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2/18/2019

Seeking to learn more about the global community and to look deeper into his Mexican heritage, Cesar Avila is pursuing a major in International Studies with focuses in Latin America and comparative politics and societies. Cesar has elected to further explore the interaction between politics and the global economy by also pursuing a major in French and International Economics (FLIE). Using his internationally oriented skill sets and multidisciplinary knowledge of economics, Avila hopes to pursue a career with the Foreign Service upon graduation.

As Cesar works to complete his sophomore year at UK, he has enhanced his expertise in Latin American societies and politics through studying under Dr. Magda Hinojosa, a distinguished professor of political science at Arizona State University. This experience further propelled his desire to study abroad in both Argentina and France. He

2/11/2019

Majoring in International Studies as well as Chinese and International Economics (FLIE), Michael Di Girolamo has been able to combine his passion for learning foreign languages with the study of international commerce. Michael is focusing his studies in East, South, and South East Asia with a thematic concentration in comparative politics and societies. The flexibility of the major has allowed him to study Chinese and pursue a minor in Italian all while continuing to learn Korean. This past summer, Michael further refined his Korean language skills and gained an in depth understanding of American diplomacy through his participation in an internship at the U.S. Embassy in South Korea.

As an International Studies major, Michael has greatly enjoyed the multidisciplinary nature of his coursework. Through completing an introductory course in international relations as well as

2/5/2019

Rachel  Lietzow  is currently pursuing her  degree in International Studies with a focus in comparative politics and societies in East, South, and South East Asia. To further refine her knowledge in the realm of development studies, Rachel is also working towards her degree in Chinese and International Economics (FLIE). When asked how she came to focus her studies in internationally oriented disciplines, Rachel explained that, “I enjoyed studying other cultures and learning languages, especially pertaining to the region of Asia. I was also interested in international relations and worldwide issues, so this major fit me well.”  

Currently a senior, Rachel has completed rigorous coursework within the International Studies major. She explained that while her courses in American Foreign Policy, International Conflict, and Asian Philosophy were especially challenging, they

1/28/2019

By Chris Crumrine, Amy Jones-Timoney, Kody Kiser, and Brad Nally

 

“To actually be in Washington, D.C. is unlike anything that you can experience in a classroom or here in Kentucky,” says Hayley Leach. “The hands-on experience is unlike anything you can get.”

That is the primary goal of the University of Kentucky’s WilDCats at the Capitol program — to provide students with unique opportunities in the nation’s capital; support them through organized housing, academic credit and financial aid; and provide a rewarding and professional experience that will serve them beyond graduation.

Over the last year, more than 40 UK students from multiple disciplines have walked the halls of Congress alongside elected officials and policymakers, gaining a dynamic academic and professional experience

1/10/2019

Pursuing her interest in politics and the study of Latin American societies, Kendall Hitch graduated in December of 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minors in both International Studies and Latin American Studies. In coming to choose these fields of study, Kendall shared how, “I have always been extremely intrigued by the way in which cross-cultural experiences force you out of your comfort zone and open you to new thought processes and ideas.” For Kendall, the International Studies minor has allowed her to focus her studies in the realm of international development through interdisciplinary coursework on UK’s campus and experiences abroad.

In completing an International Studies minor, Kendall has been able to equip herself with the skills necessary to pursue a career in intercultural education. In order to advance her knowledge of

12/6/2018

By Whitney Hale

The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that 2018 modern and classical languages/Chinese studies and international studies graduate Bridget Nicholas, of Covington, Kentucky, will receive one of only 30 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships. Nicholas is the second UK student to be awarded the prestigious honor.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University, the Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with up to $37,500 annually in financial support for a two-year master's degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, as

11/9/2018

Understanding the value of the International Studies minor in enhancing her study of politics, Willow Kreutzer graduated from UK with a major in Political Science as well as minors in both International Studies and Women and Gender Studies. To further refine her knowledge in these areas, Willow completed certifications in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Global Studies. Each of these academic areas stood to complement the other while providing her with a comprehensive background in political theory. Willow sees the International Studies minor as having allowed her to focus her interest in political science within the areas of international relations and politics.  

