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Start Your First Year of College Abroad

With CIEE First Year Abroad

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Your First Year Of College, An Unforgettable Adventure Abroad

Dean College
The Academic Home and School of Record for CIEE First Year Abroad

CIEE First Year Abroad (FYA) allows you complete your first year or semester of college in one of 7 incredible global locations. Gain a deeper global perspective and discover a local culture alongside CIEE College Study Abroad participants, all while being enrolled at FYA’s academic home institution, Dean College in Franklin, MA. Take courses with CIEE local instructors and enjoy amazing cultural excursions. Best-in-class student safety, secure and high-quality housing, and hands-on onsite support all ensure that your first year of college is the most incredible experience abroad.

Upon your return, you can transfer to the college of your choice or continue at Dean in a bachelor’s degree program. Whatever path you follow, you will have gained the confidence and maturity that will make a real difference on campus and set you up for success!

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Explore 7 Amazing Locations

Choose a semester or academic year. Fall, spring, or both! Explore our locations to create your dream first semester or year of college.

Find your program

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Explore Courses

Choose from a variety of 1000-2000 level courses (3-4 credits):

  • Languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish
  • Arts: Intro to Studio Art, Music Appreciation, and Art History
  • Social Sciences: World History, Cultural Geography, and Intro to Psychology
  • Business: Principles of Management, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics
  • Math: Intro to Statistics, College Algebra, and Calculus
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science
  • Plus, English Composition, Computer Science, Digital Photography, and many more!
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Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition, program, and enrollment fees as low as $17,000

  • Scholarships available via CIEE and financial aid available at our academic home and school of record, Dean College

Discover your passions, explore the world, and start college on the right foot.

You’re a high school senior who wants to be a global citizen. Making international education your first priority in college will help you gain valuable skills for your future while staying on track to graduate in four years. Take classes and earn 12-13 college credits through Dean College, FYA’s academic home and a top-ranked U.S. institution. Then, choose from one of three paths towards your degree.

Your Future Awaits with First Year Abroad

Complete your CIEE First Year Abroad program, then:


Use your international experience to impress the admissions team at the dream school of your choice

You put your international education first. We put you first.

For more than 75 years, CIEE has demonstrated a proven track record for helping high school and college students explore new cultures, learn new skills, and achieve their academic goals within a diverse portfolio of high-quality programs. It's why we have a network of 300+ college and university partners. Our Center Directors are seasoned international education professionals and CIEE’s Health, Safety, and Security team is an industry leader in risk assessment, mitigation, staff training, and duty of care standards.

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Have Questions?

Check out our FAQ page for more information on the application, pre-departure process, costs, and more.

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Want to Schedule a Call?

If you want to schedule a call, find a time with a CIEE Enrollment Coordinator in your area on our bookings page.