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AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast & Brisbane

Nicole Bellamy Nicole Bellamy
Marist College

I had an overall great time in Australia. I had some issues at first, but they were sorted by the program in time. Housing ended up being amazing and the Onsite Director was the best.

CHINA: Beijing

Nicholas Lara Nicholas Lara
Saddleback College

Since I studied in Beijing through KEI in 2001, it's been one whirlwind of a world tour. It sure has paid off deciding to study in China. I've been working in China since 2006. I recently changed industries from construction to global logistics where I preformed key account and project management duties. The whole experience has been rather successful.

Contact me if you would like to ask questions about living and working in Beijing. My email is Nick.Lara@kerryeas.com. You can also find me on Linkedin.
Cassandra Hardin
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Cassandra Hardin
University of Kentucky

I am really enjoying Beijing and have settled into life here very well. The accommodations in our dorm are very comfortable. Chinese language classes started last week and have been very challenging so far. I am really looking forward to this new semester with KEI. Thanks again for all your attention to this program and to me.

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...with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Monty McGee Monty McGee
Norfolk State University

My experience in China was truly life changing. There is no better way to increase one's understanding of a complex country like China than to study and intern abroad. Living in Beijing for a semester, meeting students from China and around the world, and studying the culture and language of a rising global superpower was the best experience of my life. I was the first African American many Chinese had come in contact with. Many wondered whether I was a musician or athlete. On a number of occasions I found myself at the center of public attention. Mothers and fathers nudging their young toward me while gesturing a request for pictures. This was truly a unique position to be in, at times I felt almost like a celebrity. Overall, there is nothing I would change about my KEI experience in China.
Zeng Lin Zeng Lin
Rider University

In many ways, this program helped me become more independent as a person. I have gained many real-life experiences by interacting with Chinese business people and many other students. I want to thank KEI for giving me this opportunity, and supporting me in every way.
Robert Brady Robert Brady
Auburn University

Most definitely the time of my life! I couldn't ask for anything better. I learned a lot about China through the business courses and field trips. In Shanghai we visited the French Concession where I stood in the room where the first Communist meeting was held in secret. You get chills when you take a step back and think about what has actually happened. Nanjing, Sanzhou, Hanzhou, and Wuxi were equally as impressive and impressionable. To get a history lesson in the place it happened is priceless.


Alex Anzar Alex Anzar
Northern Arizona University

The classes are fantastic. I get a lot of practice daily that has helped my Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.
Read my blog.
Daniella Laplante Daniella Laplante
Northern Arizona University

I have now been in Costa Rica for two weeks. My Spanish professor is great and I have learned more Spanish in two weeks here than I would in a a month at home. Our Spanish class only has four people in it, so we have plenty of opportunities to practice.
Kaysie Hogrefe Kaysie Hogrefe
Northern Arizona University

I've heard before that Costa Rica is one of the happiest places on earth. And although I have been very few places in my life time, I can't say I'd disagree. People here are (for the most part) friendly, outgoing, and happy to talk with you.

ECUADOR: Guayaquil

Harlie Collins
Harlie Collins
University of Kentucky

Interning abroad in Guayaquil not only increased my Spanish language proficiency, but it taught me the value of growing independently and appreciating cultural differences. I was yearning for adventure and more importantly, a program that would permit me to use both my language skill and undergraduate degree in public relations. The KEI crew did just that!

Thank you for introducing me to my new favourite place.
Christine Licata Christine Licata
Point Loma Nazarene University

My experience in Ecuador was incredible. Ecuador's diversity is like no other place in the world. One weekend I could either be biking in the mountains, relaxing in the beaches, trekking through the jungle, or seeing wild-life at the Galapagos Islands. There is so much to do here. From bungee jumping, white-water rafting, zip-lining, repelling of waterfalls, to horseback riding and hiking beautiful trails, there's adventure here that you can't get anywhere else.

My medical internship was outstanding. The doctors showed me how to perform intravenous injections and I actually administered shots to patients as if I was a medical student. They're not afraid to really give you hands-on experience. It's an authentic environment to really practice and learn Spanish as well. I am so thankful for the medical internship I had in Ecuador with KEI. It will set me apart from other applicants to medical school.

My time in Ecuador couldn't have been better!
MacKenzie LeMay
MacKenzie LeMay
King University

Ecuador was my first time abroad ever and I don't think I could have picked a better location or program. I loved being able to travel around the country and make local friends. My Spanish speaking ability made leaps and bounds and the clinical internship was a great way to practice speaking and learn skills in a very hands-on environment.

