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ISP 599: Study Abroad Course

All participants of approved, credit-bearing Education Abroad at UK programs are enrolled in ISP 599 at UK for 1 credit hour. This pass/fail course keeps students classified as full-time and thus allows a student to utilize federal financial aid and most institutional aid for his/her education abroad program. Students are charged tuition at the standard tuition rate for one credit hour. Additionally, this required course serves to provide each student with the necessary information, preparation, and support to successfully navigate the Education Abroad process through various orientation sessions on-campus and via virtual learning. More specifically, this ISP 599 course seeks to:

  • Holistically prepare students for their education abroad experience (i.e. academically, culturally, administratively, etc.)
  • Link the Pre-Departure, Abroad, and Re-Entry processes in order to cultivate intellectual and intercultural learning.
  • Assist students in connecting the international experience to their academic, professional, and/or personal endeavors.

In completing the requirements of ISP 599, students will be able to:

  • Adequately and appropriately prepare for the Education Abroad experience.
  • Articulate how the Education Abroad experience enhances their academic, professional, and/or personal life.
  • Identify opportunities to maximize their international engagement in the campus and local community.

To receive a P (passing grade) in this course, students are required to complete all components as outlined in the ISP 599 syllabus. To learn more about the ISP 599 course, please view the ISP 599 syllabus [PDF].

Pre-Departure Orientation
The Pre-Departure Orientation dates for the Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Academic Year 2014-15 terms are below. You must attend one of the following Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions as required by ISP 599. To learn more about ISP 599 requirements and course expectations please review the syllabus. If you have a class conflict with your orientation, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.

Summer 2014 Programs Directed by UK Faculty Members (UK Sponsored Programs*)

DATE                                      TIME                  LOCATION        
Tues. April 8                          5:00 - 6:30        Small Ballroom, Student Center
Wed. April 9                           5:00 - 6:30        Small Ballroom, Student Center
Tues. April 22                        5:00 - 6:30        Small Ballroom, Student Center
Mon. April 28                         5:00 - 6:30        Small Ballroom, Student Center
Tues. April 29                        5:00 - 6:30        Small Ballroom, Student Center

Summer 2014 Programs Not Directed by UK Faculty Members (UK Consortia, Direct, Exchange, External & Partner Programs*)

DATE                                      TIME                  LOCATION        
Tues. April 10                       5:30 - 7:00        102 Mining & Minerals Building
Mon.  April 14                       5:00 - 6:30        Room 206, Student Center
Tues. April 15                       5:30 - 7:00        Room 206, Student Center

Fall 2014 and Academic Year 2014-15 Programs

DATE                                      TIME                  LOCATION        
Wed. April 16                         6:00 - 7:30        Room 206, Student Center
Mon. April 21                         6:00 - 7:30        Room 206, Student Center

Make-up Session

DATE                                      TIME                  LOCATION        
Thurs. May 1                        5:30 - 7:00        102 Mining & Minerals Building

*Not sure which type of program you're doing? Log on to your myEA portal and look at the name of your application- it should match one of the types listed above!

Re-Entry Sessions (Welcome Back)
Education Abroad at UK will hold several Re-Entry (Welcome Back) sessions on campus. You will be required to attend ONE of the following sessions to take place in the Small Ballroom of the Student Center at the below specified times.

During this session we will discuss how to "unpack" your education abroad experience and how you intend to use it now that you have returned.

If you are a graduating senior, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor to let them know. If you are a graduate student, you are not required to complete these items based on an agreement with the University.

COST students will not be required to come to one of the Re-Entry (Welcome Back) sessions as they will have their own via the COST program and will be contacted at a later date.

For questions, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.


Time & Locations are TBD