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...
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...
Program Overview Don’t just study complex environmental, development, and globalization issues – confront them in Thailand with CIEE. On the Development and Globalization...
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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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...
Submitted by Victoria Alvarez - Lynn University | June 28, 2017
My experience with the CIEE Global Institute Rome Open Campus was nothing short of amazing. Not only did CIEE prepare me well and thoroughly before my departure, but upon arrival I was greeted at the airport and transported to orientation in an extremely organized manner. My four months in the program were filled with cultural experiences that allowed me to dive into Italian culture while also taking classes that taught me more about Italy and the world I live in. The classes were educational, fun and very hands-on. The staff in Rome is not only extremely helpful, but kind and overall fun to be around. At one point, while I was having health issues, the CIEE staff worked with me and stood by me every step of the way, making sure I had access to the proper doctors and healthcare that I needed. I never felt alone, confused or short-handed, instead they helped to make sure I was given the attention I needed. All in all, The Global Institute felt like a home away from home. This experience allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and make lifelong friends and taught me more about myself as an individual than I ever thought possible.
Submitted by Melisa - University of Minnesota | June 19, 2017
I went through the program living in the present and enjoyed feeling consistently productive and adventurous almost everyday. I did more fun and exciting things this semester than I have ever done back home or even in my entire life, in some cases. I chose this program because I wanted to be out in the field and from what I read online, it seemed like it was well worth it. Well, it resulted in being a learning experience I could not have ever imagined. The things we got to do during the two two-week field trips were jam packed with activities while traveling around the country. You get to do things that can only be done with close connections, that the uniqueness of those experiences makes you greatly appreciate the program (a bit vague here, but trust me surprises are well worth it!). The bonds you make with your peers and professors/TAs were very strong and comforting. I am pleased with all the wildlife I got to see and waking up next to a cloud forest wasn't too shabby! The country is truly beautiful and Monteverde feels like a second home. I think the program does a good job in incorporating many cool experiences as it has had many years with the same program coordinator to build a study abroad program that is one of a kind.
Fantastic way to get certified
Submitted by Justin Beckham | May 25, 2017
From theory to practice, CIEE are the experts--I had no problems and the teacher was great. After only two months with this course, I feel comfortable in front of a class! Never thought I would say that.
Once in a lifetime experience
Submitted by Liz B - Marist College | May 18, 2017
CIEE Nanjing was a one in a lifetime experience. I was really worried about coming to China, worried about the language barrier. It is a challenging program but it my Mandarin level definitely increased. The teachers are great and extremely helpful. Having a Chinese roommate and tutor helped assimilate to Chinese culture. I am really thankful for this program, I not only learned a new language but also made life-long friends.
June-July 2015 Study abroad experience
Submitted by Andy Elmeer - University of Wisconsin-Madison | March 23, 2017
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.