Our No. 1 priority is the welfare of students in our programs. With 70 years of experience running international education and exchange programs all over the world, you can trust us to provide healthy and safe study abroad experiences.

We back this up with:

  • Annual safety evaluations of every program
  • Comprehensive information to help applicants make informed decisions when they select programs
  • Informative student orientations that include tips on reducing risk and handling difficult situations
  • Continuous monitoring of local conditions by program staff members

Health and Safety

In country, our CIEE support teams, local staff members, host families, and program leaders work together to keep all students safe. In addition, the staff at our headquarters in Portland, Maine, is on call 24/7 to provide students and parents with emergency support and resolve issues.

As a founding member of the Interassociational Advisory Committee on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad, we also work with other industry leaders and professionals to assess current safety policies and develop new ones, leading the way for the field of international education. Our central Risk Management Team coordinates all CIEE staff training in health, safety, and security.


All homestay families are carefully selected. Our vetting process includes interviews and home visits by local CIEE staff, as well as background checks. Some families have hosted CIEE students before, and student feedback is thoroughly considered.

Families choose to host CIEE students because they are interested in intercultural exchanges. They are eager to share their language and culture with you, and also to learn about you and your American life.

There is no better immersion than living with the locals! Your host family will provide you with daily meals and a place to stay, but just as important, they will introduce you to local customs and traditions, and offer support and guidance in an unfamiliar environment.


We’ve got you covered. As a U.S. resident taking part in CIEE Global Navigator High School programs, you’ll be covered by iNext international medical and travel insurance in addition to coverage provided by your primary insurance provider. The iNext policy covers accidents and illnesses while abroad, as well as political and natural disaster evacuation coverage.