KEI is proud of its achievements in facilitating education abroad for all students. Thirty percent of our program participants are African-American and Hispanic-American, compared to fourteen percent nationwide (Council on International Educational Exchange). Close to eighty percent of our students receive the Pell Grant. And, more than twenty percent major in a STEM discipline.
From the beginning KEI worked closely with public and minority serving institutions to service ethnic minority students who traditionally do not study abroad. KEI has formal agreements with more than fourty Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI). In many cases, our partnerships go far beyond student mobility to include curricular integration and faculty development. KEI’s first and current Universities of Record are HBCUs – Clark Atlanta University and Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, respectively.
KEI’s affordable and inclusive program fees coupled with generous Affiliate and Travel grants enable many students to pursue their education abroad goals. We treat students as individuals and work with their families on deferred payments and interest-free payment plans.
KEI’s discipline-specific study and intern abroad programs offer a wide selection of courses (in English) in a range of academic subjects including science, engineering and computing. Our first program concentrations were Medicine, Health & Nutrition and Science, Math & Engineering. Since then, KEI has expanded its concentrations to include psychology, business, foreign languages, social sciences, criminology, sports, communications, media, performing arts and many others.
Half of KEI’s program offerings are in non-traditional locations, including Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our first programs were opened in Russia (1997), China (1999), Kenya (2000) and Thailand (2001). Today, KEI offers semester and summer programs in eighteen countries, and organizes faculty-directed programs in more than 30 countries.
KEI is committed to making education abroad accessible to all students, regardless of their academic major, financial means and ethnic background.