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KIIS Salzburg, Austria: Music Courses

The KIIS program in Salzburg, Austria, offers Music courses in the heart of Austria. Topics range from history to vocal literature. The courses offered by the Institute

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Spain

KIIS Spain I Summer Program

The program in Spain will last five weeks and will take place in Madrid, Spain's vibrant capital, and in Segovia, a charming, provincial capital in the foothills of the Guadarrama...

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Tanzania

KIIS Zanzibar Winter Program

KIIS Study Abroad offers the Zanzibar Winter Program, which offers a three-credit course designed to provide applied learning experience within business and health organizations....

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Mexico

KIIS Maya Mexico Winter

KIIS Study Abroad offers an excursion-based winter program that introduces participants to the Mexican and Mayan life, both past and present. Students get the opportunity...

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Chile

KIIS Chile

Chile is one of the most developed countries in Latin America, yet it is a country of stark physical beauty encompassed by the Andes Mountains, the vast Pacific Ocean, the...

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France

KIIS Paris I Program

The KIIS Paris I summer program offers Paris as its classroom, with a selection of courses designed to take full advantage of the city's artistic treasures, intriguing history,...

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Tanzania

KIIS Tanzania Program

The KIIS summer program in Tanzania offers students a great opportunity to explore the rich historical, cultural, and linguistic traditions of this Sub-Saharan African nation....

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Mexico

KIIS Mexico I Program

The KIIS Mexico I program is based in Merida, Mexico, an ideal setting for students to study Spanish and experience Mexican art, culture, and history. During this five-week...

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Germany

KIIS Spring Semester in Regensburg, Germany

During the Spring semester, the Kentucky Institute for International Studies will offer a five-month program in Regensburg, Germany. Regensburg is located in the eastern

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Spain

KIIS Barcelona

The KIIS Study Abroad program in Barcelona integrates traditional classroom settings with the use of the city as an open classroom. Barcelona has long been home to innovative...

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Spain

KIIS Study Abroad Program in Spain (May Term)

The KIIS two-week program in Spain is designed to immerse students in Spanish life as they study the history and culture of Spain. The program will be based in the charming...

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Cuba

KIIS Cuba

The KIIS Cuba program is a two-week intensive program that begins in Havana. Professors from the disciplines of Art History, Art and Journalism will co-teach an integrated...

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Italy

KIIS Winter Study Program in Italy

The KIIS Italy Winter program visits the magnificent capital of Rome and the beautiful city of Florence in Tuscany. Students spend time in each city where they reside within...

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France

KIIS Paris-Munich Winter Program

KIIS Study Abroad offers the Paris-Munich Winter Program, an interdisciplinary course that demonstrates the eating habits and cuisine of countries like the USA, Germany,

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KIIS Study Abroad Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Academics

    10

Wanna Go Back!

Memorable experiences include going up on mount Untersburg, looking down on the city from the thousand year old fortress castle, beer in the beer garden during world cup, seeing a first class opera show with full professional orchestra and authentic instruments, walking back from the beer hall at 2 am, standing on the bridge over the river during a rain storm, the list goes on.

I chose the program because of the Music classes that count toward graduation .

Think of a dorm from the seventies except with better food. Lunch was the main meal, breakfast is the same every day. Staff were great (except for 1 individual) Wifi in Europe was the only real negative. 3 people to a room but you are never in your room anyways except to sleep.

Program: KIIS Salzburg, Austria: Music Courses

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Wanna Go Back!

Salzburg should be a required destination for every music major and the Salzburg program is the best deal. With 5 full weeks for the same cost that other 2 week programs charge in Europe. Including 6 credits. Academics were not easy and I studied and learned alot but the real stuff that sticks with you is from the city and the people and the culture. You can get around the city with no practice and it seems like there is always new stuff to discover. Salzburg is the first city I ever felt at home in and europe is the first country where being a musician felt like it had public approval. Try all the foods, learn the names of some locals, go to some concerts and recitals and travel as much as you can on weekends!

Program: KIIS Salzburg, Austria: Music Courses

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

A fantastic opportunity for all students

My most memorable experience was going to Maidult. It is a beerfest in Regensburg that incorporates the overall German experience.

The ability and ease to travel to other destinations was also a great factor. I traveled by train all over Germany, to Austria and Czech Republic.
I took a roadtrip to Slovakia and Czech Republic, and took a cheap flight to Morocco.

