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Founded in 1975, in a collaborative effort by Western Kentucky University, Murray State University, and Eastern Kentucky University, the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) now includes 20+ member institutions from colleges and universities in Kentucky and surrounding states.

KIIS is dedicated to providing exceptional— and affordable— international education programs for students from diverse backgrounds. 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. KIIS study abroad programs help students synthesize and analyze information in a foreign cultural setting, enhance written and verbal communication skills, understand contemporary global challenges, and develop a heightened sense of confidence and leadership.

KIIS operates Winter, Summer, and Semester programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Academic disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Honors
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology

While most KIIS courses abroad are taught in English, we enthusiastically support the study of foreign languages too. KIIS welcomes faculty from all academic disciplines to teach abroad on our programs.

In large part, the success of KIIS as an academic organization, and our ability to make our programs affordable, is due to the commitment of faculty and professional staff from  KIIS Member Institutions. These dedicated people have been willing to create international opportunities for their students, and share with them the excitement and the intellectual stimulation these experiences offer. It is to these faculty members, many of them Program Directors, and KIIS Campus Representatives that we owe a debt of gratitude for creating, shaping, and leading KIIS to where it is today.

Finally, we must recognize that without the backing of KIIS’s sponsoring institution, Western Kentucky University, our ability to provide these opportunities would be impossible.  WKU has demonstrated tremendous support of KIIS, including the assistance of countless individuals and units on campus.  All of us at KIIS extend a heartfelt thanks to WKU for its significant contribution to our mission, and are committed to furthering WKU’s guiding principle of International Reach, at home and abroad.

“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.”

– KIIS Study Abroad

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