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Sanjana Dhayalan is from Coimbatore, India and she found herself in a challenging situation while she was having her virtual semester: the time zone difference of 10.5 hours. It was her motivation, hard work and support from her family, faculty, peers and friends that helped her be part of the Wildcat family.
UK Education Abroad & Exchanges (UK EA) offers a variety of experiences around the world to meet individual students' unique academic and personal needs. Education abroad can be most simply defined as an opportunity to earn academic credit in an international setting. However, many students have found more than that: personal growth, challenges, open-mindedness , a sense of community, and a world of possibilities.
Have you ever seen a virtual international healthcare experience that engages you with an underserved community and time in clinic? UK’s Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG), in collaboration with the community of Santo Domingo, Ecuador and an interprofessional UK faculty leadership team, offered its second virtual health brigade experience January 4-8, where students, faculty, staff and community members participated in a unique transformative, educational and cultural experience.
University of Kentucky international alumna Jie “Grace” Dai, was awarded NAFSA’s Region VI Champion of Diversity and Inclusion in International Education Award for her work supporting diversity and promoting cross-cultural experiences at UK.
An international doctoral geology student from Brazil, currently living in Lexington, KY, who is devoted to education and research, decided to do his second doctorate at University of Kentucky.
The University of Kentucky has honored two students with awards for their demonstration of superior involvement and service in the university and Lexington community.
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has partnered with both national and international academic institutions to create the first collaborative initiative involving multiple government-supported and non-government cancer centers from India and the United States.
“Take the opportunity if you see it. If you can’t, create it.” – is the motto of UK Wildcat Xuanhao Wo, who believes in creating his own opportunities for career growth. Unlike other internship opportunities, his current job as a finance intern didn’t exist when he applied. He earned it instead.
The UK International Center always pursues the connection between its alumni no matter where they are geographically. During 2020, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association and Office of China Initiatives hosted its first-ever virtual China Alumni gathering on October 30. The event was originally supposed to be held in-person in both Beijing and Shanghai, China past March, but had to be converted to a virtual setting due to COVID-19.
The International Center, in collaboration with the Graduate School and College of Arts & Sciences, launched a seven-week program for international graduate students planning to begin their studies at UK in spring 2021. The Graduate Community and Academic Transition Series (GradCATS) program was designed to introduce new graduate students to UK and the surrounding area, build a sense of community among incoming graduate students as well as continuing graduate students, and better prepare participants for the academic demands of their programs.