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Division of Physical Therapy

There are two types of international opportunities available to professional students in the physical therapy program.

Internships (for course credit, one of two final experiences)

Umbria and Tuscany, Italy
Collaborating with Eduglobal Associates, students affiliate at two rehabilitation centers in Italy: Istituto Prosperius Tiberino and Fondazione Turati.   Students apply and are selected by UK PT faculty.

Sydney, Australia
Central West Orthopaedic and Sports Physiotherapy outpatient clinic Students affiliating at this site have had opportunities to carry out clinical research as well as clinical care. Students apply and are selected by UK faculty, then are interviewed by a staff supervisor in Australia.

 “An established quality endorsed practice, accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Association…dedicated to providing the highest standard of care in an accessible and unprejudiced manner to all members of the community. Our team provides timely assessment, preventative care and treatment to ensure optimal management of injuries.”- Central West Orthopaedic and Sports Physiotherapy


Student Exchange Programs

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
We have a student exchange agreement with this academic outpatient clinic on the university campus.  Visit their website here


Service Learning

UK Shoulder to Shoulder Global 
Each year 12 physical therapy students participate with three interprofesssional teams of faculty and students who travel to a resource-limited community near Santo Domingo de los Tsachilás, Ecuador to provide service to the community in an effort to improve health. UK Shoulder to Shoulder Medical Clinic is located in the community and serves as our central service area. During this ten day service effort, students chosen to participate work shoulder–to-shoulder with physical therapists and other health care providers – a rich opportunity for learning in a unique environment. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. To learn more about this opportunity visit the STSG website.

View a short movie describing the experience.


Research

Physical therapy faculty- English, M Lynn, 2013. Impact of Physical Therapy International Health Service on a Medically Underserved Community- Four Perspectives: A Qualitative Study 
The purpose of this project was to describe the impact of physical therapy service with the University of Kentucky (UK) Shoulder to Shoulder Global Ecuador organization during eight ten-day service trips over a three-year period to a medically underserved community near Santo Domingo, Ecuador.  Investigators examined the perspectives of patient/caregiver community members served, Ecuadoran clinic staff, physical therapy faculty and students.


Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Interdisciplinary Clinical Experience in Communication Disorders
This education abroad offering brings together UK undergraduate and graduate students across a variety of disciplines (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Special Education and Psychology students) to consider the influence of service delivery models on therapeutic outcomes. UK students will be immersed in interdisciplinary clinical observation activities as well as clinical research activities along with Haifa University students under the direction of a clinical supervisor and faculty mentor. UK students will interact with Haifa University Communication Sciences and Disorders students, Haifa University faculty and clinical supervisors and community therapists. Visit the Ed Abroad program details here

Learn more about Haifa University here.

For the Divisions of Communication Sciences and Disorders, contact Anne Olson, Director, aolson@uky.edu.