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Teaching Abroad Benefits - Faculty Voices

KIIS has over 45 years of Faculty-Led Education Abroad Experience. Faculty from all academic disciplines have opportunities to teach abroad on 25+ Summer & Winter programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. KIIS handles student applications, payments, course registrations & orientations as well as overseas logistics and health & safety.

Faculty Benefits Include

  • Infrastructure already in place: KIIS handles all overseas planning and logistics
  • Excursion opportunities in your field of expertise
  • Round-trip international airfare to the program site
  • Food, accommodation, travel, and other overseas living expenses covered
  • $3000 stipend for Summer ($1500 stipend for Winter & Summer Two-Week programs) paid prior to departure
  • Comprehensive medical insurance for the duration of the program
  • Security and terrorism evacuation insurance
  • Indemnified against liability (common limits apply)
  • Large pool of students from which to recruit (from among all KIIS member institutions). Faculty also may recruit outside KIIS member institutions.
  • State-side orientations provide an opportunity to meet fellow faculty members and student participants
  • Great professional development opportunities
  • Dependent students of KIIS Faculty (that have taught with KIIS in the last 5 years) can receive a $500 – $750 KIIS Faculty Dependent Scholarship when registered to participate on a KIIS program.


KIIS Summer and Winter faculty positions are open to full-time or part-time faculty from KIIS Full-Member Institutions.

Faculty must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

KIIS strongly recommends all participants (students and faculty) be up-to-date on both their seasonal flu and Covid-19 vaccinations (i.e. the latest Covid-19 booster shot) before their travel abroad. 


You must be credentialed in the academic discipline of your course proposals. This means you:

  • Hold a doctoral or terminal degree in the discipline OR
  • In certain cases, hold a master’s degree or have a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the discipline.

Faculty are encouraged to apply from all disciplines including, but not limited to:

  • Business and Economics
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences 
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Course Instruction

  • You are not required to speak or teach in the language of the KIIS program host country.
  • The majority of KIIS Summer and Winter courses are taught in English.
  • Only four KIIS Summer programs are restricted to language faculty (Munich, Paris II, Spain I, Spain II).
  • Language faculty may apply to teach on other KIIS Summer programs.

Visit our Selecting a Program page for more information.

Tips for Success

  • You should plan to be on-campus both semesters prior to teaching abroad as student recruitment during this time is crucial.

  • If you are planning to go on sabbatical, applying for a Fulbright, or will be gone for extended periods of time during the academic year prior to your term abroad, you are encouraged to wait until your return before applying to teach with KIIS.

  • You should not plan to teach abroad on multiple study abroad programs during the same year of your desired KIIS program as it could negatively impact recruitment for both programs.

  • You may not teach courses on your home campus or elsewhere during your KIIS program dates.

  • If teaching with KIIS for the first time, you may find it helpful to wait one year before applying to teach again.

Faculty Features and Accomplishments

“As instructors, we might expect to see the impact we made on our students in a distant future. Teaching abroad, however, is an experience that allows the instructor to align students’ learning abilities and skills with the abroad setting to create an immediate effect on the student. Teaching abroad has improved my on-campus teaching as I strive to create the right alignment between student learning ability and the classroom or field environment to produce a transformative learning experience.”

– William Mkanta, Western Kentucky University Health Care Administration Professor, KIIS Tanzania & Zanzibar Winter Director

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