CIEE Scholarships

 Committed to study abroad and intercultural exchange

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CIEE strives to increase access to study abroad and intercultural exchange programs that humanize international relations and thereby create a more peaceful global community. To this end, we provide a suite of financial aid opportunities that open doors to transformative educational experiences for young people from the United States and around the world.

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  • Scholarships to the U.S.

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Scholarships to Go Abroad

CIEE offers more than $13 million in scholarships and grants annually to help high school or college students make their dreams of studying abroad a reality.

For High School Students

  • Global Navigator Scholarships –  Full or partial scholarships for Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad programs at more than 30 international destinations
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) – A fully-funded scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and German Bundestag, CBYX is a bi-lateral exchange program for American students to attend high school in Germany and live with a German host family for a year.
  • Host Family Scholarships – $1,000 toward a Global Navigator High School Study Abroad Program for families who have hosted a CIEE student in the United States

For College Students

  • GAIN Travel Grant – Up to $2,000 toward airfare for all Pell students participating in a CIEE program
  • Gilman Go Global Grant – Up to $2,500 toward program costs for any qualified applicant for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, regardless of whether they are selected as a Gilman Scholar
  • Merit Scholarships – A variety of partial scholarships for students of high academic achievement interested in pursuing programs in tropical and marine ecology, comparative studies, public health, or other select themes
  • Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship – Full scholarship for ten outstanding students who attend a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) to attend a 4-week study abroad program focused on leadership and intercultural communication
  • Minority Serving Institutions Grant – Up to $2,000 towards a study abroad program for students who attend Minority Serving Institutions
  • Passport Caravan –  Free passports for students from underrepresented backgrounds through CIEE Passport Caravan events at universities and colleges nationwide. CIEE will fund 10,000 passports by 2020!

For Faculty Creating Study Abroad Programs

  • CIEE Access Grant – $20,000 Grant to support innovative faculty-led programs for students in groups that are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad.

Scholarships to the United States

CIEE offers scholarships that make it possible for more future leaders to participate in life-changing cultural exchange experiences. CIEE also administers full, merit-based scholarship programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

For High School Students

  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) – A fully-funded scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and German Bundestag, CBYX is a bi-lateral exchange program for Germans to attend high school in the U.S. and live with an American host family for a year.
  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES): Administered by the U.S. Department of State, the YES program provides scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend an academic year in the U.S.
  • Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX): Administered by the U.S. Department of State, the FLEX scholarship program provides opportunities for high school students from Eurasia to spend a year in the U.S.
  • Baltic-America Freedom Foundation (BAFF) Leadership Academy – Full scholarship for students from Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania to participate in a three-week CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Program for Entrepreneurship and a five-day tour of New York and Washington, D.C. upon completion of the CIEE program

For College Students

  • CIEE Global Exchange Scholarship – Full scholarship, including program fees, flights, and spending money, to support participation in CIEE’s Work &Travel USA program by students from countries in which cultural exchange is uncommon and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate
  • Civic Leadership Summit – Fellowships that cover the costs for young leaders from around the world who are participating in the summer Work & Travel USA program to attend a late-summer event in Washington D.C. where they can network with their peers and learn about leadership, social entrepreneurship, and cultural understanding

Other CIEE Scholarships

For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

  • Founding Females –  Up to 50% off CIEE’s eLab Emerge and eLab Advance programs to qualified female applicants
  • Global Innovators – 50% off eLab program fees for business founders with promising scalable global business ideas
  • Community Impact – Up to 50% off eLab program fees for social entrepreneurs who are developing an idea that will improve the lives of others

For CIEE Alumni

  • Exchange Ambassador Grants – Grants up to $5,000 for international exchange alumni to support professional development or community-changing initiatives
  • Go Abroad Again Grant – A 10% discount for CIEE study abroad alumni and their siblings if they enroll in another non-consecutive CIEE program.
  • Alumni Child Global Navigator Discount – A 10% discount on Global Navigator High School Study Abroad Programs for the child of a CIEE program alum

CIEE changes lives. Our alumni change the world. Can you help us increase our impact?

You can democratize intercultural exchange by helping CIEE eliminate cost as a barrier for participation in programs that advance mutual understanding, encourage trust, and promote harmony among peoples and nations.

Prepare an American high school student for a bright future in today’s increasingly global and interconnected world by donating to our Global Navigator Scholarship Fund.

Or donate to the CIEE Global Exchange Scholarship Program and help a diverse population of young people from around the world immerse themselves in American culture by living and working in a U.S. community during their summer break through CIEE’s Work & Travel USA program.

For information on other giving opportunities, such as gifts of stocks or securities or including CIEE in your estate plans, please contact Jill Sady at