FAQs

Making the decision to study abroad comes with a lot of questions… So we’ve put together a list of our most frequently asked questions to assist you as you embark on this journey! 

Confirmed students/parents should also check their My.CIEE.org account for extended readings on these topics, as well as much more! Can’t find the answer you are looking for? Give us a call!

General information

WHO IS CIEE?

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Founded in 1947, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving more than 400 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE serves as a leading sponsor for the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program (the J-1 Visa program), supporting exchanges with more than 90 countries. In addition, CIEE operates 65 study centers in 44 countries, and sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. 

To learn more about CIEE’s mission and various study abroad programs, visit this page. To learn more about CIEE’s summer abroad program options for U.S high school students, you’ve come to the right place! Hit “program search” to start browsing our programs and find the perfect fit!

WHAT ARE THE CIEE GLOBAL NAVIGATOR HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAMS?

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CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad programs prepare high school students to navigate across languages, engage with cultures, and address global or local issues in today’s interconnected world. We offer summer abroad programs, but also trimester, semester and academic year long programs for high school students and graduates (gap year abroad). Click on these links to learn more about high school semester programs and gap year abroad programs.

CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad programs are three to four week long programs, taking U.S. high school students on study abroad adventures in more than 50 global destinations. Students can choose from three program types (see details below) to either immerse themselves in a foreign language, dive into a service learning project, or a topic they are passionate about like marine science, international relations or visual arts.

WHAT TYPES OF PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED?

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CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad programs includes three program types: Language & Culture, Service & Leadership, and Global Discovery.

Language & Culture: These programs last four weeks and combine homestays with classroom learning, cultural activities, and excursions to enhance fluency in one of 7 languages (Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, or Arabic). Pre- and post-tests measure growth of language proficiency, and participants qualify for 4  college credits from Tulane University. 

Service & Leadership: These programs last three weeks and focus on global issues such as the environment or children’s rights. Students join a local nonprofit and develop problem-solving skills while learning about community empowerment to make the world a better place. Participants complete a certified 50 hours of service learning. 

Global Discovery: These programs last three weeks and allow students to pursue or develop an interest in content-specific topics that delve into serious study in STEM, business, and the arts. Participants experience hands-on research, workshops, and real-world application of skills. They complete a final project to showcase their newly acquired knowledge.

WHAT MAKES CIEE GLOBAL NAVIGATOR HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAMS SPECIAL?

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CIEE is a mission-driven, non-profit organization. What does that mean for you? 

  1. Benefit from the best value on the market with programs that are designed to maximize your time on site to not only have tons of fun, but also provide you with the tools and experiences to develop and grow as a global citizen.

  2. Access the country’s largest study abroad scholarship fund in secondary education. Every year, we award more than $5 million dollars to students with academic merit and various financial needs. For more information about our Global Navigator scholarships and how to apply, check out this page.

  3. Unlike many other providers, we run high school summer abroad programs in locations where we operate our own study centers and can rely on our own local staff and teachers, as well as a rich network of homestays and local connections. This puts us in a unique position to control every aspect of our programming, from the original curriculum design to your final experience in-country.

WHO IS RUNNING THE CIEE GLOBAL NAVIGATOR HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAMS?

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CIEE is based in Portland Maine. Our CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad programs are designed and managed by our central team in our Portland headquarters (contact us), but are managed on the ground by our local CIEE study center staff.

CIEE owns and operates study centers in 65+ locations worldwide. Study centers vary in size and amenities but they are all operating 365 days/year, welcoming U.S. and international students on a variety of study abroad programs. Our local staff hires local teachers and manages a local network of homestays and business connections to deliver all our program courses and activities.

All CIEE study centers are conveniently located in city centers to be within easy commuting distance of each site’s main attractions. To learn more about our local staff in each program location, check out the “Our staff” section on every program page.

On a CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad program, dedicated program leaders will tag along with you every day. Program leaders are all US. high school teachers, educators, CIEE alumni, or highly qualified adults who have experience both working with U.S. high school students like you and are versed in the program location, and the language or the subject matter of your program.