During her sophomore year, Willow had the opportunity to complete coursework for her IS minor while studying abroad in Spain. She completed demanding courses in international politics that she believes greatly

11/7/2018

Belonging to one of the first graduating classes of the International Studies major, Jon Hibbard was able to combine his interest in European art and culture with his passion for the French language through pursuing a double major in International Studies and French. Jon views the International Studies major as having given him a distinctive opportunity to explore his diverse academic interests in a manner that was complementary to his studies of French and history. In light of the multidisciplinary nature of the major, Jon explained that, “I was able to meet and form connections with many amazing professors and peers I wouldn’t have otherwise met.”

As an undergraduate student, Jon worked at the UK Medical Center to support himself through college. During his junior year, he was given the opportunity to study abroad in Saint-Etienne, France for the full academic year. Jon

10/31/2018

Alli Peoples graduated in spring 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish. Upon graduation, she moved to Madrid, Spain, where she is currently working as an English Language and Culture Assistant at the bilingual primary school, CEIP Lepanto. At Lepanto, Alli not only plays an active role in English instruction in the classroom in multiple subject areas, but also in helping students to develop a multicultural mindset. In her words, “being an International Studies major helped me develop a foundation of knowledge that gave me the confidence to pursue a job abroad.” She believes her ability to help cultivate this mindset in her students was greatly enhanced by her coursework as an International Studies major, which helped her to first understand the shared values and identities of her own culture and then employ this knowledge to develop an understanding and

10/30/2018

A&S Summer Travel Grants : The College of Arts & Sciences offers awards for international travel. These awards are for independent travel abroad to specified cities and sites, not for formal programs through Education Abroad. Please complete the travel grant application and return to 251 Patterson Office Tower. 

Study Abroad in Italy: Vivere L'Italia: Between Ancient Myths and Modern Film Vivere l'Italia (Living Italy) is a six-week program based in Rome and select locations in Southern Italy. The courses will engage the students in a 360 degree exploration of Italian culture by analyzing how classical myths and modern cinema contributed to reflecting and shaping Italian culture. Students will study the mythology of the ancient Greeks and Romans while visiting archaeological remains and works of art from antiquity to

10/9/2018
This post contains a listing of organizations currently accepting job and internnship applications, as well as any available volunnteer opportunities. The post is divided into local and international postings. Remember, regardless of your regional or thematic concentration, work experience in your feild of interest is always important. For example, if you're interested in working in international development and working with children, starting off with an organization like the Nest can give you wonderful topical expertise in how to work with children. If you are interested in working in global health, working with an orgainzation like AVOL shows you are dedicated to health care provision both locally and internationally. This list will be updated periodically. Local Opportunities Comparative Politics 
10/5/2018
Wildcat Voices Project Two professors in the UK Linguistics Department are undertaking an expansive project to hear from all students on campus— literally. UK students come from across the commonwealth and around the world and each of us brings a voice that reflects who we are and where we come from. This project is intended to take a snapshot of the voices of all UK students so we can better understand the voices that make up the University of Kentucky. Who can participate? If you are a student and at least 18 years old, you can help the UK Department of Linguistics better understand our community by contributing your voice to the Wildcat Voices project. Just visit our site from any computer or Android phone and add your voice today! Visit the website to record your voice: https://voices.uky.edu/#contribute Read more about the
9/18/2018

By Nate Harling

Mark Kornbluh, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences, has named Emily Beaulieu the new Director of International Studies. Beaulieu, an associate professor of comparative politics in the Department of Political Science, has spent 12 years teaching and conducting research at UK.

Beaulieu obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and French from the University of Washington, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California, San Diego. She has published a number of works relating to international politics, including, “Electoral Protest and Democracy in the Developing World,” for which she constructed an original data set of election-related protest and reform throughout the developing world for a 31 year period.

