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Frequently asked questionsBelow are answers to commonly asked questions. If you do not find answers to your questions, do not hesitate to contact our office. We will be glad to assist.
AcademicsWhen should my child study abroad? We suggest sooner rather than later since it will be easier to find courses abroad that will transfer to the home university. Most students study abroad during their second and third year of university/college. Students should consult with the academic and study abroad advisors at their home university to determine which term of study best fits into their academic plan.
What is a host university? Home university? Host university refers to KEI's partner institution abroad that hosts the program. All host universities are accredited in their country/region. Home university refers to the student's university or college in their home country.
Will my child receive credit for courses taken abroad? Transfer credit is academic credit earned during the KEI program. Transfer credit is usually pre-approved by the student's home university prior to the program. We strongly recommend that students start the credit approval process by meeting with the academic and study abroad advisors at their home university. Program participants who are not enrolled at a college or university will still earn program credit that may be transfered at a later date. Since KEI programs offer a wide selection of courses in specific majors, minors and general education concentrations, students should be able to study abroad and graduate without any delays.
Academic credit is awarded by the host university or a co-sponsoring university in the USA. Students also have the option of receiving credit from KEI's university of record (accredited in the USA). Visit credit & transcripts page for more information.
How much academic credit will students earn abroad? Students must take a full course load in order to be considered full-time. For semester and quarter programs full-time is a minimum of 12 credits. Most programs allow students to enroll in up to 18 credits per semester. For summer programs full-time is a minimum of 6 credits. Some summer programs offer 9 to 12 credits.
Will my child receive credit for experiential learning? Yes. Academic credit is awarded for internships, research and independent study. Students must complete all hands-on and academic requirements to earn credit. Visit individual program pages for more information about experiential learning.
Travel abroadDoes my child need previous travel experience to study abroad? No. The majority of students who study abroad have never traveled outside of their home country. For many students, study abroad will be the first time they fly on an airplane. KEI guides students through every step of the process, from submitting the application to applying for a visa to airport welcome in the host country.
What travel documents are needed for study abroad? A valid passport is required to travel abroad. The passport cannot expire for at least 12 months after the last day of the program abroad. Most countries also require a student visa (entry permit). KEI will assist with the visa application process.
When should my child arrive in the host country? Arrival and departure dates for each program are published on the Prices & Dates page.
Room & boardWhere and with whom will my child live? Housing options depend on the program location. Most locations offer multiple options, including residence hall, shared apartment and/or homestay with host family. Program participants live with other KEI, international and host university students.
Is there a housing curfew? Participants are adults and treated as such. Most programs and housing options do not have a curfew. However, residence halls in Pune, India have a curfew between 10 to 11 PM. Some host families may also require a curfew.
How is the housing and host family selected? All housing is screened by KEI and/or the host university. Most host families have been with KEI for many years. New families are usually recommended by the host university staff or existing families, and thoroughly screened.
Are meals included with the program? Many KEI programs include housing options with meals. Visit individual program pages for information about meals and other program inclusions.
My child has dietary restrictions. What do I do? Make sure to indicate all dietary restrictions on the Supplemental Information Form during the enrollment process. KEI will provide guidance and advice about the cuisine in the host country and meal options at the chosen program location. Whenever possible, we will make arrangements to accommodate your child's dietary needs.
Services & resources
What service does KEI provide before the program?
KEI provides personalized advising and a comprehensive pre-departure guide to help students and parents prepare for the program abroad.
KEI Program Managers maintain regular communication (via email, phone, Skype, etc.) with students to address personal needs, interests and preferences.
Students are also required to participate in KEI's pre-departure orientation sessions.
Our pre-departure guides are updated on a regular basis and provide useful information about the host country and university, packing suggestions, visa and passport, and much much more.
Pre-departure guides can be accessed through the Student Portal on this website (login required).
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