Summer Abroad Programs for High School Students
Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad
Study Abroad Scholarships
With $6 million available each year, a prestigious Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad Scholarship can make you stand out on college applications and help fund your adventure.Learn More
30+ AMAZING DESTINATIONS
Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo, Rabat, and more... Find the perfect place to improve your language fluency, adapt to a new culture, and get real-world experience in a topic of your choice.Learn More
NEW FRIENDS AND SKILLS
Meet high school students from across the U.S. and make friends with local teens as you gain confidence, independence, responsibility, and a more global perspective.Learn More
Up for a Summer Adventure?
Our Global Navigator high school summer abroad programs take you outside your comfort zone, far away from home for 3 or 4 weeks. Explore a different culture in more than 30 amazing destinations across the world. Come home with new friends, new skills, newfound passion, a broader worldview—and maybe even college credits in high school!
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30+ Summer Abroad Destinations
Observe amazing wildlife while studying in one of Africa’s most picturesque destinations.Learn More
Live with a local family and meet local teens in this beautiful country of Caribbean traditions.Learn More
Explore the scenic country of Ireland and embrace its status as an entrepreneurial hotspot.Learn More
Live, learn and explore in Mérida, one of the safest and most beautiful cities in Mexico.Learn More
Practice your Arabic skills as you prepare traditional meals and enjoy authentic everyday life.Learn More
Ramp up your Spanish language skills while visiting castles and relaxing on island beaches.Learn More
Is Studying Abroad in the Summer Worth It?
When compared side-by-side with other summer activities, like high school summer camps, travel tours, or other enrichment activities, CIEE high school summer abroad programs help students gain a global perspective, improve language skills—with test scores to prove it, build independence, apply learning in an international environment, and form lifelong friendships with students from around the U.S. and the world.
On program, high school students:
- LIVE and breathe a new culture
- Build relationships with local communities and people from different backgrounds
- Deepen their proficiency in a foreign language or topic along expert instructors
More than an opportunity to have fun with friends and see a popular destination, studying abroad in the summer provides high school students with new skills that will carry on into their future.
Only about 2% of U.S. high school students participate in study abroad programs each year, making it a unique opportunity for teens to stand out when applying to college!
To learn more about the value of CIEE Global Navigator programs, check out the CIEE Difference.
Questions About High School Summer Abroad
How safe are CIEE summer programs?Click to Open
We design our programs with safety as our #1 priority. We have long-standing relationships with community leaders all over the world and our CIEE study centers abroad are staffed year-round. This allows us to provide students with 24/7 emergency on-site support. We also send 1 U.S. Program Leader for every 12 students to accompany them on program and ensure they have support for their logistic, learning, and emotional needs at all times.
The program tuition cost includes comprehensive medical and travel protection through iNext, which covers student accidents or illnesses during their program.
To learn more about our safety standards, check out the high school study abroad safety page.
Do all high school summer abroad programs include a homestay?Click to Open
What languages can you study on a high school summer abroad program?Click to Open
CIEE has 4-week-long programs in the following languages:
- Mandarin Chinese
Our Language & Culture programs are immersive. Students stay with a carefully-screened local homestay and get to live the language inside and outside class.
Students in language programs take the Avant STAMP 4S test before and after the program. This is to help students understand what they learned and to prove their language gains.
Can you volunteer abroad in high school?Click to Open
CIEE offers high school study abroad programs that allow students to join in on community projects around the world and reflect on social issues. Some programs even provide a certificate of up to 50 service-learning hours, which looks great on college applications and résumés and may sometimes fulfill service requirements for graduation.
How do CIEE programs align with U.S. high school learning goals?Click to Open
CIEE high school summer abroad programs are built around U.S.-based learning standards, such as the U.S. High School National Core Arts Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, and more. Language & Culture programs are aligned with American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards.
Still Have Questions?
Check out our FAQ page for more information on the application, pre-departure process, costs, and more.
For more help, call our team at 1-866-583-0332 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
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