View my video ...Ecuador
Rachel Wanty Rachel Wanty
Washington State University

The homestay experience has been incredible. I am so fortunate to have been welcomed not only into a home, but also into a family! The cultural aspects I have learned and the memories that I have made are permanent; and my language abilities have improved much faster thanks to the patience and help from my family. This experience has been and will be one of my fondest memories of Ecuador. Thank you again for all of your help! Your hard work made a huge difference in my experience in Ecuador. I am truly thankful for all of the work and worry that you put into our group of students.
Fred Weller
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Fred Weller
Colorado State University - Denver

I'm doing great. Classes are exactly what I need, host family is terrific, and Ecuador is beautiful! I'm planning to stay in Ecuador for the summer and possibly longer. I don't want to leave South America.
Melisa Byas Melissa Byas
University of South Florida

I loved my experience. Ecuador was amazing. The classes and internship helped me realize that international affairs is a career I will find most rewarding. Everyone at KEI helped me come closer to achieving my future goals. Claudia (KEI Onsite Director) was wonderful, like a mom. She made me feel at home. If anything were to happen, I had someone to call for assistance.
Ronald Tiboni Ronald Tiboni
King's College

This program was a once in a lifetime experience. I will always cherish it. Thanks to the KEI staff. I am grateful.
Rozalin Nikia Rozalin Nikia
John Hopkins University

I was able to learn about many illnesses and preventive health measures which are prevalent in Ecuador. In the afternoons, I was treated to three hours of Spanish classes with some of the most fantastic teachers I have ever had. I never expected to learn as much Spanish as I did in such a short time!
Jessica Borrell Jessica Borrell
University of Pittsburgh

I had fallen in love with Ecuador. I left the country with my initial impression confirmed; the biodiversity and landscape were breathtaking, and my host family and new friends were incredible. Studying abroad was one of my most significant and enjoyable experiences, and I cannot wait to return. KEI did a wonderful job.

ENGLAND (UK): London

Samantha Russell Samantha Russell
William Woods University

I can't believe the things I have experienced while being abroad. I honestly wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world. My life is forever changed because of this opportunity. I am thanking God every single day for the chances I get to take. There are so many things I will miss once I leave London... Read Samantha's blog.
Stephanie Morgan Stephanie Morgan
Florida Atlantic University

Studying abroad was always a dream of mine but it seemed far fetched for a student who was supporting herselves through her studies, but then I found out about KEI. KEI offered an awesome program in the heart of London for a great price. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to explore London and other parts of Europe while earning credit towards my degree. KEI staff was helpful throughout the process of getting ready and during my stay in London. The lessons I learned in my summer abroad have changed my entire life and opened me up to the possibility of exploring more of the world. If it weren't for KEI's commitment to affordable and quality study abroad programs, I would never have been able to have this life changing experience. I am forever thankful to KEI for my time in London and all the good it has done for me. When I left the USA to study in London it was my first time leaving home. Now I have visited 5 continents and pursuing a masters degree abroad. Thanks, KEI!
Aime Ntawukulityayo Aime Ntawukulityayo
Augsburg College

My internship experience in London was empowering. I had never worked in environment that was so diverse: people from Ethiopia, Germany, France, etc. I loved the idea of being responsible of projects and exploring it alone. I worked on the projects and had weekly meetings with my boss to present. That was challenging and yet empowering! This internship made me realize that the city itself enhanced my work experience. The diversity of a city is crucial for me to keep growing. In London, immigrant communities contribute to a multicultural city compared to Minneapolis (where I live).
Joey Mansfield Joey Mansfield
Clark Atlanta University

I strongly believe that every experience in life is what you make it. Having the opportunity to live in London and travel Europe for six months has been nothing short of amazing! Participating in the KEI program has been a great adventure, and one that I will always cherish. The wonder of London mixed with the unique intellectuals I have become acquainted with during my time here has been a life changing experience. Thank you.
Matt Cassara Matt Cassara
Marist College

Studying at South Bank University is one of the best decisions I have made. The people, the location - everything here is great. A friend and program alum recommended this program to me, and I would definitely recommend it to my friends!
Collin Johnson Colin Johnson
Campbellsville University

Studying in London allowed me to experience a wide variety of cultures and see many things, all in one place. Due to the language and cultural familiarity, I think London is a good study abroad option for those who have not yet traveled abroad. I am grateful for this opportunity and your support. Read Colin's blog.


Perla Maldonado Perla Maldonado
University of Houston

Paris was a remarkable experience which I will never forget. Your time and effort made the process simple and the program enjoyable. Thank you for this opportunity.
Fatima Benaffane Fatima Benaffane
University of Houston

Paris is a very diverse place which I did not think it was. People are very friendly and willing to help if you just ask politely.
Jordan Brown Jordan Brown
Capital University

I think about Paris every day and my time spent there remains to be the best memory of my life. Particularly, our day we spent in Bourgogne, eating cheese and saucisson with wine at Patrick's lovely home and walking around Chablis with my shoes off and taking a nap next to the stream. Thank you so much for those great memories.
Shannon McGautha Shannon McGautha
Texas Southern University

The program is a great opportunity for students that are interested in International Business. Thank you for the opportunity to learn a new and interesting culture and know exactly what area of study I will be pursuing for grad school.


Christina Luu Christina Luu
University of California - Irvine

India is like no other country. Anyone who is interested in something new, different, and seeking out adventure, should choose India. It's this large Asian metropolis with cities that wrap around different forests and jungles. The cities have shopping and things you would find in Europe.

