College Program Assurance Advantage

Peace of mind for your college study or internship abroad plans

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Take The Worry Out of Planning for Study or an Internship Abroad

As Covid-19 continues to weigh on the minds of students, families and our host communities, CIEE's one-of-a-kind Program Assurance Advantage allows you to plan for studying abroad with confidence! Should you or CIEE cancel or suspend your participation on our programs (including internships) before the published program start date, all Confirmed students are entitled to the following:

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023: Students can change to a new site, defer to a new term or opt for cancellation if CIEE is notified no later than 14 days prior to the program’s published start date. With cancellation, students are entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to CIEE. See fall 2022 and spring 2023  for more details (updated August 2022).

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Program Assurance Advantage FAQs

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Q. What if I choose a new program that costs more than my program that was cancelled?
A. New programs must be “equivalent” in cost, duration, and/or term.  Students wishing to switch to a longer term or more expensive program may opt to pay the difference in program fee.

Q. If I deferred an application from a previous program and paid the application fee, do I pay my application fee again?
A. No. If you defer your application to a future term, you do not pay the Application Fee again. Your Application Fee is not refundable unless CIEE cancels the program.

Q: Is my Confirmation Fee refundable if I need to cancel – or my college cancels – study abroad for spring '22, summer ’22 or fall '22 terms?
A: Yes, if you have already paid your Confirmation Fee and cancel before the program’s published start date. Please read the Terms and Conditions relative to your program’s term for additional details.

Q. Does the Program Assurance Advantage also apply to internship programs?
A. CIEE’s Program Assurance Advantage policy applies to all onsite, in-person CIEE college internship programs. The policy, however, does not include Virtual Global Internship programs.

Q. Do I get a full refund if I cancel under the Program Assurance Advantage?
A. CIEE will refund your Program Fee which includes: educational costs, housing and insurance, your Confirmation Fee, and your Application Fee if you are a confirmed student. Also, if your visa is included in your CIEE Program Fee it will be refunded if there is recoverable money. Examples of non-refundable money includes: your visa is not included in your CIEE Program Fee, the School of Record Fee and, in some cases, iNext insurance. If you opted to purchase the Trip Cancellation/Interruption it is non-refundable after enrollment.

Q. How will I know if CIEE cancels a program?
A. You will be notified immediately after the decision is made via email to the email address on your application.

Q. How does this affect cancellation policies in the Student Contract?
A. Program Assurance Advantage supplements the standard pre-arrival cancellation penalties. You still must complete the Student Contract in your CIEE account but Program Assurance applies to all students applying for onsite CIEE study abroad programs through fall 2022. However, be advised January 2022, Virtual Internships and College Away programs are not eligible.

Q. What if I forget vaccine or testing documentation en route to my program and am unable to go?
A. CIEE Program Assurance Advantage does not provide refunds for any student who is unable to arrive on their program because either their airline denies boarding or a country (host or transiting) denies entry and standard cancellation applies. It is the student's responsibility to know all required vaccine or testing requirements for boarding or entry and to produce required documentation that an airline or country may require.

Covid-19 Guidelines

CIEE provides advisement regarding best practices for mitigating conceivable risks of acquiring and/or transmitting Covid-19. It is, however, a communal effort to create a safe environment for students, staff and host communities. Read more ›