6 reasons why you should study abroad the summer after freshmen year

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Summer is the perfect time for a change of scenery! Grab a few credits abroad and get a head start on your major requirements with one, two, or three 4-week summer sessions. Choose from more than 60 programs around the world to earn credits and explore the world!

It won’t break the bank

Summer study abroad is among the most budget-friendly option for students. Programs are almost 5x cheaper than semester programs and there’s an automatic 20% savings on your second session when you enroll in more than one session. CIEE also offers scholarships, and if you’re eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, money toward travel costs. Just fill out the quick and easy Scholarship and Grants portion of your application to learn your eligibility.

Once isn’t enough

With summer, semester, J-term, and year-long programs, you can study abroad more than once during your college years! And lucky for you – as a freshman, you have the most program choices because you can fulfill academic requirements or electives on our study abroad programs. 

A new you

After you study abroad, you’ll become more confident, independent, and mature, which will help you succeed the rest of the time you’re in college and beyond. You’ll also return home with new perspectives that will help shape the rest of your college years.

Something for everyone

No matter what your field of study, you’ll find credit-earning summer classes to help you stay on track for graduation! Whether it’s business, communications, foreign language, health studies, humanities, political science, STEM, or sustainability, there’s a program for you. Keep up with your coursework and explore the world!


Did you know some of the biggest, can’t-miss festivals are held during the summer? Imagine yourself… 

  • Dancing with friends at the world-famous Glastonbury Festival
  • Watching the parade of floats at the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri Festival
  • Experiencing the spectacle of White Nights in St. Petersburg, Russia

This is just the beginning of your incredible college years. Make the most of it with summer study abroad!
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