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International Activities

The UK College of Engineering is committed to preparing first-class engineers and researchers. We welcome international students to our campus to study with students from the commonwealth of Kentucky and rest of the United States without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age or beliefs. We value the contributions international students make to our social and cultural diversity, our research and learning environment, and our international dimension and vision. We encourage current UK students to study abroad for the same purposes.

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International Partnerships

To serve these goals, the College of Engineering has established partnerships with institutions around the world. Our students study aboard through semester/year-long exchange programs and summer study abroad programs. We also accept international students from our partner institutions through non-degree seeking programs, dual degree programs, transfer programs and accelerated graduate programs such as 3+2 programs that allow students to come to UK for graduate studies after finishing three years of BS studies at their home institutions.

The international programs in the College of Engineering are managed by our International Partnerships Office, which enables the college to provide the best education possible to students from partner institutions as well as to other UK Engineering students. The office also identifies and develops the partnerships necessary to improve our abilities to serve students through international programs. If you have suggestions for improvements or a recommendation for a new partner institution, please contact the International Partnerships Office at yuming.zhang@uky.edu.

The College of Engineering has over 180 faculty members who provide, a first-class educational experience to our domestic and international students. They are passionate about their research fields, and their curiosity and tenacity fuel their lecturing, mentoring, career guidance, dissertation research and prolific publications.


The workshop was chaired by Professor YuMing Zhang, Fellow of AWS, SME and ASME and James Boyd Professor of the University of Kentucky, Professor Shanben Chen, National Distinguished Professor and Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Dr. Zhili Feng, Fellow of AWS and IIW and Leader and Distinguished Technical Staff of the Welding and Joining at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Six keynote speeches were delivered by distinguished leaders in welding and automation including Michael Johnson (Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky), Jian Chen (PhD, R&D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Blair Carlson (PhD, Lab Group Manager, General Motors R&D), Jingshan Li (IEEE Fellow; Senior Editor – IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; Senior Editor – IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters; Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison), Heping Chen (Professor of Electrical Engineering, Taxes State University), and Guillermo Alvarez Bestard (Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Brasilia. Twenty-six researchers attended the workshop on Saturday Nov. 9, 2019 including the Group Leader of Welding Automation at Edison Welding Institute (EWI) Ms. Connie Reichert and Vice -President of Guangzhou Risong Intelligent Technology Holding Co., Ltd Dr. ErBin Liu.

Thirty-eight non-degree seeking undergraduate students and one MS student who are currently studying at the College of Engineering through partnerships between UK and BJUT attended the reception. The Dean introduced the excellences of the College of Engineering and encouraged the students to well spend their two years at the UK. The chair of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Michael Johnson, Directors of Graduate Studies (DGS) of ECE, ME, CE, and MSE and Directors of Undergraduate Students of ME and MSE also attended. The DGSs introduced the excellence of their faculty research and graduate program to attract the students to come back to UK for graduate studies after they take their fourth year of courses at BJUT to finish their BS degrees.

As a member of the University of Kentucky Delegation in September 2019. The Dean visited Shanghai University, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University of Technology, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology and met with their engineering administrators to discuss possible partnerships with the College of Engineering.)  

This fall 2019 through a partnership agreement with the University of Kentucky. They have finished their first year of undergraduate studies at BJUT and will return back to BJUT for their fourth year to finish their BS degree at BJUT after their two years of studies at UK. Seventeen such students came to UK through the same partnership agreement in fall 2018 and have finished their first year of studies at UK.)