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New Education Abroad Program to Take the 'Bluegrass Down Under'

By Weston Loyd

(Oct. 14, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's College of Arts and SciencesCollege of Fine Arts and The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) have teamed up to create "Bluegrass Down Under," an innovative, 12-week education abroad experience in Sydney and Cairns, Australia, which will allow students to select courses that best fit their degree requirements.

Mack Maynard, an advisor in UK Education Abroad, said, "'Bluegrass Down Under' is an innovative program in design and scope. It allows UK students to complete a full semester of coursework across a range of disciplines during an abbreviated program. Embedded in the program are multiple choices for academic courses, as well as opportunities for internships or independent research, all with credit provided by UK. It is a very good example of UK leading the design of a program operated by an external organization, which both UK students and non-UK students can take advantage of."

In this education abroad experience at University of New South Wales, students will have access to courses in Australian film, literature, geography, music and photography, in addition to research or internship placements. Students will complete a total of four three-week modules, earning 13 academic credit hours.

This program is open to all undergraduate students of any class standing and discipline. UK faculty and local Australian faculty will be teaching in the program, which runs from Dec. 27, 2015, to March 23, 2016. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

For more information or to apply for "Bluegrass Down Under," visit