CISabroad
96% Rating
(117 Reviews)

CISabroad

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CISabroad is committed to providing the best overall value in study and internship abroad opportunities. CISabroad programs are affordable and specialize in providing quality education and support throughout your study or internship abroad experience. Experiences are innovative and focused on cultural immersion.

All of the CISabroad staff members have studied and lived abroad. They provide first-hand insight and feedback so that you are fully prepared for your trip overseas! Scroll through the program listings below to find one that fits you best!

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Shalom
Female
21 years old
Austin, TX
University of Texas- Austin

Take the world by the Horns!

10/10

Summer 2017 has been one of the best one's of my life! Currently a Senior at the University of Texas at Austin I had the grand opportunity to intern abroad as an education intern. From the food, the amazing strangers who instantly became friends, the breathtaking architecture, navigating the metro, to simply relaxing at the beach reading a book, Barcelona was everything and more that I wished for. I love traveling independently, as a student with a congenital physical disability accessibility was important for me. The program personnel were extremely communicative to ensure all my accommodations where in place for when I arrived. This made my stay comfortable and allowed me to experience the city to my full potential. My work environment was enjoyable. A good experience lies in your attitude. Yes you will experience challenges, but that is part of life. Enjoy every second and capture a mental image every moment. Go out by yourself, and explore. Meet strangers, get acquainted. Most of all be positive and make the most of your time in beautiful Barcelona.

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Amanda
Female
22 years old
Clemson
Clemson University

Pura Vida with CISabroad

10/10

I had a great time studying abroad in Costa Rica. San Jose was a good location because it's the capital and you get to see museums and all the history but you are also in a central location to take buses to beaches/other parts of the country. This was my first time going abroad, so it was so helpful to go with a third party program that would coordinate my housing, some meals, academics, some excursions, etc for me. Now that I have travelling experience, if I were to study abroad again I would arrange it myself (do direct exchange instead of a program) to save money. I liked that the program had excursions at the beginning to help you get acquainted to the culture/country. As time goes on, you get more comfortable with travelling and navigating the language/money/culture, and you can plan your own trips. In my last month, I planned a trip to Nicaragua with 3 other girls, and for our week off we booked everything ourselves and traveled all over Costa Rica. Basically, the excursions are expensive but worth it at the beginning, but once you know how to travel you should plan trip with friends to save money plus you get to choose exactly what you want to do. When students got sick, they initially paid for the hospital bill themselves, and were reimbursed later from CISabroad. My pre-departure advisor Jessica was THE BOMB - so helpful and kind and understanding. She checked up on my several times and was SO much more helpful than my school study abroad advisor. I felt taken care of and supported as I prepared to leave the US.

How can this program be improved?

The cost includes a couple excursions, and it would have been good to see a breakdown of the excursion costs (transportation, food, activities, etc). There was one time on an excursion we were supposed to have dinner covered by the program but it was not and the students were never reimbursed.

Lauren
Female

Living in the Land of a Thousand Smiles

9/10

I think back to July and it feels like a dream. From backpacking by the rice paddies of Pai, sharing mango sticky rice with newfound friends, or finding banana blossoms on hill tribe pathways, I found adventure on the other side of the world. Not only did I experience into a new culture, a new lifestyle, and language, but I found lifelong friends. I stay in contact with my roommate and other members of my group through social media. I talk with several of them at least once a week.

We all stayed together at the Chiang Mai Gate Hotel, which was well-known by locals and taxi-drivers, making it an easy trip to the university and a quick walk from all the weekly walking markets and food vendors. Whether it was attending school, getting lunch, or going out for the night, I could not have felt safer.

It's also amazing that a trip abroad can make me feel so connected to the rest of the world and have that connection be maintained. I learned so much and retain the memories through collected journals and photos. I was part of a program that helped me find fellow adventurers from all over world, bringing us together and showing us all that Thailand has to offer with weekend excursions and activities and the freedom to plan a few independent expeditions.

The program that I was a part of offered so much support, from pre-departure assistance and advising, to post-trip career support. I had a great on-campus advisor to guide me through the process of applications, financial documents, and departure checklists. As far as my time in Thailand, the on-site coordinators were always available for contacting, which was a blessing when I became ill and needed medical attention. I was unsure on getting medical assistance when I had only a beginner's understanding of Thai, but the on-site coordinator was kind, beyond words, to ride with me in the tuk-tuk to the hospital and sit with me in the waiting room while I saw the doctor and received my medicine. Also while travelling, the program linked us to "Thai buddies" at the university. These amazing individuals taught us so much on the local language and culture and we all had so much fun going out and exploring the city together. I consider them great friends and stay in contact with them to this day. I know that when I revisit Thailand, I have amazing people to travel with in future.

