September 28, 2012

Interested in Studying Abroad? Check Out These Organizations

Are you bored with your current educational situation? Do you find yourself longing for more than the average classroom college experience? If so, you might consider studying abroad for a semester. With interest in this realm only growing, there is no shortage of programs or options available for students interested in venturing out into the great wide unknown.

Below is a list of some organizations that promote and encourage students to study in countries outside of their own. With partnering schools in various cities across the world, these organizations have something for everyone.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 

With programs based in more than 40 countries, CIEE's options for students are both expansive and diverse. From architecture to public policy, environmental science and sustainability, students interested in studying abroad definitely have no shortage of options.

From Ghana to Nicaragua, CIEE students can be found far and wide across the globe. Around for over 65 years, CIEE has had time to perfect its approach and methods, making the whole study abroad experience as simple and straightforward as possible for students.

Institute of International Education (IIE) 

Founded in 1919, the IIE  is a non-profit organization that oversees over 200 study abroad programs in countries across the globe. Specializing in the management of undergraduate and graduate programs, the IIE offers students a wide variety of subjects and locations from which to choose. For instance, one student might opt to focus on the sciences in a program in Afghanistan while another might choose to immerse themselves in humanities in Latin America. With subjects ranging from technology to diplomacy there really is something for everyone.

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) 

Created in 1995, TEAN is a bit smaller than the previous entities mentioned; however, it still has great influence and impact. It all began with one program known as "Study Australia," but then later expanded to include "Study New Zealand" and "Study Asia." The group has a set of partnering universities and colleges with which it works to ensure its participants get only the most top-notch educational experience—regardless of location.

TEAN's overall mission is to make the study abroad process as easy and seamless as possible. The staff understands that studying in a foreign land can be a stressful, hectic situation so they treat all student participants to a lengthy pre-departure consultation, as well as line-up in-country support available for the duration of the excursion.

Amenities and events vary depending on the program you choose, but most participants have access to scholarship programs, mini-break plans and more, to add to the value of the overall experience.

About the author. Angelita Williams is a freelance writer and education enthusiast who frequently writes blogs geared toward college students. She strives to instruct her readers and enrich their lives and welcomes you to contact her at if you have any questions or comments.

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