Graduate Education Abroad

Immerse yourself in French culture for a summer! The Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) and the UK Department of Arts Administration have teamed up to offer Graduate students the opportunity to to study in Paris, France while earning credit toward your MA in Arts Administration. All classes are taught in English.

"It’s hard to sum up my five months abroad in any other way but life changing. Learning and seeing how other people think, work, and live is an opportunity that I would encourage everyone to pursue.”
-Arts Administration Alum, Chelsea Sparks

KISS Paris

Study for one month in one of the world’s most exciting cities! Paris is a city rich in contrasts where the very old and the very modern coexist in harmony. Within days you’ll be able to navigate throughout its safe and sophisticated public transportation system and become one of its residents, rather than a tourist.

Courses are designed to take full advantage of the city’s abundant cultural resources. Outside of classes, you have ample opportunity to explore Paris at your own pace and discover for yourself some of its treasures. A daylong excursion to Normandy is planned to visit iconic D-Day sites, such as Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Three-day weekends give you a chance to travel throughout France and Europe if you wish.

No knowledge of French is necessary to participate in this program.

Students may utilize these courses for their AAD 5** electives.


ART 491: Special Studies: Cultural Tourism

Tourism is a significant industry throughout the world.  It has the power to transform communities, economies, and environments. In this course, students will focus on cultural tourism, which examines the art, architecture, lifestyle, festivals, rituals and creative tourism. Utilizing case studies and field observations, students will consider how tourism and tourist practices can augment or diminish one’s understanding of another’s culture. Additionally, students will examine the role of tourism in cultural preservation and, in some case, degradation.

ART 491: Special Studies: Issues in Museum Management

The role of the museum in society is to conserve art and artifacts and make them available for the public through exhibitions. The first museum was believed to be in existence in 530 BC, yet modern museums still face unique challenges surrounding their purpose.  This course will consider museum issues including conservation and preservation; patrimony; repatriation; and deaccessioning.  Through readings, research, class discussions, and museum excursions, students will examine contemporary issues in museum management.

Other courses are also available which may be substituted for other program requirements. Please consult your advisor for more information.


Study abroad is more affordable that you think! For the 2017 KIIS Paris Program, the cost is $4,790 + airfare. This program fee includes:

  • Up to 6 credit hours of courses (you do not pay any additional cost for credit hours to UK!);
  • Transfers to and from the Paris airport;
  • Accommodations at FIAP;
  • Two meals daily;
  • Excursion to Normandy;
  • Metro/bus pass;
  • Comprehensive medical insurance; and
  • security evacuation protection

Students may utilize their financial aid packages toward Education Abroad programs.


There are a variety of scholarships available to help offset the costs of Education Abroad Programs. Consult the following resources for more information.

UK Education Abroad Scholarship
A campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.

Michael Braun Endowed Fund
Through the Michael Braun Endowed Fund, awards of up to $1,000 each will be awarded annually to students in the BA or MA in Arts Administration program who wish to enhance their educational endeavors by participating in an activity that enriches their knowledge of the arts administration profession or field including but not limited to, a study abroad program, an internship, a research or capstone project, or conference attendance.

External Scholarships

Other external scholarship opportunities are available for students to use toward the expenses of their program such as travel, course credits, books and lodging. Students must apply for scholarships and some can be very competitive while others are underutilized.

Created 06/24/2021
Last Updated 08/30/2021