Typically on each KIIS Summer or Winter study abroad program, two faculty from any of the (full member) KIIS consortium schools accompany the Program Director. Each faculty member teaches two courses abroad (the Program Director teaches one course) during a given 4-5 week KIIS Summer program; faculty teach one course on a given 2-week Winter program. With the exception of language courses, all instruction is in English. All course credit is issued by our Sponsoring Institution, Western Kentucky University (WKU). In compliance with WKU & SACS standards, each KIIS course totals at least 37.5 instruction hours. Click here for more on KIIS academic policies.
Because the faculty members who go abroad on KIIS programs vary each summer (or winter), the great majority of courses offered differ from one summer to the next. This practice provides students with added flexibility (i.e. should they decide to participate on KIIS programs in more than one summer) and allows faculty to teach on virtually any KIIS summer program. For instance, one summer the KIIS Prague program may offer (depending on the faculty who have applied to teach) art, psychology, and history courses while the next summer it may offer political science, sociology, and communications options.
KIIS welcomes faculty from all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, health sciences, law, business, and engineering. Four of our programs (Munich, Paris II, Spain I, and Spain II) are language only (language professors may still opt to teach language courses on other KIIS programs). The Salzburg program is geared towards music majors (both vocal and instrumental). The Argentina, Austria-Bregenz, and Chile programs each offer two Business or Economics courses (faculty may teach Business/Econ courses on other KIIS programs as well). The Ecuador program has a Biology focus. The Mexico program offen includes a Public Health and Nursing focus. The Tanzania program also has a Public Health focus. Faculty from all other academic fields may teach on any KIIS program (minus Munich, Paris II, Salzburg, Spain I, and Spain II). Faculty are not required to speak the language of the host program (the Program Director speaks said language).