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We have files on hundreds of non-Centre programs, arranged by country, for you to consult at any time. Participating in one of these programs is easy:

1) Take a temporary leave of absence from Centre by filling out a form in the Registrar’s Office.
2) Consult with the Registrar to understand how the courses you take abroad will translate into Centre course credit when you return.
3) Understand that when you take a leave of absence, you cannot, by law, receive Centre, state, or federal financial aid of any kind from the Student Financial Planning Office.

Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS)

About KIIS

The KIIS summer programs are excellent financial values, and students earn three to six hours of academic credit. This summer’s programs will be taught in Austria, Barcelona, Berlin, Bregenz (environmental), Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Greece, Istanbul, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Munich, Paris, Prague, Québec, Salzburg, Slavic Europe, Southern Spain, and Tanzania. Get specific information about each trip on the website,; fliers for the various programs are also available in the Center for Global Citizenship in Carnegie. Interested students should first get clearance from Leigh Cocanougher in the Center for Global Citizenship before registering online. Once registered, students fill out a form in the Registrar’s office if they wish the K.I.I.S. summer credits to be transferred to Centre. The K.I.I.S. courses do not qualify for Centre’s senior subsidy, with the following two exceptions of programs led by Centre faculty.

Costa Rica, led by Centre Professor Genny Ballard

June 1–July 6
Costa Rica offers students a challenging academic travel through breathtaking scenery, stirring cultural immersion, immense biodiversity, and a variety of exhilarating events. Through classroom activities and excursions, students have the opportunity to walk in tropical rainforest canopies, visit coffee plantations and hike to quetzal feeding areas high in the mountains of central Costa Rica. The program begins at the Arenal Volcano and then moves to Colorado near the Panama border (Dr. Ballard’s Peace Corps site) where students meet their host families. KIIS Costa Rica continues with a four-day visit to the beaches of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean. This area is home to monkeys, sloths, scarlet macaws, iguanas, turtles and dolphins. From there, the group travels to San Marcos de Tarrazu, the heart of the coffee region, where students stay with their second homestay family. The class ends with a retreat in a quetzal breeding area. Knowledge of Spanish is not required for this program, though it is encouraged.

Please note: the KIIS Costa Rica is a physically challenging study abroad option that requires strenuous hiking in heat and elevation. Be prepared for 1) a lack of hot water during the first part of the program; 2) some insect bites; and 3) the Costa Rican “rainy season.” 4) some areas where there is no Internet access.
Cost (that includes all food, in-country transportation, and housing but not airfare or $250 application fee): $3650.
Contact Prof. Genny Ballard for more information.

Istanbul, led by Centre Professor Tom McCollough

July 2–August 1
Historic, enchanting Istanbul, Turkey, opens the door for students to explore one of the world’s most magnificent, beautiful, and vibrant cities with stunning architectural monuments from its Byzantine and Ottoman past. Students will take weekly excursions in Istanbul and an excursion to the Aegean coast as well as make visits to historic and cultural sites such as Troy, Pergamum, and Gallipoli. In Istanbul students live in double occupancy dorm rooms at a private university; they stay in hotels during excursions. This 4-week program offers courses in history, politics, and religion. Centre Professor Matthew Pierce will also teach in this program.
Cost (not including airfare or $250 application fee): $3275.
Contact Prof. Tom McCollough for more information.

Spend a semester in one of nine countries:

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