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Our Approach

At CIS Abroad, we meet you with integrity and a commitment to our mission, vision, and values. Learn more about our accessible programming and responsive service in this video featuring our president, Kris Holloway.

Our focus on affordable, engaged learning

The academic relevance of our programs is guided by five principles:


120 programs, 22 countries, 44 cities, and 88 majors

  • Our program development process means we choose international partners who meet the needs of students with prescriptive majors, who otherwise may not be able to study or intern overseas, with options to take coursework directly linked to their academic majors.
  • Students get access to study at world class institutions, and with leading departments in their field of study, many times at a lower cost than their home institution. We work with institutions abroad who offer learning support and disability services, and have tuition and housing fees that allow U.S, financial aid recipients to study abroad.
Academic Quality

CIS Abroad programs are either accredited through the host institution’s local accrediting body, a regional accrediting body within the U.S., or CIS Abroad’s school of record.

  • We provide strong, reputable learning experiences with accredited partners.
  • We partner with host institutions abroad who have developed a strong reputation for academic excellence and distinction at the program and/or institutional level, as evidenced by markers such as:
    1. Institutional rankings
    2. Accreditation by academic program
    3. Student achievements
    4. Faculty accomplishments
    5. Quality of teaching
    6. Institutional academic resources
  • Did you know? 60% of the comprehensive business program options on offer are AACSB accredited, three of which hold Triple Crown Accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS)
High-Impact Practices

We challenge students to apply classroom learning to high-impact experiences, such as for credit internships, service learning, teaching English as a foreign language, and undergraduate research

  • Athena, our e-learning platform, allows us to blend theory with practice and guide students to connect their experiential learning with their academic curriculum in preparation for their future careers
  • We offer flexibility in our internship placements. Students can choose between a full-time, internship only model (for-credit or not for credit), or a study+internship model, across 22 career fields in 15 countries.
  • Students upload assignments to Athena, receive direct feedback from the processor and make comments to each other about each assignment prompt. While actual assignments are only viewable by the professor, student comments are seen by all – creating community and letting students around the world share thoughts, reflecting on their experiences as well as others’.
La Vida Local Co-Curriculum

Our La Vida Local co-curriculum offers students a way to engage, reflect, understand, and connect their learning.

  • Via the La Vida Local co-curriculum, we intentionally engage students with the local culture on a deeper level, and provide a venue for them to reflect on their experiences, make meaning of them, and achieve greater cultural understanding on personal, local, and global levels that connects back to their academic learning
  • Our co-curriculum is grounded in a framework based on Kolb’s Model of Experiential Learning (1984), and unfolds in coordination with the cultural adaptation and adjustment cycle.
  • Read more about our La Vida Local curriculum.

We collaborate with our academic partners to offer exciting and innovative programming.

  • We strive to provide cutting-edge academic options and experiences that are meaningfully distinct and provide a strong, value-added component not found elsewhere. Through ongoing evaluation of programs and students, we document outcomes and ensure continual innovation in program development and execution.