“I love the idea, as director of International Studies,

9/11/2018

Events include:

The Universal Language: Latin
September 17th, 2018, Patterson Hall 218, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Drs. Milena Minkova and Terence Tunberg from the Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department will present “The Universal Language: Latin” at the International Village LLP.

Cultural Research and Internship Opportunities
September 18th, 2018, Gatton College of Business, 435 UV, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Panelists will include Juliana McDonald, George Crothers, Philip Mink, and Renee Bonzani from the University of Kentucky’s Department of Anthropology. The University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology offers programs in three sub-disciplines of anthropology: archaeology, cultural, and biological. Learn about new and upcoming research, opportunities for field work, as well as their experiences with working with the Museum of

9/5/2018

A&S Winter Travel Grants for International Studies Students

Winter Travel Break 2018 to London, Paris and Berlin. Receive up to $1,700 towards your winter break travel! International Studies Majors ONLY. Students must have 30+ earned credit hours to apply. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA to apply. Applications are due September 28, 2018 by 4:00pm in room 251 Patterson Office Tower. For more information attend the IS Travel Grant Budget Workshop or visit: https://www.as.uky.edu/winter-

8/21/2018

By Loretta Stafford

Josie Dupler traveled to Iraq and Turkey to teach and tutor immigrant children.

Servant leadership has always been important to University of Kentucky alumna Josie Dupler. After earning a degree in international studies with a minor in Arabic and Islamic studies, Dupler traveled to the middle east to teach, tutor and empower migrant children in Iraq and Turkey. 

Throughout the months of April, May and June, Dupler volunteered with the Light A Candle Project, a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing aid and relief to families fleeing from war-torn areas. While in Iraq, she taught English to children ages two through eight; she also tutored middle and high school students.  

Many of the refugees she served were

6/8/2018

You might not expect Lexington, Kentucky, and Cairo, Egypt, to have a lot in common. But according to Arts & Sciences alumna Alix McIntosh, they share a strong sense of community and hospitality.

In October 2017, McIntosh packed her bags and moved to Cairo to continue her career as an advocate for migrants, refugees and victims of trafficking. Working for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nation's Migration Agency, McIntosh focuses on migration-related issues and has the opportunity to learn more about the specific barriers faced by that population and the impact migration has on society.

When McIntosh began her studies at A&S, her interest in the Arab Spring and general migration issues, and the realization that she knew very little about the region inspired her to pursue a degree in

4/25/2018

By Sarah Wood

There are 177 international studies majors and 49 minors in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky. The International Studies Program has grown from 25 students at its inception in 2007 to more than 200 students this semester. Though the major has grown significantly over the years, it has not had a designated study space. That changed this semester.

“One of the issues in the program is the fact that current and prospective students feel isolated from other students within the major,” said Monica Diaz, director of the International Studies Program. “The problem with not having space is that students feel like, ‘Who do I talk to? Where do I go? How can I find other people within my major?”

The newly renovated rooms on the 14th floor of Patterson Office Tower provide a space where students can study and make connections with

3/22/2018

By Stephanie Swarts

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected 12 exceptional undergraduates as new scholars for the university’s Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues, and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities.

Gaines Fellowships are awarded for the tenure of students’ junior and senior years; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.

UK’s 12 new Gaines Fellows are:

11/28/2017

By Amaya DeVicente 

Last year, 18 percent of the University of Kentucky graduating class graduated with global experience. The university’s International Center has taken steps to increase that percentage.

The UK International Center’s Education Abroad and Exchanges program (UK EA) recently announced a new 2018-19 scholarship and program fee reduction initiative for selected UK exchange partners around the world, ranging from $1,000-$5,000.

UK students who participate in an exchange program have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the language and culture of a host university, city and country. They enroll in courses at the host institution for either a semester or an academic year and earn transfer credit, while still paying their regular tuition to UK.

Nicole Funk, a junior from

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