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Welcome to ISSS

Led by Director Elizabeth Leibach, ISSS provides leadership and expertise in the advising and immigration needs of more than 2,000 international students and over 500 international faculty, staff and exchange visitors. ISSS also administers university compliance with evolving federal regulations, supports the university and its medical center by managing global student and scholar interactions, and facilitates the well being of all international students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

Two University of Kentucky International Students Received the Viji Jeganathan Award
Two University of Kentucky students have been awarded the Fall 2015 Viji Jegnathan Scholarship, recognizing their excellence in promoting cultural awareness and inclusion on campus and in the community.   Award recipients are chosen by a...
Earthquake prompts UK students from Nepal to mobilize
A group of UK students from Nepal are helping to relieve the suffering in their home country caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that took place Saturday, April 25.   The students have started a fundraising initiative, “Nepal, I am with you...
UK iCAT System Provides Convenience for International Students, Staff and Scholars
  Lexington, Ky. (March 26, 2015) — International students and scholars at the University of Kentucky will soon be able to submit requests and access various services by submitting e-forms online through the UK International Center’s...
Kentucky Japan Bowl Educates and Entertains
Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) — Thirty-five students from Lafayette, Scott County, Atherton and Eastern high schools visit the University of Kentucky campus on Saturday to immerse themselves in the Japanese culture and to compete in the...
Muslim Students, Faculty Reassured of Inclusion
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2015) ‒ The University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association, an organization with a sustained 43-year history on campus, was honored last week at a reception hosted by President Eli Capilouto at Maxwell House,...
Basketball Tournament at UK Celebrates Chinese New Year
For Chinese students, the Chinese New Year is like Christmas for Americans. Getting together and celebrating the Chinese New Year with family members is the top priority in almost everyone’s to-do list. But for Chinese international students at UK,...
African Students Association photo project debunks stereotypes about Africa
Students from African Students Association (ASA) at the University of Kentucky gathered on Friday in the Student Center to participate in a photography project to raise awareness of stereotypes about Africa. “We organized this event to help the UK...
K Week International Orientation Schedule of events
Welcome to the University of Kentucky! We are so excited you’re here and we hope enjoy your Wildcat experience! During the weeks before classes start learn about life on campus and in Lexington by attending various events hosted by the UK...
International Student Council Creates Partnership With SGA
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) — University of Kentucky senior JoAna Jesus was recently selected to serve as the liaison between the International Student Council (ISC) and the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2014-2015...
UK Alum Among Ebola Fighters Named Time Magazine's Person of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) -- University of Kentucky graduate Mosoka Fallah is among the Ebola fighters in West Africa that has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.    A native of Liberia, Fallah received his bachelor's...