Miko McFarland, Executive Director of Education Abroad & Exchanges, oversees the education abroad team and program portfolio, which includes faculty-directed, exchanges, partner and consortia programs, internships and for-credit community engagement opportunities abroad.
A Missouri native, McFarland completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Master of International Affairs and Administration from Missouri State University. Prior to joining the UK Education Abroad & Exchanges team, Miko served as the Study Away Programs Advisor at Missouri State University for over four years, where she advised approximately 400+ students through all phases of the education abroad process. In 2014, McFarland joined UK Education Abroad & Exchanges as the Assistant Director.
McFarland plays an active role within the field of international education. She currently serves on multiple regional, national and international advisory boards, including the ISEP Council of Advisors and the International Studies Abroad Board of Directors. She is a member of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) , a Trainer Corps member, a NAFSA Leadership Academy Alum and contributing author to a NAFSA publication. McFarland regularly presents at conferences to promote best practices in education abroad programming, international risk management, student health and safety and faculty engagement.
Throughout her career, McFarland has received professional recognition, including a 2012 Missouri State University Division of Student Affairs Award, for her contributions toward developing an online education abroad transfer equivalency process and the 2011 NAFSA Region IV Outstanding New Professional in International Education.
When Miko is not working on education abroad initiatives, she is an avid equine enthusiast and will happily engage any fellow equestrian in “horse talk”.