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Mission, Values, Priorities


Mission
UK Education Abroad is a unit of the International Center with the primary responsibility to facilitate high-quality, academically-sound and experientially rich Study Abroad, Research Abroad, Intern Abroad, Teach Abroad and Service Abroad programs for UK students.  Education Abroad at UK also oversees international student exchange programming with our partner universities around the world.   All other international experiences, including non-credit bearing programming, are managed by Education Abroad at UK.

The UK Education Abroad team has extensive professional experience in international education programming and strives to offer insightful guidance, on-going orientation and on-going support to any student considering or planning an education abroad experience.

Values
Education Abroad at UK will provide academically-sound, international experiences for all University of Kentucky students, irrespective of demographic, academic discipline, or financial need, that promote intercultural competence, disciplinary scholarship and foreign language acquisition.

Priorities

  • Academic Quality. To facilitate relevant, high-quality academic programs abroad.
     
  • Global Citizenship. To facilitate international programs that produce UK graduates who are intellectually engaged, interculturally competent and prepared to contribute meaningfully to the leadership and sustainability of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the world.
     
  • Health, Safety and Security. To utilize national best practices to effectively and continuously monitor, evaluate and respond to health, safety and security conditions of all programming.
     
  • Diversity. To offer accessible programs that appeal to traditionally underrepresented populations in education abroad programming and to diversify the geographic destinations where UK students study.
     
  • Reciprocity. To facilitate programs that are respectful of the local communities that host UK students.