KEI has truly met all of my expectations and so much more. I thought I was just going to be dropped off in India, but KEI staff gets to know you and you get to know them. They really care about your experience.
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Geoff Haskell
Emerson College

On Friday the 3rd of September, we celebrated Krishna's birthday. As the story goes, when Krishna was an infant he used to break the pot of curd in his home to drink it. Ergo, people go out to the streets and dance, and make human pyramids to break a pot of curd tied on a rope. See my video. India is different and exciting.
Victoria Ritter Marina & William Ritter
(Parents of Victoria Ritter)

SUNY Albany

Thank you for the wonderful experience our daughter had in India. KEI deserves kudos for the program.


Morgan Napier Morgan Napier
University of Kentucky

My semester in Ireland was more than just an educational opportunity. It was an opportunity to immerse into a new culture, travel, and form life long friendships with people from all over the world. KEI provided the guidance and structure that I was looking for in a program, as well as preplanned trips that allowed me to see some of Ireland's greatest treasures. KEI gives you the support and resources to explore the world and learn in ways that a classroom will never be able.
Chelsea Duke
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Chelsea Duke
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Apart from missing my family, Thanksgiving in Ireland was one for the books... Although our Thanksgiving dinner was a little unorthodox, it was delicious all the same. We had a few traditional items: chicken, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. We also had a few international treats; our French friends brought miniature croque monsieu sandwiches, and my roommate made a Lebanese dish. Read more of my blog and view my video.
James Kleine-Kracht
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James Kleine-Kracht
University of Kentucky

I have been having a blast here in Dublin! Everything is going better than expected and I am just so glad I was able to be a part of this program. I would be honored if you read my blog and view my video....
Emily Sciacca
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Emily Sciacca
University of Houston

Studying abroad at Griffith has brought a lot of experience that I will use for the rest of my life. I made a lot of great freinds who I can use as contacts if I decide to travel back to Europe. I am really glad I did it.
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Katlyn Barnes
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Katlyn Barnes
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

I am from Tennessee. The hardest transition was learning my way around the city. I am from a small town so I am not used to big cities with buses, taxis and lots of street signs.
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Mary Ochiltree
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Mary Ochiltree
Washington State University

Ireland was absolutely amazing! KEI did a great job making sure we were well prepared in advance and then had the outlets for support while we were there. The price was lower than any other program and it was well worth the cost! I will definitely put the word out there about the KEI program. Thanks for everything!!
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Amelia Metier Amelia Metier
University of Oregon

Things are going very well. The Onsite Director is great. I have made good friends with others in the program and I really enjoyed working at the radio station. I have a lot of free time here - I am finding ways to have fun. Thanks for all the help!
Mark Druhet Mark Druhet
University of Houston

I greatly appreciated all the calls and information from the KEI team before my departures. Also, the opportunity itself was the greatest thing I have experienced thus far. I hope to keep this relationship alive for a long time to come.
Mark Druhet Shannon Cunningham
Central Washington University

I studied fashion merchandising in Dublin, Ireland! I created a blog to document the awesome journeys and to share with anyone who cares to know! I traveled frequently, learned and experienced everything possible, and acquired an Irish accent :)
Read my blog!
Ryan Conboy
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Ryan Conboy
Marist College

What I like most about Griffith is the international students. Living with a French roommate and getting to know his culture... it's fantastic. My most memorable experience is being able to visit Hope, a small fishing village. Its one of the first things we did here as a group. The best tip I have is to be yourself and try to meet as people. Everyone is really friendly.
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Kathleen Kubek
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Kathleen Kubek
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

What I like most about Griffith is the location because it is close to the city center. We have access to everywhere throughout the city. My favorite event has been surfing at Lahinch, a small town in Ireland. We got to surf and hangout with everyone. It's just a lot of fun.
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Janessa Gates
Janessa Gates
University of Kentucky

This weekend was another adventure in the land of the Irish. It began with my Friday history class where we walked around downtown to some of the historic buildings in Dublin including my first castle! We walked around for a few hours soaking up all the history before us. The day ended with a pregame at my place with some new German friends we met earlier in the week. We went to the pubs and danced in the streets outside of Temple Bar listening to some locals sing and play the guitar. On Saturday we woke up and started with an on-off tour of Dublin city that was prepaid by KEI. We got to see all the parks, major streets, the presidents house, Phoenix park, the train station, Dublin prison, and much more. We went into the Old Jameson Distillery on Bow Street.
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ITALY: Florence & Milan

Emma Trindel Emma Trindel
SUNY Oneonta

My study abroad in Italy was one of the best experiences of my college career. Not only did I study at Instituto Europeo di Design, one of the top fashion schools in Italy, but I got to experience living in one of the fashion centers of Europe. I took the fashion stylist course with Bruno, who was an awesome teacher, knew a lot about fashion and was one of my main inspirations. For the final project we designed a photo-shoot and worked with a professional model, which was an opportunity that you would rarely get. I was surrounded by people from Italy and other countries who are serious about fashion.

Our Onsite Director, Andrea, was so nice! He had a great sense of humor and you could ask him anything about Italy. Each week we met up once or twice for an activity or excursion, which were all educational and fun. One of my favorite activities was Corso Como and the fashion district.

