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College Students Abroad

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Deepening understanding of different cultures

Living and learning in another country teaches tolerance of cultural differences and appreciation for how much all humans have in common.

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help increase access to international education by students from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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What People are Saying

  • “I had no real conception of mainland China before my visit… Being exposed to a country and talking with people who live in a society and government so radically different from my own opened my mind to different life experiences, while highlighting what we all have in common.”

    2007 Study Abroad alum, China

  • “My trip to Russia was one of the defining experiences of my life. It taught me tolerance and brought me many friends from different cultures. It has reinforced my belief that we must continue to work hard to live together in peace.”

    1982 Study Abroad alum, Russia

By the Numbers


U.S. study abroad alumni

agree that their experience deepened their understanding of their host culture


U.S. study abroad alumni

said their experience made them more aware or global issues


U.S. study abroad alumni

said their experience helped them build skills relevant to their career