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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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Taiwan

CIEE Intensive Chinese Language + Culture in Taipei, Taiwan

Program Overview 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...

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Thailand

CIEE Development + Globalization in Khon Kaen, Thailand

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

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Spain

CIEE Language and Society in Seville, Spain

Program Overview 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

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Spain

CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts in Seville, Spain

Program Overview 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

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Russia

CIEE Russian Language in St. Petersburg, Russia

Program Overview 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...

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Spain

CIEE Summer Language and Culture in Seville, Spain

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

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Spain

CIEE Summer Language and Culture in Palma de Mallorca

Program Overview 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...

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Peru

CIEE Liberal Arts in Lima, Peru

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

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Portugal

CIEE Language and Culture in Lisbon, Portugal

Program Overview 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...

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Chile

CIEE Language in Context in Valparaiso, Chile

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

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Russia

CIEE Summer Russian Language in St. Petersburg, Russia

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

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Spain

CIEE Business, Economics + Culture in Madrid, Spain

Program Overview Madrid is southern Europe’s major financial center and headquarters to most major Spanish companies, so it’s the perfect place to pursue learning in

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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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CIEE Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    10

June-July 2015 Study abroad experience

It has been almost two years since my time abroad, and I still reminisce about various memories from my experience on an almost daily basis. I cannot stress how thankful I am for my decision to study abroad. Although I would advise students to study abroad longer than a month or two, this program is a phenomenal way to obtain a study abroad experience if it is not possible to spend a semester away. By living with host families, taking fascinating classes taught in Spanish, and living in the outskirts of Madrid, you can have an incredibly fulfilling study abroad experience in a short amount of time.

After living with a host family and taking classes taught in Spanish, you would be surprised at the amount of Spanish you learn – even after a month. I had taken many Spanish classes in high school, but due to my major, there was only room in my schedule to take one college-level Spanish class my freshman year. I studied abroad two years after that Spanish class, so I was nervous about having to communicate with a host family and even more nervous about taking classes in Spanish. However, my Spanish skills returned quickly and I enjoyed watching myself improve. It was a satisfying moment when I realized I was able to start having more in-depth conversations with my host family and other Spaniards because of my speaking abilities. There is something fulfilling about having conversations with people that otherwise could not have occurred if you did not learn their language. Because of memories like these, I would highly recommend studying in a country that speaks a foreign language.

I also gained a deep appreciation for Spanish culture and its history. In my classes, we learned about a multitude of historical events and the famous pieces of art that were created in response. The incredible thing was that, right after learning about these important events and artworks, I could take a train into Madrid to visit landmarks where these historical events happened and to see the art in person, at the Prado or Reina Sophia, that was just discussed in class. Being able to go physically see what we had just learned about gave me an appreciation for Spanish art and history that would be nearly impossible to obtain from learning about the same topics in the United States.

The last part of the program I want to mention is that it also allows students to travel. Classes are only Monday through Thursday, and therefore, students can have 3-day weekends to explore other parts of Spain, or Europe. Madrid is a 35-minute train ride away and you can easily find a bus, high-speed train, or plane to wherever you desire.

This program truly is great for learning about and living in the Spanish culture, as well as improving your Spanish in a relatively short amount of time. Because of those opportunities, in addition to numerous other travel and social memories, I could not be more grateful for my time abroad with this program.

Program: CIEE Summer Language + Culture in Alcala de Henares, Spain

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

The BEST

Great experience studying for one semester in Taipei Taiwan at NCCU with the CIEE-Taipei program. The students, locals, and were super friendly and patient with my bad Chinese speaking. NCCU offered many student-run excursions to experience local culture and customs. I met many local and international students during the excursions. The dorm in which I stayed in up hill which can be inconvenient for some but the scenery makes up for that. Wishing everyone a pleasant stay in Taiwan when the chance comes.

Program: CIEE Communications, Business & Politics in Taipei, Taiwan

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

Tropical ecology and conservation

This was one of the best experiences of my life and I would trade it for nothing. You are totally emerged in nature and living in wilderness. The academics are demanding and there is a lot of studying that goes on.

Program: CIEE Summer Tropical Ecology + Conservation in Costa Rica

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Life changing

This program focused on policy. It was exactly what I had hoped for and the experience life changing. The program sheaf were wonderful and supportive as well as knowledgeable. Their passion for what they do is evident. Because of Costa Rica, I found my direction. The people and culture were amazing!

Program: CIEE Summer Sustainability/Environment  in Monteverde, CR

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    8

Everywhere is as safe as you make it

Everyone was concerned about me going to Brazil during the hectic time of the Olympics, a controversial overturning and impeachment of the president, and in the midst of a medical scare from mosquitoes. All of these experiences lead to great opportunities to learn the truth about the country I was living in for half a year. However, I was never negatively affected by any of these events as everyone was so afraid I would be. I got bit by mosquitoes, kept aware of my important items at all times, and even went out at night, and returned home with my same phone, great health just like everyone else in the city. But I did return home with a heart that expanded 10 fold because of all of the wonderful people I met, a mind that was even more open than before I came. I saw amazing sights, ate great food, and learned what the term "saudades" really meant. If people are still living in the country, despite the horrible conditions media likes to portray, then the country is probably still livable, and you will have a great time if you make it that way by being alert and accepting.

Program: CIEE Business and Culture Program in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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