International Distance Learning

While the University of Kentucky works to carefully track issues related to international authorization and licensure, it is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements such as:

  • Whether the online degree selected will be recognized in the student’s country of residence and/or any country in which the student intends to work;
  • How the collection of student data may be used in any such country;
  • Whether the student will be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the price of tuition.

Degree/Educational Recognition: Several countries will not formally recognize foreign online education or degrees, which may have implications for students who later seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who intend to use foreign education to gain employment or the right to work within their respective countries. 

Licensure and Certification Programs: International students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification (or that is in a field where these credentials may be required) should first confirm with the appropriate professional licensing board in their country of residence or country in which they intend to work as to whether a University of Kentucky degree is recognized when seeking licensure, certification, or employment in a specific field.

Technological Considerations: Please be advised, for many international locations it is unclear whether there are suitable technological capabilities available to offer reliable educational offerings using online or hybrid formats. Prospective students should be aware of this possibility prior to enrollment, and should always comply with their country's laws when accessing online content.

Does This Information Apply to My Situation? Please note, information on this webpage ONLY applies to current or prospective students looking to complete an online/hybrid course or program while located outside of the U.S. This includes current or prospective students with or without U.S. citizenship.

This information does NOT impact current or prospective students who:

  • are completing Education Abroad experiences; or
  • have citizenship outside the U.S., AND are looking to come to the U.S. and University of Kentucky's campus at any time during enrollment.

The students described above should contact the International Center for more information about whether a course, program or educational activity can be completed outside the U.S.

Using This Website and Contact Information: If you're an admitted or prospective student, you should also check whether the University of Kentucky can offer distance education in your country. You can find information below on countries the University of Kentucky has researched so far. If your country is not listed, please contact UK Distance Learning at

ATTENTION: Are you planning on taking a course or program in Engineering, Explosives and Blasting, Teaching, Law, Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, OR any other field that may require a license, certification, registration, permit, or any other credential for employment? If so, before applying, please contact UK Distance Learning Even if the University is Authorized or Permitted to offer distance education in a location listed below, this may not be allowed if taking courses or programs in these fields, or more may be required first.

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