Miko McFarland, a Missouri native, received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Master of International Affairs and Administration from Missouri State University.Prior to joining the UK Education Abroad team, Miko served as the Study Away Programs Advisor at Missouri State University for over four years, where she advised approximately 400+ students each year through all phases of the education abroad process. At the University of Kentucky, she oversees the office and dynamic portfolio of education abroad programming that includes faculty-directed programs, exchanges, internships and community engagement opportunities.
Miko is an active contributor to the field of international education. Miko currently serves on multiple national and regional oversight committees, including the ISEP Council of Advisors, a member-elected board of institutional representatives and the International Studies Abroad Board of Directors. She regularly presents at national conferences to promote best practices in education abroad programming, student health and safety and faculty engagement. Miko is a contributing author to Association of International Educators (NAFSA) publications and is a NAFSA Leadership Academy alum. In 2011, Miko was awarded the NAFSA Region IV Outstanding New Professional in International Education and in 2012, she received the Missouri State University Division of Student Affairs (DOSA) Award for Outstanding Collaboration as a Team for her cross-departmental efforts on the Transfer Credit Pre-Approval Task Force.
When Miko is not working on UK Education Abroad initiatives, she enjoys volunteering at the Kentucky Horse Park and will enthusiastically engage any fellow equestrian in “horse talk”.