A nonprofit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international study and exchange programs. For 65 years, CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.
LizAge: 19-24FemaleLos Angeles, CaliforniaUniversity of Cape TownCape Town is Amazing, CIEE is horrible.03/11/2015How could this program be improved?
CIEE should get organized. Trips that were promised when signing up were cancelled. No one gave us advance notice of when certain activities were going to happen. The ones that were planned, were cancelled due to poor planning by CIEE. CIEE made it extremely difficult for me to succeed in school, in fact, they became more of an obstacle then help. Every time I was supposed to receive an email about an event, it was sent out around 9pm the evening before, or the event was cancelled. Not only that, I feel as if CIEE did not give us full information when signing up for the program. And once I arrived in Cape Town, I did not feel like CIEE was supporting me at all. If anything the information they gave me, for example how to open up a bank account and the letter required to do so, only furthered my frustration.
VickiAge: 19-24FemaleUnited StatesUniversity of Illinois- ChicagoCIEE Summer Community Public Health, Botswana11/15/2014How could this program be improved?
My experience with the clinical aspect of the program was too hands on. It is meant to be observational, however, realize that you are going into a country with its own laws and regulations. You need to be smart and savvy at staying safe in a medical environment and saying 'no' when you are not comfortable with certain situations where you may be asked to do a small medical procedure! It's for the best of the patients and you as well.
MicheleAge: 19-24FemaleQuito, EcuadorIndiana University–BloomingtonSevilla: A beautiful cultural experience11/05/2014How could this program be improved?
The one thing that I think could be improved about this program is the strictness of the language promise. Everyone supposedly makes a promise to speak only Spanish, however the amount of English spoken was surprising to me. Occasional English could be expected, but even within classes on occasion there would be students who would speak English.
StudyAge: 19-24FemaleUnited StatesTufts University