300 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101
Contact: Anamaria-Livia Martinack, Sr. Director, USA High School Exchange and Grant Programs
2017-2018 CSIET Listing Status: Full
Countries Served: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Canada, China, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and West Bank.
Number of 2016-2017 Participants: 1484 Inbound (J-1 Visas: 1273; F-1 Visas: 211) 50 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 almost 70 years of student exchanges, it is one of the oldest and most experienced organizations in the country.
Over 100,000 secondary school students and teachers have participated in overseas exchanges through CIEE, with significantly larger numbers of individuals having benefited from the presence of international visitors in their schools, homes and communities. At CIEE 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 participates 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.