UKIC / Global Engagement Academy

Global Engagement Academy

UK faculty and staff registered participants

Participants completed GEA Certificate

Sessions offered in since March 2020

Average numbers of courses each participant takes


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 2022 Registration is Open! Check our courses here >

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.

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 the University of Kentucky, 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

This class will consider best practices in identifying, cultivating, evaluating and sustaining collaborative partnerships between institutions of higher education and advanced research. Topics will include: defining mutual benefit in partnerships, promoting partnerships among campus stakeholders, assessing outcomes of partnership activities, leveraging external funding opportunities, maintaining communications, and dealing with crises/disruptions to partnership activities.

International Recruitment

• International Recruitment 101

Along with wreaking havoc on global economy, educational opportunities, international mobility, the events of 2020 threw the world of international recruitment into major turmoil as well. In this session, we will review the conventional methods of international recruitment and the ways in which those methods were adapted to function in the new reality of international education.

The session participants will learn about the challenges prospective students are facing and the approaches UK is taking to help overcome those challenges. They will also engage in exercises that help to streamline and improve communication with prospective students and introduce UK to them in innovative and re-designed ways.

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.

Global Learning

China Beyond Geopolitics

Within the current climate of geopolitical tension between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, what is the status of educational exchanges between the two countries? Should U.S. institutions of higher education such as ours give up on China? Are there still opportunities to engage with Chinese scholars, Chinese students and our partner universities in general? What about those robust China programs that were so active before the pandemic? What are the challenges and opportunities for engaging with China during the pandemic and beyond?

This sixty-minute interactive discussion led by Dr. Huajing Maske, director of UK’s Office of China Initiatives, will begin by examining Chinese educational institutions’ outlook on international collaboration and international education. It will then outline UK’s China strategy, identifying opportunities for faculty, staff, and colleges to engage with China to further diversity their teaching, research, learning and programming. It will also offer suggestions on how to share resources and mutually support each other in reaching the goal of deeper and broader engagement with China for both the campus and the Commonwealth.

• The Globally Engaged Classroom

According to the AACU’s (Association of American Colleges and Universities) Global and Social Responsibility initiative, global learning is defined as “. . . a critical analysis of and an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people's lives and the earth's sustainability.”

Considered a high-impact practice, global learning affords students the opportunity to grow into citizens of the world with a respect for diversity and an understanding of the interconnected systems which shape equity and justice. In this interactive course, participants will explore opportunities to integrate global learning in classroom settings to build a critical global consciousness among students whether or not international travel is physically possible.

• International Travel During COVID-19

International travel remains very complicated as the COVID pandemic continues to affect countries in different ways. Quarantine periods, vaccine requirements and border closures may impact travel plans and are changing on a regular basis. UK’s travel policies also limit the places where students and employees are allowed to travel for UK purposes. This session will explore these challenges and provide travelers and those who work with them with the tools to make informed decisions, stay safe during trips, and remain compliant with UK’s policies.

Recommended for anyone who supports international travel by UK employees or students and international travelers themselves.

• International Travel Readiness

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.

• Global Health 101

Global health is “an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide”.  From this definition, it is clear that many fields play a part in global health, both internationally and domestically.  In this course, you will learn about UK’s educational, clinical, and research initiatives in global health and how you can be a part of improving access to care and health equity for all.

• Chinese Culture 101

This interactive presentation focuses on every day Chinese culture, its origin in Confucianism and Daoism, business etiquette and Chinese education system – everything you need to know about China, regardless of your role.

Note: this three-hour-long course will be offered in two parts.

• Chinese History Through Chinese Art

This crash course presents Chinese history through physical objects and surveys the arts and culture from the Neolithic period to contemporary China. Because of the breadth of the course—which spans thousands of years, we will not attempt a chronological survey but will focus on the indigenous development of cultural practices, artistic trends, and ways of thought as well as cross-cultural influences among East Asian peoples. Ultimately, we will explore what makes a culture unique, and study the impact of a socially and historically distant culture on the 21st Century life.

Note: this three-hours-long course will be offered in two parts. Both register for both sessions. Registering one part is optional but less recommended.


Student Success

• Advising International Undergraduate Students

Learn more about the common and unique challenges faced by international undergraduates students - including topics related to immigration status, employment, and academic difficulties. We will also discuss best practices for helping international students and review your role in supporting their immigration status.

• 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 the education abroad opportunities and the benefits to students as well as share resources on how to talk with students about seeing what’s wildly possible through 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, the pursuit of internships, and employment after graduation. 

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

• Advising International GRADUATE students

Learn the basics of immigration and the common pitfalls to help students avoid as they navigate their academic career. The course will address the common and unique challenges faced by international students, and resources available university-wide.

Recommended for: director of graduate programs, graduate academic advisors, department managers and teaching assistants or any other faculty or staff member who regularly engages with our graduate international students.

•  Intercultural Business Communication: Theory & Practice

This is a 90-minute workshop in personal development designed to prepare you to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds. Critical skills include your ability to decode the context, understand yourself, and to respond creatively. We will explore, therefore, the complexity of culture through a variety of methods and resources and suggest ways of using this information in your daily responsibilities. Because this is a lot to attempt in 90 minutes, the information will be shared ahead on time in Canvas so participants can familiarize themselves with the material, concepts, and some resources.

Recommended for teaching and advising faculty and staff.

Hiring & Hosting

Hiring and Hosting Int’l Faculty and Staff PART TWO (H-1B and Green Cards)

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.

•  Hiring and Hosting Int’l Faculty and Staff PART ONE (J-1 and F-1 OPT employment)

This is one of two courses offered through GEA that are designed to highlight the most common immigration statuses encountered when hiring and hosting international visitors or employees.  These courses may be completed in any order with one being offered each semester.  Learners will focus on the types of work authorization which are generally temporary in nature and require an approval process within the Student and Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS) prior to hiring or onboarding.

Recommended for: PIs, supervisors, department managers, budget and HR officers or any other faculty or staff member with hiring authority.

Budget & Operations

•  International Travel During COVID-19

International travel remains very complicated as the COVID pandemic continues to affect countries in different ways. Quarantine periods, vaccine requirements and border closures may impact travel plans and are changing on a regular basis. UK’s travel policies also limit the places where students and employees are allowed to travel for UK purposes. This session will explore these challenges and provide travelers and those who work with them with the tools to make informed decisions, stay safe during trips, and remain compliant with UK’s policies.

Recommended for anyone who supports international travel by UK employees or students and international travelers themselves.


•  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.