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Diversity Abroad

Diversity Scholarship
First Generation
Religion
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation
Individuals with Disabilities
Gender Issues

The University of Kentucky has long demonstrated a commitment to diversity and equity that is deeply rooted in both the historic mission and the philosophy of higher education. The University strives to maintain an environment free of discrimination and harassment against any person because of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniformed service, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, social or economic status, or whether the person is a smoker or nonsmoker, as long as the person complies with University policy concerning smoking. The broad range of perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds inherent in multicultural diversity creates rich learning communities from which all students have the opportunity to benefit. (See also Governing Regulation XIV.B.1, Nondiscrimination Policy.)

Achieving full participation and integration of individuals from all backgrounds requires the cooperative efforts of all departments, offices and personnel of the University. UK Education Abroad is committed to making education abroad accessible to all UK students and recognizes that education abroad is not just a student-focused experience but rather a holistic, intercultural learning opportunity. A student is likely to encounter a significant range of attitudes regarding diversity issues while abroad. Understanding how these perceptions can influence a study abroad experience increases understanding of the new culture in which the student be living.

After making the decision to study abroad, it is important that a student gives thought to what will be gained from this experience, and should consider these questions: What will you learn while abroad and how will you use the experience later on? Will study abroad allow you to pursue new research or have an internship? Compare your pre-departure goals. Are you interested in sharing their experience with others? Before students return to the US it is helpful for them to consider how change in their self-identity and/or worldview may affect their relationship with family and friends back home.


UK Education Abroad Diversity Scholarship

In our efforts to support a diverse student population who participate in education abroad, UK Education Abroad has teamed up with API and ISA to award the UK Education Abroad Diversity Scholarship

Award Amounts: Two scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded for the Spring 2016 application cycle, one provided by API and the other provided by ISA.

Consideration shall be given to all full-time, undergraduate UK students enrolled or planning to enroll in an approved API or ISA education abroad program (Summer, Fall, Spring). UK sponsored programs customized by API or ISA are not considered to be approved API or ISA programs. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) required at time of scholarship application. Due to GPA requirements, freshmen and transfer students are unable to apply during their first semester at UK. Award recipients must be in good academic and judicial standing at the time of award and during the semester prior to their intended term abroad.


Preparing to Study Abroad
Before you leave the U.S., we encourage you to learn as much as possible about the country where you plan to study.

Allow time to consider how your religion or spiritual beliefs may influence your encounters abroad. What is the predominant religion of your host country? How might your beliefs and practices be viewed in that society and how could this influence people’s interactions with you? Speak with your UK Education Abroad advisor about these questions so that we can assist you in gathering the information you need.

Religion Abroad
Take advantage of your experience abroad to understand how people in the host culture worship and engage in different religious practices. Though there is commitment to religious diversity and freedom in the United States, this may not be the case in the country where you’ll be living and studying.

While abroad, you will likely have encounters that challenge your notions of spirituality that, if not guided, could lead to a judgmental and ethnocentric understanding of the new culture. Take the opportunity to understand the social and historical views of religious acceptance and tolerance within your host country. In doing so, you may also examine your own values and beliefs to arrive at a better understanding of yourself and your spirituality. Please discuss your questions and concerns about this or any other issue with your UK Education Abroad advisor.

Returning Home
Preparing for your return home is just as important as preparing for your departure. Before you return to the United States it is helpful to consider how changes in your self-identity may affect your relationships with family and friends. Give thought to what you have gained from your program. What have you learned while abroad and how will you use this knowledge in the future?

UK Education Abroad always welcomes student articles, photographs and/or video submissions to our blog, enKompass, and our social media. Send submissions to educationabroad@uky.edu with your name, your program’s title/dates and a short description.

Our Commitment to Diversity
UK Education Abroad is committed to UK’s values of diversity and inclusion. A broad range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds inherent in diverse communities creates a rich learning environment from which all students can benefit.

In the spirit of diversity, UK Education Abroad has partnered with International Studies Abroad (ISA) and Academic Programs International (API) to offer the Diversity Scholarship. This unique scholarship can be used as a voucher to be redeemed any time within two calendar years of receiving the award. Award amounts vary between $2,500 and $5,000.

For more information, check out our Diversity Scholarship.


