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CIEE Leadership in Language Learning

Forging gateways to other cultures with the most extensive portfolio of high-quality world language programs

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CIEE’s mission is to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

With 100+ foreign language study abroad programs across 30+ locations, CIEE is committed to helping people prepare for success in the global workplace and unlock new cultures by learning another language.

CIEE students consistently demonstrate significant gains in language proficiency upon completion of our courses, positioning them for success in an increasingly globalized world. 

Our Participants Achieve Incredible Gains


of U.S. college students taking language courses while studying abroad with CIEE would recommend the course*


of U.S. college students studying abroad with CIEE reported that they developed their language skills significantly*

*Out of 7,972 U.S. College students surveyed after taking language courses while studying abroad with CIEE


growth in composite reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills for high schoolers studying a world language with CIEE in 2023**

**Measured through a pre-post administration of the STAMP 4S assessment by Avant

CIEE Language Learning

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The CIEE Difference

CIEE College Study AbroadHigh School Study Abroad, Gap Year Abroad, First Year Abroad and Teach Abroad programs deliver outcomes on language skills that simply can’t be achieved in the traditional classroom environment.


Global Reach

  • CIEE offers locations to study abroad in 40 cities in 28 countries across the globe.
  • 21 dedicated High School Study Abroad Language & Culture programs offered.
  • 31 dedicated College Study Abroad language immersion programs offered.
  • 3 semesters worth of language credit in 1 term with CIEE’s Open Campus program
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Over $13 Million Awarded Every Year

  • CIEE Award Over $13 Million In Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants Annually
  • CIEE administers the largest high school study abroad scholarship fund in the country, making study abroad more affordable for over 1,000 students every year. 

CIEE World Language Programs

With CIEE, students can choose from more than 100 foreign language study abroad programs across 30+ locations, where they are immersed in local cultures, learn dialects, and express themselves in one of a dozen languages, including: 

What Partners are Saying

  • “We have seen students who have struggled with the language in the classroom have it click once they are immersed in the language and culture. When they return from a CIEE program, they are not only more proficient in the language and have a better understanding of another culture, but they are also more aware of their place in the world as global citizens.”

    Betsy Farley, French teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School, CIEE Global Navigator Partner

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CIEE High School Study Abroad

CIEE Global Navigator study abroad programs are designed specifically for high school students. With CIEE, students can go abroad during high school or after graduation for as little as 3 weeks to a full semester or academic year. 

Global Navigator programs typically include homestays, language immersion, cultural activities, and academic coursework, allowing students to fully immerse themselves in the host country's culture and educational system.

From advancing Mandarin language skills in Shanghai to learning to speak like a Parisian in the City of Light, high school students can practice their conversational language skills in a new community; collaborate with diverse students from across the U.S.; and may even come home with the Seal of Biliteracy and college credits.

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CIEE High School Language Program Impact

Our program curricula align with U.S. high school learning goals of world language proficiency, global competence, and college readiness. The average language growth for CIEE students in a 4-week Language & Culture program approaches or exceeds the national average growth* that students achieve in 1 year of a high school world language course**:

Average Growth in World Language Proficiency

*National averages derived by Avant from high school language proficiency assessments administered nationally in 2018–2023
**Since students at earlier stages of language proficiency make greater gains more quickly than students at more advanced stages, it is not appropriate to compare percentage growth across languages. For example, 66% of the 2022 Italian students were at the beginning level, while only 15% of those in the Spanish courses were beginners. Arabic results are not included due to an insufficient number of matched cases.

What Alumni are Saying

  • “I got introduced into an amazing language like Arabic, met some amazing people, and the CIEE staff was so helpful and supportive. It exposed me to Moroccan culture and my host family made me feel right at home. On a scale of 10, CIEE deserves a 100!”

    Angelique L., CIEE Global Navigator Alum

  • "I had fun, improved my Spanish, and made some amazing new friends. I felt like the program showed us the major tourist attractions of Andalusia but also helped us experience life the way actual sevillanos live."

    Hannah S., CIEE Global Navigator Alum

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CIEE College Study Abroad

CIEE offers college study abroad programs for language learners of all levels – from students focused on basic language acquisition to a student ready for a fully immersive experience taking all courses in the host country language alongside native students.

Through CIEE study abroad programs, college students learn to communicate effectively in their target language, through daily interactions, academic pursuits, internships, volunteer experiences alongside members of their host community, and more. They develop heightened cultural awareness, empathy, and cross-cultural communication skills – all essential for success in today's interconnected world.

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What Alumni are Saying

  • “Studying abroad through CIEE was an outstanding learning and cultural experience. Being able to explore and navigate a new academic setting in an international country through the help of my program was beyond valuable. The support team made readily available to me and my other peers studying abroad was extremely useful in times of uncertainty and confusion.”

    William, CIEE Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

  • “I loved my time studying abroad in Rennes. I was fortunate enough to live with a wonderful host family who were willing to answer my *many* questions and who were excited to introduce me to their culture. I enjoyed my language classes at Université Rennes 2 and felt supported by CIEE staff as I navigated the registration process.”

    Megan, CIEE Study Abroad in Rennes, France

  • “My experience in Monteverde with CIEE was amazing. I had no idea what to expect going into the program and it exceeded my expectations. I got to learn a new language, be a part of such a unique culture and community and make long lasting friends.”



    Bianca, CIEE Study Abroad in Monteverde, Costa Rica

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CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Teaching abroad is an excellent opportunity for English-speakers to learn a new language or improve their fluency by practicing in real-life settings. As teachers help students learn English, they expand their foreign language skills. It's a win-win situation for everyone! 

Through CIEE Teach Abroad, participants develop cross-cultural communication skills, foreign language proficiency, and leadership experience that makes them more competitive in the job market and successful in the workplace. All while building meaningful relationships with coworkers, neighbors, and new friends in the local community.

CIEE Teach Abroad Programs


A Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification is the first step to becoming a teacher of English to non-native English speakers and is often required by schools hiring English language teachers. 

CIEE offers:

What People are Saying

  • "CIEE is an incredible program that provided great resources and guidance. I would recommend this program to anyone. Not only did they provide resources for the whole predeparture process, but they also have an in-country orientation which allows you to meet people and start getting to know the area you will be living."

    Rebecca L. | Teach in Spain

  • "I used CIEE to teach in Thailand for a year and it was the best decision ever! The process to teach abroad is no joke and CIEE walked me through every step of the way."

    Rachel P. | Teach in Thailand