Text for slide 1: Small and Select. Keeping our program intimate - we aim to admit only 35 new students each year - ensures an exceptional level of attention, instruction and interaction.

Text for slide 2: The 'Green' Choice. Our world-class, low cost program - with tuition rates 50-75% below key competitors - is a best buy.

Text for slide 3: Our Faculty. Top scholars and professionals drawn from diplomacy, defense, commerce, development and intelligence bring real world, real time experience to the classroom.

Text for slide 4: Speaker Program. Policymakers, professors, corporate leaders, and political activists who visit the Patterson School not only speak, but also meet and dine with our students.

Text for slide 5: Corporate Engagement. Visits to headquarters and manufacturing facilities of major corporations provide invaluable insights on business and trade.

Text for slide 6: Student Internships. Students spread across the nation and globe, sharpening skills learned in class while building professional experience.

Text for slide 7: Lots of Options. Innovative programs can be tailored to match your ambition and interests by tapping UK’s wide range of schools and colleges

Text for slide 8: Teamwork -- Network. Our close-knit, multifaceted program is designed to enhance teamwork and establish a bond with classmates that will last a lifetime.

Text for slide 9: For half a century we have focused on one thing above all others - providing exemplary graduate education in international affairs.

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2015 Patterson School Fall Conference

Director's Welcome

Ambassador CavanaughHelp Wanted: Diplomats2015 shaped up to be a year in which diplomacy was ascendant. The historic raising of the American flag in Havana. Landmark P5+1 (or EU-3 + 3) negotiations to constrain Iran's nuclear program. Both breakthroughs advanced normal relations between the United States and nations where there have been none in decades. In Europe, Athens and the EU reached a modus vivendi on tackling the debt crisis (with Greece staying in the Eurozone). Even London and Edinburgh seem to have used a wee bit of diplomacy to soothe the feelings of the electorate following the independence referendum (with Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom). more »

Foreign Forays

Doha's Dazzling SkylineIn December 2015, more than a third of last year's entering Patterson School class participated in an all-expense-paid study program sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Our students spent eight days in Japan gaining a firsthand understanding of Japanese politics, economics and culture. They traveled to Tokyo, Chiba, Nagano and Matsumoto, visiting government offices, industrial and agricultural operations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and key historic sites. In May 2016, half the class will travel to the Middle East and attend the Doha Forum on a similar week-long program as guests of the government of Qatar.

Patterson Students visit Nagano and Japan's Northern Alps

Established Program

57 Years

Global Reputation

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Great Numbers

35New students each year
73Total students
10Core faculty
32Support faculty
$12,214Tuition: KY/South
$25,995Tuition: Others


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36 Students Movie Spring Break: Chicago
Chicago/Indiana outreach trip to corporations, government agencies and NGOs.



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