Education Abroad: Frequently Asked Questions

Why study abroad?

  • First-hand experience
  • Globalize your world view
  • Increase your language skills 
  • Expand your intercultural understanding and problem-solving skills
  • Prepare to work in an increasingly diverse and international workplace
  • Gain new insight into the world and yourself

How can I afford to study abroad? 

The Education Abroad office offers scholarships for students interested in studying abroad. These scholarships range from $750-$1,500. Stop by one of the information sessions on scholarships or visit the Education Abroad website for more information. 

Additionally, most UK financial aid applies towards the cost of studying abroad! Check with your financial aid advisor for more information.

Finally, please note that there are several education abroad programs that are comparable to the cost of attending UK. So, with a little bit of planning, if you can afford to attend UK, you can afford to study abroad.

Do I have to speak a foreign language? 

Absolutely not. There are plenty of programs in English-speaking countries. Furthermore, students can find classes taught in English in practically every country. Of course, there are also plenty of excellent programs for students who prefer to study in a foreign language.

Where can I study abroad? 

There are many opportunities to study all over the world! From the metropolitan buzz of London to the tropical landscape of Costa Rica, UK offers a wide array of programs that allow students to study in all parts of the globe.

When should I study abroad?

Most UK students study abroad during their sophomore or junior years. However, there are programs available for freshmen and senior students as well. 

Another important decision to make is what time of year to study abroad. Programs are available for the academic year, the Fall and Spring semesters, Winter Intersession, and the Summer sessions. It is also possible to take a spring-embedded course, which is a class taught at UK with an international component during spring break or early summer. 

Because many foreign institutions follow different academic calendars, it is important for students to consider the specific dates of the program far in advance. For example, many “fall” semester programs in the Southern Hemisphere may run from July to November and from February to June during the American spring semester. 

Similarly, it may be difficult for students to study at some European institutions for the fall semester. Final exams may be scheduled in early January, and many programs do not make allowances for US students. Please be sure you consider this issue in advance. 

Many students choose to study abroad during the Summer or Winter sessions. There are two summer sessions available: Summer I and Summer II. Summer I programs typically occur during May and early June, while Summer II programs tend to start late in the summer and end in late July or early August. The Winter Intersession occurs between the fall and spring semesters.

How do I transfer credits?

Our department collaborates with the Education Abroad office in order to assure pre-departure approval of course equivalencies and course bypass examination eligibility. Courses taken at an institution other than the University of Kentucky should be evaluated by the appropriate UK department prior to the student's registration in that course to determine equivalencies and whether or not the department will accept that course in fulfillment of program requirements. Meet with your advisor early on in the planning process in order to discuss the proper procedure.