Please note all program leaders on Language & Culture programs are U.S. high school teachers and fluent in the target language of the program. It allows them to help you connect the dots between what you learn in language class and the various activities and excursions they’ll take you on every day.

Program Leaders bring their individual skill sets as well as participating in a pre-departure training with CIEE which aids in their ability to support our diverse body of students. 

Learn more about our program leaders with this short video.

We hire over 200 program leaders every year. If you’re interested in joining us, check out this page!

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

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Any U.S. high school students can apply to a CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad program, but please note that some programs have specific eligibility requirements (for example Language & Culture programs can have different language level requirements, some programs are reserved for female participants..etc.).

Please check out the “Date & Fees” section of each program page for detailed eligibility requirements on that particular program.

Some restrictions apply for CIEE Global Navigator scholarship applications. To learn more about eligibility requirements for a scholarship, check out this page.

WHO ARE OUR PARTICIPANTS?

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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.

Application

HOW DO I OPEN AN APPLICATION?

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Applications can be open on my.ciee.org

Applications need to be open and completed by the person intending to travel. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to involve your parents and or legal guardians in the process. In fact, one of the first tasks of the application is to provide their contact information! One of them will need to be listed as ‘Emergency Contact #1”, and that person will be sent a personal login, to be able to view your application and the specific tasks that he/she will need to complete.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

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If you are not planning to apply for a scholarship, admissions are rolling. Submit your application as early as you can before programs fill up!

For those applying to a scholarship, your deadline is January 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EST. Both your scholarship and program application need to be submitted to CIEE by January 15 to be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarship announcements will go out via email at the end of February. You’ll hear if you were accepted to the program and your scholarship decision at the same time. If accepted, you’ll have 10 days to decide to accept your award and travel with us this summer, or to decline. An acceptance deposit will be due at this time to accept your spot on the program.

If you are applying for an Academic Merit Only award and decide you want to go on a program, regardless of whether or not you receive a scholarship award, you may contact us to have your acceptance be fast-tracked and reserve your spot on program. You’ll still receive a decision on your scholarship in late February.

If you have any questions, please contact your school or CIEE at hsabroad@ciee.org.

WHAT INFORMATION WILL CIEE NEED TO SET ME UP FOR A SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE ABROAD?

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Every participant comes onboard with a unique set of questions: Will I be able to stick to my special diet while abroad? Will my homestay be accepting of me being gay?... etc.

The application process will give you countless opportunities to raise those questions. We strongly encourage you to 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.

Travel Documents

DO I NEED A PASSPORT?

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Yes!

If you already have a passport, make sure it will  be valid for at least 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. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply, that process can typically take up to 8 weeks.

DO I NEED A VISA?

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Maybe!

For U.S Passport holders, visas are required in advance for participants traveling to Australia, China, and Russia. CIEE will provide guidance on the visa process, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to apply for their visa and allow sufficient processing time.

Non-U.S. passport holders are responsible for researching and adhering to the visa requirements for you to enter the host country.

Flights

WHAT ARE MY TRAVEL DATES?

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The date listed on the program page shows the first day of the program. That is the date you are expected to be in-country. Please note that many of our locations require overnight travel, so make sure you are making travel arrangements to arrive on that first day of the program. 

If you are traveling alone, not as part of our chaperoned group flights, you will need to meet the CIEE group at the airport within a specific “arrival window” (these details will be shared with you once you are confirmed on program).

CAN I EXTEND MY STAY?

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Yes, but please note that CIEE is only able to support you within the program dates as listed on the website. If you choose to extend your stay, either before or after standard CIEE program dates, make sure to communicate your plans to our team, and understand you are responsible for yourself outside of CIEE program dates.

CAN MY FAMILY VISIT ME WHILE ONE PROGRAM?

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No. We want you to be fully immersed and focused on your programs and new friends!

If your family is interested in traveling with you before or after the program, that’s great. Just make sure you make personal travel plans outside of your CIEE program dates.

CAN I USE AIRLINE FREQUENT FLYER MILES TO PAY FOR MY FLIGHT?

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It depends.

