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Announcing the Second Cohort of Frederick Douglass Global Fellows

CIEE, in partnership with the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, is proud to announce the second cohort of students for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship (FDGF) program:

FDGF is part of a three-year strategic partnership between CIEE and CMSI, designed to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellows (FDGFs) were nominated by their college presidents and selected from a large pool of applicants in a national competition. These Fellows are meritorious individuals who demonstrate high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others.

“We are thrilled to join CIEE in giving the opportunity to MSI students who want to study abroad. The experience is life-changing for everyone involved,” said Marybeth Gasman, professor and director of CMSI.

FDGFs will use their experiences to motivate other underrepresented students to pursue similar opportunities. The program draws on the legacy of Frederick Douglass — the African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman who lived, lectured and studied in London in 1845 — and encourages students to use his life as a model to becoming bold, globally conscious, and service-oriented leaders.

Nettie Washington Douglass, chairwoman and co-founder of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, shares, “We are excited to participate in the development of leaders that are taught the value of intercultural awareness and molded to be change agents in their communities like our great ancestor, Frederick Douglass.”

This year's cohort of 10 students will participate in a four-week summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in Cape Town, South Africa. FDGF covers all program fees and travel costs for 10 students each year who are selected from a diverse group of MSIs. The Fellowship is awarded based on a combination of personal leadership attributes, academic achievement, and financial need. The next cohort of FDGFs will study in Seoul, South Korea (summer 2019).

James P. Pellow, president and CEO of CIEE, explained, “The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship Program allows for both CIEE and CMSI to intentionally curate intercultural programming for MSI students. We are proud to assist in the development of a global perspective for the next generation of leaders.”

Learn more about the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship.

CIEE ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW GLOBAL INSTITUTES IN LATIN AMERICA AND EUROPE

CIEE announced today that it will broaden its network of Global Institutes to include new locations in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and Copenhagen, Denmark. The expansion is part of CIEE’s continued effort to increase access to study abroad by offering the most flexible, affordable, and customizable programs available.

Each new Global Institute will feature the rigorous academics, highly qualified instructional and residential staff, and cultural co-curricular activities for which CIEE is known. Students can choose from three program options: Open Campus block plan, direct enrollment at our partner universities, and traditional semester-long/summer study abroad.

CIEE’s Open Campus block plan reinvents the traditional study abroad experience in response to the needs of today’s students by giving them the freedom to customize their time abroad. The program is built using a block schedule that runs concurrent at all CIEE Global Institutes. A semester consists of three six-week blocks providing students the opportunity to study in multiple countries and explore multiple cultures; earn up to 18 credits toward a wide variety of academic degrees; access over 50 academic and co-curricular activities each block; and select programs based on their schedule and budget. In all instances they’ll gain critical intercultural skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace.

“Every facet of the Global Institute – from its ideal learning environment to its responsive and flexible academic curriculum model, to its ability to allow students to immerse themselves in one international location, or to choose multiple locations for a comparative learning experience in a single semester – is designed to overcome the most significant barriers to international education,  cost, curriculum and culture, all while preparing our students for a more global world,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE.

Over the coming months, current CIEE sites in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago will be redeveloped to become Global Institutes, facilitating comparative Latin American studies across some of the world’s most dynamic cities. CIEE will also establish a presence in Denmark with a brand-new facility, further enhancing CIEE study abroad options in Europe. The four new Global Institutes are scheduled to open for the fall 2018 semester, and will join CIEE’s current network of Global Institutes in Berlin, Cape Town, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome.

In keeping with CIEE’s commitment to make study abroad accessible for all students from all backgrounds, Global Institute programs will continue to be affordably priced, with scholarships available for every term of study. CIEE awards more than $5 million in financial aid each year, with guaranteed grants for all Pell-eligible students, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship applicants, and students attending minority serving institutions.

Applications for programs at our new Global Institutes are now being accepted. 