I would recommend this program for sure!
Brittany Wentworth Brittany Wentworth
Central Washington University

Italian for Fashion is excellent. Elissabetta, our teacher, is amazing! Made in Italy with Marco Richetti is also an excellent class. The professor took us on a couple class field trips. It is awesome being taught by legitimate professionals currently in the field.
Nicole Wells Nicole Elise Wells
Eastern Kentucky University

Milan was a dream come true. As a fashion capital - one of the Big Four - there were plenty of things to do. I participate in Fashion Week. It was easily one of the coolest things I've experienced in life so far. KEI and IED provided us with exclusive (FREE) tickets to shows for big designers, and we even had opportunities to work backstage. I also went to the Euroleague Basketball Final Four Championship, which was awesome.

Milan is also a great starting point for travel in Europe. There are several low-fare airlines that make travel inexpensive. If you do it right, you can go on a weekend trip to Paris for just 56 euro (18 euro each way, plus 20 euro for a hostel).

Professors at the Institute of European Design (IED) are phenomenal. Not only do they know their content, they actually work in the field. My photography teacher, Pierro, has been working for Armani for over a decade. Pierro is very humble, and he only disclosed that information in context, but he is Armani's preferred photographer. The teachers also care. Pierro took time one evening to take students shopping for equipment, making sure that we got the best deals.

I always wanted to study abroad, but I did not think it was possible for me since I transferred schools and changed majors. The great thing about KEI is that the programs really offer classes that count toward your academic requirements. KEI was also very helpful, making sure to offer tips or advice throughout all stages of the process. Andrea, the Onsite Director, chose our weekly cultural activities to accommodate our different personalities so that we would each have a fantastic experience.

Studying abroad was definitely my favourite college experience, and I would recommend it to everyone.
Megan Davis Megan Davis
SUNY Oneonta

Studying abroad in Milan was the opportunity of a lifetime. I made great friends, attended a university that broadened my horizons in the fashion world and will be an experience that I will cherish forever.

JAPAN: Akita

Michelle Linker Michelle Linker
Marist College

I want to thank KEI for helping me and providing me with the opportunity to study abroad in Akita, Japan. It was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had, and it has inspired me in many ways to continue studying Japanese, travel even more in the future, and hopefully work overseas someday.
Shanice Tolbert Shanice Tolbert
Central Washington University

I'm learning so much about Japanese culture. I'm trying to become involved in clubs, but it's hard to pick one with all the options available. I also hung out with the British kids and this guy from Portugal. The Finnish students are nice too. I wanna do anything and everything. I'm really enjoying myself.
Codi Groves Codi Groves
Point Loma Nazarene University

My semester in Akita was amazing! Akita is perfect if you want to really experience Japan and the deep culture of the country. The university is a great place to learn Japanese language and offers many courses in English with Japanese students. The KEI Director really helped us adjust to life in Japan. I really loved Akita.
Tyler Arvin Tyler Arvin
Eastern Kentucky University

Akita reminds me of home. I may be thousands of miles away from family but I'm not alone. The people on campus and in public are very nice and helpful. I'm surrounded by people who have become my friends. This was my first experience living in a dorm and I've enjoyed it so far. The classes are fun, interesting and interactive. Yuka (KEI Director) is great and has a wonderful personality. The excursions were amazing. To see and enjoy other aspects of Japan allowed me to appreciate my time here. I absolutely love Akita and Japan.

KENYA: Nairobi

Nicholas Miller Nicholas Miller
West Liberty University

To all those considering a semester abroad, I highly recommend it. There is so much to learn and experience both inside and outside the classroom. My experience thus far in the wonderful country of Kenya has taught me so much about a different education system, a new culture, and myself. It is a worthwhile experience, and there is no better time to go on this kind of adventure. Read more...
Elizabeth Manuel Elizabeth Manuel
SUNY Oneonta

My internship at Nairobi National Park, Animal Orphanage is amazing. I get to work with all types of wildlife. Many of the animals were brought here by park rangers. It is our responsibility to nurse them to health and release them back in the wild. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. I put a lot of pictures on my Facebook. Feel free to take a look.
Joy Gannaway Joy Gannaway
University of South Carolina

Africa was great. After being back for almost a month its still weird to think about and understand. Ultimately the whole thing was surreal and while it's difficult being back and re-adjusting, I wouldn't trade my Study Abroad for the world. While I was there I did school 4 days a week, traveled with my program most weekends, and on my off weekends, I was watching movies in the dorms and doing volunteer work in orphanages, the church, or just hanging-out. I saw lions, beautiful beaches, some seriously cool people (the Maasai) and made some really awesome new friends. Read more of my blog.
Shawn Walcott Shawn Walcott
University of Northern Colorado

Nairobi is really cool. My classes are very interesting and different. I am learning so much about Kenya and African history.
Morgan Brown Morgan Brown
SUNY New Paltz

Nairobi is amazing! Everyone has been great. Thank you for setting up this program the way it's been set up. It's all been so easy to settle in between our program cost covering our health insurance and fees, to including within it a lot of travelling that's already paid for. It's been great, and I already dread having to leave. It seems like every day is so exciting that I can't help but try to write it all down. I have a blog about my experiences. Do read about my adventures!
Bailey McGuinness Bailey McGuinness
George Washington University

Patrick (KEI Onsite Director) was easy to find or contact if I needed something or had any questions. He was very knowledgeable, kind and accessible. He was a positive part of my KEI experience. Patrick is wonderful!

