Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

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Founded in 1997, The Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) believed that studying abroad with discipline-specific studies and professional development goals would better enhance the traditional cultural exchange and liberal arts approach. KEI's programs are best suited for those students looking to get more than just cultural immersion with some filler electives. Useful international business experience, overseas health and medicine studies, research and internship opportunities... opportunities that will help you in the long term, as well as leave you with exciting memories for a lifetime.

Programs from KEI

Program Reviews

  • Sharyn
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    United States
    Victoria University of Wellington
    Challenging, but so Worth it
    11/05/2014

    I, along with people in the program, felt very much on our own during most of the experience. Our onsite director was difficult to get a hold of and there was a lot of confusion with our dorm passes and extending our visas.
    That being said, Russia is gorgeous. Moscow is an incredible city. The difficulties you may experience with the language brings you closer with the people in your group. When I went I didn't know any Russian, but I survived no problem.

    How could this program be improved?

    The onsite director was difficult to contact and not very helpful with many things. Our trip to Saint Petersburg was shorter than we were told it would be with no explanation.

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  • Kim
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Lexington, KY
    University of Kentucky
    Karibu Tanzania
    10/03/2014

    Karibu Tanzania or Welcome to Tanzania encompasses the welcoming and friendly cultural of Tanzania. Tanzanians take greetings very seriously and can last for several minutes. Being able to greet people in Swahili will take you a long way.
    One of the most important skills to consider when coming to Tanzania is flexibility and adaptability. Nothing will work in the way you expect it to, and are used to in the United States.

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    A typical street in StoneTown, Zanzibar
    Soccer, a common past time for Tanzanianz
    Harbor in Zanzibar
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  • Ian
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Lincoln University, PA
    Other
    Spring 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand
    09/23/2014

    The on-site coordinator was very a very valuable resource to all those in the program.She stayed in touch with all the student throughout our stay in Thailand offering advice on everything from how to utilize public transport to what foods we might enjoy trying. The KEI program secured the students conveniently located apartment style housing within walking distance to Mahidol University International College, the institution where we studied. The commute to and from school was stress free because of the close proximity. There was an initial barrier but we overcame this as many of the students in the program were enrolled in a Thai language and Culture class. The hospitality of the Thai people, and our own curiosity accelerated our assimilation of the Thai language and culture. Our weeks consisted of no more than four days of classes with most Thursdays and Fridays free to explore Bangkok and its surroundings. The on site coordinator arranged various excursions throughout our stay in Thailand. Some of these included trips to the Island of Kho Samet, a tour of Bangkok and a visit of the Grand Palace, a trip to ChiangMai, and many more. We were also offered the opportunity to volunteer and take part in community service projects during our stay.

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  • Kayla
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Fort Myers, FL
    Florida Gulf Coast University
    Semester in Paris
    08/17/2014

    The program was exciting! Our on site director Daniele was the best! She was very enthustiastic about the French language and culture. When she took us on excursions she was passionate and knowledgable. Learning the use of the metro and buses was relatively simple. The school is located right next to the river and is a great place to eat lunch or work on homework. Overall, one the the BEST experiences. Can not wait to go abroad again!!!

    How could this program be improved?

    Doing more with the students before they leave to help them be better prepared. The program was excellent during my time abroad, always asking how things were going but before hand I wish there would have been more involvement.

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  • Chelsea
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
    "Bhí mé an t-am de mo shaol." ("I had the time of my life.")
    06/19/2014

    Before arriving in Dublin, I had zero exposure to foreign countries. I was scared and intimidated. However, the support that KEI provided upon my arrival was unparalleled, and I would not have adapted as quickly without my on-site director. The most influential thing I came back to my home university with was self-confidence. Traveling and meeting new people provided me with a confidence that I can take into my career and other components of my life. Because of my study abroad experience, I now have a clear path for my career, and I hope to help other study abroad students have the same experience I had.

    How could this program be improved?

    I would find a way to better prepare American students for the European education system.

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