Celebrating 50 Years of Study Abroad in St. Petersburg

Fifty years ago, the world was an uncertain place. Cold War tensions were heating up, and U.S.-Russian relations were strained at best, with mistrust and misunderstandings on both sides. For many, it was a time to hunker down and cling to the people, places, and institutions they knew best. But it’s at times like these that it’s most important to reach across the divide – to learn about others’ beliefs, hopes, and challenges in an effort to better understand one another and, perhaps one day, build the trust needed to collaborate and cooperate on the world’s stage.

Strengthening U.S.-Russia Ties
This idea – that by bringing people together we can increase global harmony and nurture peace – is the foundation on which CIEE was built. That’s why in 1967 CIEE established the Cooperative Russian Language Program in St. Petersburg (then called Leningrad). Its purpose: to immerse U.S. students in Russian culture in the hopes that we could strengthen ties between the two nations and build back some of the trust that had been lost.

“Going to St. Petersburg made me critically think about how the western media portrays Russia. While I feel that I'm fairly open-minded, I know I can get caught in the stereotypical tropes that are often portrayed online and in the news. However living in Russia for 4 months and spending the majority of that time talking to locals, helped me realize that there is more to the story.”   - Ella B., 2014

By 1969, the program – the oldest and most comprehensive educational exchange program in Russia – had gained in popularity, leading to the opening of a CIEE Study Center in Leningrad and the offering of both summer and semester Russian Area Studies and Russian Language programs. Throughout the decades to come, as more Americans sought to explore Russian culture, politics, and people, CIEE added new options including Semester and Summer Business and International Relations programs. 

CIEE St. Petersburg study abroad students.

Today, more than 5,000 students from universities and colleges across the U.S. have taken part in a CIEE program in Russia. Regardless of the sometimes tumultuous relationship between the U.S. and Russia, the CIEE Study Center has remained open, inviting students to immerse themselves in the beauty and elegance of Russian culture and helping to build connections between the two, perhaps not so different, peoples.

“After a semester in St. Petersburg, I realized the many similarities between Russians and Americans – that we are more alike than different. I also came to understand the differences among Russians – that Russian people and culture are not singular or monolithic. I began to break down my own preconceived notions about Russia, and I left St. Petersburg knowing that I would return to learn and explore more.” - Annie H., 2014

CIEE St. Petersburg study abroad students.

50th Anniversary Celebration
To celebrate 50 years of opening the doors of connection, conversation, and understanding between the U.S. and Russia, CIEE welcomed alumni back to Petersburg on September 21-24 for four days of reminiscing, discussions (of the history of U.S.-Russian relations, politics, and more), and plenty of traditional food and drink.

Jim Pellow and Irina Makoveeva at CIEE St. Petersburg 50th anniversary celebration.
CIEE President & CEO Jim Pellow and Center Director Irina Makoveeva in front of 50 years of CIEE St. Petersburg history.

Highlights included activities showcasing the spirit of Russia’s cultural and arts’ scenes – including a Russian-themed Costume Ball (a CIEE St. Petersburg tradition) and a performance by Russian jazz virtuoso Dmitri Guyvoronski – as well as presentations from many notable CIEE alumni. 

Friday featured a keynote presentation by John R. Beyrle ’76, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, as well as panel presentations with Britta Bjornlund ’88, branch chief, U.S. Department of State; Jill Dougherty ’69 ’71, former CNN correspondent and Moscow Bureau Chief; Mark Teeter, columnist at “The Moscow Times”; among many others.

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Jim Pellow with featured speaker John R. Beryle '76, CIEE alum and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia.
 
Attendees of the 50th anniversary celebration.
CIEE alumni and guests enjoying the 50th anniversary celebration.
50th anniversary opening ceremony.
CIEE staff and attendees at the 50th anniversary opening reception.
CIEE Russian-themed costume ball.
A Russian-themed costume ball is a tradition at the CIEE Study Center in St. Petersburg.

