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Internationalization at UK

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, issues of globalization and internationalization become more important for preparing our students and faculty for participation on a global level. International student enrollment is the highest it has ever been and domestic students’ participation in education abroad is on the rise, according to the most recent “Open Doors” survey (Redden, 2013). Faculty are increasingly collaborating with peers across the globe through exchanges, conferences, technology-enhanced networking, and in other ways.

Key highlights of UK's internationalization:

  • There are over 2,000 international students from 120 different countries studying in undergraduate, graduate and UK's intensive English language programs.
  • The number of UK students who earn credit abroad has dramatically increased in recent years and has far exceeded national trends in enrollment growth, from just under 600 students in 2009-2010 to over a 1,000 students in 2013-14.
  • There are over 500 international faculty, staff and exchange visitors on UK's campus.
  • Since Fall 2012 students have studied, interned, conducted research, and taught in over 50 different countries, including destinations such as Cuba, Zambia, and Indonesia.
  • UK’s international work is also creating positive change beyond the Commonwealth. Through the hard work of faculty and staff, UK has received significant federal grant dollars to help war-torn countries such as Pakistan and Iraq rebuild the capacity of their higher-education institutions.
  • According to NAFSA’s International Student Economic Value Tool during the 2014-15 academic year international students contributed $212.8 million to the Commonwealth of Kentucky economy.
  • The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is participating in the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center through its Power Generation Group, and Algae Research to develop next generation of clean coal technologies, carbon capture and storage.

The International Student Enrollment chart below depicts international student enrollments at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The percentage increases in international student enrollments are greatest at the bachelor’s level, where the number of students has increased by 134.5 percent since 2009-10, according to Enrollment Management data.

UK student participation in for-credit education abroad experiences has risen from 590 students in 2008 to over a 1000 students in 2013-2014 (see the UK Education Abroad Enrollment chart below), increasing at a faster rate than the national average. 

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View the economic impact of international students in the U.S. and Kentucky with NAFSA's International Student Economic Value Tool.