Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

Provider

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

  • Victoria
    10/10
    Once in a lifetime experience!
    02/10/2016

    One specific experience I have enjoyed at the Institut de Gestation Sociale, or, American Business School (ABS), was the use of interactive and hands-on experiences used by the professors. The best part was that the professors were actually industry professionals. I was in the fashion program at ABS, or the Luxury Retail Management Program, and the experience I remember most was when we took a field trip in place of class time to visit this amazing luxury shop right outside l'Opera. The store is called Bucherer and I have never experienced anything like this before! We got a private tour and it felt so intimate and mature- like we were already in the business as clients. The store was beautiful itself but we spent the whole day hearing about the care that goes into making watches and the art of watch making/wearing. I did not know much about watches when I arrived, I usually only learn about clothing and merchandising, but this experienced opened my eyes to a new world almost! I am so grateful to be able to have this experience because I feel like I really learned some valuable lessons that I could never have learned just by reading a textbook or sitting at a desk. This school did a great job with interactive methods of teaching and I would recommend it highly, especially for fashion majors who want to know more about the industry. My opinion is that there is no better place to learn about fashion than in Paris.

    How could this program be improved?

    One thing I would change is the communication between KEI, the host family, and the student. It would be more helpful if KEI let the students know about the potential house rules so the students could know ahead of time and make changes if they need to.

    Was this review...?
    Useful 0 Inspiring 0
  • Alexis
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Macon, GA
    Lincoln University
    7/10
    One Step Closer to My Future Career
    01/11/2016

    My favorite aspect of my study abroad experience in Guayaquil, Ecuador was definitely the Clinical Internship. I had the opportunity to work along side a family doctor and registered nurse. Although things were very difficult due to the language barrier, I was able to gain value skills, such as checking vital signs and giving intramuscular injections. All of these were learned in Spanish! Both the nurse and doctor were very patient and were eager to share both their language, skills, and culture with each of us. Which brings to my second favorite aspect of the program, the people. The people of Guayaquil were some of the friendliest people I ever met! I will never forget my first day of classes with local students. After the teacher had me introduce myself to the class, many of the students were eager to work with me, teach me Spanish, and, surprisingly,speak English with me. They took to me their favorite restaurants, hangouts,and introduced me to their families. While living in Guayaquil, I had my very own host family. My host mother and host brother treated me as if I was there very own family. Overall, I would highly recommend this program to any student who is searching for a unique and valuable academic experience within a warm and welcoming environment.

    How could this program be improved?

    Although the people of the city are very friendly, there is not much to do. It would be great if maybe they continued the program in a city with more fun activities. In addition, traveling around the city by taxi is very expensive. It would be great if administrators taught students how to navigate the public transportation city.

    Was this review...?
    Useful 0 Inspiring 0
  • Danielle
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Alpharetta, Georgia
    Kennesaw State University
    10/10
    What I didn't expect...
    12/15/2015

    Wanting to live in London had always been a dream, and being able to accomplish this dream has been unreal. Now, there were a couple of minor details that I did not care for such as having the room directly above the kebab shop. It may have kept my room nice and toasty, but for the summer, that was not exactly what I was looking for. Granted, at the end of the program, I did try the kebabs that had haunted me my entire program, and they were delicious. If only I did not despise their location.

    The location of the dorm however was excellent. I had the opportunity to not only walk to class, but also to many places in the city. London, I have learned, is huge. On days that did not seem the best, I went for a walk along the Thames and was able to clear my head. It was nice to just watch everyone pass by and go on with their day and not be so focused on myself. The air might not have been the cleanest, but being outside was always refreshing.

    How could this program be improved?

    This program could have been improved by having a different room, or maybe having a few more activities around the city. Other than that, I really loved all of the excursions and my flat mates. I also wish I was more involved in British culture and have more friends there, but I am happy with the couple that I have made.

    Photos:
    Was this review...?
    Useful 0 Inspiring 0
  • Felicia
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Lexington, Kentucky
    University of Kentucky
    8/10
    An Eye-Opening Experience
    11/17/2015

    I really enjoyed my time abroad with KEI. While there I took two business courses, along with a 20 credit hour intensive-Chinese language course. It consisted of grammar, listening, and speaking. I was able to improve my Chinese language ability greatly. While there we went on two weekend excursions to Xi'An, Nanjing, and Shanghai. We also had weekly Saturday activities where we would visit various sites around Beijing. I was able to become friends with other international students while in Beijing. I still keep in touch with a few of the people that I became friends with while I was there.

    Going abroad was an experience that changed my life. I am now able to communicate effectively and efficiently in two languages. It also helped me to understand how other international students feel while they are in the USA. I really enjoyed my experience, and I would definitely do it all over again if I was given the opportunity to do so.

    How could this program be improved?

    The one thing I would change is the communication of certain activities, but it was so minimal that I overlooked it a little. I had ample time to visit other places that I wanted to while I was in Beijing.

    Photos:
    The Forbidden City
    Great Wall of China
    The Summer Palace
    Was this review...?
    Useful 0 Inspiring 0
  • Sharyn
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    United States
    Victoria University of Wellington
    10/10
    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.

    Photos:
    Was this review...?
    Useful 1 Inspiring 0
View All Reviews