Learn more about studying abroad with CIEE in Russia

And check out more CIEE St. Petersburg alumni stories

Increasing MSI Study Abroad Participation: Celebrating Our Frederick Douglass Global Fellows

On August 1, CIEE honored the legacy of Frederick Douglass and the accomplishments of the first Frederick Douglass Global Fellows during a special event at the Global Institute – London. The celebration marked the halfway point of the Fellow’s special four-week session at the Global Institute dedicated to developing their leadership and intercultural communications skills.

The event featured keynote speaker Nettie Washington Douglass, chair and co-founder of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and descendant of Frederick Douglass. During her address to an audience of CIEE staff and study abroad students, Douglass shared her thoughts on the qualities that made Douglass a great leader and how his time living, lecturing, and studying in London in 1845 positively impacted his development into one of the U.S.’s great social reformers.

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Nettie Douglass presents Jim Pellow, CIEE president and CEO, with Frederick Douglass's autobiography during the celebration at CIEE's Global Institute - London.

Nettie’s message – of the powerful impact global experience can have on one’s journey, often through adversity, to becoming a leader – is so critical today when fewer than 10,000 students out of the nearly 300,000 U.S. college students who take part in study abroad each year are from minority serving institutions (MSIs). Far too many MSI students miss out on the benefits of an international experience that can propel them to even greater heights, such as increased independence and self-confidence; a more global perspective; and real-world experience.

That’s why CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions created the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program in 2016 – to help more students from MSIs take part in life-changing international experiences. Each year, CIEE is covering 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students from 10 MSIs to participate in a four-week summer study abroad program. The first group of Fellows traveled to London in July. Subsequent groups will travel to Cape Town, South Africa (2018) and Seoul, South Korea (2019).

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The 2017 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows with Nettie Douglass and Jim Pellow.

The 2017 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows represent some of the best and brightest students from minority serving institutions, including Howard University, Paul Quinn College, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and more. (Meet the 2017 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows.) Each student has demonstrated high academic achievement, possesses exemplary communication skills, displays the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibits characteristics of bold leadership, and has a history of service to others.

In the spirit of Frederick Douglass, during their time in London the Fellows are exploring contemporary British culture through the lens of intercultural studies, reflecting on the impact of international experience through study of Douglass’ intellectual development and leadership roles, examining race relations in the 20th and 21st centuries, and more.

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2017 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows in front of an original Banksy in London's East End.

(Check out more photos from the Fellow’s explorations of London, including a street art tour of Shoreditch.)

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship through September 15, 2017. Learn more and apply.

CIEE and Penn CMSI to Inaugurate Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship in London

On August 1, 2017, CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will host the inaugural celebration for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program in London, England. The event will celebrate 10 high-achieving student fellows from minority serving institutions (MSIs) who are participating in a summer study abroad program in London focusing on leadership and intercultural communication. The Frederick Douglass Global Fellows (FDGFs) were nominated by their college presidents and selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants in a national competition.

The four-week program highlights the attributes and significance of global leadership with a special focus on developing techniques to apply these skills in their respective communities when they return to the United States. In addition, FDGFs will use their experiences to motivate other underrepresented students to pursue similar opportunities. The program draws on the legacy of Frederick Douglass – the African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman who lived, lectured and studied in London in 1845 – and encourages students to use his life as a model to becoming bold, globally conscious, and service-oriented leaders.

Marybeth Gasman, director of CMSI, shared, “The event will highlight the magnitude of this monumental collaboration between CIEE and Penn CMSI. It is one of several steps we are taking to increase study abroad opportunities for students at minority serving institutions.”

The inaugural celebration will include a roundtable discussion that will feature guest speakers Dr. Mildred García, president of California State University-Fullerton; Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University; and Ms. Nettie Washington Douglass, co-founder and chairwoman of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives. The topic of the roundtable will be “What is possible for me is possible for you.” Speakers will share their experiences on the impact of a global perspective and how it has propelled them to endure through adversity to become leaders and influential figures within higher education. Ms. Washington Douglass will deliver the keynote address.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program is designed to strengthen the leadership and intercultural communication skills of each participant using a pedagogical approach that centers on experiential education and a global perspective. “This FDGF program is unique in that it enables exemplary student leaders, nominated by their college president, who come from the most financially challenged backgrounds, to develop critically important leadership skills in an international setting,” says Paola “Lola” Esmieu, associate director of programs at CMSI. “Our partnership with CIEE allows us to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from MSIs, a demographic that is often disproportionately left out of national study abroad conversations.”

