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University of Kentucky College of Engineering Ilka M Balk Director of Engineering Career Development and Int l Programs ilkabalkukyedu 8592574178 University of Kentucky College of Engineering ID: 569555

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Study Abroad Programs

University of Kentucky

College of Engineering

Ilka M. Balk

Director of Engineering Career Development

and Int

’l Programs


; 859-257-4178Slide2

University of Kentucky College of Engineering

9 Undergraduate Majors



Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Materials Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mining Engineering

Minor Only: Biomedical EngineeringSlide3

UK College of Engineering Study

Abroad Programs

Renewable Energy Program in Pamplona/Spain:

4 weeks (without language component or 6 weeks (with language component)

Home Stay


Apartment Stay

Local instructors and coordinators

Global Energy Issues in Karlsruhe/Germany

6 weeks, classes only take place 2x/week. Online assignments

Up to 10 German students (from KIT) and 10 Univ. of Kentucky students

German students come to UK in the fall for a research experience

Calculus in Germany

5 weeks, classes 4 days/week, up to 24 students

Company visits one day a week

Home staySlide4

UK College of Engineering Long-Term

Study Abroad Programs

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

– Semester-Long Exchange

Mainly Mechanical and Materials, but Computer Science and Electrical


students have also participated

Students continue to pay Univ. of Kentucky tuition, Scholarships are applied

Equivalencies are evaluated by the respective departments at UK

Students have to have knowledge of German in order to take a full course load

In 9 years, we have sent 9 students


(Japan): Semester or yearlong exchange


students must have knowledge of Japanese in order to take coursesSlide5

UK College of Engineering Long-Term

Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad program with INTI



Part of a 3+2 program, thus many lower division courses transfer (all engineering disciplines)

Not an exchange program

Students pay local tuition only – about 1/3 of the price of UK tuition

All scholarships



ISEP and others

Multilateral exchanges - UK student can go to any of 100+ destinations, and UK takes one student for each student we send from any partner institution

Some of these destinations are more popular and thus oversubscribed than

others (esp. those in English speaking countries)

Burden is on the student to ensure courses are counted at UKSlide6

Long Term Study Abroad ProgramsSlide7

Issues and Concerns

All study abroad programs are very labor intensive


Students need to be recruited (successful, long standing programs will promote themselves through past participants

Sustainability and continuity are becoming an


Long term programs relay on partnerships, so it is critical to develop relations with faculty and administrators abroad.

Cost is a factor for many


For Summer programs, semester scholarships often don’t apply

For semester long programs, students who don’t speak native language often can’t take a full course load - amount of classes taken for the price of full semester tuition doesn’t appear to be a “good deal


Issues and

Concerns for

Long-Term Study Abroad

Students are likely not going to be in a larger cohort (as they would be in short term programs)

Preparation for the experience must be better (not only language, but culture and customs) – Set realistic expectations

If things don’t go well, there may not be a program director who is available at a moments’ notice

Students often are very concerned with academics before they depart, but while abroad, academics lose importance: they need to be reminded and encouraged to stick with courses

Transfer Credit: Inconsistencies

among different departments in willingness to accept transfer creditsSlide9

Experience Before Graduation

UK College of Engineering (AY’15-’16)