The ultimate academic experience.
Our Premier program is an educational opportunity of the highest order. Not only will you receive a diploma from a highly rated American high school – a competitive edge on any college application! – but you’ll also get to choose your school, your classes, your extracurricular activities, and even your accommodation. Students participating in our Premier program also receive personalized travel assistance, an all-inclusive, 3-day orientation in New York City, and no-cost custom upgrades – all of which make this program the ultimate academic exchange.
Diplomas will only be granted to students who pass their classes.
Total choice – location, school, and more
College counseling and mentorship
Traveling to America to study with CIEE is an experience you’ll remember forever. Whether you live with your host family on a ranch in Colorado, a small town in the heartland of the Midwest, or the suburbs of an exciting city like Austin, Texas, you’ll experience everyday life in America. You and your host family are encouraged to make the most of the opportunity by getting involved in the community, meeting people, and making friends.
At school, you’ll attend classes of your choosing in addition to English and American History. You’ll also join your classmates in a wide variety of extracurricular activities – everything from a robotics or photography club to a debate or sports team. The opportunities are almost endless! In short, you’ll live the life of an American teen all the while getting the education – and the competitive edge – you need to succeed.
Who will support you throughout your program? Find out!
At CIEE, our goal is to match you with a host family that will give you a home away from home. That means an open-minded, friendly, and caring environment no matter where you live – from rural Montana all the way to downtown New York.
What you can expect:
- A bed and bedroom (you might share the room)
- An appropriate place to study
- 3 meals a day
- Assistance in coordinating transportation
- Ongoing family support
Do you want a single room? Or to be the only exchange student in the house? Upgrade your experience with our custom options.
To ensure you have the best possible experience, we offer a number of free upgrades to our Premier program:
Get a private room in your host family’s residence.
Host family choice
Select one of two host families carefully sourced for you.
Single student host family
Be the only exchange student in your host family’s home.
Personal travel agent
Get help booking your flights, transfers, and more.
Go to New York for 3 days before your program begins!
Local Coordinators (LCs)
LCs are available for the duration of your program to help you integrate into your host community and succeed at your host school. They act as mentor, ambassador, facilitator, troubleshooter, and friend.
24/7 Multilingual Support
Not only does our professionally trained staff speak your language, but they’re available by phone around the clock for emergency support.
Supportive Host Family
Host families are carefully selected to be both cultural ambassadors and surrogate parents. As such, you can rely on them to help you adjust and succeed.
Eligibility and Expenses
There are a few simple requirements you need to meet in order to study in the United States with CIEE:
- Be between 15 to 18½ years old, and enrolled in high school in your home country
- Have basic practical skills in both spoken and written English
- Have completed at least three years of English instruction
- Have not failed a year of school or an English language course in the past three years
View additional rules and policies.
Your program fee includes:
- Basic living expenses
- Travel health insurance
What’s not included:
Our program fee is all-inclusive in the sense that it covers all your necessities, as listed above. However, personal expenses – shopping, going to the movies, or having a meal with friends – are not covered. Plan for a minimum of $125 to $250 per month.