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship covers all program fees and travel costs for 10 students each year who are nominated by their college presidents and selected from a diverse group of MSIs. The Fellowship is awarded based on a combination of personal leadership attributes, academic achievement, and financial need. Future cohorts of FDGFs will study in Cape Town, South Africa (summer 2018) and Seoul, South Korea (summer 2019).

As Dr. Keshia Abraham, director of strategic initiatives at CIEE, explains, “By anchoring this transformative program in the legacy of global citizenship exemplified by Frederick Douglass, we are intentionally fostering leadership development while emphasizing intercultural skills, enabling students to self-author their experiences abroad into lasting, encouraging examples for other students at minority serving institutions and beyond.”

Learn more about the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

CIEE Celebrates Grand Opening of Global Institute in London

On April 25, CIEE welcomed students, local partner organizations and host institutions, and special guests to a grand opening ceremony for its Global Institute - London.

CIEE GI London Building

The event was held just two weeks ahead of CIEE’s 70th anniversary of bringing the world together through international exchange. CIEE was formed in 1947 with a single mission: to provide opportunities for all people to gain the understanding, knowledge, and skills for living in this diverse and ever-changing world. Seven decades later, we remain committed to this mission in the hope of building trust and understanding between people and nations.

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James Pellow, CIEE President and CEO

“Humanizing international relations has never been more important than it is today. We will succeed in this endeavor only if we provide opportunities for all those who wish to learn and grow from the exchange of ideas and experiences in a culture different from their own,” said James Pellow, president and CEO of CIEE, during the ceremony. “For those of us committed to this work, it requires us to respond to today’s challenges, today’s changing landscape, today’s demand for flexible, affordable international education and intercultural development.”

For CIEE, that means offering students the most flexible, affordable, and customizable study abroad program available – in the most popular study abroad destination in the world, London.

Every facet of CIEE’s Global Institutes is designed to overcome the barriers of high costs, challenging curriculum requirements, and cultural impediments that prevent far too many students from studying abroad. Located in the lively Bloomsbury neighborhood, the Global Institute - London offers students a modern learning environment – with 15 classrooms, a resource-rich library, stylish café, garden terrace, and a technology center – nestled in the heart of historic Russell Square.

(Learn about the additional services offered at the Global Institute - London.) 

But beyond the building’s amenities and modern conveniences, the Global Institute - London offers students something much more important – an innovative academic model with choices for students of every major and socio-economic background.

“Global Institutes provide affordable program options, comprehensive academic disciplines and course listings, undergraduate research, internships, and service-learning options. Students may attend a full semester in one location or choose to pursue a comparative international study experience and traverse CIEE’s Global Quad in the same way they traverse their home campuses,” said Pellow.

That means more students have the opportunity to develop critical skills for success in today’s world – and even more chances to build positive relationships between people of different nations.

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Left to right: Kathleen Fairfax, Chair, CIEE Academic Consortium Board; Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO, London and Partners; Kathryn Crockart, Interim Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy London; Robert Fallon, Chair, CIEE Board of Directors; Maritheresa Frain, Executive Vice President, Study Abroad, CIEE; James Pellow, President and CEO, CIEE

Said featured speaker Kathryn Crockart, interim acting deputy chief of mission, U.S. Embassy London, “In our interconnected world, the ability to communicate across national and cultural boundaries is every bit as important as what you learn in a classroom. There is a crucial element to global communications that requires experience – real, personal experience – outside of the comfort zone of home. You [who have taken part in international exchange] felt what it is to be a stranger in a strange land. And with these perspectives, you developed irreplaceable cross-cultural perspectives and global competence that cannot be bought anywhere, at any price.”