I am a German major and it was a requirement to go abroad. I chose Regensburg because it was a long program and the price was great!

I lived in a student apartment 10 minutes from the school (walking). It was called "Vittusheim" and was within walking distance to two grocery store, and many bus stops.

There are 5 or 7 floors and two types of rooms. The lower floors have two rooms had joined together by a shared bathroom and kitchen. The upper floors had 5 bedrooms shared by a community kitchen and bathroom.

Unlike many American schools, each room had to possibility of a co-ed roommate. In my case, I shared a room with a guy despite the fact that I am a girl. There were, however, no problems with this.

There was also a bar room, and 75 cent beer vending machine.

Any maintenance was quickly done.

Mailboxes located inside the lobby.

(The KIIS program places the students in available apartments)

Program: KIIS Spring Semester in Regensburg, Germany

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Great Program!

The Regensburg program is a fantastic opportunity for all students- whether german majors or just interested students. I completed this program with 6 other KY students who were both German study majors/minor or just interested in the culture.

The first appealing factor in the program was the price. It is drastically cheaper than many of the programs offered to go to Germany. My program lasted March-July with the opportunity to travel before and after the program. This price is fantastic for a program this long and covers the cost of living situation, student visas as well as tuition fees and a cell phone. With the tuition fees came a bus pass that allowed us to travel on any bus in the city for the length of the program- something that is vital to your Regensburg experience. Though airfare was not included in the price a bit of researching could help find extremely cheap flights.
The price also provided a small amount that would reimburse you for any museum, ticket, or traveling fees that you encountered (up to a certain amount...).

The second appeal of this trip was that it is located in Regensburg. A city that had escaped much of the war damage that other major cities were not fortunate enough to survive, the city offers a lot of historic and interesting landmarks that are easy to get to and tour. The city does not feel overcrowded and it is very easy to get around. Traveling options include a 1 train ride to Munich, 4 hours to Prague, 3 hours from Salzburg, and close access to many other beautiful German cities. There is also a Ryanair air company that offers very cheap trips to other countries located at an airport 1.5 hour away. Some examples are France, Italy, Denmark, Finland and even Morocco.

Academic wise, the university was very interesting. You go through 2 different "semesters" of classes. The first is "Sprachkurs" where you have a 6 week intensive language course. Your level is tested at the beginning of the program to determine which one you belong in. (It ranges from beginner to practically native..). This class was from 8-2 with a one hour break for lunch, and two 15 minute coffee breaks. After the 6 weeks, you are able to determine which classes you want to take. These range from film, language, theatre to culture classes with the option of taking some authentic university classes in fields like economics, law, linguistics, etc. Homework was scarce and if at all, took only 15 minutes to complete. In my experience I had only 2 presentation on topics of my choice with the option of a partner. These were very easy and lenient depending on your German level. Final exams were a little challenging, but the professors helped a lot with studying or any questions.

Immersing into the culture was a little bit of a challenge. Though the KIIS program offers a host parent to each of the participants, the amount of time that you spend with them depends on you. You have to make time to spend with them, as you do not live with them, and often times it can be challenging finding similar breaks in schedules. In my experience, my host family provided MANY things for me to do and I tried to make time to see them/attend events with them as much as I could.

As with the other german students- it was very difficult to immerse in the culture with them. Many of my german interactions were in my student apartments where I was the roommate to a german, or lived near germans. The classes that I took focused on learning about the German language and culture, so not many other German students were in them. There are, however, many other opportunities to meet Germans through sponsored trips from the International offices and by taking normal classes at the University in other fields of study.

There was, however, a lot of opportunity to learn about other cultures. In my program over 150 students from over 50 countries were in my classes, in my dorm and in sponsored trips within Europe. Examples of those countries were Finland, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Spain, France, Czech Republic, etc.

As for administration, there was a lot of paperwork to fill out, which made planning for the trip stressful. It, however, was definitely worth it.

Program: KIIS Spring Semester in Regensburg, Germany

Overall Rating

6 / 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

It was only a two-week program

It was only a two-week program, so I wasn't able to receive a full learning experience. I did however enjoy my time there and felt safe in my host family & in Segovia. We also went on very excursions to help gain cultural experience.

Program: KIIS Spain I Summer Program