General Program Information
WHAT ARE THE CIEE HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAMS?Click to Open
They’re three- and four-week programs conducted at CIEE Study Centers in 30 different locations. As a participant, you’ll join other high school students to discover a new culture and country, and develop your knowledge about a particular subject.
WHAT TYPES OF PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED?Click to Open
CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad programs includes three program types: Language & Culture, Service & Leadership, and Global Discovery.
Language & Culture programs include:
Pre- and post-testing aligns with standards by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 60 hours language learning, at least four hours per week of peer work, five language-based afternoon activities, cultural activities, at least one daylong excursion, and at least one multiday excursion. Applicants may elect the option to earn 4 college credits. See details under ‘College Credit’ section.
Service & Leadership programs include:
50 hours of meaningful service, at least four hours per week of peer work, functional language class, cultural activities, at least one daylong excursion, and at least one multiday excursion.
Global Discovery programs include:
At least 15 hours per week of study per week culminating in either a certificate, portfolio, or final project; at least four hours per week of peer work; functional language class; cultural activities; at least one daylong excursion; and at least one multiday excursion.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM LOCATIONS AND TERMS?Click to Open
Browse our programs, and for more details, check out individual program pages. Program Terms & Conditions are located within the application itself, via CIEE My Account.
WHO ARE THE PROGRAM LEADERS?Click to Open
All program leaders are U.S. high school teachers, CIEE alumni, or highly qualified adults who have experience with high school students, the location, and the language/subject matter.
WHAT CULTURAL DIFFERENCES SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT BEFORE I APPLY/TRAVEL?Click to Open
CIEE provides useful cultural information during an online pre-departure course. We also strongly suggest all students independently research cultural differences before their designated travel date.
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE ORIENTATION?Click to Open
A self-paced online pre-departure orientation course is offered to cover many important topics, such as safety, host-family expectations, program expectations and rules, culture shock, and the program itinerary.
U.S. citizens and permanent resident program participants have the option to depart together from a gateway city. While at the airport, their program leader will answer last-minute questions.
When participants arrive in the host country, there is a one- or two-day orientation conducted by local CIEE staff members. This often includes a tour of the local area and addresses health and safety concerns, transportation, and cultural differences and etiquette – and can offer an opportunity to prepare for any upcoming service project.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE AND HOW LONG DOES THE ACCEPTANCE PROCESS TAKE?Click to Open
The early application deadline is December 1, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.
75% of funds are awarded are that date, so we encourage you to meet that deadline to increase your chances of being considered for a scholarship and securing a spot in your favorite program.
If you miss the early application deadline, you have until February 15, 2018, 12:00 PM EST. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed if completed after this time.
If you are not planning to apply for a scholarship, admissions are rolling.
If you have any questions, please contact your school or CIEE.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC VACCINATIONS I MUST HAVE BEFORE TRAVELING?Click to Open
Please reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, www.cdc.gov. Search for the country you’ll be traveling to by entering the country name in the top right-hand corner of the page. Please note that there are both suggested and mandatory vaccinations listed. You must have all mandatory vaccinations before participating in CIEE High School Summer Abroad programs.
HOW DO I GET A PASSPORT AND VISA?Click to Open
If you already have a passport, make sure it won’t expire before your return date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your program ends. If you need a first-time passport or must renew your existing one, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
For U.S Passport holders, visas are required in advance for participants traveling to China, Ghana, Thailand, and South Africa. CIEE will provide guidance on the visa process, but it is the responsibility of the student to apply for their visa and allow sufficient processing time.
HOW DO I BOOK DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL?Click to Open
Upon acceptance, U.S. citizens and permanent resident students will receive information from CIEE about how to book flights.
International students traveling to the U.S. for their programs will receive information from CIEE upon acceptance to the program. CIEE will provide students with any information they need to book travel.
HOW WILL MY SON/DAUGHTER GET MONEY WHILE ABROAD?Click to Open
Participants should check with their banks to see what the policy is on withdrawing funds and using bank-issued debit/credit cards abroad. CIEE strongly encourages students to bring a debit card where they can get cash at the ATM in country and/or credit card which is a payment method widely accepted throughout many country. In many countries, the preferred means of payment is cash, so having access to it is important. We discourage participants from using traveler’s checks and personal checks while abroad. Students should have access to adequate funds while abroad and should not plan to borrow money from CIEE or host families. If bringing money abroad, please exchange it before your departure. There will be more information on money and what to bring in the pre-departure online course.
Health, Safety, & Security
WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES CIEE HAVE IN HOST COUNTRIES?Click to Open
CIEE has been sending students overseas since 1947. Our international Study Centers have longstanding relationships with community leaders and local populations all over the world. Our centers are staffed by knowledgeable, professionals who have a passion for international education and are committed to helping students experience all the wonders of their local culture and customs.
