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Spain

CIEE Summer Language and Culture in Seville, Spain

This summer come develop your Spanish language skills and immerse yourself in local culture in the beautiful, dynamic capital of Andalusia. Through intensive language study,...

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CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts in Seville, Spain

Don’t just study in Spain – immerse yourself in the people, places, and events that have made it what it is today. Take part in CIEE’s challenging Advanced Liberal

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Portugal

CIEE Language and Culture in Lisbon, Portugal

Without a doubt, Lisbon is a happening place to study abroad. Each year, the beautiful capital city hosts numerous international events, including the world’s biggest music...

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Argentina

CIEE Liberal Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Liberal Arts study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina helps students gain a critical appreciation of Argentina and its importance in Latin America from a social...

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Tanzania

CIEE Community Development, Language, and Culture in Iringa

Program Overview Take part in a hands-on exploration of the challenges and issues facing Tanzania today, including sanitation, malaria, hunger, and deforestation. And study...

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Spain

CIEE Summer Language and Culture in Palma de Mallorca

Whether you’re looking to begin your study of Spanish, or you’re an intermediate to advanced student ready to take your Spanish proficiency to the next level, come spend...

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Spain

CIEE Language and Society in Seville, Spain

Sevillanos are a friendly and outgoing bunch – making Seville the perfect location to work on your Spanish language skills and get to know the Spanish people. CIEE ensures...

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Taiwan

CIEE Intensive Chinese Language + Culture in Taipei, Taiwan

Explore beyond the classroom, and gain confidence in your Chinese language skills on CIEE’s Intensive Chinese Language and Culture program in Taipei. There’s so much

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Russia

CIEE Summer Russian Language in St. Petersburg, Russia

Come experience the splendor that is St. Petersburg in summer. Spend eight weeks advancing your Russian language skills through an intensive and immersive academic and cultural...

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Chile

CIEE Language in Context in Valparaiso, Chile

Come discover the port city of Valparaiso and improve your Spanish language skills while immersing yourself Chilean culture. Through intensive language training and area

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Peru

CIEE Liberal Arts in Lima, Peru

Spend a semester or year in cosmopolitan Lima refining your intermediate or advanced Spanish language skills while immersing yourself in Peruvian culture. Through direct

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Russia

CIEE Russian Language in St. Petersburg, Russia

Did you know that about 170 million people speak Russian as a first language, and it’s the second language of another 100 million? It’s a challenging language to learn,...

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China

CIEE Intensive Chinese Language + Culture Program in Nanjing

Take your Mandarin skills to the next level, and get an authentic Chinese experience –without all the tourists – in Nanjing! We’ll give you the tools and knowledge

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Thailand

CIEE Development + Globalization in Khon Kaen, Thailand

Don’t just study complex environmental, development, and globalization issues – confront them in Thailand with CIEE. On the Development and Globalization program, your...

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CIEE Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    10

Supportive, educational, and challenging

The teachers here in Nanjing put their heart and soul into what they do. So much consideration, planning, and effort goes into the time they spend with you, and they're always trying to think of ways to better their work and themselves too. One of our teachers was giving us tips for how to study, how to approach something we don't know, how to deal with certain unfamiliar interactions up until the last week, constantly trying to improve her teaching abilities and making the time we spent together incredibly effective. Not only are all the teachers in this program very skilled, they are also very warm people, like Thomas said, they welcomed us and we celebrated both U.S. and Chinese traditional holidays together. They push you for academic development, and like Tiara said, they push you for personal development.

To come back to the title of this review, I wanted to make something clear that can seem obvious but wasn't quite so for me. Studying Abroad should/will push you. That is not always a comfortable thing, and there were a few very hard moments, but you will only get out of it what you put in. The teachers and roommates and tutors are very supportive, and you can ask them questions if something makes you upset because you don't know why an interaction happened; there's usually a good reason for it. Don't hesitate to reach out, or accept support. The teachers definitely will check on you -- the classes are small enough they pay a lot of attention and care towards you.

By the end of your time in Nanjing, you will have learned so much, in the classroom, but also beyond the classroom. Nanjing's history as a city goes so far back, and it is a funny mix of both the old and the new, something I love. It honors its past and is excited for the future. You will visit many historical places, some fun, urban areas, and take part in many cultural activities that you could never dream of. And like Thomas said, Nanjing feels very safe. If you like smaller programs with little drama and that have close connections with your classmates and teachers, then CIEE Nanjing fits the bill.