Preparing to Study Abroad
Before you leave the U.S., we encourage you to learn as much as possible about the country where you plan to study. Allow time to consider how your race or ethnicity may influence your encounters abroad. Discrimination and racial prejudice in your host country may be similar or entirely different than those issues in the U.S.

Think about how you might be perceived in your host society and how this could this influence people’s interactions with you. What disadvantages and privileges are associated with race and ethnicity in the host culture? Speak with your UK Education Abroad advisor so that we can assist you in gathering the information you need.

Race & Ethnicity Abroad
While abroad, you will likely have encounters that challenge your preconceived definitions of racism and prejudice. These interactions will allow you to explore culturally-specific stereotypes and views of acceptance and tolerance. During your studies abroad, you can examine your own values and beliefs and may arrive at a better understanding of yourself.

Take advantage of this experience abroad to understand how people in the host culture define race and prejudice along with how they choose to respond to it. Who are the minority populations in the culture and how might you connect with them? Do you know the laws related to racial discrimination in the host country? Will you be a minority in this culture? If so, how might this influence your engagement with the local culture? Will you be a member of a majority for the first time?

Returning Home
Preparing for your return home is just as important as preparing for your departure. Before you return to the United States it is helpful to consider how changes in your self-identity may affect your relationships with family and friends. Give thought to what you have gained from your program. What have you learned while abroad and how will you use this knowledge in the future?

UK Education Abroad always welcomes student articles, photographs and/or video submissions to our blog, enKompass, and our social media. Send submissions to educationabroad@uky.edu with your name, your program’s title/dates and a short description.

Our Commitment to Diversity UK Education Abroad is committed to UK’s values of diversity and inclusion. A broad range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds inherent in diverse communities creates a rich learning environment from which all students can benefit.

In the spirit of diversity, UK Education Abroad has partnered with International Studies Abroad (ISA) and Academic Programs International (API) to offer the Diversity Scholarship. This unique scholarship can be used as a voucher to be redeemed any time within two calendar years of receiving the award. Award amounts vary between $2,500 and $5,000.

For more information, check out our Diversity Scholarship.

  • Resources
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Center
  • 313 Blazer Hall
  • uky.edu/MLKCC
  • 859.257.4130
  • Office for Institutional Diversity
  • 311 Main Building
  • uky.edu/diversity
  • vpid@uky.edu
  • UK Education Abroad
  • 315 Bradley Hall
  • 859.257.4067
  • uky.edu/educationabroad
  • educationabroad@uky.edu
  • First Steps Info Sessions
  • Mondays & Tuesdays at 4pm
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays at 3pm
  • 207 Bradley Hall

Preparing to Study Abroad
Before you leave the U.S., we encourage you to learn as much as possible about the country where you plan to study. Cultures vary in terms of how sexuality and sexual identity are defined and understood. You are encouraged to explore and research the cultural, legal and social issues relevant to the host culture.

It is wise to consider the cultural norms of friendship and dating for relationships between people of any sexual orientation. Are you interested in talking with other students who have studied abroad about general attitudes toward LGBTQ* persons? Speak with your UK Education Abroad advisor so that we can assist you in gathering the information you need.

Sexual Orientation Abroad
It is important that you are aware of and consider the implications of being identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered in the host culture and how being “out” might impact interactions. You are going abroad to experience a different way of life, and with that comes the opportunity to explore your sexual orientation in a new context.

Do you anticipate “coming out” during this experience abroad? Do you want to connect with local LGBTQ* organizations or support services while abroad? Think about how you will answer questions about your sexual orientation in the language of your host country.

Returning Home
Preparing for your return home is just as important as preparing for your departure. Before you return to the United States it is helpful to consider how changes in your self-identity may affect your relationships with family and friends. Give thought to what you have gained from your program. What have you learned while abroad and how will you use this knowledge in the future?

UK Education Abroad always welcomes student articles, photographs and/or video submissions to our blog, enKompass, and our social media. Send submissions to educationabroad@uky.edu with your name, your program’s title/dates and a short description.

Our Commitment to Diversity UK Education Abroad is committed to UK’s values of diversity and inclusion. A broad range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds inherent in diverse communities creates a rich learning environment from which all students can benefit.

In the spirit of diversity, UK Education Abroad has partnered with International Studies Abroad (ISA) and Academic Programs International (API) to offer the Diversity Scholarship. This unique scholarship can be used as a voucher to be redeemed any time within two calendar years of receiving the award. Award amounts vary between $2,500 and $5,000.

