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Program Leader Referral Program

Spread the word on high school study abroad and get rewarded.

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Unlock Savings for Them and Big Rewards for You

As a Program Leader, you’ve witnessed the impact of our high school summer abroad programs! Inspire U.S. students to travel on CIEE programs and give them a $200 discount on the adventure of a lifetime. For your efforts in promoting global education, earn exclusive perks along the way. 

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Invite students to CIEE programs with a $200 discount.


Earn perks for the students you refer who travel on program.


Rack up student referrals and earn greater rewards and professional development.

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What Are the Rewards?

With our new reward scale, Program Leaders who refer students on program earn prizes faster. Choose between CIEE merch or cash for your classroom.

  • 1 student: CIEE drinkware OR $50 Staples gift card toward classroom supplies.
  • 2 students: $100 refund for educational app subscriptions (Babbel, Kahoot...) OR $100 Staples gift card toward classroom supplies.
  • 3 students: CIEE fancy backpack OR $200 Staples gift card toward classroom supplies.
  • 5 students: Invitation—all expenses paid—to our annual Global Educator Summit in an exciting domestic location.
  • 12 students: 2 roundtrip flights to a CIEE location of your choice. Get $100 in travel expenses reimbursed for each additional student above 12 (up to $500 max).

Make sure you also stay tuned for monthly challenges to earn more prizes!

Referrals made by Program Leaders are not eligible for cash rewards.

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How It Works

  1. Share your referral link with students. 

Log into your account. Look for your High School Summer Abroad Referrals Dashboard on your Home Page to find your personalized link for you to share. 

  1. They choose their CIEE high school study abroad program. 

CIEE offers a wide variety of programs in unique destinations for students to explore a language or academic focus. 

  1. They get a $200 discount toward the price of program tuition. 

Your referral allows students to save money on their study abroad costs by automatically getting $200 off their program. 

  1. Start earning exclusive CIEE perks! 

Every student that you refer and who travels will count toward greater perks and professional development opportunities. You can track the status of your referrals on your Dashboard by clicking on Check the status of my referrals. 

Need ideas on how to promote our programs? Check out our resources to promote study abroad.

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Have Friends Who Could Be Great Program Leaders?

You know better than anyone the qualities needed to lead our high school summer abroad programs! Refer your friends or colleagues to join in on the fun and earn up to $125 for each hired referral. Log into your account and look for your Program Leader Refer-a-Friend Referral dashboard.

What People are Saying

  • “I have held information sessions at my school, invited a CIEE representative to my school, and followed up with students who started applications! I also have converted my referral link into a QR code and posted it around the school and on my informational slides for students to scan.” 

    Shannon G., CIEE Program Leader

  • “I work with TRIO programs throughout the state of Oregon and spread the word [about CIEE] to many staff who work closely with students seeking opportunities to improve their lives.” 

    Matt B., CIEE Program Leader

  • “Our school newspaper did an article on CIEE and our students who traveled last summer. We have also included news about CIEE in parent newsletters. Our hope is to make a wall in our school where we can display pictures of our Global Navigator alumni!”

    Doreena F., CIEE Program Leader

Referral FAQs

You can refer any U.S.-based or international high school student (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors). Rising freshman are not eligible to participate on CIEE high school summer abroad programs. Students must complete 9th grade before traveling. 

Check out our FAQ page for more information on eligibility.

As a Program Leader, you are not eligible for cash rewards for referring students.

However, you can refer colleagues to be CIEE Program Leaders, and if your referral is hired, you can get paid. For referrals hired for a topic program or Spanish Language & Culture program, you can earn $75. For referrals hired for all other Language & Culture Programs, you can earn $125. To refer Program Leaders, log into your account and look for your Program Leader Refer-a-Friend Referral dashboard.

Yes, even if you are not an active Program Leader you can still log into your CIEE account and use your referral link to refer students and earn rewards.

Reach Out With Questions 

Have more questions about the Program Leader Referral Program? Feel free to contact the CIEE Program Leader team directly. Email us at