Here, in the heart of the bluegrass, in the center of your new campus, sits a hub for global opportunities. The UK international center and Inside the education Abroad and exchanges office. But what is education abroad? Education abroad is more than just a trip. Put most simply education abroad takes your studies here at UK to a new level, a new destination, a new country. But what it actually looks like is very exciting. Ok, maybe that was a bit much, but you get the idea. Education abroad is not just for students interested in learning another language. No matter what your future holds, an international experience will be valuable to you personally and professionally. Whether you’re pre-med pre-law or a communications major, you need to think about how your future profession will benefit from a global experience. And regardless of your major you earn course credit on an education abroad program. That means studying abroad will not set you back or delay your graduation. And you don’t have to know another language. That is unless you want to learn one. Most of our courses are taught in English. To make sure there really is something for everyone, we offer five different types of education abroad experience. You can take classes, complete an internship, teach in a local classroom, engage with the community through service, or conduct research. Beyond selecting a program based on your major, there are other factors the education Abroad office can help you think about. Maybe you’re looking to truly live and learn like a local. If yes, a year-long exchange may be a good fit for you. Or perhaps you’re looking for a shorter experience with more comforts of home. Maybe a month-long summer course taught by one of your UK professors would be the perfect option for you. We could go on about all of the various options, but for now, just know that the length, comfort level, and level of support involved varies widely. The bottom line is there is a global opportunity out there waiting for you. So, your next burning question is probably, “Well that all sounds great, but how much does it cost?” And the answer is, it varies. Some programs cost less than a semester at UK. Some cost about the same as your expenses at UK. And some are more expensive. The cost of a program depends on several factors such length of time, the cost of living in that country, and what’s included UK EA is here to help you figure this part out. The good news is your current scholarships and financial aid package can work towards an education abroad program. You can also apply for scholarships and grants specifically for education abroad, and since you’re a freshman you have time to plan. When you study abroad you become a master at planning, Trust us. Speaking of planning, a good place to start will be the Education Abroad Fall Fair on Thursday, September the 14th from 3 to 7 p.m. More than 50 program representatives will descend on The Hub in Willy T to talk to students just like you. As part of UK 101 you’ll attend the fair and complete an assignment while you learn about all the global opportunities waiting for you. Here are some instructions to keep in mind. When you arrive you’ll check in and receive a passport. This is a special passport to the fair. Use this as your guide to complete a few activities that will help you explore program options. Now, when you get down to The Hub you may feel a bit overwhelmed. If you have a question or need some direction look for one of the fair volunteers. They’ll be wearing a black t-shirt that says education abroad on the front. There’ll be a lot of different tables with program representatives at those tables. If you know your major, or have a major in mind a good place to start would be your colleges table. There you’ll meet professors who are teaching programs abroad and academic advisors who can answer questions about education abroad and your major. After visiting your colleges, table feel free to head to the advising area in the center of the hub for more direction. In addition to the college tables program representatives from organizations like CCSA, ISA, KEI, Sol, and TEAN are available to talk to you about the exciting programs available through them. These programs will offer a wide variety of locations, experiences, and even scholarship opportunities. Once you hit information overload and complete your passport tasks, check out where you checked in to get a free t-shirt. Be sure to save your passport to give to your U K. 101 instructor, and don’t forget you’ll have a campus cultural event essay to turn in as part of UK 101. After you leave the fair take time to absorb your newfound information. Visit our website. Do some research. Talk to people, and head over to the Education Abroad Office in Bradley Hall. That’s the building on Rose Street with all the flags. There we can answer all of your questions and get you started on your journey to SEE BLUE ABROAD.