The University of Kentucky International Center (UKIC) leads internationalization efforts at the University of Kentucky. Associate Provost for International Programs, 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:
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, development projects, and related activities; and facilitating access to international funding opportunities.
UK’s strongest areas of strategic focus and investment are led by UKIC's international centers and institutes: the UK Confucius Institute, UK Asia Center, Global Health Initiative, Shoulder to Shoulder Global, and Kentucky Ecuador Partners.
In addition, UKIC also brings UK’s international resources to local communities through K-12 educational programs, Chinese language and culture courses, the International Hospitality program, the Japanese Saturday School, and programming that enriches Kentucky’s engagement with world culture.
Education Abroad (EA) – Under the direction of Dr. Anthony Ogden, Education Abroad is the University's comprehensive resource for study abroad, research abroad, intern abroad, and other educational experiences worldwide. Education Abroad 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 Student and Scholars Services (ISSS) – Led by Director Elizabeth Leibach, ISSS provides leadership and expertise in the advising and immigration needs of more than 1,500 international students, 325 international faculty and staff, and 250 exchange visitors. ISSS also administers university compliance with evolving federal regulations, supports the university and its medical centers by managing global student and scholar interactions, and facilitates the well being of all international students, faculty, staff, and scholars.
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.
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.