The girls in Kenya participate more in class discussions than in the USA. It was really nice and refreshing - an interesting cultural difference. There were many more group projects, class presentations and discussions than at my school from home. It is a much more interactive and involved learning process. I liked it.

I was really glad to be on campus. It made it easier to meet people and I felt like I was in the center of everything.
Hannah Heebner Hannah Heebner
University of Michigan

I enjoyed my time in Kenya more than I can express. I loved the people that I met, and I learned some valuable life lessons that I really don't think I could have gained in another way. Thank you so so much for everything you did for me this summer, and just for being a support system back in the US. It was such a comfort to know you were there if we ever needed something.
John Ott John Ott
University of South Carolina

I really love this place. I've seen things I've never seen before - like lion cubs nursing at Massai Mara, elephants, giraffes - and it's a really fun place. It feels very free. The classes are excellent, too. I'm taking a class on marriage and even a class on death, dying, and bereavement, which reminds me to live my life to the fullest. I've made many friends and even have a cute girlfriend from Zimbabwe now.

Thank you very much for helping me get to Kenya, for I am receiving an education that spans three continents as well as allowed me to meet people from all over the world. Just the other day my Zimbabwe girlfriend, a Sudanese boy from Australia, and myself went to a Hindu temple here and participated in the festival. The cultural differences and similarities I am learning-well, I am extremely fortunate to have been given such an opportunity.
Sally Bowen Sally Bowen
Viterbo University

I feel that our program compared to other American students staying in Kenya was the best because everything was so well planned and there was so much to do. We experienced much more of the country than the other students. The excursions and Patrick (KEI Onsite Coordinator) were great. There was not anything that I did not enjoy about the program.
Julia Mellin Julie Mellin
Santa Clara University

Kenya is a beautiful place and I would love to go back. The people in Kenya were incredibly kind and generous. It was great having the opportunity to study in Kenya and meet so many people who ended up becoming great friends, and also to travel to so many amazing places that most Americans would never dream of. I know it sounds cheesy, but there was actually a moment when I was sitting with some friends and I just turned and said "I think deciding to come here was honestly the best decision of my life." I can't believe I ever considered not coming.
Jill Hansen Jill Hansen
University of South Carolina

Great value, good experience, beautiful country. Kellen (International Students Officer) literally took my hand and walked me through every step of the registration process.

MEXICO: Puebla

New Program. No reviews at this time.

PERU: Lima & Cuzco

Jacqueline Lujan Jacqueline Lujan
University of Colorado - Denver

Lima is a wonderful place for someone to live and study. USIL professors are excellent and the campus offers many opportunities to learn Spanish and engage with the local community. The KEI Program Manager and Onsite Director are amazing. The orientation was very thorough and helpful. The KEI Director is a helpful and kind person who knows everything about the city and available when needed. Thank you.
USIL Group Heather Caccese, Krystina Carlisle, Crystal Seamon, Jacob Emmanuele & Steve Kane
Niagara University (USIL program)

We are all very much enjoying our stay here. It was everything expected and more. This is such a beautiful city and we discover new things every day. The jobs are going well, we are all being treated very well. Casa Don Ignacio has been great to us. They are ready and willing to help us whenever we need it. We feel very safe and comfortable here. The tours/activities are also going very well. Last weekend we went white water rafting and it was amazing! we all had such a good time. We are very excited for the upcoming activities.

Thank you very much.
Christopher Mundiath Christopher Mundiath
LaSalle University

Life in Lima is great! I'm so thankful for the opportunity KEI has given me. Classes are going well, the Don Ignacio housing is nice and the KEI Director does a great job at helping us out. We've already been to a bunch of places in and around Lima. I talked to Taylor (KEI Program Manager) about staying another semester here... I'm really liking it and I think it would be nice if I could!
Fred Berrocales Fred Berrocales
Universidad del Este-Carolina (Puerto Rico)

Last semester I had the opportunity to meet two students from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola and they told me about this marvelous country. With regard to my studies in the Hospitality Management Program, I can say that the professors are well qualified and have a good methodology and academic experience.

RUSSIA: Moscow

James Burke James.Burke
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

I am currently in Moscow and wanted to share my photo album.
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Cody White
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Cody White
West Virginia University

My name's Cody White and I have always dreamed of visiting Russia. Setting foot in the country, however, was not enough: I wanted to experience Russia in a different way. So, I decided to set out to Moscow and... touch Russia.

You can also view my interview with Prime Time Russia.
Natalie Siddique Natalie Siddique
Boston University

Life is Moscow is phenomenal! This has been an amazing, amazing experience. What it comes down to is the undeniable existence of 'Russianness.' There are certain features that make this place, these people, this life unique to no end. It's certainly not the West but it's also not the East. Instead, it's some crazy, unpredictable, well-intended, bundle of life — still stuck behind in advancement but so much further in the embracement of humanity and happiness.