Now, post-travels, I have the support of fellow CISabroad alumni ambassadors and alumni relations coordinators in sharing my story. Through their guidance, I have learned how I can best use this experience in the path ahead of me, and as a result, I'm planning on applying to do my dietetic internship abroad in becoming a registered dietitian. I am also using my experiences to fuel my dream to practice nutritional education abroad.

I could not have been blessed with a greater group offering better support. I am beyond thankful. Thank you to CISabroad for bringing us all together in Chiang Mai.

How can this program be improved?

I don't really have notes for improvement on the program. The only wish I had was for more consistent WiFi at the hotel within the upstairs rooms. I found the connection was better working downstairs in the public space adjacent to the main lobby.

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Faith
Female
21 years old
United States
University of Pennsylvania

Mediterranean Culture Summer Program-- 5 of 5 stars

10/10

I truly loved my program with CIS Abroad, for multiple reasons. Primarily, CIS Abroad is committed to making a once-in-a-lifetime experience affordable. I was able to live in Rome for one month and Barcelona for one month, in addition to visiting southern Italy, France, and Portugal, all for one lump sum that was much lower than the tuition for any other multi-country program I looked at. The classes I took were rewarding and challenging in all the right ways, and my professors were very well respected in their fields as well as very accessible. If you want a program that is administered by the same group of people across Europe, and you want to feel secure that your program will be safe as well as incredible, then CIS is the organization to go with. I highly recommend them.

How can this program be improved?

This program could be improved by ensuring that the groups in multi-country programs get to live together when they switch countries and integrate into the new place.

Angela
Female

How my experience changed my life!

10/10

Going through this program and spending a semester in Athens, Greece changed my life for the better. I became a person who wasn't afraid to try new things and step outside of their comfort zone. I met so many wonderful people and really immersed myself in the culture and got to know the locals. If you are a future participant and you are wondering if you should go to Greece or not, DO IT. I wish I could go back and relive my experience, it's just something you won't regret. My favorite memory was just soaking up the sun in the city of Athens, there is so much to see and do, I miss the days of roaming around that city.

How can this program be improved?

The only thing that could improve with this program is the communication between the Apartments we stayed in and the program. The apartments we stayed in were owned by a hotel a few blocks away from our apartment and any time we had issues we needed to let the hotel know, and they'd let our program know etc. The rooms weren't consistent with the things they had in them either, but at the end of the day, we made it work!

Program Listings

Italy
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Study at the famous Florence University of the Arts, with classes from Fashion Marketing to Travel Writing, all taught in Eng...
Spain
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On our Barcelona Semester program, soak in this cultural hub of the Mediterranean, both inside and outside the classroom. Thi...
Costa Rica
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On our Semester in Costa Rica program, you’ll live minutes from the heart of San José and study at Universidad Veritas. Use t...
Spain
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Spend a semester or summer in the beautiful, coastal city of Barcelona! Study at the world-renowned Universitat Autonoma de B...
Spain
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Live in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona and indulge in the rich Spanish culture while interning in the field of your choic...
Ireland
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Our Semester in Limerick program offers state-of-the art facilities, great housing options, and classes with Irish students s...
Australia
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As you might gather from the name, the Gold Coast is truly spectacular. Spend a semester soaking it in as you study abroad at...
Thailand
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Thailand is known for its beautiful landscapes, rich history, fun nightlife, tranquil Buddhist culture, and peaceful temples....
England
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It’s not a dream—you can study and live in the dazzling city of London. Yes, the London, with its double-decker buses, stacke...
Italy
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Study and live in the timeless, exciting city of Rome, where ancient ruins rub shoulders with modern buildings, mopeds, and m...
Czech Republic
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A semester in Prague is a perfect blend of academics, social activities, and rich cultural opportunities. Come study at the l...
France
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Turn “The City of Light” into your classroom during your Semester in Paris. Admire the intricate beauty of Notre Dame, sit an...
Japan
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Spend your summer studying in one of the world's most vibrant cities: Tokyo. Tucked away behind lively Harajuku and Shibuya,...
Spain
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Spend your summer traveling throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain during this multi-country study abroad program....
Ghana
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Semester in Ghana is based in Cape Coast, Ghana, a beautiful city on the beach. The city is well known for elaborate festival...