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First Generation Initiatives

Education Abroad

Education Abroad at UK provides an opportunity for students to study, research and intern abroad. Less than 9% of the students who study abroad at UK are first generation. To encourage this experience additional grants and scholarships are available in you are considering an abroad experience. To begin researching programs or meet with a peer ambassador or advisor, please go to 315 Bradley Hall or visit


One program designed specifically for first generation students at UK is the First Adventures in a Global Marketplace. Led by adjunct Communications faculty member Matthew Deffendall, the three week summer program examines how multinational corporations communicate in a 21st century global marketplace. The course is taught in London, England, and includes a mix of in class discussion, business site visits, group activities and excursions. For more details, visit the Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UK Student Center Ballroom.