I have actually been blogging about my trip in Moscow since the day I left the states. In it are my personal thoughts, observations, and lots of photos. Take a look if you're interested!
Steven Flynn Steven Flynn
Central Washington University

Things are going great in Russia! I am having the time of my life. The excursions have been enlightening. My Russian language course is kicking my butt! But I am learning so much, being challenged on my level. This has been a great experience.
Meredith Rawls Meredith Rawls
Harvey Mudd College

Why Study in Moscow?

Video Part 1;   Video Part 2
Jake Wilson Jake Wilson
University of Illinois - Chicago

Moscow has been an amazing experience to say the least. There are certainly the share of ups and downs (like any living cycle), but I am so very happy I have had the chance to see, study, interact with, and relate to everything in Russia. Just the other weekend I was at the State Tretakov looking at pieces by Ivanov and Vereshchagin (one particularly striking painting of a pile of skulls in a desert), and was just in awe of all the art and history that I had missed out on until now. Two weeks ago I was in Kazan with the KEI group visiting the large collection of both Orthodox churches and mosques in the capital of Tartarstan. And just the other day, my friends Francesca from Switzerland and Luke from Boston were eating kartoshka from kiosks in the university square overlooking the city. I feel as alive as I did when I first moved to Chicago. If not more. There are a thousand (well, let's say at least 55; one for every day) stories like these I would like to share with you and other students. Thank you and hope all is well with the KEI crew. Paka!
John Reid John Reid
Virginia Tech University

Professor Bogdonov is essentially a human encyclopedia of Russian politics. I took notes on nearly every sentence he spoke. Who knew a 3-hour lecture could be so interesting?!?
Justin Huff Justin Huff
University of South Carolina

The internship is killer. I am an investor relations intern at a new, but very respectable firm. We are doing work for RZD, the largest railroad company in Russia.

SCOTLAND: Edinburgh

Victoria Lepham Victoria Lepham
University of Houston

Although I was part of the first KEI group to study in Edinburgh, I had the best time of my life and it was the epitome of my college experience. Excursions were great since I got to explore all over Scotland and Clare (KEI Director) was consistently helpful and attentive. Thank you KEI for making such a program affordable.
Kathryn Raybould Kathryn Raybould
New Mexico State University

The program was fantastic. Everyone was helpful and welcoming. Clare was a terrific onsite director. She helped with problems and was always available. The excursions Clare planned were wonderful. I enjoyed my time abroad and can't wait to go back.
Krista Druen Krista Druen
Eastern Kentucky University

A Kentuckian in Scotland

I should have started this blog awhile back, but late is better than never, right? I'm finally having some time to sit back and reflect on my first few weeks here in Scotland. First off, I'll explain my blog title, I can't resist a (good) terrible pun. I am staying in Galashiels, which is often referred to as "Gala". And I'm studying fashion design here. So there you have it. :)

Galashiels is a town of about 22,000 people, and it's known for textile production. Which explains why Heriot-Watt's design campus is here. It's quite charming.

Everyone I've met here has been very welcoming and willing to help with anything I need. I was told I might struggle with understanding the accents, but I haven't had too much trouble. Except for when I call a cab. I suppose since I can't see their lips moving it's a bit more difficult. I just wing it, ha-ha.

All of the majors on this campus are related to fashion design. Womenswear, Menswear, Textiles, Fashion Technology, Fashion Communication, you name it. Because my major at home is much broader than that, I was able to pick and choose from each of the programs to work for me.

I'm so excited about my classes. I 've already done so many new things. I definitely feel challenged in my classes, and I mean that in the best way. I didn't know how to use Adobe Illustrator a week ago and now I've designed a collection on it! I can't wait to bring this to life.

Sometimes it randomly hits me that I've travelled almost 4,000 miles away from home. Which is awesome. The world is so big with so much to see. I've been on a few different excursions which I'll post more about ASAP!

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SPAIN: Burgos

Brian Wilkins Brian Wilkins
Florida A&M University

Thanks again for allowing me to utilize your program! It has opened my horizons as a scholar and broadened my perspective as an African-American. I'll remember the experiences, people and most importantly the knowledge that I acquired while studying in Burgos. I couldn't thank you enough for granting me the KEI Travel Grant. I would like to keep in touch for advice and possibly to talk about future endeavours.
Nicole Selsov Nicole Selsov
University of Massachusetts

The New York staff were very prompt in answering questions, willing to help (even silly questions!) and understanding. The school was international and I learned so much about the world and different cultures.

TANZANIA: Dar es Salaam

James Townsend
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James Townsend
Salisbury University

Things are great. My family is more than welcoming and accommodating, and the same goes for Mama Kaaya (KEI Onsite Coordinator). I am having a lot of fun and met some great friends. This weekend I am traveling north to Loshoto with some girls from America I met on campus. Mama Kaaya has given me great advice on the area.