It was an incredible experience, because of the people, teachers, fellow students, and roommates, and because of the places and program structure.

Program: CIEE Intensive Chinese Language + Culture Program in Nanjing

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

A hidden gem

From day one, the teachers and staff are here for you. They truly make the experience personal and genuine, and will help you work through any cultural difficulties or academic struggles. The program usually consists of a small group of students, averaging 8-10 students. But unlike the other China programs in Shanghai and Beijing, there is no real distractions often accompanied with large cities. The cultural lifestyle of Nanjing is very safe and friendly, being a city mostly comprised of students and the elderly. This perfect location makes for a perfect chance to learn and enjoy the culture which can greatly complement your Chinese language studies. The teachers themselves allow classrooms to become a very inviting space for learning and sharing, and often every semester in this program, teachers and students all develop a deep relationship. Whether you're feeling homesick for the holidays, you have nothing to worry about. We celebrated Thanksgiving and Halloween, and even coordinated unplanned hiking trips with our teachers. As evidenced by everyone else writing reviews, the experience you can have in this program will be among the most memorable because of the teachers and friends that you meet here and the experiences you will create together.

Program: CIEE Intensive Chinese Language + Culture Program in Nanjing

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    8

CIEE Nanijing Chinese immersion program

I truly enjoyed studying in Nanjing. The program managed to truly challenge me without leaving me completely overwhelmed. I grew personally, academically, and immensely enhanced my Chinese language skills. The staff and my classmates were all really supportive and encouraging. I'll never forget my time there!

Program: CIEE Intensive Chinese Language + Culture Program in Nanjing

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Most memorable experience!

My name is Andrew and I studied at the CIEE Rome Institute in the fall of 2016. This experience was one that I will truly remember for a lifetime. Dr. Follo and all of the staff at the Global Institute were the most amazing people one could have asked to have as mentors and faculty going abroad. Going abroad I was a little apprehensive since this was the first semester that the Institute was established, but I hopped on a plane and headed over to Italy. From the first day I arrived at orientation to my farewell dinner the experience provided by CIEE was far beyond what I, or my parents, had expected. The housing provided to us was well beyond what a traditional college dorm would have been and far better! With this housing and the peer mentor provided I developed friends for life, as well as a better understanding of the Italian culture. Our peer mentor was a local who really knew the in's and out's of the city and provided us with the best immersion opportunity we could have. The location of not only the housing, but the school as well, was perfect for everything. Centered right in the middle of Rome in a safe and happening area, we were provided the best of both worlds. The learning experience was one of the best I had ever had, from daily field immersion trips to get hands on with the material we were learning to the group trips we took to learn about the history, I can not express enough how amazing this was for my education. The professors were highly knowledgable and experts in their perspective field of study, which really allowed us to thrive and learn far beyond a traditional class. I can not thank Dr. Follo and the staff at the CIEE Rome Campus enough for the experience and memories for life. This is truly an astonishing experience for anyone and I recommend it to all who are thinking about going abroad.

Program: CIEE Global Institute Open Campus in Rome, Italy

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

If you're not sure where to study abroad....go down under!

Australia is one of those places that people often hear about, and associate with beaches and a laid back lifestyle. Well it is that, and SO much more! There is so much natural beauty, adventure, and a lot more diversity than I had originally imagined. The food is incredible, and people are absolutely warm and welcoming. CIEE Wollongong had a smooth and easy process prior to departure, upon arrival, and during the duration of stay. The advisers are beyond keen to help in any way they can, and are always trying to make the stay for students the best one possible. More than just advisers, they have become my friends and international connections, of whom I still keep in touch to date. As for the Uni and academic life, classes are run a bit differently than traditional US schools, but not in a bad way. What I loved most about the Wollongong program was the location. There are some of the most beautiful & non-crowded beaches just down the way, and hiking just down the other way on the beautiful mountain range. Everything is easily accessible via free bus or train. Speaking of train, it only takes roughly an hour to get to Sydney! I literally was there every single week, multiple times a week, because there is SO much to see and do. From new food places, to events, to nightlife and more beaches...you'll never have a boring week. I had the time of my life for a term there, that when I got back to the States, I longed to be back in Oz. So much so....that I went back for a second go! Yes, I did the CIEE program twice, and let me just say it was so worth it! I'd honestly do it again if I could. I highly recommend this program to anyone seeking adventure, a new but comforting environment, and independence in such a unique county and culture.

Program: CIEE Arts and Sciences in Wollongong, Australia

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