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Early Withdrawal

CIEE hopes that every participant has a successful experience at their host organization and completes the program as planned. However, we understand that sometimes unexpected circumstances or events occur that require a participant to leave the U.S. earlier than expected. If you need to withdraw from your program for any reason, you should talk to your supervisor and contact CIEE as soon as possible to discuss next steps.

The Early Withdrawal process generally includes the following:

  • You and your Host Organization will agree to a last day of training
    Depending on the situation, this can be immediate, but if possible you should give your Host Organization at least two weeks’ notice, which gives your Host Organization time to plan the end of your training.
  • Your DS-2019 will be shortened to reflect the last day at your Host Organization
  • Your CIEE insurance will be cancelled one day after you depart the U.S.
    This means that after withdrawal, you will no longer be in legal status in the U.S. and your CIEE Insurance will no longer be valid.

Enter the WYSE Work Abroad Video Contest and you could win US$2,000!

As a member of WYSE Work Abroad, CIEE encourages you to showcase your creative talents by joining WYSE Work Abroad’s “Expand Your Horizons” Video Contest. Submit a 2-3 minute video about your work abroad, volunteer, work and travel, or internship experience, and you could win US $2,000!

Find out more about this exciting contest by visiting the contest microblog site:

The 2011 contest is now closed. Check back in April 2012 for details of the 2012 contest!

Be sure to notify WYSE Work Abroad that you’ve entered the contest by emailing them your name and the title of your video. You must also indicate that you are a CIEE Work & Travel USA participant.

If you have questions, please visit the WYSE Work Abroad website or email them at