Successful international programs incorporate opportunities for intercultural learning. The ability to incorporate the host community and local culture is one of the fundamental advantages to delivering courses abroad. Ideally, students will begin developing skills and an appreciation for cultural differences prior to departure through meetings, resources and readings provided by the program directors as well as the required UK Education Abroad pre-departure orientation. Developing intercultural competency skills will give the students more confidence and better prepare them to work and study in an international setting.
On any overseas program, the students and instructor(s) will bump into the foreign culture on a daily basis. However, the creation of genuine and intentional intercultural learning opportunities that engages students in meaningful learning can be a significant challenge and only occurs with advance planning. Possible approaches include: Guided observation of, or participation in, activities typical of the culture—special events as well as everyday activities. Possibilities include utilizing public transportation, grocery shopping, religious services, sports events, music or theater performances, local celebrations and holidays.
Meetings, meals, or gatherings with local students or employees of the institutions being visited.
Homestays with local families
Briefings prior to site visits that include information on cultural traits and mannerisms such as work habits, greetings, introductions, and so on. More complex teachings might be given on the meaning or genesis of cultural traits and mannerism as well as national approaches to religion, politics, environmental issues, family and privacy, and city planning.
Independent, yet structured, activities and projects that require students to participate, observe, and then comment on cross-cultural learning.
The Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit provides many resources for faculty to incorporate intercultural learning during program development and delivery.
Academic Credits Offered
Students participating on UK Sponsored and UK Sponsored Embedded programs will enroll in UK credits via myUK. Grades earned via UK Sponsored and UK Sponsored Embedded programs will be reflected on the UK transcript and will be factored into a student’s cumulative GPA. Program directors are responsible for ensuring that the academic course(s) associated with UK Sponsored programs are created in myUK. Program directors facilitate student enrollment and submit grades using practices that conform to UK policies.
If approved by the academic department, some course content and assignments can be completed either before or after the international travel component. In UK Sponsored programs the majority of academic credit is delivered during the international travel component and any domestic content delivery is typically 1 credit hour or less. It is typical for winter and summer term UK Sponsored programs to offer between three to six credit hours, plus ISP 599. Additional credits can be offered based on the nature of offered courses (e.g., studio courses, language acquisition, etc.). Typically, in UK Sponsored Embedded programs offer three to four credit hours during the fall and spring semester and the international content delivered must be 1 credit hour or less.
UK Sponsored Program Proposals
Faculty and staff members organizing UK Sponsored programs should submit the UK EA program proposals 9-12 months prior to program departure. Programs with a shorter timeline are rarely successful in recruiting the necessary number of students. The information and documentation requested on the program proposal form is used by UK Education Abroad to begin building the program’s unique webpage and application as well as ensure compliance with Administrative Regulation 4:9 and University Senate requirements.
New UK Sponsored Program Proposal Form - program has not been offered at UK, or was offered prior to 2012
Education Abroad UK Sponsored Proposal NEW PROGRAM [.pdf]
Education Abroad UK Sponsored Proposal NEW PROGRAM [.doc]
Recurring UK Sponsored Program Proposal Form - program has been offered at UK since 2012
Recurring Education Abroad UK Sponsored Proposal REPEAT PROGRAM [.pdf]
Recurring Education Abroad UK Sponsored Proposal REPEAT PROGRAM [.doc]
In addition to the department chair and college dean’s approval, to further ensure appropriate academic oversight, the University Senate requires that all UK courses taught as part of a credit-bearing, faculty-directed education abroad program obtain college-level Curriculum Committee approval each time the course is taught abroad. This requirement applies to all courses, even those that have already been approved by the University Senate to be taught domestically. The purpose of the approval is to ensure that UK courses taught abroad meet college-approved learning objectives and outcomes. The Curriculum Approval Form must be submitted to UK Education Abroad at least two months prior to program departure.
Education Abroad UK Sponsored Curriculum Approval Form [.pdf]
Education Abroad UK Sponsored Curriculum Approval Form [.doc]
What is ISP 599?
In addition to enrolling in the course(s) associated with their UK Sponsored (non-embedded) program, students are enrolled (by UK Education Abroad) in ISP 599: Study Abroad for one credit hour.* This pass/fail course keeps students classified as full-time thus allowing them to utilize federal financial aid and most institutional aid for their education abroad program (as permitted by the term of enrollment). Students are charged tuition at the standard tuition rate for the one credit hour of ISP 599. Although enrolled in three to six discipline based courses, students participating on UK Sponsored programs are not charged any other tuition - just the one credit hour for ISP 599.
Beyond the financial advantages of ISP 599, the course is designed 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. UK Education Abroad staff will inform students and program directors additional details about the course requirements for successfully passing ISP 599 each semester.
*Students participating on UK Sponsored Embedded programs are NOT enrolled in ISP 599.
Building a Program Budget
Across the nation and at UK, one of the top barriers to student participation in study abroad is cost. For several reasons, faculty-directed programs appeal to a population of students who otherwise might not consider studying abroad. In order to minimize the financial barriers for our students, we ask that program directors consider the importance of containing student costs in the development of program budgets. It is also important to understand that UK Sponsored programs are not subsidized by the university—student participants share in the entire cost of their program. Below are some factors to consider when developing your program’s budget.