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About the Academy

The UK Office of China Initiatives & University of Kentucky Confucius Institute Summer Academy offers classes in four main areas: English reading, writing, listening and speaking. Throughout the Academy’s English classes and special activities, you’ll learn about and experience American and Kentucky culture first-hand. All learning will take place in a hands-on, interactive environment. At the end of the Academy, you will fly to the East Coast of the U.S. for tours of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and of Columbia University in New York City (NYC), New York. You’ll also take city tours of both Boston and NYC!

English Classes

English Reading & Writing Class 

An instructor from the UK Department of English will present lessons tailored to your needs to help you improve your skills in reading and writing English. This class will support your development of skills useful in academic and professional life, such as in completing American university or internship applications.

English Listening & Speaking Class

English speaking and listening comprehension are also essential parts of academic and professional life, such as interviews with American universities or for a future job at the international level. Taught by an instructor from the UK Department of English and customized to your needs, this class will help strengthen your listening and speaking skills, while deepening your understanding of American culture.

Special Activities

Have you heard of UK basketball? If so, you probably know that basketball is a big part of Kentucky’s culture, and no trip to the Commonwealth is complete without learning more about the sport. During your stay in Lexington, you’ll learn more about the sport firsthand. 

Kentucky Horse Park
Are you interested in horses? Have you ever ridden one before? During the Academy, you will visit the Kentucky Horse Park, a working horse farm where you’ll get to learn all about the history of the horse and even get to see a variety of both common and rare horses from around the world. The Kentucky Horse Park also provides the opportunity to ride a horse!

Audit a UK Class
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to attend classes at an American university? Now you’ll get the chance to find out! This activity will allow you to audit a University of Kentucky summer class, where you’ll get to see just what it’s like to be a student at our university.

Cultural Activities in Kentucky

  • Visit Kentucky Horse Park & the Kentucky Aviation Museum   
  • Visit Lexington Farmer’s Market
  • Visit the original Kentucky Fried Chicken and Cumberland Falls State Park
  • Tour Keeneland Race Track
  • Attend a Lexington Legend's Baseball Game
  • Attend a local musical performance
  • Participate in a Trail Ride on Horseback 
  • Shop at Simpsonville Outlet Mall
  • Shop at Fayette Mall in Lexington, KY

The East Coast Tour

At the conclusion of this Academy, you will tour well-known universities and cities on the East Coast of the United States. During the tour of Boston and New York City, you’ll visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Columbia University. You will also visit sites of both famous U.S. cities, such as Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall in Boston and the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building in NYC.

Academy Cost

Each Estimated Total Cost Includes:
• Academy tuition
• Housing on the UK Campus
• Transportation for UK activities
• 4-5 meals on the UK Campus
• 2 banquets
• State-of-the-art UK Campus facilities
• Ticket to Lexington Legends baseball game
• Entry to the Kentucky Horse Park
• 1-way flight from Lexington to Boston
• 4 nights hotel during East Coast Tour
• 4 hotel breakfasts, 1 Boston-style lobster dinner

• Tour guide who speaks English & Chinese
• Tours of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University & Columbia University
• City tours of Boston & New York City
• Bus transportation during East Coast Tour

Academy Price Excludes:
• Travel insurance & health insurance
• Access to the UK Johnson Center Gym
• Horse riding experience
• Gratuities for bus driver and tour guide
• Luggage fees on domestic airlines for East Coast tour