Graduate Direct Exchange

The Graduate Direct Exchange programs were established at the University of Kansas after World War II to provide students with opportunities to pursue non-degree graduate-level studies in their fields. Under the terms of each reciprocal agreement, an enrolled graduate student of KU may study at one of our German partner universities during the academic year, while a German graduate student attends the University of Kansas.

Program Benefits

Direct Exchange Scholars receive tuition and modest monthly stipends from the partner institutions for room, board and incidental expenses. Students will generally need to supplement their stipends with their own funds or student loans to ensure enough money to travel and to participate in extracurricular activities. All partner institutions also require the payment of modest campus privilege fees (for library usage, technology access, etc.) by GDX participants. Travel and other incidental expenses must be covered by personal funds.


To be eligible to participate in the Graduate Direct Exchange Program, applicants must be KU students with graduate standing at the time their program begins. Students must maintain KU graduate status during the year of the scholarship. To do this, all GDX participants formally enroll in at least one GDX credit hour at KU for the fall and spring semesters (at their own expense). This process is managed through the Office of Study Abroad. Enrollment at KU while participating in the GDX program ensures maintenance of graduate student standing at KU, and facilitates the process of transferring graduate credit from our partner institutions to KU upon the completion of the academic year abroad. In addition, enrollment as a GDX participant ensures eligibility for federal student loans for students with degree-seeking status.

In the application review process, preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled or will be enrolled in KU graduate programs as degree seeking students. However, students who will hold formal graduate non-degree status at the time of participation may apply; if you are interested in this option, please make an advising appointment. GDX scholarships are available to graduating KU seniors who are also applying for graduate programs of study at KU and to enrolled KU graduate students only. Applicants must have the requisite language and academic background appropriate for the program and institution of choice.

Application Process

Interested students should apply through the Office of Study Abroad's application website. Applications are due March 1.

Students interested in summer programs or intensive German language pre-programs should make an advising appointment.

More Information

Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn: Fact Sheet | Website

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg: Fact Sheet | Website

Universität Hamburg: Website

Universität Stuttgart: Website

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz: Fact Sheet | Website

Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel: Fact Sheet | Website


Dr. Rachel Sherman Johnson, Director of Campus Internationalization & Fellowships | (785) 864-6161 | Click here to make an advising appointment

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