KEI Abroad

KEI Abroad

About

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.

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48 Broadway
Suite 2
Haverstraw, NY 10927
United States

Reviews

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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my trip to London and stay with KEI! It was amazing housing and a trio of a lifetime. London was a great place to be able to study abroad. I traveled here with one of my roommates but we had separate rooms while abroad. My KEI rep while in London was amazing, Susannah brought us to many locations and was always there for any of us while we needed in London. Being in London it was a great place to be to be able to travel to other locations which was amazing!

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richard
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad in India was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. I learned so much both inside and outside of the classroom. While at Symbiosis University, I took Religion and Rebellion, Development Economics, Hindi (language), and Contemporary India (history). My favorite parts from the classroom experience were the unique personalities of the students and professors, as well as the implementation of the Indian culture into each lesson. One example of a unique personality was my professor who did not own a cell phone or a watch, so he would check the position of the sun in the sky to determine the time. Outside of the classroom I had the pleasure of talking with people about their life experiences, religious beliefs, and cultural history. I also had an opportunity to travel extensively throughout the subcontinent on the weekends. Overall, my experience challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and become more independent.

Shelby
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Through this program, I was able to travel outside of the United States for the first time, I was able to travel alone for the first time, and I was also able to go somewhere where no one knew me for the first time. This pushed me way out of my comfort zone in the best way possible. I made so many new friends, made new connections, and saw so many things that never would have been possible had I not taken this trip. It showed me what I was good at, what I liked, and really showed me what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. This trip also gave me the opportunity to understand what I really love about East Africa and Kenyan Culture.

What would you improve about this program?
This program could be improved through students being more aware of the way that school is different there than at home. If orientation could include a part where they show how class will be different and also how students should work in class as opposed to how they would at home would be really helpful
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Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Along with amazing opportunity to study like the Irish, I met the most amazing friends that I am still in contact with to this day! I had the opportunity to hold a baby sheep out in the country, taste the most amazing ice cream I have ever had, set my eyes on the beautiful Cliffs of Moher, as well as meet locals that I plan on going back and visiting in the future! Not only did I get to travel all around Ireland, but I was able to travel around Europe as well!

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Holly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

London is one of those places for study abroad that individuals either immediately think of or immediately say "no" to. However, I would say to give this amazing city a chance. Initially, I wanted to go somewhere where I thought would have more "culture" than a city I assumed was extremely Americanized. While it is similar in many ways (considering it has some fast food restaurants we have), I was shocked at the differences that London had to offer. With KEI, we were centrally located, and were able to experience all of the different aspects of London. KEI was concerned with our safety and well-being and supported us throughout the entire process. KEI set it up so that our program participants and on site support became like a family. If I had the chance to study abroad again, I wouldn't hesitate to pick either KEI or London over and over again.

What would you improve about this program?
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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Kayla Hinnenkamp

Kayla Hinnenkamp was born in Minnesota and currently is a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University. She’s pursing a degree in Political Science and minoring in French. She enjoys learning new languages, traveling, and watching movies.
Beaches of Trouville with umbrellas.

What piece of advice would you give future KEI Students?

Kayla: I think the most important thing to remember is the KEI staff is there for your support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many people available to assist you no matter what the situation. Daniele, the on-site director in Paris really goes out of her way to show the students what the French lifestyle is all about. When I first arrived in Paris she took the KEI students on a tour of the city and told us all about the do’s and don’ts of Parisian living.

What was the best place you visited outside of your study abroad city?

Kayla: I had the opportunity to visit the seaside towns of Trouville and Deauville with my host mom. The cities are located on the west coast of France. We went right before finals. My host mom told me the ocean air was beneficial to my health and I would be calmer for my tests! The renowned American film festival is held every summer in Deauville. Many celebrities seafood and views of the ocean!

Beautiful View of the Eiffel Tower

Do you think the program changed you as a person?

Kayla: Studying abroad has positively changed the way I look at the world. I am more open to new concepts, always up for a challenge, and I have become more organized since studying abroad. One of the things I quickly learned, if you are traveling, and don’t have a plan, you can spend all day roaming around, and never see what you want. While studying abroad I was always doing things that were new to me, and because of this, I am no longer scared of the unknown. I accept there will always be new foods to try, new people to know, new places to visit, and new challenges to overcome.

Why did you decide to study abroad with KEI?

Arc de Triomphe

Kayla: KEI was the most affordable program. There were certain criteria I wanted the program to have. For me, I wanted an option to stay with a host family. It was vital for me to be able to immerse myself in the culture. Also, I wanted to go on excursions to other cities in France. I had the chance to see two diverse but equally scenic cities, Strasbourg and Marseille.

Another critical aspect was having someone on-site in Paris to help with the basics. For example, in the beginning, being pickup from the airport, showing us how to use the metro, where school was located, etc., were essential things I knew I would need help with.