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What We Believe In

Excellence. Integrity. Respect. At CIEE, our beliefs drive everything that we do.

What We Believe In

CIEE Core Values

We believe in excellence and integrity, providing the highest-quality programs and services, leading by example, and going the extra mile to serve our students and partners.

We believe in respect, embracing and celebrating diversity while practicing open and honest communication.

We believe in collaboration, drawing upon the knowledge, skills, resources, and passion of the entire CIEE community to provide programs and services that are truly unparalleled.

Finally, at CIEE we believe in innovation, pioneering solutions and using aggressive problem-solving to help expand access to international exchange opportunities.

Strategic Partnerships

We’re dedicated to sponsorship, outreach, and community projects centered on education, leadership, and access to transformative educational experiences for underrepresented groups.

To do this, we partner with a select group of organizations – locally, nationally, and internationally – that share our values and are dedicated to providing meaningful investments in the communities in which we live and operate.

The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions

Following the success of the inaugural Study Abroad Leadership Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions, which brought together MSI presidents to discuss the importance of exposing more students from MSIs to international education opportunities, CIEE and The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) have partnered for three years of programming to produce integrated training and support programs for key constituents at MSIs. In March 2016, CIEE and CMSI published a report, "Increasing Diversity Abroad: Expanding Opportunities for Students at Minority Serving Institutions," that examines the lack of diversity in study abroad and offers recommendations to help MSIs overcome the unique financial and cultural challenges that prevent them from participating in study abroad opportunities.

View the report.

Girl Rising

As part of an exciting three-year partnership, CIEE is supporting the global social movement Girl Rising to raise awareness and creating lasting change by eliminating the barriers to education for girls worldwide. As part of this effort, CIEE is:

  • Sponsoring 1,500 screenings of the film Girl Rising at CIEE study centers, partner organizations, member institutions, and more around the globe
  • Administering educational scholarships for girls to attend CIEE programs
  • Providing seed grants for community development projects that address educational barriers
  • Developing college curriculum around international development, education, and women’s rights

Institute of International Education

Founded in 1919, Institute of International Education (IIE) is a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing international education and improving access to education around the world. In 2014, IIE challenged those involved in the field of international education to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad, bringing the number to 600,000 by the end of this decade. CIEE is proud to embrace this challenge and work with the IIE to support its Generation Study Abroad™ initiative.

Read about our bold commitment to address the three major obstacles to studying abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture.

Justice for Women Lecture Series

Each year as part of the Maine Law Justice for Women Lecture Series, CIEE and the Maine School of Law bring a distinguished speaker to the Greater Portland community to contribute to a global conversation about justice for women and girls in the developing world. Past speakers include Ruchira Gupta from India (2015), Dr. Sima Samar from Afghanistan (2014), Leymah Gbowee from Liberia (2013), and The Honorable Unity Dow from Botswana (2012).

Mobility International USA

For nearly 20 years, CIEE and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) have partnered to advance disability rights and leadership globally by providing more opportunities for students with disabilities to take part in international exchange. CIEE has served as a member of the Roundtable Consortium, an advisory board to MIUSA’s National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, since 1996. In March 2015, the organizations announced a partnership to offer 25 scholarships to U.S. college students with disabilities to study abroad in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The World Affairs Council of Maine

By encouraging people of every age to become global citizens, the nonprofit World Affairs Council of Maine helps connect Maine and the world, a mission shared by CIEE for nearly 70 years. Since 2010, CIEE has been a proud sponsor of their Global Connections Lunchtime Series, which is hosted at our world headquarters and open to the public. Lectures have ranged from “Challenges to Women’s Empowerment in the Arab Awakening” to “Human Rights in Iran” and “Globalization 2.0.” CIEE is honored to help bring these discussions on important international issues to the Portland community.

Diversity Abroad Future Leaders Summit

CIEE and Diversity Abroad, a nationally recognized advocate of promoting diversity in study abroad, have created an innovative series of workshops for thought leaders in international education to share best practices for increasing diversity in study abroad. Using the collective wisdom of study abroad experts across the country, we’re developing solutions for reducing the three main barriers to an international education: cost, curriculum, and culture.


We recognize that the success, and value, of every CIEE program is contingent on its accessibility to participants – particularly those from nontraditional backgrounds. That’s why we’re committed to breaking down the three principal barriers to international education and exchange: cost, curriculum, and culture.

We do this by offering students, teachers, and young professionals over five million dollars annually in financial support and by continuing to design curricula, and pioneer diverse programming, that is built around the needs and interestsof all students. Through these efforts we're working to ensure that all students – regardless of socioeconomic background, culture, or major – have access to the highest-quality international exchange experience.


We are experts in and ambassadors of international exchange.

Through our advocacy efforts, partnerships with like-minded organizations, and public awareness campaigns, we share our passion for, and help others understand the value of, intercultural exchange. Whether it’s supporting initiatives, viewpoints, and policies we believe in or helping to facilitate our stakeholders’ advocacy efforts, we work together to create a global climate that is favorable to student exchange.

Today, our work is more important than ever.

Student exchange is the finest investment in public diplomacy the U.S. can make. We believe it is our duty to see that the relationship between national security and exchange is carefully balanced. The U.S. must continue to welcome young people from abroad who come here to study, work, and volunteer, to ensure that our students will continue to be welcomed as they go abroad.

Health & Safety

At CIEE, the welfare of our participants is paramount. For nearly seven decades, we’ve provided our participants with the security and support they need to explore the world and immerse themselves in new cultures with confidence. That means being there for every participant during every step of their experience abroad.

Leading the Way
As a founding member of the Interassociational Advisory Committee on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad, we work with other industry leaders and professionals to assess current safety policies and develop new ones, leading the way for the field of international education. Our central Risk Management Team coordinates all CIEE staff training in health, safety, and security.

On the Ground
Whether your program is in the U.S. or abroad, our local, dedicated, full-time support and resident staff are the best in the business. From helping to ensure a smooth integration into a new culture to handling the details in case of an emergency situation, it’s our privilege to look after our participants from the moment you arrive on our program to the moment you head back home.

Back at Home
CIEE support is much more than a safety net. We’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students and parents. And our commitment to safety begins before our participants even leave home: all pre-program orientations cover a range of safety policies and protocols. Working with the U.S. State Department and our Director of Health, Safety, and Security, we continuously monitor every destination and program for safety and stability.