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Two UK Graduate Students Selected as Delegates to the Commission on the Status of Women

In a competitive application process, two University of Kentucky graduate students, Ibitola Asaolu and Chioma Okafor, were selected as delegates to the Commission on the Status of Women review meeting held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Asaolu and Okafor were among 15 practicum delegates of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), a 98-year-old organization recently nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Two University of Kentucky International Students Received the Viji Jeganathan Award

Two University of Kentucky international students have received scholarships awarded by the UK International Center to support their academic pursuits on campus.

These students received the Viji Jeganathan Award, a university-funded scholarship sponsored by the UK Student Government Association and administered by the UK International Center.

The scholarship supports students who have demonstrated a significant contribution to inter-cultural communication and understanding among students and faculty on campus and promoted friendship across nationality boundaries.

Amanda Pesqueira was awarded the Alltech National Young Scientist Award


Amanda Pesqueira, a UK graduate student in Animal and Food Sciences from Brazil, was recently awarded the Alltech National Young Scientist Award – the Global Award will be announced later this year. Pesqueira shared her story on the Alltech Innovations Blog.

UK, Georgetown College and BCTC Host International Advisers

Educational advisers from 18 countries (e.g., Peru, Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Malawi and Argentina) traveled to Lexington on April 29 to attend a weeklong Training Institute where they learned to navigate the complex process of applying to U.S. colleges and universities.

President’s Blog: Immigration Reform Reflects the American Dream

Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to China with a delegation from the University of Kentucky to advance several partnerships growing between UK's colleges and departments and universities and industries in a country growing in economic importance.

International Students Graduation Reception


In honor and celebration of your accomplishments, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, UK International Center, and International Hospitality Program cordially invite you and your family to the International Students Graduation Reception.



Saturday, April 27, 2013

10 a.m. – Noon

King Alumni House

Stop by for complimentary brunch while mingling with fellow graduates.

ISSS Brown Bag Workshop Series - advising international students


The International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS), in the UK international Center, is offering three Brown Bag Lunch Workshops to help UK’s academic advisors understand the process of working with international undergraduate students.

Asia Center Scholarship Recipient's Kyrgyzstan Experience

After receiving a scholarship from UKIC’s Asia Center, Holsapple spent the summer of 2011 studying at the London School, a language institute in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital.  

“Central Asia always stood out to me as an area fascinating in terms of its sundry blend of cultures, languages and spheres of interest.  Without a doubt the most democratic Central Asian state, Kyrgyzstan struck me as the perfect place to study,” she said.  

In Kyrgyzstan, Holsapple lived with a local host family while she studied Russian. 

UK Students Experience the World Without Leaving Campus

Sophomore Joe Papp grew up in Nicholasville ― just down the road from UK's campus.  At first, he thought he needed to look at universities further away from his hometown because he had an itch to travel and discover other cultures. 

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