‘CIEE’ was just an acronym on the headlines of my study abroad applications.
However, fast forward to today, and those 4 little letters mean the world to
I can’t begin to stress the fact that going overseas with this organization has been the best decision of my life. You’ll never truly understand until you experience it firsthand, but here’s a glimpse as to why this agency is worth your time.
resident directors, Tonia and Wayne, do a wonderful job of making us feel at
home. At first they were just friendly strangers with lovely accents, but it
wasn’t long before they felt like family. They are here to help us adjust to
life in Australia, get uni classes sorted out, and introduce us to vibrant
culture Oz has to offer. They look after the group, but also enable us to be
self-sufficient and find our wings to explore.
Normally students who study abroad outside of CIEE don’t get this type of ‘mom and dad’ figure to help them through the process. It’s always been comforting having Tonia and Wayne just a phone call away, while my actual parents are an ocean away.
includes a number of excursions that vary from session to session. Whether it’s
climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, abseiling in the Blue Mountains, or surfing
on Seven Mile Beach, there’s never a dull moment on our trips.
Had I not travelled abroad with CIEE, I never would have found myself sitting in a sea of thousands of people watching professional rugby at ANZ Stadium. Nor would I have witnessed dozens of kangaroos hoping along Merry Beach while I drank my morning coffee. CIEE takes us to some particular locations that public transportation doesn’t reach. You get a unique experience in places most tourists don’t even know exist.
- The fellow students you meet will most likely become lifelong friends. Through this organization, I’ve met people from all over the United States from a variety of backgrounds. You ultimately become a close-knit group that does a lot of traveling and adventuring together. I’ve personally met amazing people whom I know will stay in contact after the session is over. It’s been nice to have a few “partners in crime” to experience the foreign fun with as well.
Overall CIEE provides a really great support system, they take you to the most beautiful places, they feed you the yummiest food from the classiest restaurants, and you’ll get to experience it all with the sweetest group of people. This is my 2nd time abroad with CIEE and I genuinely couldn’t imagine my time down unda without them.