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 working with high school students, the location, and the language/subject matter. All program leaders participate in follow pre-departure training with CIEE and are equipped to support our diverse body of students.
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.
Who are our participants?Click to Open
All our participants are excited to travel and curious about the world. That’s one of the best parts of being on a CIEE program: You not only learn from your host community, you also learn from fellow participants who share these interests. We are proud that our participants come from all over the United States and bring the unique perspectives created by their cultural backgrounds and personal identities to group activities. That’s why CIEE works to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for participants of every race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and military status.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE AND HOW LONG DOES THE ACCEPTANCE PROCESS TAKE?Click to Open
The early application deadline is November 30, 2018, 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 8, 2019, 11:59 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.
What information will CIEE need to set me up for a successful experience abroad?Click to Open
Every participant comes onboard with a unique set of questions: Will I be able to stick to my special diet while abroad? Will my host family be accepting of me being gay?... etc.
The application process will give you countless opportunities to raise those questions. We strongly encourage you be forthcoming early in the process, so we can answer your questions and ensure we can make appropriate arrangements to best support you while on the program. With that in mind, think about anything you feel could bear an impact on your experience abroad – whether medical, emotional, academic, or personal – and don’t hesitate to share with us. We treat application details with the utmost care and will only share relevant information with appropriate staff on a “need to know” basis.
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 Australia, China, India, Russia, Dominican Republic, and Tanzania. 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 information will I get about my host country?Click to Open
Our pre-departure course will help you get ready for your trip and cover most frequently asked questions about your final destination. We typically cover key topics that help you get in the right frame of mind and make the best choices when considering packing (e.g., cultural norms for clothing) and making travel arrangements (e.g., visa requirements). The course is designed to help you connect with CIEE and your fellow participants, learn how to transition into everyday life in your host culture, prepare for the academic parts of your program, and learn all the logistical information you need to be ready to go. We also encourage all our participants to be curious about their future host countries and start researching them online as soon as they’re confirmed! P.S. Have you read our blogs? They can be a mine of information and a great way to start projecting into your future experience.
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 $150 non-refundable transcript fee to CIEE and sign the School of Record waiver before 04/12/2019.
- 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
- $1,000 of the program balance: non-refundable after April 12, 2019
- Half of the program fee (amount varies for each program): non-refundable after May 1, 2019
- Full program fee (amount varies for each program): non-refundable after May 25, 2019 (including if a participant withdraws or is dismissed from program)
- 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
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 12, 2019 - for cancellation and refund policy, see next question.
- $150 college credit option fee: due on April 12, 2019 (for Language & Culture programs only)
- $25 is applied for a returned check
Does CIEE offer any discounts?Click to Open
Most of the financial help we offer is through scholarships (see next FAQ), but we do offer discounts to a few select groups of students:
- Alumni Discount: if one of your direct family members (mother, father, brother, sister) completed a CIEE program in the past, you are eligible for a 10% discount.
- Sibling discount: if you and your sibling want to participate to a program during the same summer or academic year, your sibling will be eligible for a 10% discount.
- USA Hosting discount: if your family has hosted in the past - or is currently hosting – a CIEE High School USA student, you are eligible to the following:
- 10% discount towards a CIEE High School Abroad (semester or academic year) or CIEE Gap Year abroad program
- $1000 discount towards a CIEE High School Summer Abroad program
- Referral discounts:
- If you get 4 friends to travel on a CIEE High School Program you can choose your reward:
- 50% off a CIEE Summer Abroad Program
- 25% off a Gap Year Abroad Program
- 25% off a High School (semester or academic year) Abroad Program
- $1,000 Amazon Gift Card
- Please remember the rules:
- Friends you refer must add your name to their application as their referral
- Friends you refer must travel on a program (not just complete the application)
- Friends who attend an official Global Navigator School do not count towards referrals (for a complete list of Global Navigator schools, click here)
- Rewards are transferrable to siblings only
- Rewards cannot be redeemed for cash value
- If you are planning on using your discount for a CIEE program, it will be applied to your account as a discount on your final payment
- If you get 4 friends to travel on a CIEE High School Program you can choose your reward:
If you have any further questions on discounts, contact us!
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.