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Pre-Departure Orientation

If you are participating on a KIIS program, you must attend the KIIS mandatory student orientation prior to departure. Your parents or other emergency contacts are welcome to join you at orientation.

  • All Winter Programs

    Saturday, November 6, 2021, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time), ECTC Campus, Elizabethtown, KY

  • Spain Spring Semester

    Early December 2021, TBA, Check email for Orientation Details

  • France Spring Semester

    Early December 2021, TBA, Check email for Orientation Details

  • Germany Spring Semester

    Early February 2022, TBA, Check email for Orientation Details

  • All Summer Programs

    Saturday, April 9, 2022,  12:30-5:00 pm (Central Time),  WKU Campus, Bowling Green, KY.

The orientation is designed to inform you of what to expect in the foreign setting. Among the topics discussed:

  • Host country culture and law
  • Academics
  • Housing
  • Health & Safety
  • Independent travel
  • Social and sexual mores
  • Climate
  • Money Matters
  • Communications
  • Packing


In addition to the pre-departure orientation, Program Directors provide all participants with a second, in-country orientation shortly after arrival at the KIIS program site.

Missed Orientation

If for any reason you cannot attend the mandatory orientation, a $150 fee will be added to your Charges and Payments to cover the cost of carrying out an individual orientation with your KIIS Program Director.

Email the KIIS Office to request the Individual Student Orientation Form be added to your KIIS Account in advance of your individual orientation with your KIIS Program Director

Home Campus Orientation

Many colleges and universities require all students studying abroad to attend a home campus orientation. Contact your KIIS Campus Representative (typically in the Education/Study Abroad office) to determine if you need to fulfill any orientation requirements.

“I made incredible friends, traveled to several different countries, performed in a historic cathedral, and made memories that I will never forget all while learning things in a new perspective. Studying abroad had such a huge impact on who I am today.”

-Michaela, Salzburg

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