Cultural enactments are at the very nature of performing arts. In order to engage your skills as a creator or performer, programs abroad employ innovative methods, new practices, and cutting edge technology. Whether you are playing an instrument or a character or studying digital production, students explore their specialty through theory, analysis, and practical experience. Studying your discipline in another cultural framework can produce a new appreciation for your craft, provide a new perspective, and build adaptability skills from working in unfamiliar environments.


KEI offers a wide range of performing arts subjects. Click on a subject area to view program locations that offer courses in that subject.

Faculty Steering Committee

KEI was founded on the belief that education abroad should focus on students’ academic and professional goals. Our focus on discipline-specific programming and our core values of cultural understanding, global participation and access to quality education are integral to all KEI programs.

The KEI Steering Committee for Performance Arts & Production programs provides oversight of  academic curriculum and makes tangible recommendations for improvement. The Committee consist of faculty and academic advisers from KEI affiliated universities in the USA.

David Smith
Dean, School of Professional Studies
City University of New York
College of Technology

Andrea Montgomery
Dean of HUmanities
Tougaloo College

Bernardo Scarambone
Assistant Professor, Music (Piano)
Eastern Kentucky University

Mark Reimer
Director, Music Program
Distinguished Professor, Music
Christopher Newport University

Kevin McCluskey
Associate Professor, Theater and Dance
Associate Chair
University of Mary Washington

Charles Gehr
Associate Professor, Music Business
McNally Smith College of Music

Steve Ray
Associate Professor, Theater
Chair of Division of Theater
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Tara Sievers-Hunt
Assistant Professor, Music
Marygrove College

Faculty Spotlight

Kathryn Smith, Soprano and Voice Teacher is a native of Dublin and one of Ireland’s most versatile and renowned performers. Kathryn has been teaching voice at The Leinster School of Music and Drama, Griffith College for over 20 years. She has brought many of her students to professional level, including Lucy O’Byrne who recently scored great success in the final of the U.K. Voice.

Kathryn has a vast repertoire of opera, operetta and oratorio, and performed principal roles with major companies in Ireland, U.K., U.S., Canada, Hong Kong and Japan at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Hall and The State Theatre. In 2002, Kathryn was awarded the Margaret Burke Sheridan Award for her contribution to Singing in Ireland.

Kathryn is the Musical Director of the concert choir, ‘The Cor Unum Singers’ (One Heart), which had the honor of performing for the President at the Annual Garden Party. Kathryn is also Musical Director of St. Patrick’s Church Choir, where she enjoys expressing her great love for sacred and liturgical music.

Research Corner

Education abroad has been shown to have significant impact on learning, academic performance, graduation, careers, and personality development. The University of California at Merced compiled results from fourteen notable studies on the impact of education abroad. Here is a summary.

Careers, Salaries & Job Skills


of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, when only 49% of college graduates found employment in the same period. (1) Among study abroad alumni, 90% landed a job within 6 months. (2, 12)


higher starting salaries: that’s how much more study abroad students earn than those college graduates who do not study abroad.(1) This equates to approx. $7,000 annually for US students. (3)


of study abroad alumni who applied got into their 1st or 2nd choice grad school. (1)


of study abroad alumni felt their studies abroad helped them build valuable skills for the job market. (4) A second study confirms this at 85%. (10)


of US businesses failed to expand due to a dearth of staff international experience. (14)


of study abroad students reported that study abroad allowed them to better adapt to diverse work environments. (4)


of study abroad alumni claimed that because of study abroad they were more satisfied with their jobs. (4)


of employers said study abroad would be valuable in an individual’s career later on with their organization. (11)


of study abroad alumni claimed that study abroad helped them choose their career field. (4)


lower unemployment rates were found among study abroad alumni according to a British study. (4)
Graduation & Academic Performance


greater improvement in GPA post-study abroad. Students who studied abroad saw their GPAs rise twice as quickly as their peers. (8)


more likely to graduate: that describes how study abroad participants are more likely to graduate than non-participants. (5, 6, 7)
Personal Growth


of study abroad alumni attributed study abroad to increased maturity. (13)


of study abroad alumni claimed an increase in self-confidence attributed to study abroad. (13)


of study abroad alumni reported that study abroad facilitated a greater tolerance for ambiguity. (13)
1 Career Benefits of Study Abroad
2 New Survey Shows College Graduates Who Study Abroad Land Career-Related Jobs Sooner, with Higher Starting Salaries
3 How Higher Education Affects Lifetime Salary
4 AIFS Study Abroad Outcomes
5 UC San Diego Study: 2011 EAP and OAP Retention, Graduation, & Time-to-Degree Combined
6 UT Austin Study: Go Abroad and Graduate On-Time: Study Abroad Participation, Degree Completion, and Time-to-Degree
7 Georgia Learning Outcomes of Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative: The Effect of Study Abroad on College Completion in a State University System
8 Study Abroad May Lead to Better GPA, Graduation Rates
9 Studying Abroad Boost Students’ Emotional Development
10 The Impact of Studying Abroad on Recent College Graduates’ Careers
11 Employers Value Candidates Who Study Abroad
12 (UK) Mobile students more likely to have a job – Report
13 How More Study Abroad Programmes Could Benefit Society
14 Paul Simon Study Abroad Act back on Legislative Cards