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Hands-on experience!

Are you interested in an internship, research, independent study and/or community service? Most KEI programs offer experiential learning opportunities. Placement is based on interest, skill level and availability of positions. Academic credit is awarded based on number of contact hours and completion of academic requirements.


Internships allow students to test their knowledge against real-life situations and gain practical experience in an international setting. Depending on the program location, internships are available in business, marketing, finance, banking, information systems, multimedia development, network management, information systems, public relations, journalism, hospitality/tourism, international relations, translation, medicine, health, science, engineering and other professional areas. Internships are based on student needs, required skills, proficiency in a foreign language and the availability of positions.

Students must commit to a minimum of 120 hours, although some companies and organizations may require more hours. Students must also complete academic requirements, including a daily journal, term paper or project. Credit is awarded based on contact hours completed - 1 credit for every 40 hours. Read the Experiential Learning Guide for more information.

Research & independent study

Research and independent study is organized with faculty and researchers at KEI's host universities. At most program locations, research can be organized in natural and social sciences. Independent study can be organized in most academic disciplines. Research and independent study is awarded 3 credits, but may be extended to 6 or 9 credits.

Community service

Community service is ideal for students who want a hands-on experience with a flexible schedule. Depending on the program location, community service is available in social work, humanitarian aid, education, business, public relations, journalism, hospitality/tourism, international relations, translation, medicine and health. There is no academic component and no minimum time commitment. Community service is not-for-credit. Students interested in earning credit should select one of the other experiential learning options.
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