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Global Scholars Program


The world is waiting. Are you ready?

At the Gatton College of Business and Economics, we have designed a unique program aimed at preparing students to become world-ready. Through an enriched curriculum, you will be ready to compete and collaborate with anyoneanytime and anywhere. You will be ready to become part of the next generation of global business leaders in an ever changing world market.

The program combines immersive learning, leadership development opportunities, and a global perspective that will cultivate self-discovery in an international business context. As a Global Scholar, you are eligible to enroll in specially designed courses that will challenge you to excel and expand your professional horizons and help you develop strong ties with other high achievement-oriented students.

You will be world-ready.

 Mission and Goals

Our mission is to develop world-ready business professionals well-equipped to confront the challenges of a global environment through a specialized curriculum and education abroad opportunities designed to enhance any Gatton major.


-develop an appreciation of a global business perspective

-develop the ability to communicate and work effectively in diverse teams

-gain knowledge and exposure to international business practices and environments

-galvanize leadership and professional skills through scholastic excellence and community engagement



The Global Scholars Program is open to exceptional freshmen students who are seeking to develop their professional acumen and leadership skills. To be eligible for admission into the Global Scholars program at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, incoming freshmen must have graduated with an un-weighted high school grade point average of 3.5 or above or an ACT score of 28 or higher (or SAT score of 1240 or higher).

Students who meet the above criteria are invited to apply to the program by filling out a short application form. Enrollment in the program will be limited to 40 students. In addition to academic performance, each applicant will be evaluated on their past leadership experiences, interest in international or cross-cultural issues, and ability to work in team settings.

Freshman Year

Living and Learning Together

During your freshman year you will take several courses with other Global Scholars. These courses are designed to ease the transition to college, lead to self-discovery, build leadership skills, consider social issues in business, and introduce students to successful business leaders. Students will also participate in a leadership experience and service activities.  Participating in these classes and co-curricular activities as a cohort will enable you to find a small, tight-knit community of talented students like yourself.  Additionally, you would have the opportunity to enhance this sense of community by living in the Smith Hall Global Scholars Living-Learning Community.  Please see below to learn more about this wonderful opportunity.  

Fall Semester
UK 101 Academic Orientation (1)
B&E 120
Leadership in the Global Marketplace (3)
Spring Semester
B&E 122 Challenges in Leadership (1)
ACC 201 Financial Accounting (3)
EC0 201 Microeconomics (3)



Sophomore Year

As a sophomore, you will continue to develop your leadership skills through mentoring and stewardship activities. Your class work will focus on developing skills to manage in a global context.

Fall Semester
B&E 240 Intercultural Business Communication (3)
ACC 202 Managerial Issues of Accounting Information (3)
ECO 202 Macroeconomics (3)
Spring Semester
B&E 327 Larger World Issues in Business (3)

Junior Year

The International Core

In addition to completing a minor in international business, Global Scholars are required to spend no less than one semester studying overseas via a UK-approved education abroad program.  Most Global Scholars focus on these two requirements during their junior year.  Because all successfully completed international coursework will count toward graduation requirements, many Global Scholars choose a foreign university which offers coursework equivalent to that required to complete the international business minor, but students are free to choose an approved program of their liking and may complete the international business minor while overseas or here at UK.  

Senior Year

Social Entrepreneurship

In the fall, you will continue preparing for the job search process, as well as honing your networking skills by participating in the Business Career Fair. This annual event is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your strong leadership and communication skills. You will be ready to impress!

MGT 499 Strategic Management (3)

Living-Learning Community

Gatton students are encouraged to live on-campus as part of the Global Scholars Living and Learning Community, The Global Scholar Living-Learning Community.

The Global Village Community is a residence hall community that brings college learning into the everyday lives of students. The Global Village is made up of students from the United States and many other countries. Students live together and share cultural perspectives from around the world through the experiences of daily life and specialized programs. This residence hall provides opportunities to interact with UK faculty and staff who are affiliated with the Living-Learning Community.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Living-Learning Community webpage. Space is limited.

Applying to the Global Scholars Program

Applications for the Global Scholars Program include an essay question, as well as, scholastic statistics, in order that the reviewers may get a more complete picture of applicants. 

PRIORITY DEADLINE: February 1st (We accept 40 students into the cohort. Admission into the program becomes increasingly more competitive after this date.)


Contact Us

For more information on applying to the Gatton College of Business and Economics' Global Scholars Program please contact us at:

Brendan O'Farrell,
International Director
245B Gatton College of B & E Bldg.
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0034


Matthew Anderkin,
235F Gatton College of B & E Bldg.
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0034



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