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KIIS COVID-19 Stress-Free Refund Guarantee

KIIS Winter 2021-2022 Programs

The KIIS COVID-19 Stress-Free Refund Guarantee permits any accepted KIIS student the option to withdraw from their Winter 2021-2022 KIIS program by November 1, 2021 and receive a full refund ($250 deposit included). KIIS Winter payment deadlines remain unchanged: $2,000 due by October 15, 2021 and the remaining balance (including group flight, if selected) by November 15, 2021. Moreover, if ever the need arises for KIIS to cancel our Winter 2021-2022 programs prior to departure, KIIS will refund students their KIIS program payments, including the $250 application deposit.

KIIS Spring 2022 Semester Programs

The KIIS COVID-19 Stress-Free Refund Guarantee permits any accepted KIIS student the option to withdraw from their Spring 2022 Semester program by December 1, 2021 and receive a full refund ($250 deposit included). KIIS Spring Semester payment deadlines remain unchanged: $2,000 due by November 1, 2021 and the remaining balance (including group flight, if selected) by December 1, 2021. Moreover, if ever the need arises for KIIS to cancel our Spring 2022 programs prior to departure, KIIS will refund students their KIIS program payments, including the $250 application deposit.

KIIS Summer 2022 Programs

The KIIS COVID-19 Stress-Free Refund Guarantee permits any accepted KIIS student the option to withdraw from their Summer 2022 program by April 1, 2022 and receive a full refund ($250 deposit included). KIIS Summer payment deadlines remain unchanged: $2,000 due by March 15, 2022 and the remaining balance (including group flight, if selected) by April 15, 2022. Moreover, if ever the need arises for KIIS to cancel our Summer 2022 programs prior to departure, KIIS will refund students their KIIS program payments, including the $250 application deposit.

Refunds

Any request to withdraw from a KIIS program after acceptance must be emailed directly from the student to Haley McTaggart. Withdrawal requests not directly received from the student are not valid.

The $250 application deposit will be refunded if:

  • For 2021-2022 Programs see the the above COVID-19 Stress-Free Refund Guarantee.
  • You completed your KIIS application and were not accepted into the program.
  • You are placed on a waiting list and a space does not become available.
  • You are placed on a waiting list and offered a space on another KIIS program and decline the offer.

The $250 application deposit will NOT be refunded if:

  • For 2021-2022 Programs see the the above COVID-19 Stress-Free Refund Guarantee.
  • You withdraw your application at any time for any reason.
  • Your KIIS application remains incomplete (e.g. missing transcript, essay, faculty recommendation, etc.) following the regular application deadline.
  • You are removed from your program due to non-payment of program fees or not submitting your Admitted Student Documents on time.

KIIS will NOT provide a refund of any kind:

  • For 2021-2022 Programs see the the above COVID-19 Stress-Free Refund Guarantee.
  • Between the first $2000 and final payment deadlines, the cancellation fee will comprise all unrecoverable fees that have been committed and/or paid on your behalf (such as airline tickets, housing deposits, faculty costs, etc.) plus a $700 administrative fee. 
  • After the final payment deadline, there are no refunds.
  • If you are not able to participate on your KIIS program due to not having your passport or visa before the program’s departure.
  • If the airline or the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) refuses to allow you to board your flight, and as a result, you are not able to participate on your KIIS program.
  • If you are removed or expelled from your program at any time and for any reason. See KIIS Expulsion policy.

Withdrawals

Any request to withdraw from a KIIS program after acceptance must be emailed directly from the student to Haley McTaggart. Withdrawal requests not directly received from the student are not valid.

If you withdraw:

  • Between the first and final payment deadlines, you will have to pay a cancellation fee that consists of a $700 administration fee plus all unrecoverable fees (e.g. airline tickets, housing deposits, etc.) committed and/or paid on your behalf.
  • After the final payment deadline, KIIS will not provide you a refund of any kind. You will be responsible for paying your entire KIIS program fee.
  • Students from Berea, Ball State, and WKU will have to pay their entire program fee to their home institution.

Cancellations

Through CISI, KIIS provides:

  • Trip Cancellation Benefit: ($5,000 max) If the scheduled travel must be canceled due to a Medical Emergency or death of the KIIS participant or an immediate family member occurring within 30 days prior to the KIIS program (the benefit pays to reimburse non-refundable expenses already paid).
  • Security Evacuation Protection: This benefit pays to evacuate students and faculty back to the U.S. in the event of political, security, and natural disaster to the host country.
  • Trip Interruption Benefit: ($2,500 max) This benefit pays to returns a KIIS participant to the U.S. (and back to the KIIS program if desired) in the event an immediate family member (parent, child, sibling or grandparent) passes away or becomes gravely ill.

KIIS does not provide other forms of trip cancellation insurance should you need to cancel your travel before the program’s departure or leave your program prematurely.

KIIS reserves the right to cancel any of its programs or courses due to war, political unrest, terrorism, natural disaster, low enrollment, unforeseen circumstances, or a travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department.

“You may think you are diverse in the United States, but you never know what diversity is until you have traveled with the KIIS program.  It’s more than an educational experience it is an experience that will change your views about yourself and the world in a very positive manner.”

– Tonya, Berlin

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