CIEE
95% Rating
(332 Reviews)

CIEE

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.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Katherine
Female
20 years old
New York
Columbia University

Madrid and the CIEE staff are wonderful!

9/10

CIEE's Engineering and Society program in Madrid was amazing! The staff is very friendly and helpful--I felt very comfortable talking to them right off the bat and they always suggested cool places to check out in Madrid.

All of my classes (apart from the three week intensive language course) were direct-enroll, so I was in class with local Spanish students--though my classes were in English. This was a good way to get to know local students as well as gain an understanding about their perspective on academics and education, which was different from what I am used to in the US. In doing this I also met a lot of other American students that were not in CIEE..

The staff organized a lot of social and cultural events (like Flamenco lessons, bike tours, socials with local students, and cooking classes to name a few) which were very fun and a good way to make friends with other people in the program (as well as non-engineering-CIEE students). My favorite things they organized were our weekend excursions. My semester we went to Bilbao and then on the way back we went wine tasting in La Rioja. We also took the high speed train to Sevilla, which was another great city. It was really fun to have these excursions organized by the staff because it enabled us to explore different areas of Spain with some direction (they covered hotels and most meals and tours) while giving us enough free time to bond with other students and explore on our own.

Madrid is my absolute favorite city after living there for a semester (and I live in NYC!). The people are nice and the Spanish culture and night life is so fun to explore! I stayed in a homestay which I really enjoyed (as it was where I developed most of my language skills), but I also know people who enjoyed living in an apartment with other students.

All in all I recommend this program!

How can this program be improved?

Maybe they could encourage/offer ways to get involved with extracurriculars like volunteer opportunities. I know that is generally done through the host university, but I think if CIEE offered a direct path to joining these, it would be helpful.

Jenny
Female

The Best 6 Weeks of My Life

10/10

My 6-week block with CIEE Rome was incredible. If you are reading this because you are considering studying abroad here, then DO IT!

I had the most incredible time in Rome, and the city now has a special place in my heart. The sights/monuments were breathtaking, the food was beyond amazing and the overall atmosphere of Rome was just incredible. But those are things people should already expect when coming to Rome.

What really made my experience unforgettable was the wonderful and lovely staff at CIEE Rome. From the second I arrived at the airport, I felt so welcomed. It was evident from the first day that the staff members truly cared about us. It was clear that our safety and wellbeing were their top priority. They became more than just staff members, directors and professors to us. They took the time and effort to get to know us on a personal level and become our friends. I can honestly say now that the people at CIEE Rome are like family to me.

I am beyond glad that I chose to study abroad in Rome with CIEE, and my biggest regret may possibly be not staying longer. I’m grateful that if I ever return to Rome (which I definitely will!), I have people to see and hopefully a place to stay! As much as I miss the gelato and cannolis, I miss the people at CIEE Rome the most.

Again, if you have to chance to study abroad with CIEE Rome, then please please please do it!

How can this program be improved?

Have all students live together in the same building, but with the way Rome is built and works, it is nearly impossible. The staff does the best that they can to accommodate for our housing needs.

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Rida
Female
Illinois
University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign

Study Abroad Experience

10/10

I had the opportunity to study abroad through CIEE on the CPH Program during the summer of 2017. As many people say about their study abroad experience, it was the greatest experience of my life. Thailand is the most beautiful and culturally vibrant country I have been to. My favorite part of living in Khon Kaen was that it wasn't a touristy city, so we got to experience living like the locals do and practicing our Thai language. The staff at the CIEE study center were extremely helpful and nice. They really cared for us and made us feel at home. My favorite part of the trip were the community visits to the village we stayed in. The program also has many other field trips, so we were able to see different hospitals and centers. I would recommend this program to anyone looking for a different cultural experience and wanting an adventure!

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Rashel
Male
1021 years old
Washington, DC
American University

Hands on Learning!

10/10

This program was unlike anything I expected. Khon Kaen is a rural city in the North East Isaan region of Thailand. It is quieter than the big cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai and has significantly less tourism. You really get a feel for the real Thailand in Khon Kaen as you are almost always the only foreigner. This also forces you to use the Thai you learn in class--which is both fun for you and for the local people. My favorite part of this program was the fact that we got to plan and execute our own research project stemming from community visits. After staying in a rural village, my partner and I decided to go back and implement a project about breastfeeding habits. We interviewed community members, met with the village headmen and head of the health promoting hospital, presented findings at a community meeting, and prepared a successful and sustainable intervention. The program also provided us with a lot of free time, which was a cherished break from a normal semester in the US. Everyday after class I ran around a lake near the Faculty of Public Health. We also planned many trips and I was able to travel to 5 neighboring countries as well as throughout Thailand.

How can this program be improved?

The lecture style classes are quite dull, but this is traditional Thai classroom setup. Also the roommate assignments are done fairly randomly so sometimes you do not get along with your roommate/they may not be super helpful but there are always other Thai people who are willing to help you!

Jenny
Female

Berlin Spring 2017

9/10

My 6-week block with CIEE Berlin was incredible. If you are reading this because you are considering studying abroad here, then DO IT!

I had the most amazing time in Berlin. The city itself has a rich history that you just have to experience in person, the food was undeniably good and the overall atmosphere of Berlin was just incredible. Living in the heart of Kreuzberg was a huge plus, and I loved the trendy, young, hip vibes of the neighborhood.

The CIEE Berlin staff was always there to help me with whatever needs I had- whether it dealt with academics, housing, exploring the local area or just having someone to talk to. From the professors to the security guards, someone is always willing to help.

I am so glad that I chose to study abroad in Berlin with CIEE, and my biggest regret may possibly be not staying longer. I miss my friends, Curry 36 and Mustafa's every single day. Hopefully I will make it back to Berlin in the near future!

Again, if you have to chance to study abroad with CIEE Berlin, then please please please do it!

How can this program be improved?

More excursions for classes would've been great that way students aren't stuck in the classroom all day and get to explore different areas of Berlin while still learning in the context of the class.

I also would've liked to see more staff members getting hands-on with students and really engaging and forming relationships/connections with everyone there.

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