You can use airline frequent flyer miles if you are booking a flight on your own. But please be advised that you are expected to arrive on program within a strict arrival window (see question above), and frequent flyer award trips are typically less flexible on dates.

If you are booking your ticket on one of our chaperoned group flights, you will be required to book through our travel agent, which may not be able to find frequent flyer miles tickets available on the group itinerary.

 

Health, Safety and Security

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATES

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Given the changes to our world because of the coronavirus pandemic, your experience will be different than you may have imagined. CIEE’s proactive program modifications for academic year 2020-21 are designed to mitigate the risks of contracting (or passing) Covid-19 while providing cultural immersion as you discover once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Learn more about the student guidelines.

WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES CIEE HAVE IN HOST COUNTRIES?

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CIEE has been sending students overseas since 1947. Our international Study Centers have long standing 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. To learn more about our Health, Safety and Security team, please check ciee.org/safety.

WILL I BE COVERED BY INSURANCE ON PROGRAM?

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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.

DO I NEED TO GET VACCINATED BEFORE TRAVELING?

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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 required by immigration to enter your host country before participating in CIEE High School Summer Abroad programs.

Pre-Departure Process

HOW WILL I PREPARE FOR TRAVEL? ONLINE ORIENTATION (“KNOW BEFORE YOU GO”)

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Once you are confirmed on program, a self-paced online pre-departure orientation course is offered and covers many important topics, such as safety, homestay expectations, program expectations and rules, culture shock, and program itinerary.

Cultural differences are unique place to place and learning about these while traveling is often the greatest education someone studying abroad will receive. CIEE works with all of our participants to provide useful cultural information during pre-departure orientation and in-country orientation. We also strongly suggest all students independently research cultural differences before their designated travel date.

Our pre-departure course will help you get ready for your trip and cover most frequently asked questions about studying abroad. 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 are a mine of information and a great way to start projecting into your future experience.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT ABOUT MY HOMESTAY PLACEMENT?

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Once you’re confirmed, you’ll have to fill in a form to understand if you have dietary restrictions or allergies to make sure you are placed in a homestay that best suits your needs.

We’ll typically let you know about your homestay placement a week or two ahead of your departure, so that you have a chance to get in touch with them.

On Program Logistics/Experience

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE ORIENTATION?

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When participants arrive in the host country, there is a one- or two-day orientation conducted by local CIEE staff members and Program Leaders. 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 ARE CIEE STUDY CENTERS? WHERE WILL CLASSES HAPPEN?

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Classes are held at the CIEE study center in each location. Our local staff hires local teachers and experts on your program’s topic.

CIEE study centers vary in sizes and amenities - from large buildings with offices, classroom space, student cafe and dorms, to smaller facilities with just offices and classrooms. What they all have in common is that they are staffed by our own permanent staff and conveniently located at the heart of each program location, so that our participants are within commuting distance of the main attractions and sights in the city. This makes our study center a fun place to hang out, but also ensures that all our participants can seamlessly learn inside and outside of the classroom everyday, and enjoy a fully integrated experience.

You will be placed at a carefully vetted homestay or in a dorm (depending on your program - check the “daily life” section of each program page to find out) within reasonable commuting distance of the CIEE study center. Typically less than an hour away on public transportation or a combination of walking and taking public transportation.

When you arrive, you will be given a full orientation on how the public transportation system works in your location and how you can safely commute between your homestay or dorm and the CIEE study center. After a couple of days, you’ll be commuting like a local! Please note costs for local public transportation are included in your program tuition, you will be provided with the right passes from the get go.

WHAT TYPE OF HOUSING SHOULD I EXPECT?

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We offer two different types of housing, depending on the program.

On a Language & Culture program, we’ll always place you in a carefully vetted homestay, so that you can soak in the local culture and live a real immersion. Our homestays are as diverse as our students! They could be a family with parents and small children or teens, an elderly couple or a single mom. You name it! What they all have in common is a shared interest in sharing their culture with you. You’ll share breakfast and dinner with them everyday, and share their daily routine. During your summer abroad experience, you’ll also spend at least one full weekend with them. On our Language & Culture programs, our homestays are invested in your language learning, and you’ll get to practice at home with them what you learned in class that day. Get ready for 24/7 immersion.

