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Study Abroad on Mars

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Information for term Study Abroad on Mars

Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 20, 2024 – Nov 3, 2025 (63 weeks)
$1,031,250,000 See full breakdown


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Don’t let gravity bring you down! Pack your spacesuit and explore rugged mountains and valleys on one of the solar system's smallest planets.

Located a short 54.6 million kilometers from Earth, our program on Mars offers a wide range of subjects, excursions, and study tours to help you gain critical insight into contemporary Martian society.

All courses are complimented with CIEE's pre-departure training and Martian surface exploration to enhance your interstellar learning.

Unique Experiences

  • Start a potato farm

    Delicious and nutritious, these starchy foods can grow anywhere.

  • Star gaze

    Ever look at stars through a 96% carbon dioxide atmosphere? Now you can!

  • Visit your favorite rovers

    Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity... all on one planet!

  • in the evening sky

    2 moons
  • asteroid hits the Martian surface every year

  • kilometers from your hometown


Location & Culture

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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and is the second smallest planet in the solar system. It is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere composed primarily of carbon dioxide - don't forget to put on your space suit before leaving the habitat!

Once students complete the brief 3-month pre-departure training session, all will board the Orion crew capsule and leave Earth atop the Space Launch System (SLS). Once in orbit, students will dock with the Deep Space Habitat and begin their voyage to Mars. Students will spend the next 200 days in post-launch training and begin the academic portion of the program.

Don't miss out the sulfuric acid clouds of Venus as we perform a gravity assist around the second planet from the Sun.

After arriving in Mars' orbit, student can choose to either stay in the Deep Space Habitat, or journey to the surface and stay at our Meridiani Planum campus. Located near the equator, the Meridiani Planum habitat provides easy access the local attractions such as Endeavour Crater and the neighborhood super volcano, Arsia Mons.

Daily Life

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  • Image credit: NASA


    Deep Space Habitat: This four-student mobile orbiter provides wonderful views of Mars and easy access to the surface by use of a lander.

    Surface Habitat: An open style apartment which houses up to six students. Located in Meridiani Planum, this prime location offer easy transportation to all the local attractions.

  • Image credit: NASA


    Three meals are provided each day for either housing option.

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Program Credit

All students take a course load totaling 15-18 Earth semester credits/22.5-27 quarter credits, comprised of:

Required Courses

  • Future Planetary Design Studio (6 credits; 90 contact hours)
  • Design and Terraforming Seminar (3 credits; 45 contact hours)
  • Science and Rocketry Workshop - Computational Design Theory and Application (3 credits; 45 contact hours)

Elective Courses

  • 1 – 2 CIEE elective courses (3 credits each)

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Fall 2024 Courses

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  • Changing Nature of Business on Mars
  • Marketing Management and Methods on Mars and Emerging Planets
  • Competitive Strategy: An Astronauts Perspective
  • Interstellar Business Law: Policy, Decision Making and Law


  • Urban Culture on Contemporary Mars
  • Literary Images on Mars (in Russian)
  • The Politics of Western Acidalia Planitia
  • MarsToday: Politics and Society


  • Future Planetary Design Studio
  • Design and Terraforming Seminar
  • Science and Rocketry Workshop


  • Electrobiology
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Knitting

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Training before you depart
  • Optional launch pad meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Martian culture, and your academic program, plus practical information about living on Mars
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your habitat
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-planet support

No Hidden Fees


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Fees & Housing

Fall 2024 63 weeks Aug 20, 2024 Nov 3, 2025
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Housing and meals = $575,000,000 *

Operations and training = $143,750,000

Transportation = $312,500,000

Total Fees = $1,031,250,000

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

Dates, fees, and availability are subject to change due to solar winds. 

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