falls, KS : This small town is known for its festivals and art galleries and Victorian era courthouse. Famous for it’s annual ranch rodeo as well.
Fort Riley, KS : Home of the US Army’s 1st Division, it was an important westward expansion army post. It is home to the US Cavalry Museum as well being the territorial capital of KS.
Parkville, MO : Just north of KC, MO, this small college town sits on the bluffs over the Missouri River. Picturesque with quaint shops and restaurants, it host a variety of festivals during the year.
Lexington, MO : East of KC,MO, this Missouri River town was the site of the Battle of Lexington during the Civil War. Museum and interpretive center.
ROCK CHALK and enjoy fall in Kansas, it's a lovely time to go exploring!
Stephen A. Byrn