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.
"The best part of my KIIS experience was being able to use the Spanish that I had learned in the classroom in real life hands on situations. The trip improved my confidence and skills in Spanish tremendously."
- John, Spain I
“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
“Study abroad opens up opportunities of a lifetime to see other parts of the world, and some of us find our life's passion in the middle of an ancient ruin.”
- Shellae, Barcelona
“Study abroad taught me, in the most hands-on way possible, how to truly live. Never, for one single moment of my life, have I regretted my decision to study abroad, and I never will. It is easily the best investment that a person can make in herself, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
- Whitney, Paris I
"I am in love with this city and so blessed to call it home for a month.”
- Sunny, Japan
“This experience was so worthwhile. It not only helped me to improve my Spanish speaking and reading skills, but it allowed me to experience firsthand what living in another country was like. This journey has shaped my view of the world and the people in it in a way that could have not been done if I had just remained sitting in my desk back in the states.”
- Savannah, Spain II
“I loved my study abroad experience! I made friends that I hope I will always stay in contact with, and I learned valuable life skills that I couldn't have learned any other way. Thank you, KIIS!”
- Alexis, Germany Spring Semester
"The Salzburg study abroad program made me realize that there is a large variety of careers in the field of music, outside of the United States. The experience helped open my mind to new career options within my field of study."
– Andrew, Salzburg
“I was incredibly nervous before my trip, but it turned out to be the most enlightening and extraordinary experience of my life. Seeing the medieval towns, ancient pieces of art and where our civilization began in person defy the ability to describe. The professors and my fellow students made it all the more enjoyable, and I know I have made lifelong friends. Spending a month abroad is the best way to experience, understand and enjoy the culture and the people and I wouldn't trade my time there for anything.”
- Sarah, Italy
“Through these personal (teaching) connections that I was invited to hike Cerro de la Cruz and participate in a reforestation project (pictured in this photo), to go dancing with some of the students from the classes that we worked with, and to learn and compare the education system in Costa Rica with that of the United States.”
- Paige, Costa Rica
“Greece was… phenomenal to say the least. It truly felt like a home away from home. The food was great (which is saying something because I am a VERY picky eater), but the sights were even better. Being able to walk through a modern city/country and millennia old ruins almost simultaneously is absolutely astounding.”
- Sean, Greece
"I can't even begin to explain how blessed I am to have this opportunity. I may never come home!”
"I had an amazing time traveling through Slavic Europe. It was great to get out of my comfort zone and experience a completely different culture."
- Julia, Slavic Europe
“My KIIS Summer Abroad in Italy was a life changing experience that brought me new perspectives and understandings. If you do take the extra initiative to broaden your horizons, you will find some of the most beautiful things this world has to offer.”
- Ashley, Italy
“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.”
“This experience taught me more than just Spanish. I didn't want to go on this trip for a lot of reasons: money was tight, I didn't speak the language well, I had never travelled, and I'm not always very good at making friends. But I received more than enough help from scholarships, I've mastered traveling alone, I learned more Spanish in one month than I have in my entire life, and I don't even know where to begin to talk about the friends I made.”
-Katelynn, Merida Mexico
"A study abroad trip broadens your view in a way that is increasingly important in the context of our current global and national culture, enabling you to take a step towards becoming a better global citizen and more inspired life-long learner. My trip to Prague, Czech Republic, paired inspiring art and architecture, food, and beautiful scenery, with rich but heavy walks through sites marked by the tragic footprint of Nazi and Communist rule."
- Elaina, Prague
“What would I tell a student? Do it. There’s nothing else to say. I was so nervous about not knowing anyone, but the people I met, I became close with in an instant. It will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life.”
- Alexis, Italy Winter
“My favorite experience was getting lost in the Madrid airport after going to Italy for the long weekend. I was able to get around and ask questions without having to use my Spanish dictionary and it was one of the proudest moments.”
- Emily, Spain I
"I've always had a love for the Mexican culture and I am so grateful I had this opportunity to immerse myself in it and learn new things that I wouldn't be able to learn in a textbook. My host mom and roommate were by far some of the most amazing people ever, and I plan on remaining in contact with for the rest of my life. The amazing sights we were able to see and the food we were able to try were by far my favorite memories.”
– Haley, Merida Mexico
"I think the most valuable aspect of my semester in Merida was living with my local Mamá and her two daughters. I felt like I was better able to integrate myself into daily life and understand complexities that you don't get from being a tourist. Connecting with Dede, Gina, and André was one of the most valuable experience of my life. My favorite memories came from conversations and activities with them, like when I got to help make pastellitos and wedding cookies with Dede at the kitchen table!"
- Emma, Mexico Semester
“The hike is never easy, but the view is always worth it!”
– Allison, Greece
“It is hard to pick out just one favorite experience from this trip. Overall, I loved enriching myself in the culture of Zanzibar. The food, the language, the people, it was all so amazing.”
– Alexandria, Zanzibar Winter
“The best lessons I learned in Argentina came from my experiences interacting with the local people and their ways of life. KIIS Argentina provided me with the tools to fully explore Buenos Aires and its diverse culture and history. Argentina might not be the first place that comes to a person’s mind when they think “study abroad,” but a wise student should definitely consider the awesomeness that is Argentina.”
- Alex, Argentina
"Through KIIS, I was able to experience Mexico's culture, visit Mayan Pyramids, and become more fluent in Spanish; these memories and lessons are unforgettable. Besides learning the Spanish language, one of my favorite experiences were that of tasting all of these flavorful foods: sopa de Lima, cochinita pibil, queso relleno, and many more."
- Andrew, Merida Mexico
“Salzburg allowed me to study in a country where so many great composers were born, including Mozart, while earning credit towards my degree. Earning these hours allowed me to lighten my course work for the regular semester and gain experience to aid my future career.”
- Amber, Salzburg
“I loved the option of getting to do a two week program because it allowed me to see two different cultures in a short amount of time, and made me realize that studying abroad for a longer term may be something I want to do as I continue my college career.”
- Emily, Paris-Munich Winter
“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
“Acclimating to a culture that isn't my own is a humbling reminder that His world, this earth, isn't mine, or anyone's; we are all in this together, and we all have to take care of each other.”
– Hannah, Greece
"Studying abroad pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me truly see that life and the world begin there."
- Megan, Berlin
“I choose to study in Caen because it offered chance to not only further my knowledge of the French language and culture, but also the chance to experience it all first hand. It also allowed me to knock out quite a few of the credit hours need for my French Major.”
– Julia, France Spring Semester
“My experience in Zanzibar was magnificent. Being in a country with so much history, beautiful scenery, and with natives who are truly happy to see you is a humbling feeling. There is not enough words to explain the peace, serenity, and love that I felt while in Zanzibar.”
- Shantera, Zanzibar Winter