The UK Education Abroad office oversees the management of bilateral and multilateral student exchanges, or those programs involving the reciprocal, two-way or multilateral movement of students between institutions. These low-cost programs allow UK students to trade places with students at our partner institutions abroad. Other non-degree visiting students, including government and faculty-sponsored students are supported through International Student and Scholar Services.
The Education Abroad office facilitates three types of exchange programs, all of which allow students to pay regular UK tuition and fees, but spend the summer, semester or academic year abroad.
UK has established a number of bilateral exchange agreements with specific universities abroad that allow UK students from any major to attend these universities for a summer, semester, or academic year. Each student pays his or her regular UK tuition and fees and in some cases may be asked to pay the equivalent of UK housing and meals. In this case, the student receives room and board while abroad.
College and Department-Specific Exchanges
Several of UK's colleges have established bilateral exchange agreements with institutions abroad specifically for their majors. For example, the Gatton College of Business and Economics has developed numerous exchange opportunities specifically for its students. (Please visit the Gatton Education Abroad website for more information on these exchanges.) Permission from the sponsoring UK college is necessary before students, whether incoming or outgoing, are accepted to participate in the exchange program. Although an exchange may be tied to a particular UK college, incoming students have access to courses offered by other UK colleges, provide course prerequisites are met.
International Student Exchange Program (ISEP Exchange)
UK is a member of the ISEP network, a multilateral exchange program in 40 different countries at over 100 overseas institutions. Students typically pay the cost of tuition, housing and meals and receive tuition, housing and meals at the host institution. ISEP deadlines are often far in advance and that students should apply early to ensure that they get their first choice of host institution. (ISEP also offers non-exchange programs called ISEP Direct. For these programs, students pay a fee directly to ISEP in order to attend the foreign university of their choice.)