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What we do


The University of Kentucky International Center (UKIC) leads internationalization efforts at the University of Kentucky. Associate Provost for Internationalization, Dr. Susan Carvalho, leads UKIC with the support of the Leadership Team, and the International Advisory Council, a group of faculty and administrators representing each of the University’s 16 colleges plus other key academic units.

Located in Bradley Hall in the center of UK’s campus, UKIC comprises the following units:   

The UKIC is comprised of the following units:   

  • Education Abroad and Exchanges (EA) – EA is the University's comprehensive resource for study, research, intern, teach and service-learn abroad. EA provides academically sound international experiences for all students that promote intercultural competence, disciplinary scholarship, and language acquisition. EA also oversees student exchange programs with partner institutions around the world.
  • International Partnerships & Research – UKIC serves as a resource center for the University’s vital international linkages by supporting the development of agreements and partnerships with universities, foreign governments, NGOs, and U.S. government agencies abroad; promoting the involvement of UK faculty members, staff, and students in international research, grants, development projects, and related activities; and facilitating access to international funding opportunities.
  • International Student Recruitment – In close partnership with Undergraduate Enrollment Management, the Center for English as a Second Language, and the Graduate School, UKIC recruits a growing number of international students to UK each year. UKIC’s International Enrollment Manager, Audra Cryder, attends education fairs around the globe, develops online marketing strategies, works with government sponsored programs, and personally meets with potential students and their families in countries such as India, China, and Oman. 
  • International Student and Scholars Services (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.
  • UK Confucius Institute – Under the leadership of Dr. Huajing Maske, the international award-winning UK Confucius Institute is a center for Chinese language, culture, art and business. It is Kentucky and UK’s gateway to China. It serves as conduit for UK’s China initiatives, provides leadership and support for the Chinese language programs in Kentucky’s K-12 classrooms and conducts Chinese cultural outreach to the community. 
  • UK Office of China Initiatives – Under the leadership of Dr. Huajing Maske as its Executive Director, the UK Office of China Initiatives (UKOCI) provides leadership in developing and facilitating connections with China both at the university level and across the Commonwealth.  To this end, the UKOCI links China-related opportunities to UK’s strategic plan; provides supports to Chinese students and scholars during their time at UK and beyond; assists in advancing research and scholarship about China; maintains and expands UK’s China presence and collaborations; and works with colleges to strategize their recruitment efforts of Chinese students via UK’s partner universities in China.
  • Global Health Initiative  – The Global Health Initiative of the University of Kentucky is focused on advancing research, educational programs, and service learning for our faculty and students, with the goal of improving the health of people throughout the world and promoting health equity.  The Global Health Initiative is directed by Samuel C. Matheny, MD, MPH, Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives. Under the Global Health Initiative, Shoulder to Shoulder Global is an organization which incorporates other academic and community partners and seeks to improve the health and well-being of impoverished and underserved communities globally.  The initial focus of STSG has been in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, with its year-round health clinic. While providing primary care for this community, STSG also works with the community to improve education, public health, access to safe water, and to improve economic opportunities. STSG seeks to provide and promote educational, service and research opportunities for all partners involved.
  • International Health, Safety & Security (IHSS)  – IHSS, the newest unit of the UK International Center, manages UK’s international travel medical insurance and evacuation policy, and oversees risk management issues related to international travel. Working closely with Education Abroad and the UKIC Marketing and Communications Manager, IHSS monitors news outlets and government resources to identify current events and threats that may have implications for the safety and well-being of students on EA programs, and works with EA to ensure that students stay informed. Additionally, IHSS is responsible for outlining the appropriate unit-level and institutional responses to a variety of emergency situations abroad.

Global KY
To highlight the University of Kentucky's international work we publish a quarterly newsletter, Global Kentucky. If you have any questions or would like to share your own initiatives please feel free to contact our office at any time.