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Our Story

The University of Kentucky International Center (UKIC) serves as a resource center for the University’s vital international linkages by supporting the development of agreements and partnerships with universities, foreign governments, NGOs, and U.S. government agencies abroad; promoting the involvement of UK faculty members, staff, and students in international research, development projects, and related activities; and facilitating access to international funding opportunities. 

Some of UK’s strongest areas of strategic focus and investment are led by UKIC units, including the Office of China Initiatives, Global Health Initiatives, and Shoulder to Shoulder Global.

In addition, UKIC also fosters connections between international partners and local communities through K-12 educational programs, Chinese language and culture courses, the International Hospitality program, and events that enrich Kentucky’s engagement with the wider world.