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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer 2021 options are limited to programs through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) and a few other selected programs, listed below.

Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS):

Berea College is a part of this Kentucky consortium, which enables Berea students to participate in  KIIS programs as if they would with BIST programs. All KIIS programs are open to Berea College students; the following KIIS Summer 2021 Programs are even taught by Berea College professors:

Click here to find out more about KIIS courses

Watch a short KIIS video on YouTube

Apply for Summer 2021 KIIS by February 18, 2021. (Please apply both to KIIS and to the CIE by this date.) Start by setting up your profile in Abroad Office today.

The Other Approved Options

The other possible programs for summer study abroad in the summer of 2021 include a selection from CIS Abroad and ISA, with sites in Latin America and Europe:  Options through CIS and ISA. The external deadlines for these vary–some are already upon us–so check out the pdf today.

If your deadline comes before March 8, when your internal application is due to us through Abroad Office for Berea approval, please go ahead and apply to your program. If your due date is after our deadline, waiting is better.

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

Berea International Summer Term (BIST):

The following BIST courses have been postponed to Summer 2022 due to COVID:

Start by setting up your profile in Abroad Office today. The application deadline for BIST courses will be early fall of 2021. Stay tuned for details.

Please note that students participating in BIST courses may not have their spouses/partners, children, other relatives, or friends join them for any part or all of their BIST course.


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