The KIIS Advantage
Non-Profit Study Abroad
Credit Toward Degree Completion
Each and Every Year!
Founded in 1975, KIIS is a faculty-led study abroad consortium of colleges and universities in Kentucky and surrounding states. KIIS is dedicated to providing exceptional— and affordable— international education programs for college credit. We believe study abroad should be an integral part of any degree program, regardless of academic discipline, and should prepare students to be globally competent upon graduation.
“It was a dream. When I stepped off the plane in Paris, France I still couldn't believe it was a reality. The city became our classroom, and our home, for the month aboard. The people I met and lived with are not ones I will soon forget. I learned a lot about myself and gained a new perspective of the world.”
- Alexis, Paris I
"Leave your comfort zone at home. Studying abroad is about pushing your personal boundaries to truly experience the world around you. Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Ask for directions in a new language, try unusual food at a street fair, and buy the bus ticket to a magnificent waterfall 17 hours away. You learn more from those experiences than the ones found within the confines of your hotel room. Trust me, you won’t regret it."
- Gabrielle, Argentina
“For me this experience was so eye-opening, getting introduced to different cultures and just seeing how much larger the world actually is… Every little detail of each city, even the street art found there, adds to the certain character of that area.”
"I am in love with this city and so blessed to call it home for a month.”
- Sunny, Japan
“I have taught and led study tours to Jerusalem since 1993. I lived in Cairo, Egypt for six years, where I directed a semester-long academic program for students from the USA. I speak fluent Arabic as well as some Hebrew and Turkish. I am excited to provide KIIS students an opportunity to study in Israel and Egypt.”
– Richard Cahill, Co-Director
“I wanted to go to Japan because ever since middle school I was fascinated with their culture and country. I really loved Asian history as well as their anime culture.”
“It was the most powerful learning experience of my life! The perfect blend of authentic experiences, interesting readings, powerful speakers, stunning sites, and deep reflection.”
- Anonymous Student, Israel & Egypt
"Studying abroad opened me up to a completely new type of independence I've never experienced before. I adapted and found a way to call a completely new place my home for the two weeks I was abroad. This was an experience that has helped me grow, and I will always carry this experience with me."
- Tricia, Spain May
“You can read hundreds of textbooks and see thousands of pictures. But if you don't breath the air, walk the streets and talk to the people, have you truly learned?”
- William, Barcelona
"This trip provided me with amazing opportunities to fully immerse myself in Mexican culture. It allowed me to not only take classes, but to live what I was learning every day, and I was able to learn so much more than I could have if I had stayed home. Every aspect of the program, from class trips to host families, allows you to really apply yourself and test your limits."
- Abigail, Mexico Semester
"The Paris II program was unbelievable! The professors were great and made the classes more than just being in a classroom. From going to see the Mona Lisa, to learning the metro system, every class was an adventure!"
- Christian, Paris II
“Going to Prague has been the best experience of my life, I met amazing people here, Prague claims the best memories I've ever had.”
- Gerik, Prague
“My study abroad experience in Austria was truly amazing. The courses were fun and challenging, keeping us busy while still allowing time to explore and develop friendships.”
– Genna, Austria
“I selected this program specifically because I could take a hand-on practicum course. The learning will be hand-ons instead of the traditional lecture setting, which will be a nice change of pace. I have wanted to go to Africa since I was a kid because I always thought their culture was so unique.”
– Rachel, Tanzania
“Study abroad changes the way you think and feel. It’s a crash course in language acquisition and development. Just do it, and do everything to your fullest extent.”
“My favorite experience has been the ability to travel to other countries that I would never have the chance to go see otherwise! I also really enjoy meeting people from all other the world, in my classes and while I'm traveling.”
-Maddie, France Spring Semester
- Kaylee, Italy Winter
“My trip to Costa Rica was beyond amazing. Being immersed in a new culture, especially one as great as it is in Costa Rica, really opened my eyes and taught me more than a tradition class ever could. You really get to learn a lot about not only your focus area that you study, but also about yourself which is really beneficial.”
– Rachel, Costa Rica
"I can't even begin to explain how blessed I am to have this opportunity. I may never come home!”
“This experience has given me a new spirit to challenge myself and go above my limits. Also the places we went to were picturesque. It made me feel like mother nature’s lap.”
-Aishwarya, Zanzibar Winter
“The people I met there in Merida will forever have a special place in my heart. I learned so much about them but also about myself. To truly be fluent in another language, you have to know the culture. You have to know what the words mean, not just how to translate them.”
- Masi, Merida Mexico
“The Paris II program has given me one of the best experiences of my life. The 5 weeks I spent there opened my eyes to the culture, city, and country in ways that I never could have imagined.”
– Julia, Paris II
"Taking a class abroad with KIIS is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The experience was phenomenal. Students were eager to learn, explore and professors were amazing."
- Ishimwe, Paris-Munich Winter
“My time in Japan was unforgettable and life-changing. From the friendship that was created with my host family to the rich culture and firsthand language experience, my time in the KIIS program will have a lasting, positive impact on all of my future endeavors.”
- Holly, Japan
“I’ve taught Middle Eastern Dance for over 20 years. I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, and have performed and taught in Japan, Europe, the USA, and the Middle East. I’ve co-led several study tours in the region, and enjoys guiding students through rich cross-cultural learning experiences.”
– Nashwa Cahill, Co-Director.
“I have learned how to provide culturally competent care, build relationships, and remain accepting of others from cultures vastly different from my own.”
– Heather, Tanzania
“This has been an amazing experience and I have learned so much more about culture and the Spanish language than I would have ever learned in a classroom.”
– Peter, Spain Spring Semester
“The month I spent with KIIS Ecuador was the most educational and enlightening experience of my undergraduate career.”
- Max, Ecuador
"I've never been somewhere so different and challenging and felt so at peace."
- Sarah, Ecuador
“Staying with a host family really helped make my study abroad experience more enjoyable. My host mom showed me around town to help me get acquainted, told me about different events going on in town, introduced me to authentic cuisine, and took care of me like any mom would. Having her there throughout the trip helped calm my fears of living abroad and made it one of the most enjoyable experiences of my time in college."
- Maegan, Spain I
“So far we have encountered several excursions on this trip, thanks to the wonderful KIIS program and our fantastic professors. One of the more vibrant excursions that we went on was a trip to the Berlin Wall Flea Market. The flea market was an exciting melting pot of all sorts of people, food, and vendors.”
– Xena, Berlin
“If you want to experience culture, come to Morocco. You'll get a taste of the whole world in just one country. The music, the art, the food, even the dialect are all eclectic and beautiful. Last week I saw a Moroccan band and they sang in eight different languages in one night! Also, simply living the language and the culture allows you to learn so much. It is truly an amazing experience.”
- Sierra, Morocco