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05/17/2016

CIEE Expands London Study Abroad Programs with Bloomsbury Locale

We're expanding our presence in London with a new property for our Global Institute in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood.

The UK is the number one-ranked global destination for Americans to study abroad, with over 38,000 students attending programs in 2013-14, according to data from Open Doors. And those numbers are continuing to grow each year.

At 11,500 sq. ft., CIEE’s new London campus is large enough to accommodate increasing numbers of study abroad students. Located at 46-47 Russell Square, the building features Georgian-style architecture, 15 classrooms, a resource-rich library, stylish café, garden terrace, and technology center.

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CIEE's new Global Institute - London at 46-47 Russell Square in Bloomsbury.

CIEE chose the dynamic Bloomsbury location because of the wealth of cultural and educational opportunities it offers students. The new campus is next to the British Museum and just steps from many of London’s prestigious colleges and educational institutions, including University College London and SOAS, University of London. The area is also home to King’s Cross Station, made famous in the Harry Potter book and movie series, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, the cutting-edge Gagosian Gallery, and Granary Square, a favorite of art students.

In addition to its prime location, the Global Institute – London offers CIEE’s unique Open Campus program, which allows students of all majors to design a study abroad experience that’s right for their needs – one that offers maximum mobility, immersion, and intensive study, with opportunities for internships, research projects, and community service. Students can enroll in one, two, or three six-week academic blocks in London, or combine blocks at multiple CIEE Global Institutes, including at Berlin, Paris, or Rome, to immerse themselves in the unique cultural, historical, commercial, and academic attributes that make each place special.

Students at the Global Institute – London can choose between academic tracks in business; communication, journalism, and new media; international relations and political sciences; health sciences; and literature and culture. Additionally, they can direct enroll at four of London’s finest universities, including Goldsmiths, University of London; University College London; SOAS, University of London; and University of Westminster.

Lynn University student Katrina Daley is enrolled to be among the first students to attend class at the new Bloomsbury location when it opens this fall, advancing her studies in retail fashion. She’ll take courses in three of Europe’s top design centers – Berlin, London, and Paris – over the course of the semester, creating a curriculum that brings her major to life as never before possible. “I never dreamed that I would be able to pursue my passion in the three leading fashion cities of the world,” she said. “This opportunity is greater than any internship or job, giving me the on-site experience to truly understand how fashion and culture are intertwined. This will help me in my career after graduation.”

“More than ever, our students crave the firsthand learning experiences of study abroad combined with mobility, not just between cities, but between countries,” said Maritheresa Frain, executive vice president, study abroad at CIEE. “Through Open Campus, every student, whether a business major, architecture student, or fashion degree-seeker like Katrina, has access to a study abroad program that’s right for their needs, schedule, and resources.”

In addition to the new London location, CIEE will open its two new Global Institutes in Paris and Rome this fall.

11/20/2015

Study Abroad Alert: Europe

Please see information below about CIEE's protocols surrounding supporting our students in times of need, especially in light of the recent attacks in Paris. 

First, we want to reassure you that CIEE has a robust active emergency and communication plan that includes the services of an evacuation assistance provider and security intelligence services that furnish us with daily and, at times, hourly updates. We are part of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, a division of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the U.S. Department of State, and we coordinate with a consortium of security professionals that works with more than 40 other colleges and institutions throughout the U.S. There are currently no travel warnings or advice from any of our resources suggesting that we should alter plans to continue with this semester, but should there be a shift, we are fully prepared to react.

Each of our study centers has an Emergency Action Plan and Response in place, as well as use of an Emergency Notification System that can simultaneously broadcast messaging out to students via email, text, and voice message. Certainly last weekend we used all of our tools to ensure that our students were accounted for. It is likely that as events continue to unfold, we will need to use our protocols again as public safety officials are operating at a heightened sense of awareness.

Additionally, our staff has identified resources in all of our study centers to support our students. Staff has received training in assisting students under stress and has the services of mental health professionals to assist them in understanding how to best support students. Our staff are paying particularly close attention to all students throughout Europe for signs of distress and are ready and able to assist.

We also recognize that everyone's tolerance for risk differs, and each student must ultimately make the decision that feels right to them. Certainly we anticipate that some of our students may struggle due to this event and the tense environment in its aftermath. We are prepared to help all of our students come to terms with the situation and to determine their next steps. Should any student wish to discuss returning home early, our staff stands ready to work with them compassionately and respectfully to help develop a path forward that includes full understanding of any academic and/or financial consequences. We will advocate, to the best of our abilities, with local universities, but we do not control the academic policies of host country universities. We are willing to explore with them alternative methods of securing academic credit should that be deemed possible.