In addition to London, CIEE has Global Institutes in Berlin, Paris, and Rome, and will open new locations in Cape Town and Madrid in 2018.

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CIEE Hires Dr. Keshia Abraham as Director of Strategic Initiatives

For 70 years, CIEE has been committed to the ideal of "expanding international educational opportunities for underrepresented groups of all nations" through a series of initiatives that overcome the three main barriers to study abroad and international exchange: cost, curriculum, and culture. Our success depends on having the very best professionals with a diverse collection of perspectives and professional experiences.

In this tradition, CIEE is happy to announce the appointment of Keshia Abraham, Ph.D. as director of strategic initiatives for study abroad. Dr. Abraham is currently dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Humanities Department, director of international education, and associate professor of English at Florida Memorial University. She will begin at CIEE at the end of the spring term and be responsible for implementing strategic initiatives related to supporting university presidents and other senior university leaders to build institutional capacity and expand international programs. In addition, she will lead CIEE programs related to faculty development and advance many initiatives related to expanding access to study abroad for students from all socio-economic backgrounds.

Dr. Abraham will be responsible for implementing and managing CIEE’s partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), known as Project Passport, which includes development programs for college presidents and faculty, as well as various scholarship programs for students, including the Frederick Douglass Global Fellows program.

In addition, Dr. Abraham will lead CIEE initiatives related to faculty development, with a special focus on expanding our well-respected International Faculty Development Seminars division.

We are honored to have Dr. Abraham join the CIEE family of international educators. 


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Keshia Abraham, Ph.D. 
CIEE Director of Strategic Initiatives for Study Abroad

In her most recent concurrent positions as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Humanities Department, director of international education, and associate professor of English at Florida Memorial University, Dr. Keshia Abraham has been focused on keeping global citizenship and international education at the core of her work. Being actively engaged with her students, she has found great joy in being a conduit for positive change at this historically black college and university (HBCU) and in her previous positions at Florida International University and the Miami Workers Center, which have allowed her to engage with numerous MSI-focused initiatives. She is excited that her new position with CIEE will allow her to continue to support MSIs and their students.

Dr. Abraham earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Binghamton University with concentrations in African diaspora women’s literatures, cross-cultural feminisms, autobiography, and popular education. The third generation in her family to attend an HBCU, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in women’s studies from Spelman College. She has also studied at the University of Zimbabwe, conducted research as a visiting lecturer at the University of Durban, Westville, and held a position as the first scholar-in-residence at the Feminist Studies Center in Harare. She has taught a wide array of classes including those on postcolonial, African, Caribbean, African-American, and world literature; women’s literature; autobiography; and contemporary drama, among others. A producer of staged performances, facilitator and teacher of yoga and Ayurveda workshops, and creative consultant, her work often intersects cultural and literary studies. She is passionate about international education and global citizenship and as such, she remains deeply committed to enhancing global African diaspora studies and educational exchange.

Among her numerous accomplishments, Dr. Abraham is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, having conducted research in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and as a participant in the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators program in India. She has been a Fellow with the Mellon Foundation Community Initiative, Mellon Global Citizenship Program and active with the Salzburg Global Seminar. She has also been an Institute for International Public Policy Faculty Fellow, an active NAFSA member and NAFSA Academy Fellow, and a CIEE-Ping Fellow. Her scholarly work appears in journals such as "Alternation," "SAFERE," and "Bomb"; in books including "MOCA: Re/Claiming Art, Power, Ideas, and Vision in an Ethnically Plural Community"; "Decolonizing the Academy"; "Reflections on Gender in Africa"; and the "Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora," of which she is also a local editor. Dr. Abraham is a contributor to the "Routledge Encyclopedia of Women’s Studies" and editor of the book, "The Caribbean Woman Writer as Scholar: Imagining, Creating, Theorizing," published in 2009 by Caribbean Studies Press.

