Summer Abroad

Can’t work a term abroad into your curriculum plan? Think summer! Summer abroad programs offer academic credit and a glimpse of the life and culture of another part of the world. And, generous financial support is available, especially for those studying abroad for the first time.

Selecting a Program

There are two options for study abroad in the summer: a faculty-led Berea International Summer Term (BIST) course or through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) or Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI), both of which offer especially cost-effective programs. The following BIST courses will be offered during Summer 2018:

The application deadline for BIST courses is October 21.

In addition to BIST, KEI and KIIS, there are many other options. For example, through other program providers, Berea students have recently studied tropical conservation and Spanish in Costa Rica, intensive Chinese in Beijing and indigenous culture and history in Australia. For more information about other programs, contact the Education Abroad Team. The deadline for KIIS is February 15, but some have early bird dates as soon as December 1st.

The following KIIS Programs will be taught by Berea College professors:

  • Kevin Gardner, Studio Art, KIIS Barcelona
  • Deborah Martin, Theatre, KIIS Paris 1
  • Anthony Mortara, Health and Human Performance, KIIS Greece
  • Lauren McKee, Political Science, KIIS Japan
  • Jeff Richey, Religion, KIIS Japan
  • Eileen McKiernan-Gonzalez, Art History, KIIS Barcelona Summer 2018
  • Alan Mills, Photography /Applied Design, KIIS Maya Mexico Winter 2017-2018
  • Matt Saderholm, Biochemistry, KIIS Paris-Munich Winter 2017-2018

Financial Support

Financial support from Berea College is available for any major to cover a portion of the cost of a summer abroad. The Department of Foreign Languages offers similar financial support for qualified majors and minors. Learn more about financial support for summer abroad experiences.

Other Summer Opportunities


Contact the Education Abroad Team at or (859) 985-3453, or drop by Woods-Penniman 205.