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Welcome to ISSS

Led by Director Elizabeth Leibach, ISSS provides leadership and expertise in the advising and immigration needs of more than 2,000 international students and over 500 international faculty, staff and exchange visitors. ISSS also administers university compliance with evolving federal regulations, supports the university and its medical center by managing global student and scholar interactions, and facilitates the well being of all international students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

International Theater Student Accepted into Prestigious Master of Fine Arts Program
As an international theater student from Beijing, senior Shaofei Chen landed at the University of Kentucky a short four years ago with “a narrow English vocabulary and little knowledge of Western culture,” he said. Since then, Chen’s passion and...
International Student Spearheads National Campus Kitchens Project at UK
For University of Kentucky junior Kendra Oo, an education in nutrition extends far beyond the classroom. Oo, a dietetics student from Myanmar, was attracted to the coordinated dietetics program at UK that offered a challenging course schedule along...
New International Leadership Team Facilitates Student Adaptation and Engagement
The University of Kentucky’s International Student and Scholar Services has created a new way for international students to connect with the university socially, academically and culturally. The new International Student Leadership Team, consisting...
International Student Receives Scholarship for Cross-Cultural Understanding
Business management and equine science student Tiffany Molina was awarded the prestigious 2016 Viji Jeganathan Scholarship for Cross-Cultural Understanding for her dedication to promoting cultural diversity and inclusivity through her involvement at...
UK’s International Enrollment and Study Abroad Growth Rates Exceed National Averages
The University of Kentucky continues to exceed national growth rates for both international student enrollment and education abroad participation, compared to the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange released last week. In...
UK Highlights Globalization and Multiculturalism with International Education Week Events
The University of Kentucky will celebrate cultural diversity of UK, where more than 2,200 international students and scholars representing more than 120 countries study or teach, during International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 13-20.   “Given...
International Education Week Kick-Off Nov. 13
The University of Kentucky International Center is proud to kick-off International Education Week with Global Paw Prints, organized by International Student Council and sponsored by UKIC, Student Government Association and Student Activities Board....
ACE Peer Review Team “Admires” UK’s Progress in Comprehensive Internationalization
A team of American Council on Education (ACE) representatives visited the University of Kentucky to conduct a peer review in early September, as part of UK’s participation in the ACE Internationalization Lab 2.0. “The internationalization...
Three UK representatives appointed to Mayor’s Commission
Three University of Kentucky representatives have been appointed to a two-year and four-year term on the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Commission. These include Dr. Huajing Maske, UK’s director of the Confucius Institute,...
Two University of Kentucky International Students Received the Viji Jeganathan Award
Two University of Kentucky students have been awarded the Fall 2015 Viji Jegnathan Scholarship, recognizing their excellence in promoting cultural awareness and inclusion on campus and in the community.   Award recipients are chosen by a...