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Selecting a Program

At the University of Kentucky, students have the opportunity to pursue a number of exciting opportunities to further develop their international knowledge and skills.  Education Abroad at UK offers hundreds of study abroad, research abroad and intern abroad programs all around the world.  Increasingly, students may also pursue teaching abroad and service learning programs.

Students are encouraged to think about the type of experience they’d like to have abroad:

Study Abroad
Students can enroll in academic coursework at a foreign institution for a traditional classroom-based experience. Depending on the selected program, academic credit will be earned via the host institution or via UK.

Research Abroad
Students can conduct research with faculty at foreign institutions or conduct independent research in the field in an international setting. Depending on the selected program, academic credit will be earned via the host institution or via UK. Research credit is typically awarded either through a student’s academic department.

Intern Abroad
Students can gain work experience in a professional setting through international internships. Depending on the selected program, academic credit will be earned via the host institution or via UK. Internship credit may be awarded either through a student’s academic department or the UK Stuckert Career Center.

Teach Abroad
Students majoring in education can do their student teaching for professional certification at an international elementary, middle or secondary school. Academic credit will be earned via UK College of Education. Non-education majors with an interest in teaching may also be able to volunteer or intern abroad in an educational setting via a Study Abroad, Intern Abroad or Service Abroad program.

Service Abroad
Students can engage with the host community by participating in international service-learning projects. Depending on the selected program, academic credit will be earned via the host institution or via UK.

Once students have determined the type of experience they would like to have abroad, students should conduct a Program Search. All programs offered by UK Education Abroad will be named according to the following categories:

UK Sponsored
Students will participate on a program directed by a University of Kentcuky faculty or staff member, alongside other UK students.

UK Consortia
Students will participate on a program directed by a U.S. faculty or staff member, alongside other U.S. students.

UK Exchange 
Students will enroll as a visiting student at a foreign institution, paying regular tuition and fees to the University of Kentucky.

UK Direct 
Students will enroll as a visiting student at a foreign institution, paying tuition and fees directly to the foreign institution. 

UK Partner 
Students will participate on a program coordinated by a third party education abroad organization, alongside other U.S. students and/or foreign students. 

UK Education Abroad works closely with faculty to ensure that credits earned abroad will fit within a student’s chosen degree path and not delay time to graduation. Major Advising Pages (MAPS) represent a handful of programs specifically identified by UK faculty as being particularly attractive and useful in a given degree plan.