Center for International Education

KIIS Summer Programs

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The Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) offers summer programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Quebec. Some KIIS programs focus on language study, while others offer courses in English—from art and music to biology and psychology (the Mexico Pre-Professional Program even offers courses for nursing majors).

In addition, several Berea faculty members teach in KIIS each summer, so you might even end up studying and traveling with your favorite professor!

Many KIIS programs also meet perspective requirements at Berea College, to help your progress towards graduation.

Click here to see what KIIS courses were offered last summer!

Applying to KIIS

  1. Before you apply, meet with:
    • The Education Abroad Advisor to discuss education abroad procedures and policies, and KIIS program budget and application procedures; and
    • Any financial aid counselor in Student Financial Aid Services to ensure that you will be able to afford to study abroad in the summer.
  2. Apply for campus approval (and, if applicable, CIE-administered scholarships and grants) online via Abroad Office no later than 15 February.
  3. Apply for admission to KIIS online via MyKIIS  no later than 15 February. A non-refundable $250 application fee is due at the time you apply to KIIS (financial aid is not available to cover this fee).
  4. Note that you can save $100 on your total cost (but not on your application fee) if you apply by January 20.
  5. January 15 is the deadline for KIIS Scholarship application.

Flight Arrangements

KIIS offers two flight options:

  • Group flight arranged by KIIS (“Option 2”). Group flights depart from either Cincinnati or Louisville, depending on the program.
  • Make your own flight arrangements (“Option 1”). Choose this option if you need to depart from a different airport (e.g., if you are from Atlanta and will be going home prior to the start of the program), or if you plan to stay on after the program to do additional travel. Although you can book your flight through any travel agency or website, we have made special arrangements so that you can purchase your ticket before your financial aid is disbursed.
    »See: Travel Arrangements

Did you know…

  • that KIIS and KIIS-through-Berea offers many $500-600 scholarships each year? Apply by January 15 to be sure your name gets in the hat!
  • that KIIS also offers amazingly affordable semester programs in France, Germany, Mexico, and Spain?


For general inquiries about KIIS or questions about Berea procedures, contact the Education Abroad Team at or (859) 985-3453, or drop by 205 Woods-Penniman.

For program-specific or application questions, contact the KIIS office at Western Kentucky University at or (270) 745-4416.