Internationalization Task Force


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Draft Recommendations of the Task Force

2006-2009 UK Strategic Plan

University of Kentucky Memo of Understanding (MOU) documents to assist with setting up student exchange with other universities

  1. MOU Template (pdf)
    A template for Memorandums of Understanding to be used by any college within the University of Kentucky
  2. Cooperative Agreement Template (pdf)
    A template for Cooperative Agreements between the University of Kentucky and outside colleges and universities.
  3. Current University of Kentucky MOU's
    A current listing of active and inactive MOU’s on file at the University of Kentucky.
  4. Internationalization Briefing Book (pdf)
    Complete briefing book, which was put together for the Internationalization Task Force, to inform them of the Universities past and current work toward internationalization.

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1. American Council on Education (ACE)

The American Council on Education (ACE) is the major coordinating body for all of the nation's higher education institutions. This organization seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.

The ACE has taken a lead role in national efforts to promote and synergize international activities across campuses, through the establishment of its Internationalization Laboratory.The University of Kentucky is part of the Laboratory cohort, for 2007-2008, and thus is working alongside seven other institutions in mapping its international vision for the future.

2. UK's Office of International Affairs (OIA)

The University of Kentucky's Office of International Affairs (OIA) promotes international educational experiences for students, faculty, staff and community members. This work is fulfilled by the following OIA sections: education abroad, community relations, international student services, immigration services, administration and the UK Asia Center. The core components of OIA's mission include serving the university's international students and scholars and sending its domestic students abroad in order to enrich their intellectual and cultural experiences. Read about the 2005 OIA Self Study and how OIA's internal goals align with UK's internationalization initiatives.

3. UK's International Studies Program

The newest major in the College of Arts & Sciences is international studies, an interdisciplinary program designed to explore global issues in various regions around the world. Students tailor the international studies major to match their interests by selecting a thematic and geographic area of concentration. Possible areas of concentration include Africa and the Middle East; Europe; Latin America; Russia and Eurasia; and East, South and Southeast Asia.

4. NAFSA: Association of International Educators

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field. Hundreds of NAFSA members volunteer to serve the association, and thousands advocate for international education. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by setting standards of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities and advocating for international education.

5. UK's World Language Departments

Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MCLLC)
The Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department (MCLLC) at the University of Kentucky offers a variety of undergraduate major and minor programs. Fields of study available include Classics (focusing on Classical Greek and Latin); French and Italian; German; and Russian and Eastern Studies, which includes Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian. In addition, the department cooperates with the International Studies Program and the Department of Economics to provide degree programs in Foreign Language and International Economics. Master degree options are offered in Classics, French, and German. A Master of Arts degree is also available in Teaching World Languages.

Hispanic Studies
UK's Hispanic Studies Department offers undergraduate students the choice of a major or a minor in Spanish. In addition to developing language skills, the department aims to expand the understanding of the cultural and literary tradition of the Spanish-speaking world. The Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees offered by the graduate program prepare students for teaching and scholarly research.

6. Forum on Education Abroad

The Forum on Education Abroad is the only organization whose exclusive purpose is to serve the field of education abroad. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for education abroad, the forum's Standards of Good Practice are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of education abroad programs may be judged. The forum's Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad (QUIP) uses the Standards of Good Practice as part of a rigorous self-study and peer review quality assurance program that is available to all forum institutional members.

7. Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is the national voice for the graduate dean community. CGS is the only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research. CGS serves as a national clearinghouse for information and research on graduate programs by providing original research, white papers, testimony and legislative analyses to key stakeholders, Congress, federal agencies and the media. CGS coordinates its activities with other national educational organizations to ensure that graduate education is well represented within the larger higher education community.

8. National Association of State Universities & Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC)

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) is the nation's oldest higher education association. Dedicated to supporting excellence in teaching, research and public service, NASULGC has been in the forefront of educational leadership nationally for more than 120 years.

9. Institute for International Education (IIE)

An independent nonprofit founded in 1919, the Institute for International Education (IIE) is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. IIE is committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors and donors. The organization administers over 200 programs serving more than 20,000 individuals each year.

10. Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) s composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. The purposes of the association are to: provide an effective voice on significant issues within international education at all levels, improve and promote international education programming and administration within institutions of higher education, establish and maintain a professional network among international education institutional leaders and cooperate in appropriate ways with other national and international groups having similar interests.