I would like to say thank you very much for all your help and patience in making all this happen. I do really appreciate everything KEI has done for me. Coming here is nothing short of a dream I have been anticipating for years and I am very thankful.

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Ashley Claussen
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Ashley Claussen
Central Washington University

Words can not describe this experience and all that it has offered to me. I absolutely love my host family and get along with them so well. They treat me like one of their own. I am doing great and having an amazing time! Thank you for making this possible!

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Ashley Ellis Ashley Ellis
Lincoln University

My experience in Thailand was beyond incredible, more like life changing. The different places, the food, the people and other aspects of the rich culture in Thailand made my stay there an unforgettable one. View (KEI Onsite Director) played a critical role in making our semester abroad enjoyable and educational. A lot of time and effort was dedicated in planning activities for my peers and I. We visited different beautiful areas, such as the Island of Kho Samet, the Grand Palace, ChiangMai, Bangkok and many other places.

I am a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. So the courses I took were science-based; although I did complete an exciting Thai Language and Culture course. The teaching styles were different but with proper time management, it is more than possible maintain excellent grades while exploring all Thailand has to offer.

The KEI program arranged for housing that was conveniently located within walking distance of Mahidol University. The people in the community were very pleasant and accepted us with open arms.

Thank you KEI for this amazing program!
Kevin Roemer Kevin Roemer
Illinois Institute of Technology

Thailand is completely amazing. I am meeting so many amazing people and learning tons about the cultural constructs here in Bangkok and greater Thailand. I'm making my way around quite well, and pick things up even faster.

Garret (my roommate) and I have hit it off really well and have met quite a few Thai friends who we have been hanging out with a ton. We've done some travelling; we went to Erawan National Park as well as all the trip that you guys at KEI have helped to set up with View. They have been amazing.

I thank KEI for putting in so much effort in accommodating us and making sure we are comfortable. From the accommodations to the trips it has all be so wonderful. It seems like we are getting more special treatment than others and I could not thank you more for the experience you have helped to foster.

If you are interested in finding out more about what I've been up to. My blog can be found at blog.kevinroemer.com and I also created a website with Brittany Raab to bring insight into Thai culture by showcasing Thai individuals we have had experiences with along the way. You can find that at peopleofthailand.net its really quite interesting. Perhaps you can share it along if you like and follow we are constantly adding more people.

Thanks again for everything.
Luis Galindo Luis Galindou
New Meixoc State University

How did you get that internship? The biggest question people keep on asking me every time I talk about my internship at Preduce. The best way to begin this journal is talking about myself prior to the whole internship deal, or even studying abroad. I am a skateboarder. I started in 2000 when I was 13 years old, so if you do the math I have been skateboarding for 15 years. It is the only sport where I have stayed and have been passionate about. The idea of shooting video of me and my friends skateboarding started. After that I haven’t been able to stay away from cameras. Filmmaking has turned into my profession. Read more...
Sherlee Rivera Sherlee Rivera
Florida Atlantic University

The time I had in Thailand was amazing that I can't believe I was away for three months! From the day I arrived in Thailand until the day everyone said their last good-byes at the farewell dinner, were the best moments of my life. There is no other thing I would add to change the Thailand program. Thank you KEI for letting me have the experience of a lifetime.
Justin Siu Justin Siu
University of California, San Diego

Life in Thailand is Wonderful! The excursions have been so fun and the scenes so beautiful.
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Shannon & Rebecca Shannon Nichole
Rebecca Casto

Davis & Elkins College

Yep: things are going great! Rebecca and I are loving our classes. We had a good day with View (KEI Director) yesterday at the Royal Temple and a few Wats. However, my favorite part of the day was, upon coming back from dinner, we saw Tierra and one of the female staff here out playing some badminton in the street. We took the opportunity and joined them, and had a blast! Sean and Cashauna played some, as well. It was a great getting to know the staff a bit better - giggles are a common language!

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Cashana Hudson Cashana Hudson
Lincoln University

Thailand is great. Very different in almost every way, but at the same time it allows us to see the world in another light besides our American way of thinking and doing things. I am really enjoying Thailand. View (KEI Director) is so sweet and she tries her hardest to make sure we all are enjoying ourselves. Today is Quin's birthday and yesterday was Amanda's birthday and View came over with cake and ice cream so it turned into a mini birthday party which was nice. Last weekend we all went to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and we had a blast! We did so much, but my favorite had to riding the elephant and visiting the white temple.
Stephanie Littman Maya Hochberger
Smith College

I absolutely love KEI. I compared KEI with CIS and AsiaLearn and not only is it cheaper, you get much much more for your money. KEI makes sure students are well informed and looked after before and during their study abroad experience. And, teh cultural excursions were well prepared and amazing. I want to thank KEI and View (KEI Onsite Director), for everything you did for me. I will continue to promote KEI to everyone I know. If only you offered a grad school program and I promise I would be the first to apply. Thank you again!
Stephanie Littman Stephanie Littman
Auburn University

I love Thailand! I just got back from the best weekend. My roommates and a bunch of kids from Germany, Italy and Netherlands went to a place called RCA, a street lined with dance clubs. The next day we spent shopping at JJ Market.

