Welcome to the University of Kentucky

Discover What's Possible

The University of Kentucky (UK) is the flagship university of the state of Kentucky. A leading public research university, UK is on an exciting path - one that’s conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as  energy, the environment and cancer. Yet UK remains one of the most affordable major universities in the United States. 

Ranked in the top 300 academic programs in the world, UK is one of only eight universities in the U.S. to offer the full range of academic programs on one campus – Agriculture, Architecture, Business, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.  This allows our students to have a true multidisciplinary college experience.

There are many reasons to become a University of Kentucky student.

Vibrant City & Student Life

Over 1,800 international students enjoy the most modern on-campus housing in Lexington, Kentucky, with a population of 300,000 and ranked as one of the safest, best colleges and #6 Best Value City in the U.S.

Scholarship Deadline is coming up! Apply by December 1


There are different types of scholarships available to international students and all incoming freshmen. Some scholarships are academic, some are need-based and others are administered by the International Center, colleges and departments. Click below to learn more about each type.

Research What You Love

UK has more than 350 active partnerships with more than 100 universities worldwide to support research, student and faculty exchange, cultural exchange & faculty development. UK has 55 research centers and a nationally-ranked library with more than 4.6 million volumes.

Interested in Becoming a Wildcat?

It's All Here, Waiting for You

What makes this place - University of Kentucky - different? The people. We encourage members of our Wildcat family to combine enriching academic programs with hands-on, personal experiences across a diverse range of activities and organizations. Everyone at UK is committed to supporting your interests inside and outside the classroom and to ensure your success in all aspects of your life - academically, socially, culturally and professionally. Our goal is to prepare you for more than a job; It’s to prepare you for life.