For more information, check out our Diversity Scholarship.


Preparing to Study Abroad
Choosing an education abroad program is an important decision. Students with disabilities should be informed about accessibility and accommodations before making a final decision on a program. Remember that other cultures may provide access and accommodations in a different way. Learn about what types of accommodation are typically provided in your host country.

Be flexible and open to considering different ways of accommodating your needs. Discuss your plans early on with your advisors at the UK Disability Resource Center so you can receive assistance with selecting a program and evaluating the type of accommodations that are possible at the selected site. Please discuss your questions and concerns with your Education Abroad advisor as well.

Individuals with Disabilities Abroad
Remember that one of the most important qualities for any education abroad participant is flexibility. You are going abroad to experience a different way of life, which may include a different way of dealing with your needs and a different degree of independence than you are used to. It will be important to communicate your needs with program staff. It is equally important to consider alternative ways to meet those needs.

You should be prepared for the fact that ability/disability may be culturally defined. Attitudes toward persons with disabilities and levels of accessibility can vary greatly from country to country. Before you leave, find out as much as you can about your host culture and how local people view disability. The more you know, the better prepared you will be for your integration into the new environment.

Returning Home
Preparing for your return home is just as important as preparing for your departure. Before you return to the United States it is helpful to consider how changes in your self-identity may affect your relationships with family and friends. Give thought to what you have gained from your program. What have you learned while abroad and how will you use this knowledge in the future?

UK Education Abroad always welcomes student articles, photographs and/or video submissions to our blog, enKompass, and our social media. Send submissions to educationabroad@uky.edu with your name, your program’s title/dates and a short description.

Our Commitment to Diversity UK Education Abroad is committed to UK’s values of diversity and inclusion. A broad range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds inherent in diverse communities creates a rich learning environment from which all students can benefit.

In the spirit of diversity, UK Education Abroad has partnered with International Studies Abroad (ISA) and Academic Programs International (API) to offer the Diversity Scholarship. This unique scholarship can be used as a voucher to be redeemed any time within two calendar years of receiving the award. Award amounts vary between $2,500 and $5,000.

For more information, check out our Diversity Scholarship.

  • Resources
  • UK Disability Resource Center
  • www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/DisabilityResourceCenter
  • 725 Rose Street, Suite 407
  • 859.257.2754
  • Mobility International USA
  • www.miusa.org/ncde/individuals/finaid.htm
  • Offers extensive financial aid information specifi­cally available for people with disabilities to study abroad.
  • Rotary International
  • www.rotary.org
  • Rotary International strongly encourages students with disabilities to apply for their Ambassadorial Scholarships.
  • UK Education Abroad
  • 315 Bradley Hall
  • 859.257.4067
  • uky.edu/educationabroad
  • educationabroad@uky.edu
  • First Steps Info Sessions
  • Mondays & Tuesdays at 4pm
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays at 3pm
  • 207 Bradley Hall

Preparing to Study Abroad
One of the more fascinating and perplexing issues for students abroad involves relationships and interactions regarding gender identity. It is important to recognize how heavily cultural differences affect this dynamic of social exchange. Begin now by researching gender roles in the culture where you will be studying.

What is the history of gender relations within that culture? How are American women and men perceived there? How might your gender influence people’s interactions with you? What disadvantages and privileges are associated with gender in the host culture? Speak with your UK Education Abroad advisor so that we can assist you in gathering the information you need.

Gender Issues Abroad
The dynamic of gender interactions in America may not correspond with cultural norms in other countries. This will become clearer to you as you begin making new friends and integrating into daily life abroad. Studying abroad allows you the opportunity to explore culturally-specific patterns of gender roles that may be different from what you are used to.

Observe how gender interaction can provide deeper insight into the cultural values of the host country. Learn what the expected dress codes are for women and the consequences of not following these codes. Are there particular locations or activities in your host country that are considered unsafe for women or men? What are the social norms for romantic relationships? How is sexual harassment defined and responded to in the host culture? Are there added safety precautions you must follow based on your gender?

Returning Home
Preparing for your return home is just as important as preparing for your departure. Before you return to the United States it is helpful to consider how changes in your self-identity may affect your relationships with family and friends. Give thought to what you have gained from your program. What have you learned while abroad and how will you use this knowledge in the future?