Our offices in Portland are open from 9am to 5pm EST, but we do maintain a 24/7 emergency number that is available in times of urgency. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-40-STUDY.

11/05/2015

Gneisenaustrasse 27: Welcome to the Future of Study Abroad

On November 4, CIEE staff, U.S. and German dignitaries, and students gathered in the tree-lined courtyard of the new CIEE Global Institute - Berlin for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration.

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L-R: Kendall Brostuen, Michael McRobbie, Robert Fallon, Ambassador John Emerson, James Pellow, David Belt, Cansel Kiziltepe

Located at Gneisenaustrasse 27 in the heart of Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, the Global Institute - Berlin is designed to overcome the primary barriers that prevent many students from studying abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture. It integrates a student-centered living and learning facility with affordable, flexible academic programming options that allow students of all majors to design their ideal international experience. More than 120 students are currently enrolled at the Global Institute - Berlin for the fall 2015 semester.

“As the ‘city of reinvention’ Berlin is the ideal venue for us to continue to innovate the study abroad experience so that it is accessible to more students,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “Our new campus in Kreuzberg is a portal where the United States can continue to learn from Germany through high-quality academic programs for students from all socio-economic backgrounds and countless academic majors.”

The ceremony featured reflections from:

  • David Belt, executive director and founder of Macro Sea, the architecture firm that led the redesign of the Global Institute building
  • Kendall Brostuen, chair of CIEE’s Academic Consortium Board
  • Joël Gallegos, past chair of CIEE’s Academic Consortium Board
  • Cansel Kiziltepe, member of German Parliament, Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
  • Michel Robbie, Ph.D., president of Indiana University
  • Robert Fallon, chair of CIEE’s Board of Directors

Keynote speaker The Honorable John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, remarked:

“Diplomacy is a conversation and educational and cultural exchanges enrich that dialogue. Both German and American alumni have told me how their exchange experiences influenced their worldviews and enabled them to see more clearly areas of common interest and ways to find common ground. I congratulate the CIEE Global Institute on this new program and thank future students and faculty in advance for their commitment to the goals that Senator Fulbright defined for the program that bears his name. Those goals apply to all exchange initiatives, namely to bring ‘a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs.’”

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The Honorable John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, speaks during CIEE's grand opening of the Global Institute - Berlin.

Learn more about the CIEE Global Institutes.

09/02/2015

CIEE REINVENTS STUDY ABROAD WITH DEBUT OF GLOBAL INSTITUTE IN BERLIN

Today CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange welcomed 111 students from more than 80 U.S. colleges and universities to its new Global Institute in Berlin, Germany.

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A 100-year-old former manufacturing factory was converted into CIEE's modern, international Global Institute in Berlin.

With an affordable tuition, a flexible Open Campus curriculum that meets the requirements of most U.S. colleges and universities, and 38 classes taught in English, CIEE’s Global Institute in Berlin makes study abroad more accessible than ever before. The launch comes as the United States continues to lag behind other nations in international academic exchange. According to Open Doors data, 886,000 foreign students came to the United States to study in 2012-2013, three times the 289,000 U.S. students studying abroad during the same time period.

“CIEE’s Global Institute academic model is designed to overcome the primary barriers that prevent too many American students from studying abroad – cost, curriculum, and culture – as it’s financially affordable, academically flexible, and provides students from all backgrounds a supportive learning community,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D, president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “Berlin is known as the city of reinvention, so it’s the perfect location to introduce flexible, high-quality academic programs that will open doors for students from all socio-economic backgrounds and countless academic majors.”

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The new Global Institute - Berlin is located at 27 Gneisenaustrasse in Kreuzberg, one of Berlin's most diverse neighborhoods.

Students enrolled in the inaugural semester have selected a diverse array of subjects to study that reflect the unique experiences one can have while living in Germany. Nearly one-third are studying German language, literature, and culture. More than one-quarter are taking advantage of studying in Europe’s critical global economy by enrolling in business classes. Still others are pursuing courses in communications, health sciences, and international relations. “The Open Campus program at the Global Institute – Berlin provides students with an unmatched opportunity to intensively study their favorite topics, while also engaging with German society and culture. Instructors work to make each classroom a dynamic learning environment, integrating course content with the full range of study tours, excursions, and cultural activities offered throughout the program,” said John Roper, Ph.D., academic coordinator and core faculty at the Global Institute – Berlin.

Academic credit will transfer to more than 80 different American schools including Arizona State University, Colorado College, Elon University, Gettysburg College, Howard University, Indiana University, Trinity College, University of Kentucky, University of Kansas, and Villanova University.

