KIIS Program

KIIS Study Abroad

The Kentucky Institute for International Studies is a non-profit study abroad consortium through Western Kentucky University of which Marshall University is a full member. KIIS is committed to offering high-quality, low-cost study abroad options for undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree seeking students. KIIS has 25 four-week summer programs and four semester programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, and Central & South America with courses in Business & Economics, Humanities, Health Sciences, Language Study, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Programs are faculty-led so Marshall students and faculty can apply to study/teach with KIIS. The program cost typically includes six credit hours (summer) and 12-15 credit hours (semester), transfers between airport abroad and program site, on-site orientation, accommodations, some meals, local transportation for group excursions, comprehensive medical insurance and security evacuation insurance. For more program details, visit

How to get started:

Any Marshall student interested in participating in a KIIS study abroad program should contact Marshall’s KIIS Campus Representative, Mirek Bialk ( located in Old Main 320. The Campus Representative will advise you on all specific details pertaining to the KIIS program.

Program Locations:

KIIS offers 26 high quality, low cost, summer study abroad programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. KIIS also offers semester programs in France, Germany, Mexico, and Spain. For specific program location details, please visit


If you are interested in applying to a KIIS program, you should visit the Office of Study Abroad (Old Main 320) at Marshall University first. The Office of Study Abroad staff will advise you on the application process for KIIS.

Academic Requirements:

  • Summer and Winter program applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above at the time of application, with the exception of the Maya Mexico Winter program, which
    requires a 3.2 GPA or higher.
  • Semester applicants must have a 2.75 GPA or above.

Students on academic or disciplinary probation are not  permitted to participate on KIIS study abroad programs.

To see the academic requirements for a KIIS program please visit

Financial Aid:

As a Marshall student, any financial aid you receive can be applied to a KIIS program.

Academic Credit:

A KIIS program fee typically includes six credit hours for a summer program and 12-15 credit hours for a semester program. All academic credit is issued by Western Kentucky University and accepted by Marshall University.