Welcome to UK Education Abroad!
Education Abroad is the University of Kentucky's comprehensive resource for study abroad, research abroad, intern abroad, and other educational experiences worldwide. Our goal is to partner with UK faculty and advisors to provide academically sound international experiences that promote intercultural competence, disciplinary scholarship, and foreign language acquisition for all students.
University of Kentucky faculty members have a variety of options when it comes to teaching students abroad. Learn more about directing an education abroad program here.
Funding for International Education
UK Education Abroad maintains a fund to support faculty international travel for the purposes of establishing a UK faculty-directed education abroad program. Learn more about the UK Faculty-Directed Program Development Grant here.
Also, UK Education maintains a small fund to encourage and support UK faculty and staff members to conduct short site visits to our established education abroad programs. Knowing that UK faculty and staff members often travel abroad, the goal of these grant funds is to cover additional expenses associated with conducting a site visit as an add-on to previously arranged travel (i.e., housing, meals, local transportation). Learn more about the Program Site Visit Grant here.
UK Education Abroad collaborates with academic units to develop major-specific advising resources to assist students with selecting programs that most closely align with each degree program and assist faculty and staff in advising and guiding students interested in pursuing education abroad. Learn more about our curriculum integration initiative here.
College-Specific Exchange Programs
UK Education Abroad oversees the management of bilateral and multilateral student exchanges, or those programs involving the reciprocal, two-way movement of students between institutions. UK Education Abroad provides guidance in the consideration, development, review and approval of exchanges agreement. Learn more about developing a new exchange here.
Education Abroad Committee
The International Advisory Council (IAC) has several standing advisory committees, one of which is the Education Abroad Committee (EAC). The EAC is comprised of members of the International Advisory Council along with other relevant University faculty and staff who serve with ad hoc or ex officio appointments. The EAC serves to provide on-going advice and guidance to UK Education Abroad (EA) on all aspects of program development and review, enrollment management, policy setting and adherence, curriculum integration, strategic and long-term planning, and continuing quality evaluation of EA programming. Learning more about the EAC here.
Scholarship Reviewer Opportunities
UK Education Abroad administers over $350,000 in education abroad scholarships for UK students. The administration of these scholarships is achievable only because of the faculty and staff who give their time to be scholarship reviewers. Please contact UK Education Abroad if you’d like to get more information on how to serve as scholarship reviewer.
Policies on Educational Travel
To view the University of Kentucky's and UK Education Abraod's regulations on policies and procedures for international education travel approved or sponsored by the University, whether credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing, protocol on academic travel in U.S. Department of State travel warning countries, or guidlines for Spouses/partners, children and guests on UK Education Abroad faculty-directed programs, click here.
Invite us to speak with your students, here. UK Education Abroad employs a number of professional advisors as well as student peer advisers through the Education Abroad Peer Ambassador internship program. Together, these individuals assist students throughout the education abroad program selection and application process. Invite us to your class or organization meeting or use the Education Abroad 101 video to promote education abroad to your students below.
You will receive a confirmation email from Education Abroad once your presentation has been scheduled.
Order Education Abroad Center Materials
Contact our Education Abroad Resource Center (firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 859-323-2151) to order catalogs, posters, brochures, flyers, and other materials.
International Engagement Opportunities
Each year, UK Education Abroad facilitates a number of international engagement opportunities for faculty and staff. Below are examples of recent opportunities arranged for faculty and staff to identify strategies for incorporating international education into their course content.
Global Issues Faculty Seminar: Year of the Middle East
In support of the College of Arts & Sciences Passport to the World initiative and its 2014-2015 Year of the Middle East, UK Education Abroad partnered with the College of Arts & Sciences to offer a faculty development seminar in the Middle East
that focused on contemporary issues pertinent to the region. The goal of the seminar was to offer UK faculty members the opportunity to learn first-hand about these issues and to thereby make them better prepared to disseminate knowledge and understanding about this region among UK students and faculty. The seminar was intended for faculty members who (1) are open to internationalizing their teaching by blending a global component into a course or refocusing a course by incorporating contemporary Middle Eastern issues into it or (2) are interested in advancing the international education goals of the University (e.g., education abroad, institutional partnerships, etc.).
UK Confucius Institute & UK Education Abroad China Education Abroad Programming Site Visit
The UK Confucius Institute and UK Education Abroad collaborated to offer a summer 2015, programming site visit to China. The goal of site visit was to offer UK colleges the opportunity to learn first-hand about international higher education issues in China and to further enhance education abroad programming in China for UK students. Each UK College dean was invited to nominate one faculty/staff representative to participate in the site visit. All in-country expenses were covered by the UK Confucius Institute and our in-country partners. Representatives meet with local university faculty, education abroad professionals, and government officials to discuss some of the factors that shape the student experience in China, with particular attention given to understanding the many challenges and opportunities involved in sending U.S. students to study in China.