UK Education Abroad always welcomes student articles, photographs and/or video submissions to our blog, enKompass, and our social media. Send submissions to educationabroad@uky.edu with your name, your program’s title/dates and a short description.

Our Commitment to Diversity UK Education Abroad is committed to UK’s values of diversity and inclusion. A broad range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds inherent in diverse communities creates a rich learning environment from which all students can benefit.

Diversity Scholarship: Must be used on an International Studies Abroad (ISA) and Academic Programs International (API) program. Students have two years from awarded date to use the scholarship. Award amount: $2,500 and $5,000.

For more information, check out our Diversity Scholarship.

UK Women’s Club Travel Abroad Scholarship: Must be used on a UK Sponsored program. Students must complete a scholarship application, a faculty nomination form, and have a UK Sponsored application in accepted or committed status. Award Amount: $500 for summer | $1,000 for fall

  • Resources
  • Women Travelers
  • wanderlustandlipstick.com
  • This site gives a diverse range of information for women, everything from safety to packing, along with useful links to other websites.
  • Office for Institutional Diversity
  • 311 Main Building
  • uky.edu/diversity
  • vpid@uky.edu
  • UK Education Abroad
  • 315 Bradley Hall
  • 859.257.4067
  • uky.edu/educationabroad
  • educationabroad@uky.edu
  • First Steps Info Sessions
  • Mondays & Tuesdays at 4pm
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays at 3pm
  • 207 Bradley Hall

Preparing to Study Abroad
Deciding on an education abroad program can be challenging. First generation students should be informed about the complexities of education abroad before making a final decision on a program.

Remember that other cultures may provide challenges different than your own. Be flexible and open to considering different ways of life. Discuss your plans early on with your family as well as your advisors at the UK Education Abroad office.

Start with a First Steps Information Session in 207 Bradley Hall, Mondays & Tuesdays at 4pm and Wednesdays & Thursdays at 3pm. Our Resource Center is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays 9am to 3pm, where our Education Abroad Peer Ambassadors are ready to answer any questions.

Benefits and Costs
As a first generation student, you have the opportunity to be the first in your family to participate on a credit-bearing education abroad program. There are many benefits to taking part in international education. First, you can fulfill academic requirements, which can include major coursework or UK Core credit. Also, you can leverage your education abroad program in the job market by discussing what you’ve learned about yourself, the host culture or your subject area.

There are programs that are comparable in cost to a semester at UK. To help fund your education abroad program there are several scholarships available. Visit
uky.edu/international/available_scholarships to see which opportunities are specific to first generation students. Your UK financial aid may also be applicable to your
education abroad program.

Returning Home
Preparing for your return home is just as important as preparing for your departure. Before you return to the United States it is helpful to consider how changes in your self-identity may affect your relationships with family and friends. Give thought to what you have gained from your program. What have you learned while abroad and how will you use this knowledge in the future?

UK Education Abroad always welcomes student articles, photographs and/or video submissions to our blog, enKompass, and our social media. Send submissions to educationabroad@uky.edu with your name, your program’s title/dates and a short description.

Our Commitment to Diversity
UK Education Abroad is committed to UK’s values of diversity and inclusion. A broad range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds inherent in diverse communities creates a rich learning environment from which all students can benefit.

In the spirit of diversity, UK Education Abroad has partnered with International Studies Abroad (ISA) and Academic Programs International (API) to offer the Diversity Scholarship. This unique scholarship can be used as a voucher to be redeemed any time within two calendar years of receiving the award. Award amounts vary between $2,500 and $5,000.

For more information, check out our Diversity Scholarship.

Other First Generation Scholarships:
uky.edu/international/duysen

uky.edu/international/collins

  • Resources
  • First Generation Initiatives
  • 128 McVey Hall
  • 859.257.1925
  • uky.edu/academy/1G

  • Office for Institutional Diversity
  • 311 Main Building
  • uky.edu/diversity
  • vpid@uky.edu

  • UK Education Abroad
  • 315 Bradley Hall
  • 859.257.4067
  • uky.edu/educationabroad
  • educationabroad@uky.edu

  • First Steps Info Sessions
  • Mondays & Tuesdays at 4pm
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays at 3pm
  • 207 Bradley Hall