CIEE

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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.

CIEE Study Abroad

Programs from CIEE

Program Reviews

  • Archangel
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Manhattan,New york
    great
    04/22/2015

    It was an amazing experience for me and I take each moment with me! I really enjoyed having fun with my Japanese family, they were fun and really kind (arigato Makane Chan ;") ) Tea but the learning program is so fun and get a to the point were you really get help and understand what your doing.

    How could this program be improved?

    Less prices for academic year and being able to improve on dinner tours.

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  • Liz
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Los Angeles, California
    University of Cape Town
    Cape Town is Amazing, CIEE is horrible.
    03/11/2015

    I love Cape Town! It is such an amazing city, however there are plenty of reviews on that. What I would like to warn future participants of, is CIEE. I am recommending Cape Town, absolutely not the CIEE program. CIEE is not a good program, please look elsewhere if possible. I haven't heard a positive thing about CIEE from a single one of the two hundred and something participants. In fact, everyone I have spoken with about CIEE is upset with them as well. I feel like I was lied to when signing up they were disorganized and unhelpful. They cancelled several of the activities (for example the summer concert AND Johannesburg trip) due to poor communication and planning on their part. CIEE ended up becoming more of an obstacle than a help during my time in Cape Town.

    How 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.

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  • Vicki
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    United States
    University of Illinois- Chicago
    CIEE Summer Community Public Health, Botswana
    11/15/2014

    This program opens up opportunities for learning more about health care in a challenging and dynamic/hands on way. Botswana is a safe country and Gaborone is a growing city. If you are vegetarian, you will find lots of food to eat. Local cuisine is great! You'll love the experience if you like to travel between countries and go on safari's as well! Africa is such an amazing place and you'll find yourself wanting to go back to moment you come home.

    How 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.

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  • Michele
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Quito, Ecuador
    Indiana University–Bloomington
    Sevilla: A beautiful cultural experience
    11/05/2014

    During my time at the Sevilla CIEE study center, I was able to take interesting class that fit my two passions: teaching and Spanish. The study center is gorgeous and the professors were all very enthusiastic and willing to help you out in any way possible, class or otherwise. There are also always other Spaniards who work there hanging around to chat with or ask about anything. And not only was I able to take a variety of interesting classes there at the study center, but I also had the opportunity to take a class at the Universidad de Sevilla. All of these classes transferred back to my university in the United States, as CIEE is an established organization that has been working with many universities for a long time. My semester in Sevilla really was academically challenging.
    The orientation process on-site upon arrival was also incredibly useful, not just showing you around the famous parts of the city, but actually showing you how to live and get around in Sevilla, so I felt prepared to get where I needed to on my own once the process was over.
    With a variety of clubs, trips, and volunteer opportunities which are all already included in the cost of the program, I was really able to also get to experience many of the different parts of Spain and the variety of cultures which it contains. There were also many different events and activities sponsored by the study center to be able to meet Spaniards, make friends, and get to know more about the culture and community of Sevilla.

    How 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.

    Photos:
    Beautiful tiles found in Parque de María Luisa in Sevilla
    A patio decorated for a competition in nearby Córdoba
    A popular place for a walk or a bike ride, either for relaxation or for commute which runs along the Río Guadalquivir, with a view of the Torre de Oro
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  • Study
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    United States
    Tufts University
    Valparaíso is a gem.
    11/05/2014

    I loved my study abroad experience with CIEE. Some important things to know are that a majority of students are placed in families in Vina del Mar as opposed to Valparaiso (kind of the more upscale, suburbany sister to Valpo. It may be safer but has less character). Valparaiso is a great place to be a young person. There are numerous students around due to the multiple universities, and it's a great place to go out - whether you like clubbing or just finding smaller spots with music and wine. Valparaiso is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been as a result of the architecture, artwork/graffiti, hills, and the ocean. Public transportation is great. The social/political history is fascinating.

    CIEE was very supportive. They helped me find a non-profit to volunteer with. The Chilean students who work for them had a major impact on my stay, inviting me into their friend groups, helping me choose classes, practice Spanish etc. All of my classes at PUCV were lecture based except for my Spanish and Chilean culture class (which was great). There's not a lot of accountability for foreign students in the university system in my experience, which was great because it gave us freedom to travel (where I learned the most).

    How could this program be improved?

    It would have been nice if they had been more proactive about helping us identify classes to take within PUCV.

    Photos:
    City streets of Valparaíso
    The hills.
    The sand dunes.
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