The Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) is a non-profit consortium of colleges and universities. Consortium members include Ball State University, Bellarmine University, Berea College, Bryan College (affiliate member), Campbellsville University, Carson-Newman University (affiliate member), Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Kentucky State University, Marshall University, Middle Tennessee State University, Midway College, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, St. Catharine College, Transylvania University, Union College, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Pikeville, and Western Kentucky University. KIIS welcomes students from any academic institution in the United States and Canada to participate in its study abroad programs.
Since 1975, KIIS has provided international educational experiences in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada, and Latin America for over 10,000 participants. KIIS currently offers 26 Summer, 3 Winter, and 4 Semester study-abroad programs in Argentina, Bregenz, Barcelona, Berlin, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Greece, Istanbul, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Munich, Paris, Prague, Quebec, Salzburg, Slavic Europe, Spain, and Tanzania. KIIS also coordinates professional development programs for health care workers, law enforcement, seminarians, social workers, and teachers.
KIIS is recognized as a leader in international education and is one of the most cost-effective study abroad organizations in the United States. We strive to provide the widest range of students and faculty from across the academic spectrum with a life-changing international experience. KIIS has four primary objectives:
to establish high-quality, low-cost, academically sound study abroad programs for students
to provide faculty from member institutions a means for professional growth
to create language and culture programs for professionals and develop links with their counterparts in foreign countries
to promote the study of foreign languages.
KIIS also seeks to develop new opportunities for international experiences which meet the needs of students, faculty, academic institutions, and community organizations, always taking into consideration the changing times and shifting demands of a global society.