At the Global Institute, students live and learn in Kreuzberg, one of Berlin’s most culturally diverse and authentic neighborhoods, in an architecturally dynamic facility. CIEE partnered with the renowned New York City design and development group Macro Sea, who identified a former manufacturing factory to convert into CIEE’s first Global Institute. The complex was selected from a pool of 50 different options because of the neighborhood’s rich history in culture, art, and politics. The 100-year-old, five-story factory building was transformed into a modern, international campus with U.S.-style residences, administrative offices, faculty apartments, and a centerpiece courtyard that encourages community building. In fact, the Global Institute will house multiple programs that welcome local Berliners to intermingle with U.S. students.

GIBerlin Dorms
The Global Institute features U.S.-style residences for American and international students.

“There is a German colloquialism ‘aus der Reihe tanzen,' which literally translates to ‘dance outside the lines.’ There could be no more apt description for this Global Institute concept as we engage new generations of American students who may have dreamed about studying abroad but didn’t know how they could make it a reality,” said Maritheresa Frain, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and interim executive vice president, Study Abroad.

Applications for the spring 2016 semester are available online now through November 1. The Global Institute – Berlin is the first of many and will be linked to other CIEE Global Institutes in London and Rome (2016).

10/24/2014

CIEE Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Living and Learning Center in Berlin

CIEE Staff at Berlin Groundbreaking
CIEE staff members Benjamin Lorch, Catherine Scruggs, Caroline Maas, Cary Nathenson, Cornelia Mueller, and Dave Fougere celebrate the groundbreaking of CIEE’s new Global Institute – Berlin, during an official ceremony on October 17.

We’re one step closer to transforming study abroad in Berlin! On October 17, CIEE hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for our innovative new center for living and learning, the Global Institute – Berlin. Nearly 100 guests attended the event, including local dignitaries Thomas S. Miller, minister counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy Berlin, and Dr. Peter Beckers, vice mayor of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, as well as CIEE staff and local community members. 

Thomas Miller Speaks at Berlin Groundbreaking
Thomas S. Miller, minister counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy Berlin, stressed the importance of international experience for students during the groundbreaking event at the new CIEE Global Institute – Berlin.

Housed in a former factory building in Kreuzberg, one of Berlin’s liveliest and culturally rich districts, the new Global Institute – Berlin offers a U.S.-style residence life program integrated with a local German neighborhood. When renovations are completed, the campus will include a spacious residence hall for up to 200 American and German students, 12 state-of-the-art lecture rooms, studio space, café, and Discover Berlin office with resources to help students get the most out of their time in Berlin. Learn more.

 

Attendees of Berlin Groundbreaking
CIEE staff, students, and local community members attend the October 17 Global Institute – Berlin groundbreaking ceremony.

 

 

02/06/2014

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.

01/30/2014

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.

05/31/2013

Barcelona RD Elected President of APUNE

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Alberto del Río, RD for the CIEE Barcelona Advanced Liberal Arts program has just been elected President of APUNE (acronym for Association of Northamerican University Programs in Spain).  The oldest association in Europe dedicated to the needs of American university programs abroad (founded 1968), APUNE is a cultural, not-for-profit organization that seeks to both further and facilitate international exchange between the U.S. and Spain.

 
APUNE offers a forum where member institutions share common concerns and developments. Due to its long-standing presence, APUNE has come to serve as a resource for governmental agencies both in Spain and the U.S. and has thus become an important forum for addressing both logistical and intellectual dimensions. 

04/29/2013

Spring Newsletters 2013

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The latest updates from our programs around the globe! Click on the program name to read their Spring Newsletter:

Alcalá de Henares, Spain

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Amman, Arabic Language

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Amman, Diplomacy + Policy Studies

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Amman, Language + Culture 

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Barcelona, Language & Culture

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Barcelona, Architecture & Design

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Barcelona, Economics & Culture

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Gaborone, Botswana

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Lisbon, Portugal

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Naples, Italy

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 Santiago, Dominican Republic

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 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Seville, Advanced Liberal Arts

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Seville, Communications, New Media+Journalism

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St. Petersburg, Russia

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Stay tuned for more newsletters from all of our programs!

 

 

04/11/2013

Students Take a Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Russia

This past month, 12 students studying with CIEE in St. Petersburg attended a lecture by Michael McFaul, a professor of Political Science at Stanford who is now serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. What's more, he's a CIEE Alumnus!

In this video, he fields a few questions about the growing interest in Russia as a study abroad destination and the country's appeal to students interested in pursuing careers in everything from academia and government, to business and engineering.

After the lecture, Mr. McFaul spent some time speaking with the CIEE students in attendance  and posing for a few photos with them.