Teaching Abroad Benefits
KIIS has 40+ 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.
“Each summer I look forward to the opportunity to introduce students to the language and culture of Austria, Southern Germany and Switzerland. The long and successful history of the KIIS Austria program ensures that students become immersed in the program setting, and our Austrian host families and support staff do a wonderful job of helping students feel at home and form lasting bonds abroad.”
– Jordan Gabbard, University of Louisville German Professor, KIIS Austria Co-Director
“Going abroad with students is the best part of my job! Students who go abroad are forever changed, both personally and professionally. They grow in so many ways, developing a skill for flexibility and cultural sensitivity that sets them apart from their peers. Finally, many of them gain language proficiency that cannot be duplicated in a traditional classroom, opening doors to new career opportunities.”
– Laura Hunt, Georgetown College Spanish Professor, KIIS Maya Mexico Winter Faculty
“My experience studying and teaching in the US has helped me learn how to handle challenges related to teaching and studying abroad. Morocco is an ideal context where students can immerse themselves into a multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic Arab society, with a noticeable European influence.”
- Abdelaadim Bidaoui, Ball State University Arabic Professor, KIIS Morocco Director
“Teaching abroad is a wonderful and rewarding experience for both faculty and students. One of my favorite things about KIIS is witnessing the friendship building between the students from different colleges. A KIIS program is life changing for students, and they create life-long friendships during their amazing educational experiences abroad.”
- Lee Ann Paynter, University of Kentucky Digital Photography Professor, KIIS Paris I Faculty
“We commonly visit places for 2-3 days at a time, but living in and exploring a new place for five weeks is a completely different experience. Students and teachers alike will end up feeling like they have a second home in the world.”
- Mike D'Ambrosio, Murray State University Music Professor, KIIS Salzburg Faculty
“I LOVE teaching and learning in a culture outside the United States. Tanzania especially provides a wonderful opportunity for students (and me) to evolve into people who understand the beauty and richness of our diverse world. We also realize that different experiences provide powerful learning moments.”
- Paul Clark, University of Louisville Nursing Professor, KIIS Tanzania Faculty
“By studying abroad and living with a host family, they really get to experience the culture from the inside out. It’s more up-close and personal rather than just observing it from a distance, and the language and cultural learning that happens in the classroom can be applied and expanded every day in the streets, in the host families, on weekend trips, etc. so it’s much more vivid and meaningful.”
– Lisa Kuriscak, Ball State University Spanish Professor, KIIS Spain I & Spain II Faculty
“One of the greatest aspects of teaching abroad is the close connection one makes with the specific location. The classroom extends outside the walls and into the location and its surroundings, and on-site teaching adds an unmatched dimension to the lessons learned from students.”
– Michael Baker, University of Kentucky Music Professor, KIIS Salzburg Faculty
“Paris-Munich is an opportunity to develop an appreciation of regional cuisines from around Europe while simultaneously developing the students’ knowledge of European geography and increase cultural awareness.”
– Eddy Cuisinier, Western Kentucky University French Professor, KIIS Paris I & Paris-Munich Winter Director
“The best part about teaching abroad with KIIS is the opportunity to watch your students’ perspective grow and broaden firsthand. While we get to see this happen on our home campuses, of course, there’s nothing quite like seeing students step out into the unknown of another country, language, and culture and finding themselves on new but steady ground, with you as their guide.”
– Jeff Richey, Berea College Religion & Asian Studies Professor, KIIS Japan Faculty
“One of the greatest benefits of teaching abroad for me is the ability to connect with scholars in my field as we travel. In conversations over meals or exploring archaeological sites and museums, I have the opportunity to discuss current scholarship in classics, share ideas on teaching and learning, and revel in discipline-related humor--all of which help to inspire and reinvigorate me for teaching at my home campus."
– Kathleen M. Quinn, Northern Kentucky University Classics Professor, KIIS Greece & Italy Winter Faculty
“As a faculty member, the chance to journey through familiar coursework in an unfamiliar location gives the material and the learning process a sense of aliveness that stimulates the mind, helps one’s research and creates endless curiosity."
– Doreen Maloney, University of Kentucky New Media & Video Professor, KIIS Berlin Director.
“The homestays on the KIIS Costa Rica trip were my favorite part. Living with the families in La Paz and San Marcos made me realize the importance of being completely immersed in a culture in order to truly begin to understand its people, language, and customs. The families showed me how we can embrace our differences, learn from one another, and connect through similarities we might not have thought about before.”
– Willie Costley, Centre College Spanish Professor, KIIS Costa Rica Director
"Teaching abroad is the best way to see the world while you practice your craft! I have found that working in my field in another country allows me to feel like a resident rather than a tourist. Students and professors alike get to sample real life in our program country."
– Myra Beth Bundy, Eastern Kentucky University Psychology Professor, KIIS Austria & Spain May Faculty
“While I enjoy teaching about Latin America on campus at Marshall, my students learn far more about the region in their courses with me abroad. Beyond just reading about politics in a book, you actually get to see politics in action on the street and hear it from the voices of those directly involved.”
– Shawn Schulenberg, Marshall University Political Science Professor, KIIS Argentina & Chile Director
You must be credentialed in the academic discipline of your course proposals. This means you must:
- 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
- Health Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Social Sciences
- 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.
“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