The following information is from the CIEE website at http://www.ciee.org/
Since 1947, the Council on International Educational Exchange, known as CIEE and formerly, Council, has been in pursuit of its mission, "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world." Our services to young people studying, working, and traveling abroad are more important than ever. As we look ahead, we reaffirm our commitment to the principles and values that guide this mission statement.
CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad.
About CIEE International Study Programs
CIEE offers educational programs abroad for students, faculty, and educational administrators. In addition, CIEE hosts an Annual Conference on International Exchange, a major annual event for professionals in international educational exchange. As part of its long publishing history, CIEE was the founding institution and one of the on-going sponsors of the Journal of Studies in International Educational Exchange, a forum for noteworthy scholarship and provocative thinking about efforts to provide quality international educational exchange programs. In addition, we play a strong advocacy role in trying to influence decisions that impact the student and educator mobility around the world.
For a student, visiting this web site can be an important first step in embarking on an educational venture that will have a significant impact on the rest of one's life. For most students who take part of their college education overseas, the experience abroad is important in shaping a world view, establishing a career, and constructing an individual relationship with society.
CIEE also has a number of programs that concentrate on specific fields, like marine ecology, teaching, business, service-learning, grassroots development, and studio arts. For some of these programs, advanced knowledge of the host country language is required; on others, you'll study the language for the first time while focusing on what you came to study.
On other programs, you can choose what you'll study from a wide range of subjects fulfilling your major or just your latest interests. On some, you'll enroll in specially-designed CIEE courses; on others, you'll enroll directly in university courses and study alongside local students or in courses specifically created for international students. Some classes are taught in English and some are taught in the local language, depending on the program. Everything is in English, of course, in English-speaking countries like Australia, Ireland, and England.
Whatever your interest, you'll find that many CIEE programs are very hands-on and include field work, internships, volunteering, or independent study. See where your interests lie by looking at the chart you'll find in the front of each CIEE catalog. There, you can compare the educational focus- as well as many other program features- for each CIEE program in that region.