Study Abroad

Each year, WKCTC sponsors faculty-led study abroad and service learning opportunities so that students can broaden their education through both academics and personal development through international experiences.

The study abroad program selects a country or set of countries to explore each year and has an optional credit bearing general education course that students may choose to take during the Spring semester in order to prepare and/or entice them about that particular country. All students, faculty and staff, and community members are invited to participate in the annual study abroad experience.

The KCTCS-approved tour company used for study abroad is EF College Study Tours (www.efcollegestudytours.com). This company is well known for designing programs specifically for college students. The tours are active, fast-paced, and well-guided. It is not necessary to know another language in order to participant on these tours. Students will learn about the history, culture, and places from an English speaking guide, and students will also be actively engaged and immersed in activities representative of the culture.

You may also be interested in the yearly International Service Learning trip to El Salvador.

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Browse some of our frequently asked questions:

SupportWho can join a study abroad tour?

Any student, faculty/staff, or community member is invited to join the study abroad tour.

SupportHow do I apply by a partial scholarship?

Only WKCTC students can apply for a WKCTC scholarship by filling out the scholarship form on the webpage or by receiving a copy from Pat Blaine. 270-534-3207

SupportHow much does it cost to go on a study abroad trip?

The cost varies from year to year depending on the country and the length of time. The cost also varies depending on when a person enrolls on the tour. The price can increase as it gets closer to the departure date.

SupportWhen should I enroll?

You should enroll as early as possible and whenever you are ready to commit to your financial obligation. Usually there is a back to school special cost that is lower. The cost of the tour can increase as time gets closer to departure due to airline and hotel costs.

SupportWhen is the absolute deadline to enroll?

While it is beneficial to join a tour early for the lowest cost, the absolute deadline is Feb. 1.

SupportHow do I enroll?

You can enroll by going to www.efcollegestudytours.com and using the tour number or by calling 1-877-485-4184

SupportDo I need to be able to speak a foreign language?

Absolutely not! All tours have an English speaking guide.

SupportWhom will I room with?

The student price sets the rooming cost at 4 students to a room. Each student will have a separate bed, and students will be grouped with those from WKCTC. Only in odd circumstances will students be roomed with students from another college. Students/participants over age 30 will room in pairs.

SupportCan I room with fewer people?

Certainly! You can upgrade to a twin or single room at an increased cost.

SupportWhat are the hotels like?

The hotels are clean and serviceable. You can expect European hotels to be very small.

SupportWhat happens if I find out that I can't go on the trip?

Cancellation comes at a cost since all fee payments are conducted through the tour company. The company will charge a cancellation fee unless you can prove that it was a circumstance covered by the trip insurance. The enrollment fee and the trip insurance are not refundable.

SupportWill there by any fundraising?

Yes. Each year the study abroad program sponsors a poinsettia sale. Students receive monetary credit for each plant that they sell. Students can also decide to do additional fundraising, or they can fundraise through www.gofundme.com.

SupportWill there be additional costs for the trip?

Yes. You will need to purchase any meals that are not provided, to provide tip money for the bus driver and tour guide, and to cover any costs if you select to do activities outside of those provided. Of course, you will also want to purchase souvenirs!

SupportWhere have the past study abroad trips been?

  • 2015 - Italy
  • 2014 - WWII: England, France, and Germany
  • 2013 - Spain
  • 2012 - Peru
  • 2011 - Costa Rica
  • 2010 - Mexico
  • 2009 - Mexico

TelephoneDo you need more information?

Contact Pat Blaine
270-534-3207
pat.blaine@kctcs.edu