What Is First Year Abroad?
CIEE First Year Abroad
What Is First Year Abroad?
It’s more than an academic program; it’s a transformative experience that sets the stage for a global education journey.
As the newest program in CIEE’s robust portfolio of global experiential learning options, CIEE First Year Abroad (FYA) allows high school graduates to start college in 1 of 14 amazing global locations.
Instead of spending your first semester, or first year, taking courses on a U.S. college campus, you’ll get to:
- Experience your first year of college in a different country.
- Take in a new environment, teaching you valuable lessons beyond the classroom.
- Earn 12-13 college-level credits toward your degree, just as you would if you'd studied in the U.S.
CIEE First Year Abroad Programs are perfect for students who are:
- Looking for something different and valuable after high school.
- Passionate about international experience and education.
- Students who don't want to wait until later in their college career for their chance to study abroad.
What to Expect
You can choose a 12-week semester in one location or 6-week blocks in two locations. You can also choose either a fall semester, spring semester, or even combine both to make up a full year.
While on program, you’ll be enrolled as a student at our academic partner and school of record, Dean College, a respected liberal arts college in Massachusetts.
Once you complete your program, you have options when you return from your travels.
Go on to earn your degree at Dean College.
Apply to a CIEE partner college or university to ease the transfer credit process.
Use your international experience to impress the admission team at your dream school of choice!
First Year Abroad
Register for one of our upcoming webinars to learn more about First Year Abroad. The CIEE team will answer your questions and help you get started on the next steps towards making your study abroad dreams a reality.
Get ready to redefine your college experience with CIEE’s First Year Abroad!
Here’s what to expect on your transformative journey:
From language immersion to local traditions, every day is an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and gain intercultural experiences
First Year Abroad programs seamlessly integrate with college curriculums, allowing you to earn credits and stay on track for graduation
Form friendships with students from diverse backgrounds and build a network that spans around the world
Housing & Support
Feel at home in your new surroundings with carefully selected host families or student residences. Our on-site support team will also be there to guide you every step of the way!
Adventures Beyond the Classroom
Your education extends beyond textbooks. You’ll have many opportunities to explore iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and try local cuisine.
Check out our FAQ page for more information on the application, pre-departure process, costs, and more.