300 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101
Contact: Anamaria-Livia Martinack, Sr. Director, USA High School Exchange and Grant Programs
2018-2019 CSIET Listing Status: Full
Countries Served: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam and West Bank.
Number of 2017-2018 Participants: 1521 (1292 semester or year J-1 Inbound; 180 semester or year F-1 inbound; 49 semester or year outbound)
Grant Programs: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program, YES program, FLEX program
Not-for-Profit Organization: Established 1947
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization dedicated to helping people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.
With over 70 years of student exchanges, we pride ourselves on bringing you the best of everything – the best service, the best support, and the best network of schools. We aim to select high quality students for our programs. We evaluate each student’s motivation for the program, academic history, and English ability, so that each student can have a successful experience in the United States. By engaging in volunteer work, organizing cultural events or sharing stories about their home country, CIEE students bring an international dimension to schools and communities alike.
High School Exchange USA Program – International high school students ages 15-18 participate in a semester or full-year academic program, living with a host family and attending high school. Upon arrival in the U.S. students participate in a group orientation before traveling to their host families. During the school year, students participate in a community project, learning the importance of giving back to one’s community through volunteerism, political activism, or conservation efforts. Students are insured and are advised to bring $150-$250 per month for spending money. Students receive year-long supervision by CIEE Local Coordinators, offering a second line of supervision and care beyond the host family. Local Coordinators also organize fun and educational activities for CIEE students in their area. CIEE support services are available 24 hours per day for students, host families and schools.
High School Study USA Program – CIEE takes a custom, personal approach in connecting students on the F-1 visa to school choices within our extensive partner network of private, public, and boarding schools across the U.S. CIEE manages all aspects of the school application process, acting as the liaison between schools, in-country representatives, and students. Students are given personal consultation and expert guidance based on their individual academic and personal goals, and CIEE supports them in taking the necessary steps towards achieving them, whether it be attending college or university in the U.S., playing a varsity sport, or earning a diploma. CIEE has a network of over 1,200 thoroughly vetted host families, and places F-1 students with families in the location of their choice. While enrolled in the High School Study USA program, students are fully insured through CIEE and they receive professional support in their native languages and local support from their assigned Local Coordinator at any time of day or night.