College Away

A Different Kind of Remote Learning 

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CIEE College Away Monteverde
CIEE College Away Dublin
CIEE College Away Monteverde

One thing is for sure, Spring 2021 won’t look like any other... Why not make it awesome?!

  • Is your Spring 2021 college semester or term remote? Grab your laptop and mask and join us in Costa Rica or Dublin! 
  • Take your U.S. online college courses on your schedule, then explore the world with CIEE.


Space is limited so pick your dates and hold your place in line NOW!

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College Away Locations

Programs are first come first served and if we reach capacity, our staff will reach out with information on Yucatan or Dublin programs.

Costa Rica mountains

Costa Rica

Switch up the hot chocolate, pick your own coffee

  • Take your online courses in the unmatched beauty of Monteverde, Costa Rica – Pura Vida!
  • Explore sustainable farming and see the impact of climate change first-hand in the local plants, insects and animals
  • Zipline, snorkel, surf and hike the continental divide with toucans and howling monkeys

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Ireland landscape

Dublin, Ireland

No more fake Zoom backgrounds - make this your real one

  • Take your online courses in the vibrant city of Dublin, Ireland – Slainte!
  • Explore the Cliffs of Moher, medieval castles, and historic cathedrals
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a socially distanced stroll around Irelands' famous villages

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Frequently Asked Questions


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When are the programs running in the spring?
Programs are running January, February, March and April 2021. Additional dates may be added with demand. Courses will be from your home institution (online).

What are the College Away program requirements - is this for high school or gap students too?
Students must be 18 years old to participate in this college program, be enrolled as a full-time student at a U.S. university for Spring 2021 and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. We do have a High School Away program as well.

When am I notified of application approval?
Qualified applicants will be notified of acceptance within a few days of your application. Programs are first-come, first-served, but capacity is limited.

How do I apply to multiple sessions or locations?
Students can enroll in only one location at this time, but you can apply for up the three 4-week sessions. When you create your new application online, select from the available session combinations. If you have already started an application, you can email and our staff can add sessions to your application.

Can I extend my program for additional sessions once I arrive?
Student can attend up to 3 consecutive sessions. An extension would depend on capacity and the program application deadline.

If I am not a U.S. citizen, can I still participate in this program?
Please email for more information or to speak to a representative directly. Students are responsible for following all immigration requirements for their host country.

Do I need a current passport? At the time I apply? 
Yes! This is essential. Students do not need to upload a copy of their passport to complete the College Away application, but you will need to have a valid passport before you travel!

Are Dublin and Monteverde applicants eligible for the Yucatan in case of overcapacity?
Definitely! Our Yucatan location will be opening up based on demand. Complete your application today, and our team will reach out if programs have reached capacity and will open to Yucatan. 

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Are the rooms single occupancy like a dorm?
All programs include single occupancy bedrooms.

If I stay for multiple sessions, would I be repeating the same activities?
College Away staff will try to avoid repeat activities, but if there are “can't miss” activities we may rerun a select few. If there are multiple repeat participants, we would likely organize some parallel activities.

Will the program activities accommodate my course schedule?
If possible, yes.

Do you have any tips for deciding between Monteverde or Dublin?
Consider whether you prefer

  • a city experience or one immersed in a more wilderness setting
  • more history and culture or outdoor activities, sports, etc.
  • practicing Spanish or not

In Monteverde, are there College Away bubbles for each program – college, high school, etc. – or do the cohorts eventually merge?
The bubbles will merge.


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Will I earn college credits while I am abroad?
Yes, you would continue to be enrolled in your home college or university online coursework for Spring 2021. You would receive credits directly from your school. You would need to speak with your college about current tuition/fee rates for the spring. These programs will not change those rates.

Trimester school classes start in early January and end mid-March, would College Away interrupt my term?
There are for session options to choose from including a mid-April start date. Students are required to be enrolled in online classes through their university. Program dates are on the Monteverde or Dublin program pages.

Are there spring internship opportunities?
Yes! If you are interested in doing a virtual internship while on College Away, please note that on the application and visit for information.

How can I apply?
The applications are live for College Away in Monteverde or Dublin. Click apply on either of those pages to start your application!  


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What is the cost of each program and what does it include? 
College Away is $3,900 for Monteverde and Yucatan per session and $4,900 for Dublin per session. The fee includes housing, meals, activities, onsite support, iNext travel protection, excursions, but does not include airfare. In Dublin, groceries for breakfast and lunch each day are provided by CIEE and included in the program fee. You will need to purchase your own dinner. In Monteverde all meals are included. 

Does the alumni discount apply to College Away programs?

Are there scholarships available for the College Away programs? 
Not at this time. 

Does financial aid cover the cost or do I need to pay out of pocket?
We recommend you check with your university to see if financial aid would apply. The payments are made by the students.


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What are the COVID testing requirements for each location? 
The COVID related restrictions are related to the government policies of each location. View requirements here for Monteverde and Dublin.

After clearance, are there precautions and social contracts to avoid risky activities out in the community or other cities?
For our bubble program in Monteverde, students complete a social contract are only allowed CIEE-supervised off-campus excursions. Dublin provided supervised off-campus excursions and students are required to follow restricted movement policies.

Can I travel after 5 days to any other countries?
This would not be advisable due to the possible need to restrict movements upon return. In some cases it may be possible, but it is strongly discouraged. 

Are students staying for multiple sessions? 
Yes! Our fall programs had students doing multiple sessions and the students from the earlier sessions could certainly stay as a pod and have more freedom. 

How many times do you have to take a Covid test in the bubble in the 8 week program?
For Monteverde, you take it once before arrival, and twice in an 8-week program.


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​​Please note this list of programs and activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to Covid-19 circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!