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CIEE is excited to announce its partnership with the national 100,000 Strong Foundation to help increase the number and diversity of Americans studying in China.

The foundation is an offshoot of President Obama’s “100,000 Strong Initiative” started in 2009 to get 100,000 Americans to study in China by the end of this year. The U.S. Department of State already has achieved that goal, and the movement continues at the center of efforts to deepen connections between the United States and China. The 100,000 Strong Foundation is an independent bipartisan nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

As a leader in study abroad in China for 35 years, CIEE is ideally positioned to help the foundation further its mission. With partner universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Taipei, and Hong Kong, CIEE offers study abroad and exchange programs to U.S. high school and college students, and enrichment seminars to U.S. faculty and administrators.

“Our broad portfolio of programs and partners allows us to serve nearly 600 participants each year, giving them skills and knowledge of Chinese language and culture that opens new perspectives and helps shape career options and choices,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., CIEE’s president and CEO. “We’re proud to have been selected by the 100,000 Strong Foundation and look forward to many new initiatives designed to support our mutual goals to create new opportunities for students to advance their Mandarin language skills and gain rich cultural experiences in China.”

Specific partnership initiatives include:

• Selecting and supporting 10 students each year to serve as 100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors
• Cross-promoting activities that highlight China as a study-abroad destination
• Increasing the number and diversity of Americans learning Mandarin and studying in China  

“CIEE strives to support programs that have real impact,” Pellow said. “Our partnership with the 100,000 Strong Foundation will provide American students and faculty with concrete opportunities to know China better, to know the Chinese people better, and to understand the Chinese culture better. It complements similar CIEE initiatives in Brazil, Russia, and India, and will help young Americans become more successful global leaders in the decades ahead.”


Congratulations to Our First CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes Winner!

CIEE Study Abroad - Best Summer EverFour more chances remain for students to win $5,000 toward summer study abroad in 2014. 

We’re thrilled to congratulate Heidi N., University of Hawaii at Manoa, the first winner of the CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes. Heidi is the first of five U.S. college students to win $5,000 toward the CIEE 2014 Summer Study Abroad program of her choice. Eligible students can enter here, and we’ll announce a winner every week through March 3.

CIEE offers over 70 top-quality immersive summer abroad programs in more than 30 countries worldwide, giving students more choice than anyone else. Click here for full sweepstakes details, and check this blog to see the next winner.


CIEE Kicks Off Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes

Ciee_study_abroad_summerFive students will win $5,000 toward summer study abroad in 2014. 

As part of our commitment to help students broaden their horizons with study abroad, the Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes will award five students $5,000 toward the 2014 CIEE Summer Study Abroad program of their choice. Winners will be announced weekly through March 3.

The Best Summer Sweepstakes is open to students who are currently enrolled in U.S. universities and colleges. Students can find complete terms and conditions and enter here.

CIEE offers over 70 top-quality immersive summer abroad programs in more than 30 countries worldwide, giving students more choice than anyone else. Summer programs range from four to 12 weeks, making it easy for students to find the ideal program that fits their needs and schedule.



CIEE adjunct faculty Ken Nealy
Kenneth Nealy

Ken Nealy, an adjunct faculty for the Business, Language and Culture program at the CIEE Shanghai Study Center, recently helped facilitate the first Congressional Black Caucus delegation to China, which was sponsored by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA). 

Read more about the visit, which included a meeting with Vice Premier Liu Yandong, the highest ranking female government official in China.


students perform in peking operas


Eric Thompson
CIEE student Eric Thompson in the NCCU Faculty Peking Opera Society's production of, “The Unofficial Biography of Taizhen,” about the famous Tang dynasty imperial consort, Yang Guifei.


On May 18, 2013, international students at National Chengchi University helped celebrate the host university’s anniversary by performing in three Peking operas. The performers included two students from the CIEE Taipei Study Center who are taking an extracurricular course on Chinese opera.

Eric Thompson from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, who is a spring student on the Communications, Business, and Political Economy program was interviewed about his role by Taipei Times.


Fall 2012 Newsletters


Cnmj midterm
Communications, New Media + Journalism students on assignment in the field

Real students, real stories. From Budapest to Buenos Aires, Seville to Stellenbosch take a look inside our study abroad programs through their fall newsletters. Click on the hyperlinks below the programs to download the pdfs.


