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CIEE awards $5.6 million to US high school students for their summer study abroad program

Jun 22, 2018

CIEE (Council On International Educational Exchange), an established non-profit study abroad and intercultural exchange organisation, has announced it is awarding $5.6 million in scholarships to help US high school students participate in life-changing study abroad programs this summer. To increase access to international programs for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, CIEE, based in Portland, Maine, US, has worked closely with high schools across the country who demonstrate excellence in foreign language teaching, a globally-minded curriculum, and a diverse student body.

The scholarships, as part of CIEE’s Global Navigator High School Study Abroad Program, are funded by a private donor with a background in ESL textbook publishing, and cover anywhere from ten to one hundred percent of program tuition. These competitive grants are based on a combination of financial need, merit, and passion for the program theme.

CIEE’s Global Navigator High School Study Abroad Program participants have the opportunity to focus on improving their foreign language skills. According to CIEE, participants can make the same gains in language proficiency in just one month as they would in one year of high school*. Students may additionally work on a service project or pursue an interest in a field such as marine science, filmmaking, or entrepreneurship. Approximately one-third of the scholarships CIEE grants to Global Navigators are full scholarships.

“Unlike college students who have many options for financial aid, there is no federal funding to help high school students pay for an international program that can influence the trajectory of their lives in a positive, lasting way,” said Matt Redman, VP of CIEE’s Global High School Abroad and Teach Abroad Programs. “That’s why we’re so excited we can connect outstanding young people with financial support that opens the door for students who might feel that study abroad is beyond their reach.”

Fifty-eight percent of the more than 2,000 students who are traveling this summer to participate in the CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad program received a scholarship. During a three- or four-week language immersion, service learning, or global discovery program in one of more than thirty-five countries, each Global Navigator student will gain experiences and insights that will last them a lifetime and influence their local high schools upon their return.

With these scholarships, CIEE enables a group of economically and culturally diverse students to access experiences that provide a new perspective. Participants will return from their program with an increased ability to connect and communicate across cultures, skills that will help them thrive in today’s complex global society and ultimately bring positive change to the world.

*Growth in CIEE language program is measured through a pre-post administration of the Stamp 4S assessment by Avant. National averages are derived by Avant from high school language proficiency assessments administered nationally in 2015-2016.

About CIEE
An elite WYSE Travel Confederation member, CIEE is a non-profit study abroad and intercultural exchange organisation, aimed at transforming lives and building bridges between nations by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences. To help people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, CIEE sponsors a wide variety of opportunities for cultural exchange, including work exchange programs, teach abroad programs, and a worldwide portfolio of study abroad and internship programs for college and high school students. To find out more, visit: ciee.org.

SOURCE: Council On International Educational Exchange (CIEE), “CIEE Awards $5.6 Million to High Schoolers Nationwide for Summer Study Abroad”  – 20 June, 2018