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Sad to say goodbye? Sign up for an EXTRA year in the U.S.!

Do you ever wish you could stay longer in the United States? Do you feel like you can't wait to come back? CIEE makes it easy to extend your stay.

CIEE's F-1 Visa Program is the key.

We can guide you through the F-1 visa application process, take care of school and host family placements, and offer awesome incentives for returning on our program! Together we'll unlock an extra year of amazing opportunities.

Here are a few ways we reward returning students:

  • $1,000 Returning Student Program Discount
  • 24/7 emergency support and placement services
  • Comprehensive health insurance coverage
  • Supervision and support from our amazing regional LC and RD network
  • Support and translation services for students and their families
  • CIEE branded gear as a special gift!

Above all else, we ensure that you receive the same high level of support and security during your extended American High School experience.

Next Step: Contact your LC!

Want to sign up or learn more? Simply contact your local coordinator (LC) to check if you're eligible!

A representative will follow up with you and your family to answer questions and find the right school and location to meet your needs.

Hope to see you next year!

The CIEE USA High School Team

Student of the Month

Meet Diego from Ecuador!

  Diego SOTM

Above: Diego enjoying Christmas with some new friends.

CIEE: What is your favorite part of your typical day in the U.S.?

Diego: I like the school because we always have different experiences with the different classes but my favorite part is that sometimes I can play the guitar with some friends

CIEE: What is your favorite American food?

Diego: My favorite American food is the apple pie. That’s the best dessert in the world.

CIEE: What has been the most surprising thing about America or your new host city?

Diego: The most surprising thing could be the lot of shows that you can go like music concerts and entertainment shows.

CIEE: What have you shared about your own home country/culture since you’ve been in the U.S.?

Diego: I have share a lot of thing I always try to compare the American's life style with my country's life style and also we always talk about food or music or literature.

 CIEE: What have you learned about yourself so far?

Diego: That I can be very responsible and I started to take the best decisions for me.


Taste of Culture Recipe Contest winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Taste of Culture contest. It was great to see students share some of their favorite recipes and traditions with their host families and friends here in the U.S.!

Congratulations to Jan from the Czech Republic, Prima from Thailand, and Stefano from Italy, for their winning recipes in this year’s Taste of Culture Recipe Contest! Their recipes were selected from over 50 delicious submissions by students from around the world.

  Recipe Winners pic

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our Facebook page to view additional contest photos!


Meet the Support Team!

You probably met a few of us at orientation, and you may have spoken to one of us over the phone or on Skype already, but here is the whole team!


Laragh Kavanaugh, Director of Support Services

I work with students from every country.

I speak English.

Ask me about learning and teaching yoga in the USA and India.



Aaron Schuit, Support Team Manager

I work with STS students from Sweden and Norway.

I speak English.

Ask me about the island I live on and how I get to work each day.



Maggie Mullin, Support Team Manager

I work with Mexican students (LEV and ULT).

I speak Spanish.

Ask me about surfing in Maine!



Raquel Burgos, Support Team Manager

I work with all students but mostly with students from France, Finland and Switzerland (STS).

I speak: Spanish (Hola!)

Ask me about Spain, food and my son Oliver!



Aimee Hein, Support Coordinator

I work with German students (CBE and XPL) and a few Turkish, French and Austrian students.

I speak German.

Ask me about: my dog, Ducky.  I love animals, especially dogs!



Amanda Nadeau, Support Coordinator

I work with: Chinese students (DIP / CES / RAI), Spanish students (GET) and Ecuadorian students (APX).

I speak Spanglish.

Ask me about: The time I lived in China and ate a starfish on a stick! (Just kidding, I’m a vegetarian. But I did live in China.) 



Griffin Malloy, Support Coordinator

I work with Thai students (OEG), Vietnamese students (ALP and IDC), and Mongolian students.

I speak: Thai (แต่ว่าไม่ค่อยเก่งนะ).

Ask me about my experience living in Thailand as an English teacher!



Iris Michaud, Support Coordinator

I work with students from all over the world ('YES' program), and students from Spain Foundation (FFO).

I speak English, German, and French.

Ask me about why I fell in love with Maine. 



Kathleen Tavares, Support Coordinator

I work with: Spanish students (FSL).

I speak: Español and Português.

Ask me about the ten best things to do and see in Boston, Massachusetts.



Kerry Plath, Support Coordinator

I work with Students from Czech Republic and Slovakia (STU and DND), Poland (ALM and BTC), Paraguay (GLE), Lithuania (LWC) and grants students from Montenegro and Serbia (SAM).

I speak Spanish, Macedonian and Albanian.

Ask me about my European adventures.



Krista Williamson, Support Coordinator

I work with German students (TRA) and Russian students (STA).

I speak a bit of Spanish and Russian.

Ask me about the host families I lived with when studying and working abroad in Costa Rica, Peru, and Russia.



Lynn Kabche, Support Coordinator

I work with all of Brazil (STB, VIA, CEN, ELC, CUL) and Venezuela (VEN).

I speak Spanish, Portuguese and German.

Ask me about learning to play the Surdo in Rio and watching Rio Maracatú in Lapa rehearse!



Malika Watson, Support Coordinator

I work with CIEE’s High School Plus (F1) students and Japanese students.

I speak Japanese, German and French.

Ask me about my favorite shrine, Fushimi-Inari Taisha, which I visited 5 times during my semester studying abroad in Japan! 



Matt Bourgeois, Support Coordinator

I work with Korean students (HAN, AIM, and JOO) as well as FLEX students.

I speak English.

Ask me about my favorite Korean food!



Tyler Wood, Support Coordinator

I work with Italian (YOUABROAD) and Australian (Student Exchange) students.

I speak a small bit of German and I can read Cyrillic.

Ask me about learning to spin wool near lake Baikal in Siberia!