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The University of Kentucky International Center (UKIC) 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).

What is a site visit?
A typical site visit is usually limited to one day or less and generally includes such activities as touring the partner campus and  facilities, meeting with onsite faculty and staff, observing classes, visiting internship sites, seeing student housing, meeting with students, etc. 

How much is the site visit grant?
UK faculty and staff members will be reimbursed up to $200 per site visit. Standard UK financial reimbursements policies and procedures apply, and grant recipients must provide original receipts for reimbursement.   

Who arranges the site visit?
Site visits are organized through the UK Education Abroad office in cooperation with the on-site staff.  Education Abroad will endeavor to accommodate the timing of each proposed site visit. However, due to an international program’s academic schedule, there are some periods, like orientation and exam weeks, during which our partners would be unable to host a site visit. 

What is required?
Grant recipients are asked to provide feedback by completing a Report on Program Site Visit. The Education Abroad office staff reviews the information in these reports as part of our mission to continually assess and improve programming.  Unless permitted, feedback will not be shared directly with the host partner or on-site staff.

Who is eligible?
Any UK faculty or staff member is welcome to conduct a site visit to established education abroad programs included among the education abroad program portfolio. In certain circumstances, grant funding may be available for site visits to programs not currently included.  Individuals may apply for successive site visit grants.

When is the deadline?
Education Abroad reviews grant requests on a rolling basis and makes awards until the annual fund allocation is exhausted.  As possible, requests for site visits should be made at least three weeks in advance.   Grant recipients will usually be made within one week of submission (see submission proposal form below).

Questions or Comments?
Contact Miko McFarland at for more information.




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