Depending on your location, you may be placed in a homestay with another CIEE student from your program. More details on your placement will come once you get closer to your departure date.

Global Discovery and Service & Leadership programs may use homestays or dormitories/hostels/hotels for accommodations. For programs using dormitories/hotels, Program Leaders reside at the same accommodations to provide supervision.

WHAT ACTIVITIES AM I GOING TO DO?

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Every weekday balances instruction with excursions and cultural activities.

These activities are chaperoned by our program leaders, but could be led by one of our local coordinators or a local expert, depending on the needs.

Activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

For more details on the activities you may do on program, check out the “sample activities” section of each program page. Make sure you check out our blogs too! These are written by program leaders and participants, so they’ll give you an authentic insight into what our students did on the program in prior summers.

WHAT ELECTRONICS CAN I BRING WITH ME?

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We ask 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 required classwork. 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 in their downtime and to document their experience. But we recommend disconnecting from technology whenever it’s not required for classwork to ensure a fully present experience!

HOW CAN I ACCESS MY MONEY WHILE ABROAD?

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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 the country and/or credit card which is a payment method widely accepted throughout many countries. In many places, 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 never plan to borrow money from CIEE or homestays. If bringing cash abroad, please exchange it before your departure. There will be more information on money and what to bring in the pre-departure online course!

HOW DO MEALS WORK?

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Discovering new foods is one of the best parts of traveling! So we encourage our students to be open minded to trying new and exotic foods, at least once! While our programs vary in terms of daily meals, the cost of 3 meals a day are included in your program fees. This may be sit down meals with your homestay, meal stipends handed out before exploring a new neighborhood with friends, or cooking together in a shared kitchen at your study center. CIEE will provide more information about your specific program meals before you travel.

WHAT IF I HAVE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS?

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CIEE will do their best to accommodate dietary restrictions. We ask that you include this information in your application and health info at the beginning, so that we can work with you to develop a plan to keep you healthy!

Costs & Fees

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN TUITION? WHAT’S NOT?

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Costs covered by your program tuition:

  • One or two-day in-country orientation
  • All transportation in-country during the program, including excursions 
  • Service-learning assignment (for service programs only)
  • All classes and activities
  • Homestay 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 not covered by your tuition:

  • 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?

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View the Terms & Conditions for our full fee and cancellation policy, starting on page 11. For summer 2021 programs, our Program Assurance Advantage Policy applies and should bring peace of mind in committing to travel during COVID-19.

$25 application fee: due upon submittal of application and non-refundable

$1,000 acceptance deposit: due within 15 days of acceptance and non-refundable

Half of the program fee (amount varies for each program): non-refundable after May 1, 2021 (including if a participant withdraws or is dismissed from program)

Full program fee  (amount varies for each program): non-refundable after May 25, 2021 (including if a participant withdraws or is dismissed from program)

$150 college credit option fee: due on April 14, 2021 (for Language & Culture programs only)

$25 is applied for a returned check

DOES CIEE OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?

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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: you or one of your direct family members (mother, father, brother, sister) completed a CIEE program in the past, you are eligible for a 10% alumni discount.

Sibling discount: if you and your sibling want to participate on a program during the same summer or academic year, one sibling will be eligible for a 10% sibling 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 for a $1,000 USA hosting discount.

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 transferable 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 have any further questions on discounts, contact us.

I HAVE A 529 OR STATE-SPONSORED TUITION SAVINGS PLAN. CAN I USE THOSE FUNDS TO PAY MY CIEE PROGRAM FEES?

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Generally speaking, these types of tuition savings plans are only allowed to distribute funds for eligible tuition costs billed by institutions with a US Department of Education (DOE) school code. Since CIEE is not eligible to apply for a DOE school code, you will likely be unable to use your tuition savings plan funds to pay for your program balance.

 However, the rules for each fund do vary from one sponsoring state/agency to another. We encourage you to talk to the savings fund agency to determine whether they will release the funds directly to you to pay your fees to CIEE. Please note CIEE cannot make these determinations for you, nor advise on that matter or coordinate with your financial advisor. We also cannot customize billing statements to show itemized program costs.

