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2 posts from March 2015


CIEE Welcomes New Staff to Study Abroad Team

Join us in welcoming the following new staff to the Study Abroad team:

Sara Palumbo, Director of Enrollment

Sara Palumbo joined the CIEE Study Abroad team as the new director of enrollment in January. Sara works closely with the CIEE Study Abroad advisors during the student application and predeparture experience. Before joining CIEE, Sara served as executive director of enrollment management and adult services at St. John’s University, director of student affairs and retention at Long Island University – Global College, and associate director of admissions at New York University. She credits her excitement for international education to her two formative study abroad experiences in Florence and Nanjing. Sara holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from City University of New York.

Craig Hastings, Regional Director of Operations, Latin America & Caribbean

Craig Hastings has joined CIEE as resident director of operations, Latin America and Caribbean. He comes to CIEE from Saudi Arabia, where he managed special enrichment programming at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Previously, Craig served as deputy director of LASPAU, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Harvard University dedicated to educational exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean. During his tenure, he led the organization’s administration of scholarship programs, including the Fulbright Foreign Student program, the Organization of American States (OAS) scholarship programs, and the national scholarship programs of Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and Peru. Craig holds a master’s degree in education with a focus in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish with a concentration in international relations from Clark University. Craig is an active member of NAFSA and serves on the 2015 and 2016 NAFSA Annual Conference Committee.



In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) are awarding 25 scholarships to motivated and high-achieving U.S. college students with disabilities to study abroad. Twenty students will receive scholarships to one of CIEE’s 65 four-week summer programs. Another five students will receive scholarships to the Open Campus program at CIEE’s new Global Institute – Berlin.

According to Open Doors Data, students with disabilities are one of the most underrepresented groups in study abroad. CIEE and MIUSA are actively trying to change this by increasing access to international education opportunities through the new CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarships.

“International education is a powerful tool in the development of all students, providing the necessary skills to succeed in a globally interconnected world,” said James Pellow, president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “On this 25th anniversary, we’re proud to continue the work of expanding opportunities for people with disabilities started by President George H.W. Bush and Congress in July 1990 by providing scholarships that will help to tear down the barriers to international education and offer examples to all students that study abroad is possible.”

The new CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarships are part of the two organizations’ commitment to Generation Study Abroad™, a five-year initiative from the Institute of International Education (IIE), which strives to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by 2020. CIEE has pledged a series of concrete initiatives over the next five years to increase study abroad opportunities at the secondary and postsecondary education levels by breaking down the real and perceived barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 1. Interested U.S. college students should visit our webpage ( to learn more and complete the scholarship application form.