About Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
CIEE, a Richmond affiliate program, is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE has many programs available in Latin America/Caribbean, and the available sites for UR students include Bonaire, Costa Rica, Cuba, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Brazil (Business + Culture program only, see eligibility note below). Note: The Brazil and Dominican Republic sites have early deadlines (see below for information regarding the dual-application process). Also note that the Cuba and Dominican Republic sites will require two letters of recommendation instead of one. For more information, please see: http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/.
- Eligibility for the various CIEE programs can vary. The parameters listed above simply point to the most common options (i.e., GPA of 2.75, language of instruction in English, etc.). Check the CIEE website for the eligibility requirements and information specific to your program(s) of interest at http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/latin-america/.
- Students interested in CIEE programs should have completed three semesters on campus prior to the period of study abroad. Transfer students must have completed at least three semesters of college or university study, one semester of which is to have been completed on campus at Richmond.
- Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on the CIEE program to count towards their business degree. Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cosse. RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
- Note: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean's Office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of the semester abroad program.
Depending on the site, students typically may be able to take coursework in the following subject areas: African Studies, Anthropology, Chemistry, Communication, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Education, English/Literature, Environmental Studies, Film, Geography, History, International Studies, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Law, Management, Marine Science, Math/Statistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Spanish, Theater/Drama, Urban Studies, and Women's/Gender Studies. Internships may also be possible. For site-specific course details, go to http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/.
Students on CIEE programs normally take 12-16 credit hours. Specific program restrictions, requirements, and recommendations, including the recommended credit for each course, is on the CIEE web site at http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/. All credit will be transferred back to UR using the Conversion to Units system.
To determine the unit value of a CIEE course, the following formula will be used by the University of Richmond Registrar's Office: semester hours/3.5, round up to nearest tenth of a unit. A 3-semester credit course will be transferred back to Richmond as .9 units. A 4-semester course will be transferred back as 1.2 units.
Students are graded using the U.S. system. Credit for grades lower than "C" will not be transferred back to the University of Richmond.
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Housing arrangements vary depending on the program selected. See the CIEE website for specific details: http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/.
Dates and Costs
Click on the link for information about Dates and Costs for CIEE.
Students applying for CIEE programs will need to complete the online UR Office of Int'l Education (OIE) application (by clicking the "Apply Now" button) AND will also need to complete a CIEE application (online or paper).
To make this dual-process easier, the OIE will allow students to submit the CIEE-format letter of recommendation rather than the OIE-format letters (so your faculty do not have to write a letter for each organization). Students should simply skip the recommendation portion of the OIE application process and should provide faculty with the CIEE Evaluation Form 2016-17 instead, instructing them to submit the completed letter to the OIE. Note that the Cuba and Dominican Republic sites will require two letters of recommendation instead of one.
Once the OIE has finished evaluating the letter(s), this material will be forwarded to CIEE to be attached to your CIEE application. We will also forward to CIEE the official UR transcript you submit to the OIE. Students should apply early, if possible, to allow time to complete both applications, as CIEE programs are known to fill early. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Students on most programs are required to apply for a student visa prior to departure. CIEE will assist students with this process.
For More Information
For additional information about the CIEE programs available, contact Amy Bergmann in the Office of International Education.
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