CAN I PAY MY CHILD’S/STUDENT’S/GRANDCHILD’S/FAMILY FRIEND’S PROGRAM FEES OR PORTION OF PROGRAM FEES THROUGH A CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION TO CIEE?

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Unfortunately, no. Thank you for your interest in CIEE and supporting CIEE students! Per IRS rules, tuition and program fees for a specific student is not tax-deductible and cannot be made as a charitable contribution to CIEE. However, we do accept payments to program fee balances directly. The participant can assist you in making payments online through their My CIEE Account, or you may send a payment to CIEE, 300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101 Attn: Accounts Receivable. Please indicate the name of the student the payment is for and the payment will be credited to their account and an updated invoice sent to the student and family.

For further information on what is eligible as a tax-deductible donation, please visit the IRS website https://www.irs.gov/ and reference Publication 526.

 We would be grateful for your support. As a nonprofit, CIEE accepts charitable contributions for scholarships that are made available to all students following the guidelines of CIEE’s scholarship distribution process.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?

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View the Terms & Conditions for our full fee and cancellation policy, starting on page 11. For summer 2021 programs, our Program Assurance Advantage Policy applies and should bring peace of mind in committing to travel during COVID-19.

 $25 application fee: non-refundable after submitting application

$1,000 acceptance deposit: non-refundable

Half of the program fee (amount varies for each program): non-refundable after May 1, 2021

Full program fee (amount varies for each program): non-refundable after May 25, 2021 (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.

Scholarships

College Credits

HOW CAN I EARN COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH CIEE’S HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAMS?

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Credits are an available option for our Language & Culture programs only. Interested high school students should follow these steps:

Step 1: In the spring, those confirmed to travel on a Global Navigator Language & Culture summer abroad program will be able to elect to earn college credit within their My CIEE Account application.

Step 2: Pay the $150 non-refundable transcript fee to CIEE and sign the School of Record waiver before 04/14/2021.

Step 3: Complete your program and receive your grade.

Step 4: CIEE’s School of Record, Tulane University, will award and issue your official transcript during the winter after your program, usually after the holidays 

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)

For Parents

HOW DO I ACCESS MY PARENT PORTAL?

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Summer abroad applications need to be opened in the name and email of the traveling student. Parents/legal guardians, please do not start applications in your name!

As a parent or legal guardian, you will get your own unique login to be able to see your teen’s application. That access is given to the person listed as “Emergency Contact #1” in the application, so if you and another parent or legal guardian are involved, make sure you agree on who will be listed as “Emergency Contact #1”. That person will be responsible for logging into the application for a couple of key tasks on the application (signing the terms and conditions or sharing tax information if your teen applies to a scholarship), and going over important pre-departure readings. Having access to your teen’s application will also allow you to check on your teen’s progress and help him/her as needed.

If you already have a login, you can connect here!

HOW CAN I HELP MY TEEN GET READY FOR TRAVEL?

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Setting expectations starts at home before any of our programs begin, so we need your help with this! Traveling internationally is a big deal for anyone, with all the highs and lows that come with it. Speaking with your students before they go about how they will handle those swings is a great way to support them. Talk to your student about following rules outlined by CIEE and  working with CIEE staff and Program Leaders directly to address any concerns while on program. 

Additionally, creating a plan with your student about how and when you’ll communicate with them during their program will help set everyone up for success once they start traveling. This might look like: a check in when they arrive at their final destination and then weekly calls or emails throughout their time abroad. 

HOW WILL I ENSURE THAT MY CHILD IS SAFE OVERSEAS? WHAT IF I HAVE A SPECIFIC CONCERN?

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Preparing for a safe experience starts at home. Talk to your student about following CIEE rules and staying healthy and safe while abroad. CIEE is dedicated to providing all participants and parents/legal guardians with comprehensive support throughout the program. Program Leaders are the first resource locally. They’re with students throughout the day and are there to support them through any concerns or issues. The U.S. based 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 for true emergencies.