Amsterdam - Business + Culture

Download Amsterdam BC Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Amsterdam - Social Sciences

Download Amsterdam SS Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


Download Belfast Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Berlin - Language + Culture

Download Berlin L&C Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


Download Budapest Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Download Budapest Newsletter ii 2012

Buenos Aires - Liberal Arts

Download Buenos Aires LA Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


Download Ferrara Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


Download Groningen Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


Download Lima Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


Download Nanjing Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Naples - Classical Studies

Download Naples CS Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Naples - Liberal Arts

Download Naples LA Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


Download Palma Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Paris - Critical Studies

Download Paris Critical Studies Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Prague - Film Studies

Download Prague FS Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


Download Rennes Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Santiago - Liberal Arts

Download Santiago Liberal Arts Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Santiago - Service Learning

Download Santiago SL Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Santo Domingo - Liberal Arts

Download Santo Domingo LA Fall Newsletter 2012


Download Seoul Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

Seville - Communications, New Media + Journalism

Download CNMJ Mid-Term Newsletter 2012

St. Petersburg

Download St Petersburg Fall Newsletter 2012


Download Stellenbosch Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


Download Uppsala Mid-Term Newsletter 2012


News from Nanjing

Nanjing school
Volunteering at Yuhua Primary School

Read up on Nanjing China's Intensive Language + Culture program in this Mid-Semester Update, which includes trips to a renowned Buddhist temple, the Presidential Palace, and a primary school for migrant children.

Download CIEE Nanjing Newsletter 2 Fall 2012 


State of Maine Educational Delegation at ECNU

The delegation

As part of the State of Maine Trade Mission to China (Hong Kong and Shanghai, September 8-15), CIEE and MITC arranged for the State of Maine Education Delegation to meet with East China Normal University officials. The meeting was followed by an afternoon site visit to the CIEE Study Center at ECNU by some University of Maine representatives.

You can read a press release from the governor’s office about the delegation’s arrival in Shanghai, and see several photos from their ECNU site visit in this article (in Chinese).



CIEE Korea student featured on CNN GO blog

Check out this article by Kayla Ann Villanueva, a Hoosier whose love of Korean pop-culture inspired her to begin studying the language, and eventually spend a year in Seoul with our program at Yonsei University!

Read more about Kayla's passion for Korean culture, and her bold move to travel halfway around the world to immerse herself in it.


CIEE Scholarships Support President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative

CIEE is excited to announce that since its inception in March 2012, the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) has awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships and grants to college and university students interested in CIEE’s Study Abroad in China programs. These scholarships and grants directly support President Barack Obama’s “100,000 Strong” initiative, which seeks to significantly increase the number and diversify the composition of American students studying abroad in China.

There is perhaps no more complex relationship between nations in the world than the one that exists between the U.S. and China. Announced in November 2009, the “100,000 Strong” initiative seeks to prepare the next generation of American experts on China who will be charged with managing the growing political, economic, and cultural ties between the two countries. The initiative also seeks to develop specific opportunities and funding sources for underrepresented students to study in China.

Through GAIN, which commits $1 million in grants and scholarships each year to help diversify the study abroad experience, CIEE is able to support this mission by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from a traditionally underrepresented social or ethnic group, have a documented disability, or are in an underrepresented field of study. The average scholarship is worth $1,300, which can be put toward the costs for a summer, semester, or full year study abroad program.

Recipients are chosen based on a submitted essay about the barriers he or she needs to overcome in order to study abroad, how he or she plans to encourage students facing similar challenges to study abroad, and why studying abroad is important to students from all walks of life.

In his essay, GAIN winner Dominic Romeo—an intensive Chinese language student at the University of Notre Dame with a Native American background—explained the impact studying abroad in China will have on his future: “The CIEE GAIN scholarship will afford me the opportunity to study abroad, thereby enabling me to obtain fluency in Mandarin and become intimately acquainted with the Chinese culture in an extremely enjoyable fashion. Ultimately, this experience will pave the way for me to effectively work as a diplomat between China and the United States, with a special focus on United States-China relations.”

CIEE has administered study abroad programs in mainland China for more than 30 years, since the first CIEE Study Center opened at Peking University in 1980. Today, CIEE offers Study Centers in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Taipei with programs in advanced Chinese studies; business, language, and culture; communications, business, and political economy; and intensive Chinese language.

Established in 1947, CIEE is the leader in international education. For 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally independent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.