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2 posts from November 2011


NY Times Article: History and Youth in Rennes, Brittany

WHILE ogling an oversize wheel of Camembert at a bountiful summer farmers’ market in Rennes, Brittany, I momentarily perked up from my lost-in-cheese stupor at the surprising sound of two British tourists in conversation. It was the first time I had heard someone else speaking English since we had arrived in Rennes 24 hours earlier. It was August, when Parisians leave for their holidays and the Americans arrive, a phenomenon that’s hard to miss while trailing crowds in the French capital.




CIEE is excited to announce the launch of its Global Access Initiative (GAIN), which is designed to overcome the main barriers to study abroad, namely, challenges of cost and curriculum requirements. GAIN will expand the opportunities for students from all backgrounds and all majors to participate in study abroad programs.

Through GAIN, CIEE is committing one million dollars each year to students who are economically challenged, are pursuing intensive international experiences, or are otherwise limited by their major or student activities.  CIEE will provide grants and scholarships to students for full-year, semester, and summer programs.

GAIN will launch in summer 2012 and provide access to study abroad programs for students unable to attend due to financial constraints.  Grants and scholarships will be available for the 36 CIEE summer programs offered in 21 countries.   GAIN will also provide grants and scholarships to students who are selected as awardees by the highly respected Benjamin A. Gilman and David L. Boren Scholarship programs.

Research shows that students who participate in study abroad programs graduate faster, experience benefits in career development, and find their overall experience to be the single most positive element of their time in college. GAIN was created to ensure that study abroad is available to all students.

For nearly 65 years, CIEE has been the leader in providing access to high quality study abroad programs around the world. Today, with 136 programs in 41 countries, CIEE offers more summer, semester, and year-long academic programs in more cities than any other international education organization and is committed to offering high quality programs that are available to every student, regardless of economic means or academic major.

For more information on GAIN, contact CIEE at or call 1.800.40.STUDY.