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Students Share Their Experiences of 'enKompassing' the World

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2014) — University of Kentucky Education Abroad (EA) is inspiring students to “enKompass” the world by sharing the stories and experiences of students who have studied, interned, researched and even taught abroad through journal entries, videos and program reviews.

students“EnKompass is a one-stop forum for students by students,” said Seth Riker, promotion and outreach coordinator for Education Abroad. “Students can access candid testimonials, which will inspire them to dive into an education abroad program and find avenues to make it financially possible.

Riker believes students can relate to other students who have already experienced what a study abroad prospect plans to achieve.

Students who are interested in studying abroad can meet with an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador — a student who has studied abroad and wants to help other students do the same.

Peer Ambassadors help students choose which program will benefit them the most and guides them through the application process.

"If students can relate to our experience of immersing ourselves in a new culture, it will influence them to venture out of their comfort zones and experience a new outlook on the world,” said Caitlin Banbury, a peer ambassador.

The number of UK students who choose to study abroad has increased substantially in recent years. Enrollment in education abroad programs has nearly doubled from 600 students in 2009-2010, to over 1,000 students in the 2013-2014 academic year.

“EnKompass brings a greater sense of community to the education abroad experience, and will help students on their road to new and diverse perspectives,” Riker said.

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For more questions about study abroad contact Seth Riker at