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ISP 599: Study Abroad Course

All participants of approved, credit-bearing UK Education Abroad 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
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 [PDF]. If you have a class conflict with your orientation, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.

WInter & Spring 2014-15 Programs (except CCSA)
Monday, November 17th from 5:30 - 7:00pm in the Student Center Small Ballroom
Tuesday, November 18th from 4:30 - 6:00pm in the Student Center Small Ballroom

Winter 2015 CCSA Program ONLY Orientation:
Wednesday, December 3rd from 4:00 - 5:30pm in the Gallery of the W.T. Young Library

Re-Entry Sessions (Welcome Back)
UK Education Abroad will hold two Re-Entry (Welcome Back) sessions on campus. You will be required to attend ONE of the following sessions, both of which will 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. Please note only students who participated on a Fall 2014, Winter 2014-15 or Alternate Academic Year 2014 program are required to attend the following sessions. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Student Center Small Ballroom, 4:30 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Student Center Small Ballroom, 4:30 - 6:00pm

If you are a graduating immediately after your program ends, 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 attend one of the above 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