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Global Engagement Academy


The Global Engagement Academy is the first-ever professional development program designed for the University of Kentucky faculty and staff to build cross-cutting competencies in international engagement and education.

It's an ideal professional development opportunity if you:

- Are interested in teaching, researching or traveling abroad

- Work with international students

- Manage or implement international-related programs/policies

- Manage international transactions

- Promote/recruit for the university internationally

Program Details

• Free professional development program for UK faculty and staff

• No prerequisites for any course

• Earn a certificate by completing 3 foundation courses and 3 elective courses in 3 years

• At least 2 foundation and 2 elective courses are offered each semester

• Complete your certificate and be eligible to apply for a $250 Academy grant to support your professional development plans

• Consider adding it to your professional development goals and PE!

Core Competencies

  • Understand UK as a global institution

  • Work effectively across cultures

  • Implement UK policies and best practices regarding international engagement

  • Identify and access university resources for international engagement

Spring 2020 Courses Now Open!

Foundation Courses

Duration: 90-120 min, in person.

Internationalization at UK & Global Trends

This class will present an overview of the University of Kentucky’s “global footprint” by characterizing the wide range of international engagement activities, including student/staff mobility, international student recruitment and alumni relations, international research collaborations, international engagement and service, and international business operations and relationships.

In addition, the course will discuss the ACE/CIGE model of “comprehensive internationalization” and current trends, challenges, and opportunities related to fostering comprehensive internationalization throughout the UK campus and all of our key missions, strategies, and enterprises. Finally, participants will be introduced to the range of existing infrastructure, resources and expertise to support campus internationalization efforts.

Intercultural Communication

UK continues to become a more diverse campus, as faculty and staff, we are expected to be prepared to support our international faculty, staff and students.

The participants in the Intercultural Communication workshop will become more aware of the influential role that culture has on the way we act, think and learn.  We will explore ways that cultural differences may cause misunderstandings and create barriers to communication.  Through experiential activities, participants will identify insight into one’s own culture and develop strategies for communicating across cultures. 

Global Mobility

This session explores the student global mobility trends, challenges and pressures impacting the university. Attendees will learn what drives international students and scholar populations coming to the U.S. and how this compares to other areas of the world.

Additionally, this session will engage attendees with thought-provoking data, trends and discussion about what drives our students to study abroad. Recommended course for current faculty or staff in the university.


Strategy & Partnerships

• Telling the UK Story to the World

Learn how to brand and market the University of Kentucky overseas by identifying available resources at UK, understanding how to translates the UK brand story "Wildly Possible" to key target markets and learn other considerations when marketing and communicating with prospective, current students and alumni across the globe.

Recommended for international recruiters, communications directors, administrators and travelers who market or communicate about the university across the globe.

• Beyond Handshakes: Developing Sustainable International Partnerships

Inter-institutional partnerships can form a core component of a campus internationalization strategy, by fostering sustained collaborative research relationships, student/staff mobility platforms, joint curriculum development, and recruitment/alumni relations bases around the world. Any yet, as with any business partnership, international partnerships require consistent attention and communication, refinement of goals and processes, and periodic assessment.

This class will introduce participants to various institutional partnership models supporting education and research, consider UK’s portfolio of international partnerships and how these might be leveraged for increased impact, and some basic concepts and tools for identifying, cultivating, sustaining and evaluating international partnerships in higher education.

International Recruitment

• International Recruitment 101

101 is a course for anyone who is interested in learning about international student recruitment. The course will introduce you to the big picture of the current international recruitment landscape, the art of recruitment and marketing, and ethical considerations when interacting with prospective students.

International Recruitment Beyond the Basics

The course targets those who are already familiar with the basic principles of international student recruitment and want to apply those principles to help enhance UK’s recruitment efforts. We will delve into specific details, strategies, custom-tailored efforts, and materials used in our recruitment activities.

Going Abroad

• International Travel at UK: Policies, Procedures & Resources

This course will focus on the policies and procedures around student and employee international travel at UK, and it will highlight the resources that are available to travelers through the University, including insurance, emergency response and more.

The course is geared toward any administrator who works with international travelers, and toward travelers themselves.

• Developing a Course Abroad

Did you know UK offers over 60 courses taught abroad every year? UK faculty are increasingly interested in developing global experiences to leverage the international scope of their course content, to provide real-world learning opportunities and to foster meaningful intercultural experiences for students. With the right strategy, planning and support from UK Education Abroad & Exchanges (EA), you could develop an enriching education abroad program for your students. From learning outcomes to budgeting to logistics, this session covers the basics of building a successful program.

Recommended course for current faculty and staff who are eligible to teach.

• Chinese Culture 101 (Travel Pre-Departure)

Learn the basics of Chinese culture, business etiquette and travel tips that will become essential to a successful China abroad experience, regardless of your role.



Student Success

• Making the Case for Study Abroad

Did you know that 18.8% of UK’s graduating class of 2019 participated in an education abroad program? It is widely accepted that education abroad is a high impact practice which benefits students academically and professionally. Students who study abroad graduate early and with higher GPAs and on average earn $7,000 more in their first job than students who do not study abroad.  Unfortunately, not every student is aware of the opportunities to study abroad and how to begin the process.

UK Education Abroad & Exchanges (EA) wants to partner with faculty and staff to help encourage their students to go abroad. During this presentation, UK EA will provide an overview of education abroad opportunities and the benefits to students as well as share resources on how to talk with students about seeing what’s widely possible though studying abroad!  

• International Students in the Classroom

Understanding the learning styles of different cultures. Learn some tips for engaging and utilizing international students in the classroom. Find ways to increase student success through creative teaching methods.

Recommended for teaching faculty and staff.  

• Advising International Students & Scholars

International students often have restrictions that differ from domestic students.  We will explore these important differences and other topics related to enrollment in online courses, pursuit of internships, and employment after graduation. 

This session is for any faculty or staff member with academic advising responsibilities.  

Hiring & Hosting

• Hiring International Employees

Understand the immigration and Department of Labor rules associated with hiring international faculty and staff positions. Learn to create job ads which meet the Department of Labor criteria. Receive an overview of the different pathways to employment-based visa statuses for both teaching and non-teaching positions.

Recommended training for chairs, supervisors, business officers, grant administrators, and Human Resource managers.​​​

• Hosting Short-Term International Visitors and Scholars

Understand the visa options available to short-term visitors when inviting to international visitors including the required visa forms and processes which are necessary in order to sponsor an international visitor.

Recommended training for supervisors, principal investigators, grant administrators, HR.

Budget & Operations

International Financial Management

From paying foreign nationals to making international wire transfers, this course will help participants understand the complicated nature of processing international financial transactions. This course will review university policies and offer tips and best practices. Even non-business specialists will benefit from understanding processes in order to manage expectations for research grants and other international activities.