Dr. Abraham has lived, worked, and travelled internationally for many years in Southern Africa (Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia); North Africa (Egypt and Morocco); Europe (England, France, Spain, Turkey, Holland, Sweden, Denmark); India; the Caribbean (Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Belize, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas); and South America (Brazil) and she continues to broaden her scope and sense of the world.

Her current projects live at the intersection of international education, arts advocacy, and healing arts. To keep balanced, she is also a certified Ayurvedic yoga specialist and avid beach walker.

CIEE Celebrates 70 Years with Scholarships to Help More Students Study Abroad

The benefits of a global learning experience are well-known today: students earn higher grades, are more likely to graduate from college, and are viewed to be more employable following graduation. Yet only 3% of U.S. college students study abroad each year. That leaves millions more who are missing out on the experience. What’s stopping them from studying abroad? It’s no surprise that for many, the reason comes down to costs. Between program fees, airfare and other travel costs, and daily living expenses, too many students believe studying abroad is out of reach financially.

For students who study abroad with CIEE, the experience is more attainable than they think. That’s because as the oldest and largest study abroad provider in the U.S., CIEE has made it our mission for the past 70 years to help every student who wants to study abroad have access to this life-changing experience. Why? Because we understand the importance of an international experience – for the students who take part, as well as for promoting public diplomacy and building bridges between people and nations.

“Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations.”
- Senator J. William Fulbright, 1994


Since CIEE’s first student travelers boarded C-4 Troop ships to Europe in the summer of 1947, we’ve provided global learning experiences to more than 2 million people from across the globe – including 10,000 American college students each year.

But 10,000 students aren’t enough. CIEE awards more than $5 million in scholarships and grants annually to break through the cost barrier that far too many students see as unbreakable.

To mark our 70th year of bringing people together around the world, we’re awarding even more scholarships, grants, and discounts to ensure every student who wants to study abroad, can.

  • $5,000 Open Campus Grants: To celebrate 70 years of innovative programming, CIEE is awarding $5,000 Open Campus Grants to 280 students to spend a full semester at one our Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris, and Rome this fall (70 grants per location).

  • GAIN Grants: CIEE is also awarding grants of up to $2,000 each to 700 Pell-eligible students to help cover their travel costs.

CIEE offers many other scholarships, grants, and discounts to help every student – no matter their background or field of study – take part in the study abroad experience that’s right for them.

  • For Pell-eligible students: Applicants of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for CIEE Gilman Go Global Grants, $1,500 toward airfare plus $2,500 (semester) or $1,000 (summer) off program costs.

  • For high-achieving students: For students at the top of their academic studies, CIEE offers six different types of merit-based scholarships. These awards honor our future leaders and provide funding for specific programs and areas of study.

  • For students at minority-serving institutions: CIEE has partnered with the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions to cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students from minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to take part in a four-week study abroad program each year.

  • For summer students: Students who enroll in more than one four-week session receive a 20% discount off each additional session.

Plus, CIEE’s Passport Caravan is traveling to college campuses across the country to give away thousands of passports to help more students study abroad. View photos from Passport Caravan events on our Facebook page.

Explore the full list of CIEE’s scholarship and grant opportunities. And for more ideas for funding the study abroad experience, visit our Resources page.

Students who are ready to get started: Speak to a CIEE Study Abroad Advisor today.

Announcing Our First 10 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is a nationwide initiative designed to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Along with Project Passport, the fellowship is part of a strategic three-year partnership between CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) to increase study abroad at MSIs. We received many wonderful applications from students around the country and are proud to announce the first-ever Frederick Douglass Global Fellows:

These Frederick Douglass Global Fellows are meritorious individuals who demonstrate high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others. In the spirit of Frederick Douglass, one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, they have committed to sharing their experiences and intercultural growth with peers and classmates before, during, and after their summer abroad.

“These fellows exemplify the wonderful kinds of students that attend minority-serving institutions,” said Marybeth Gasman, professor and director of CMSI. “They’re determined and inspiring, and they represent the future leaders of our increasingly diverse nation.”