I love my [clinical] internship. Each week my schedule changes and I shadow someone different. This week I work at Siririja Hospital in the mornings and go to Pinklao OPD in the afternoons. The staff is extremely helpful and very young so I felt very comfortable with them. Also I have lots of interaction with the patients so that was very nice.

I have met so many awesome Thai students. The people are more than hospitable. They also love to practice their English.

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Megan Leberknight Megan Leberknight
West Virginia University

We have been non-stop with school and all our travels. There were so many professors from so many different places at the University, so they knew a lot about many subjects. I am definitely having an amazing time, and I love it even more every time I think about all the snow and freezing weather back home!
Laura Reynolds Laura Reynolds
University of Rochester

Your program changed my life!
Duane Simpfenderfer Duane Simpfenderfer
Point Loma Nazarene University

I loved the program. It was awesome. The office staff, international friends, accommodations, school, everything. I wish I were still in Bangkok. I want to go back!!!
Richard Horn Richard Horn
Harvey Mudd College

First off, Thailand was an amazing, eye-opening experience that has changed my life permanently. I have really learned so much about myself and what makes all the cultures around the world the same, I loved the experience.

So a big thanks to KEI for my study abroad. The international relations office is exemplary, they are so friendly and helpful. Thank you for a life changing 7 months. I will recommend to all my friends to study through KEI.
Caroline Senungi Caroline Senungi
Augsburg College

This was a GREAT, AMAZING program in which I met the most amazing people. It was an unforgettable experience, sometimes hard to put into words. So thank you, KEI, for this program. I will recommend it!

TURKEY: Istanbul

Nasri Mohamed Nasri Mohamed
Augsburg College

I am loving my stay in Istanbul. I feel like I've done so much and seen so much already. Very excited for the near future. Feeling very welcome and KEI is helping me adjust quite well.
Hunter Street Hunter Street
University of North Carolina - Charlotte

We appreciate everything you did for Hunter (KEI student) while he was in Istanbul. Hunter absolutely flourished during this experience - he loved it. Istanbul is in his bones now. Certainly, the people he met while he was there have an awful lot to do with why this experience was so special for him.

Istanbul is just an awesome city, and Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus was visually spectacular and educationally interesting. Thanks for everything, and best wishes. Jenny (parent)


Rushod Weathersbee Rushod Weathersbee
Lincoln University

My study abroad was nothing but amazing! The staff and students took me in like family. AURAK will always be a second home to me, and a school that I would recommend to anyone who is looks to study in the UAE.
Devin Lightner Devin Lightner
Virginia State University

I would encourage anyone to come to the United Arab Emirates. My time abroad was demystifying in multiple ways. Not only did I clear up the many misconceptions I had about the Middle East, but I also discovered that there are a plethora of opportunities aboard for Americans. I was honored to be welcomed by most of my peers and the people of the UAE. In addition, I was grateful to do an internship at the Al Qasimi Foundation.

Me being an African-American, I did not once feel judged, uncomfortable, or in danger. The experience truly changed my life and when the experience concluded, I wanted to tell everyone about it. I am hoping that more Americans go to see the true culture of the Middle East and hopefully he or she can become more thankful of the blessings we have in the United States.

KEI Ambassadors Don't hesitate to contact KEI Ambassadors and program alum with questions about your program of interest. These students look forward to sharing their experience abroad.

Alexis Collier
Lincoln University
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ariel Walker
Alcorn State University
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Holly Turcich
Florida Gulf Coast University
London, England

Mariana Rosa
Central Washington University
London, England

Christopher Zillig
Marist College
London, England

Victoria Bristow
Eastern Kentucky University
London, England

Meleika Amos
SUNY Old Westbury
Paris, France

Victoria Estrella
SUNY Oneonta
Paris, France

Sarah Limmer
SUNY Albany
Pune, India

Richard Mannarino
Marist College
Pune, India

Megan Potts
Central Washington University
Dublin, Ireland

Emily Dial
Eastern Kentucky University
Dublin, Ireland

Nicole Wells
Eastern Kentucky University
Milan, Italy

Emma Trindel
SUNY Oneonta
Milan, Italy

Alexis Stewart
Morgan State University
Milan, Italy

Jeffrey Tathum
Georgia Gwinnett College
Akita, Japan

Shelby Shackleford
Eastern Kentucky University
Nairobi, Kenya

Stephanie Wilson
Virginia Union University
Nairobi, Kenya

Myaesha Ingram
University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
Nairobi, Kenya

Christopher Mundiath
LaSalle University
Lima, Peru

Jeffrey Pitcl
Sonoma State University
Moscow, Russia

Destiny Ennis
Eastern Kentucky University
Edinburgh, Scotland

Victoria Lepham
University of Houston
Edinburgh, Scotland

Thitiya Saenmai
Metropolitan State University - Denver
Bangkok, Thailand

Ashley Ellis
Lincoln University
Bangkok, Thailand

Kevin Roemer
Illinois Institute of Technology
Bangkok, Thailand