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What is a summer academy?

Guided by current UK Faculty members, students have the opportunity to practice English reading, writing listening and speaking in a hands-on, interactive environment while learning about and experiencing U.S. and Kentucky culture firsthand.

Academies are designed to meet the needs of Chinese students as determined by a collaboration between University of Kentucky and faculty at our partner universities. At the end of each summer academy, students are given the opportunity to take a guided East Coast tour. With visits to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and Columbia University, students will be exposed to some of the best institutions the U.S. has to offer.

Some of our previous summer academies have focused on English language skills, public speaking and debate, horseback riding, chemistry and more.

Chinese Partners Academy

  • The Office of China Initiatives is developing virtual and in-person professional development options for UK and its Chinese partner universities.   

  • Are you interested in academy for your institution led by acclaimed scholars at the University of Kentucky? Please reach out to Assistant Director of OCI, Madelyn Higdon through email: 

Previous summer academies

2020 – Global Competence Academy for Jilin University Administrators