Education Abroad (EA) in the University of Kentucky International Center has developed a new strategic partnership with International Studies Abroad (ISA), an international education organization that hosts students from multiple universities. This unique partnership between UK and ISA will be facilitated through an ISA office on UK’s campus.
The ISA office, located in Bradley Hall, will extend EA’s mission of providing academically sound international experiences to all UK students. The office will also support UK students with specialized advising and UK faculty with customizing education abroad programs within specific disciplines.
“This partnership will significantly enhance the presence of all international education opportunities on campus, at no cost to the University,” said Anthony Ogden, director of Education Abroad. “ISA’s presence will help further our efforts to advance education abroad programming and do so in ways that will not increase students’ financial burdens, or delay time to graduation.”
ISA has always provided scholarship funding to UK students, but with this new relationship, ISA will be able to further increase the number and amount of scholarships offered to UK students.
Nick Zappitelli, associate director of university relations for ISA, will lead the new office. In addition to advising, Zappitelli will act as a liaison between ISA and the UK campus. Zappitelli plans to spearhead several new initiatives in the areas that UK’s office of Education Abroad has already defined as important: curriculum integration, faculty engagement and alumni relations.
"ISA is looking forward to this new collaborative effort and further developing our relationship with Education Abroad, the student population at UK and the university as a whole", Zappitelli said. "I am eager to get started and I am excited to bring a piece of ISA to the UK campus".
Over 350 UK students have participated on education abroad programs through ISA since 2006.
For 25 years, ISA has provided college students in the United States and Canada opportunities to explore the world. ISA offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities in 20 countries and 37 cities, including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Panama, Peru, South Korea and Spain. In 2012, ISA formed a strategic partnership with Interstudy, diversifying students' study abroad options to Botswana, Scotland and South Africa.