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Study Abroad CAT Community

What is a Study Abroad CAT Community?

Study Abroad CAT Communities provide a dynamic, global learning experience for K-State students at the start of their college experience. Like our other CAT Communities, a small group of students take a group of academic classes together, but they also have the chance to travel abroad together during their first year.

If you are interested in enrolling in a Study Abroad CAT Community, read through the different options on the page below, and then email us at kstatefirst@k-state.edu for more information!

Here are the two Study Abroad CAT Communities that we are planning for 2015-16. Click on the icons below for more information!


Dont Be That Guy Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: Leadership for a Globalizing Community - In this CAT Community, students will explore what it means to be a "global citizen" and utilize an international experience as an opportunity for personal growth and self-development. We will examine some of the major forces that shape identity and culture, foster ethical values and behaviors that promote human dignity, and gain practical skills to navigate the rigors of the modern world. No matter where your career path may take you, your sense of global citizenship should help get there. The class culminates in a spring break trip to Hong Kong.

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts [Fall 2015 semester]

Note: Students will be part of the same small group within this section.

LEAD 502 Global Citizenship [Spring 2016 semester]

LEAD 195 Leadership for a Globalizing Community [Fall 2015 semester]

For more information, check out the Global Citizenship CAT Community Flyer


Spanish in Action Spanish in Action 

Develop your intermediate Spanish skills through meaningful interactions with Spanish speakers here in Manhattan and in the small rural community of Atenas, Costa Rica. The Spanish in Action community links the study and practice of service-learning with a special section of Spanish 4, culminating in an 11-day service-learning immersion adventure in Costa Rica in January.

Study Abroad: Costa Rica. Prerequisites: Placement into SPAN 4.

SPAN 301 Spanish IV

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

Note: Students will be part of the same small group within this section.

MLANG 398 Intermediate Spanish: Costa Rica 

Taken in January, during the winter intersession.




In a Study Abroad CAT Community, first-year students:

•Take two general education courses with the same 22 students during the fall semester

•Travel abroad to complete a CAT Community connections course, during which students participate in service-learning activities under the direction of an expert faculty member

•Work with awesome faculty members, both during the fall semester and on the connections course abroad

•Have the opportunity to work with an undergraduate Learning Assistant, who will share experiences about college life and studying abroad

•Participate in campus social and educational activities related to shared interests