WILL MY SON/DAUGHTER BE COVERED BY INSURANCE WHILE PARTICIPATING IN A PROGRAM?Click to Open
Students who are U.S. residents are covered by iNext international travel insurance in addition to any coverage provided by their own primary insurance providers. The iNext policy covers accidents or illnesses while abroad. If students require medical attention, they’ll have to pay up-front and then contact the iNext Department at CIEE for instructions on how to submit a claim.
International students traveling to the United States for their programs will be covered by travel insurance in addition to any coverage provided by their own primary insurance providers. The policy covers accidents or illnesses while abroad. It is a supplemental policy and is included in the cost of the program. Students will receive information on how to use this insurance and how to submit a claim should they become ill or injured.
HOW WILL I ENSURE THAT MY CHILD IS SAFE OVERSEAS? WHAT IF I HAVE A SPECIFIC CONCERN?Click to Open
CIEE is dedicated to providing all participants and parents with comprehensive support throughout the program. CIEE’s Support Team maintains close communication with CIEE Study Centers and regularly receives updates on students. While the program leader is the first source of assistance locally, the Support Team is available as a resource at all times, too. The team is trained and experienced in managing conflict, assisting with cultural-adjustment issues, and providing support for emergency situations. Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced, and is happy to answer questions, provide assistance, or discuss concerns. The CIEE Support Team is available 24/7 via phone and by email or Skype.
WHAT ELECTRONICS MAY I BRING WITH ME?Click to Open
We encourage all Language & Culture students to bring their own tablet or laptop. If they don’t have one, participants will be provided a basic Samsung tablet. For Global Discovery programs, depending on the destination, we encourage a tablet/laptop for academic work and a camera for digital programs. For Service & Leadership, tablets or laptops are not necessary.
Students may bring their personal cell phone for use on wifi and to document their experience!
WHEN SHOULD WE EXPECT TO HEAR FROM CIEE?Click to Open
Soon after you are accepted into the program, you will join your online pre-departure orientation course. This course will provide information on the program and help you to prepare. Plan to visit your course and your MyCIEE account frequently to keep up-to-date.
HOW CAN I EARN COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH CIEE’S HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAMS?Click to Open
Credits are an available option for our Language & Culture programs only. Interested high school students should follow these steps:
- Step 1: Pick your favorite Global Navigator Language & Culture summer abroad program and elect the "college credit" option in your completed application.
- Step 2: Pay the $100 non-refundable transcript fee to CIEE and sign the School of Record waiver before 04/13/18.
- Step 3: Complete your program and receive your grade.
- Step 4: CIEE’s School of Record will award and issue your official transcript during the fall after your program (the school of record is Tulane University).
- Step 5: Submit your official transcripts to the college of your choice (college credit transfers are contingent upon the policies of the college in which you enroll).
Cancellation & Refund Policy
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?Click to Open
- $25 application fee: non-refundable after submitting application
- $1,000 acceptance deposit: non-refundable after payment (due 15 days after acceptance)
- $1,000 of the program balance (due on April 13, 2018): non-refundable after April 13, 2018
- Half of the Program Fee (amount varies for each program): non-refundable after May 11, 2018
- Entire Program Fee (amount varies for each program): non-refundable 5 days prior to Program departure date (including if a participant withdraws or is dismissed)
- If a Program is cancelled by CIEE for any reason whatsoever (prior to Participant departure): CIEE will refund 100% of Program fees and deposit paid (less the $25 Application Fee)
Costs & Fees
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN TUITION? WHAT’S NOT?Click to Open
Costs covered by CIEE:
- One or two-day in-country orientation
- All transportation in-country during the program, including excursions and post-program tour
- Service-learning assignment (for service programs only)
- All classes and activities
- Host-family placement or dormitory accommodations
- Three meals per day
- For students traveling to programs outside of the U.S., optional supervision and support by a program leader is available – from chosen gateway airport through return to the U.S. gateway airport
- Additional supervision from CIEE Study Center staff members throughout the in-country program
- International medical insurance and 24-hour, worldwide travel assistance (included for U.S. residents or US-based program participants only)
- 24/7 support services
Costs covered by participant:
- Domestic and international airfare and charges for overweight baggage
- Passport and visa fees, if required
- Personal items, phone charges, and spending allowance
WHEN ARE PROGRAM FEES DUE?Click to Open
- $25 application fee: due upon submittal of application and non-refundable
- $1,000 acceptance deposit: due within 15 days of acceptance and non-refundable
- Program fee balance (amount varies for each program): due April 13, 2018 - for cancellation and refund policy, see next question.
- $100 college credit option fee: due on April 13, 2018 (for Language & Culture programs only)
- $25 is applied for a returned check
IS THERE ANY FINANCIAL AID FOR PROGRAMS?Click to Open
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for financial aid through the Global Navigator Scholarship fund, available exclusively through CIEE.