This year's cohort of 10 students will take part in a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in London, England. Future Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will participate in study abroad programs in Cape Town, South Africa (summer 2018), and Seoul, South Korea (summer 2019).

“Frederick Douglass was an American icon. He escaped from slavery, wrote and spoke widely on issues of human rights and social justice in America and Europe, and became one of the most influential figures of the 19th century concerning the abolition and suffrage movements, as well as domestic and international relations,” stated CIEE's President and CEO Jim Pellow. “We’re honored to partner with Penn CMSI to enable a new generation of student leaders to build on their impressive credentials with an international experience in London, similar to Frederick Douglass’ international experience in 1845.”

Please join us in congratulating these inspiring students!

CIEE Reports on Increasing Diversity in Study Abroad Two Years into IIE Generation Study Abroad Pledge

CIEE reports it is making significant progress on its five-year leadership Generation Study Abroad pledge to increase access to study abroad opportunities for students of all ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and academic majors.

In November 2014, CIEE pledged a set of specific, action-oriented programs designed to break down the three main barriers to study abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture. Today, the organization is on track to meet its five-year goal to provide $20 million in student financial aid, sponsor passports for 10,000 students, provide training for college presidents and faculty, and create more flexible curriculum options to open study abroad opportunities to all students.

Highlights of CIEE’s progress to date include:

Breaking cost barriers

  • Student Scholarships: CIEE has awarded more than $14.4 million in scholarships and financial aid to high school students, college students, and institutions to support study abroad.
  • Faculty Grants: CIEE has awarded two $20,000 CIEE Generation Study Abroad Access Grants. Most recently, CIEE awarded its grant to Tennessee State University (TSU), an urban, land grant, historically black university based in Nashville. The grant will fund the development of a faculty-led program, “Intersecting Lives: Reading African-American Literature through a Black Feminist Lens,” that will enable first-generation and underserved minority students to study abroad. CIEE awarded its first Generation Study Abroad Access Grant to Northshore Technical Community College in Louisiana to run a faculty-led program in the United Arab Emirates in January 2016 for freshmen and sophomores pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Breaking curriculum barriers 

  • Flexible Curriculum Model: CIEE reinvented the study abroad model with the launch of four Global Institutes in Berlin, Germany; London, England; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy. CIEE’s Global Institutes feature three, six-week blocks that provide students with affordable, flexible academic programming options that offer a range of academic disciplines and courses aligned with students’ graduation requirements. Students have the option of studying in one city or up to three cities in one semester for a comparative academic program.
  • Short-Term Curriculum Model: CIEE reached its goal of tripling short-term program offerings to enable students of all academic majors and with challenging schedules to study abroad. Today, CIEE offers 239 short-term options for students.
  • New STEM Programs: CIEE added new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, as well as sustainability curriculum options to its portfolio. CIEE now offers 104 study abroad programs with STEM course options in 44 locations worldwide – providing students with the most study abroad options for STEM disciplines available today.
  • Expanded Faculty-Led and Custom Programs and International Faculty Development Seminars: CIEE expanded its Faculty-Led & Custom Programs division and its International Faculty Development Seminars to help train college and university faculty on how to develop and deliver high-quality faculty-led study abroad programs.

Breaking culture barriers

  • CIEE Passport Caravan: CIEE has provided new passports to 2,800 college students with 1,700 more scheduled for 2017, and a goal of 10,000 by 2020. Of those who have received passports, 55 percent are students of color and 48 percent are Pell Grant-eligible.
  • Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, CIEE and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) awarded scholarships to 27 U.S. college students with disabilities.
  • Partnership with Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions: CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions have developed a three-year comprehensive strategy to increase study abroad at minority-serving institutions. The partnership includes workshops for presidents and faculty, scholarships for student leaders, and visits by the CIEE Passport Caravan.

Read CIEE’s pledge and follow its progress at http://www.ciee.org/generation-study-abroad/progress/.