Portland, United States

Global Entrepreneurship

Summer '21 applications are now open!
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Information for term Global Entrepreneurship

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

January 15, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2021 (3 weeks)


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From your base in scenic Portland, Maine, you’ll gain skills and experience in how to turn your passion into a successful venture.

Entrepreneurial skills are more important for enhancing your career than ever. This summer, gain access to a 21-century mindset, leadership techniques, and tools that will enable you to turn your passions into successful ventures. Practice entrepreneurial thinking to solve global and local community issues and drive business startups.

Take a look at real-world case studies and hear success stories from local entrepreneurs, business owners, and community activists. Visit locally and internationally owned businesses and soak up American culture through frequent off-campus field trips.

Explore all this alongside fellow high school students from the local area, across the United States, and around the globe. You’ll live in a multicultural American college environment where you’ll make new friends and take part in fun activities and excursions. You’ll gain problem-solving and leadership skills that will last a lifetime, as well as potential mentors and trusted advisors to help you in your studies and career.

Are you from the Portland, Maine area? We offer a 60% discount for day students. Email us at hsabroad@ciee.org for more information.

  • Leadership

    More than 45 hours of targeted instruction in global entrepreneurial principles and practices

  • Experience

    Hands-on experience in building, serving on, and managing project teams

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Global Entrepreneurship

Location & Culture

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Discover the cozy coastal heart of the American Northeast.

Your base is a college campus on the scenic Maine coast, across the bay from the historic seaport of Portland – now widely considered one of the hippest small cities in the country. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets and visit quirky boutiques, vintage record and clothing stores, and hands-down some of the best bakeries and craft donut shops around (yes, we’re partial, but this is CIEE’s home turf!).

Stroll through the Arts District, home of the world-class Portland Museum of Art, and the Historic Old Port, a working waterfront that doubles as a relaxed shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Portland’s reputation as a serious foodie city has soared, deservedly so, but that can mean long waits at restaurants. Thankfully there are plenty of more accessible options, such as food trucks or markets.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"We are in the thick of it now - everyone is working furiously and feverishly on their Biz Box presentations. Today's theme was numbers: revenue, pricing, costs, customer lifetime value and gross margin...."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Campus dormitory

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

Program Blogs

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Sample Activities

  • Catch a minor league baseball game.
  • Hit nearby beaches and the scenic Maine coast.
  • Kayak on one of Maine’s many lakes, rivers, or the ocean.
  • Explore Portland Harbor and its gorgeous Casco Bay islands by ferry boat.
  • Take a day trip to Boston, Massachusetts.

​​Please note this list of activities is 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!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insureance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Local Day Student Rate​

  • We offer a 60% day student discount - if you are interested in this option, please contact us at hsabroad@ciee.org


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session II 2021 3 weeks Jan 15, 2021 Jul 12, 2021 Aug 1, 2021


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