KEI offers a foreign languages at most program locations. Click on a subject area to view program locations that offer courses in that subject. An asterisk (*) next to the country indicates the language is taught intensively.

Internships (translation, etc.)
Faculty Steering Committees

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.

KEI Faculty Steering Committees contribute to and oversee the integrity of the academic curriculum. The Committees consist of faculty from KEI affiliated universities in the USA.


KEI is in the process of forming the a committee on Arabic Language & Islamic Studies. The following faculty have joined the committee. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Eduard Mandell for more information.

Christian Sinclair
Director of International Studies
Moravian College

Edgar Francis
Associate Professor
Middle Eastern Studies
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Eric Nigh
Director, Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies Program
University of Wyoming

Ghadir Zannoun
Assistant Professor
Arabic & Islamic Studies
University of Kentucky

Emran El-Badawi
Program Director & Associate Professor
Middle Eastern Studies
University of Houston

Adel Amer
Professor, Religion & Linguistics
University of Georgia


KEI is in the process of forming the a committee on French Language & Studies for the purpose of creating and improving the KEI program in Paris, France. The following faculty have joined the committee. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Eduard Mandell for more information.

Erin Hippolyte
Associate Professor of French
International Study Coordinator
Fairmont State University

Shannon Halicki
Associate Professor of French
Dean of the Honors College
Study Abroad Coordinator
West Liberty University

Nicholas Shangler
Assistant Professor of French
Marshall University

Vivian Brown
Associate Professor of French
Morehouse College

Paul M. Brown
Professor of French
Clark Atlanta University


KEI is in the process of forming the a committee on Russian Language & Slavic Studies. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Eduard Mandell for more information.


Michael Kidd
Associate Professor, Spanish Language
Chair, Language Department
Augsburg University

Guillermo de los Reyes
Associate Professor, L. American Studies
Associate Dir., Gender & Sexuality
University of Houston

Ksenia Reeves
Associate Professor, Spanish Language
Wright State University

Megan Gibbons
Associate Professor, Spanish Language
Glenville College

José Palacios
Assistant Professor, Spanish Language & Hispanic Literature
Northwest Missouri State University

Maria Akrabova
Assistant Professor, Spanish Language
Chair, Language Department
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Marianela Rivera
Assistant Professor, Spanish Language
Florida Gulf Coast University

María del Pilar Chouza-Calo
Associate Professor, Spanish Language
Central Michigan University

Felipe Rojas
Assistant Professor, Spanish Language
West Liberty University

Program Spotlight: Moscow, Russia


How Studying Abroad Makes You A Better Leader by Shellie Karabell

Once upon a time, doing business abroad was unique: Berlitz and others published books on business etiquette for those venturing across the ocean, language books enabling you to order in a restaurant or to get you through a social encounter. And once upon a time, that was enough. Today, thanks to technology and the internet, the world is global. Business is global. Nearly three-fourths of all S&P 500 companies today report some kind of international revenue. Read more.

Study abroad: the career benefits by James Connington

There are skills to be gained from moving country and adjusting to a new teaching system. It’s also far easier to identify the skills you are lacking when you step outside your comfort zone – and going abroad to study is a fairly serious step. Read more.

Employability & Education Abroad

Education abroad has been shown to have significant impact on learning, academic performance, graduation, careers, and personality development. Below is a summary of results from notable studies on the impact of education abroad.

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, 11)


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%. (9)


of US businesses failed to expand due to a dearth of staff international experience. (13)


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. (10)


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. (12)


of study abroad alumni claimed an increase in self-confidence attributed to study abroad. (12)


of study abroad alumni reported that study abroad facilitated a greater tolerance for ambiguity. (12)
1 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, and Time-to-Degree Combined
6 Go Abroad and Graduate On-Time: Study Abroad Participation, Degree Completion, and Time-to-Degree
7 The Effect of Study Abroad on College Completion in a State University System
8 Academic Outcomes of Study Abroad
9 The Impact of Studying Abroad on Recent College Graduates’ Careers
 10 Employers Value Candidates Who Study Abroad
11 Mobile Students More Likely to Have a Job
12 How More Study Abroad Programmes Could Benefit Society
13 Paul Simon Study Abroad Act Back on Legislative Cards