CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

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Basic Information

Address: 300 Fore Street Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: 512-301-3779
Fax Number: 512-301-3779
Director: Tanya Phillips, Team Leader & Local Coordinator

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CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

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Additional Information

Causes Served: The CIEE USA High School program sponsors international high school students from more than 55 nationalities to attend school and live with American host families each year.
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: International High School Students
Ages for Volunteer: 26 and up
Hours of Service: unlimited
Minimum Hours Required: unlimited
Days of Service: all
Mission Statement:

Our mission is “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world."

Program History:

Founded in 1947, CIEE is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to quality exchange and global learning opportunities. The CIEE USA High School Program is designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor our students on a J-1 visa to attend high school in America. We are also approved by the Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET).

We are accomplishing our mission through diverse programs ranging from secondary level to teacher and faculty development seminars. Our staff are highly trained and devoted to providing the highest level of service to our global partners and program participants. Visit for a listing of all CIEE programs.


CIEE students, family, and Local Coordinator featured in 30-minute news broadcast!
Inside Texoma: Archer Exchange Students

Click here to watch students, Justus from Germany and Benny from the Czech Republic, CIEE Local Coordinator Sonja Gray, and the Levy host family being interviewed by the host of Inside Texoma about their exchange experience with CIEE!

Additional Information:

CIEE is headquartered in Portland Maine and students are placed all over the United States.  The contact information here is for Central Texas.  Please contact the corporate office for other locations at: .

At CIEE, we believe that selecting a compatible student for your family isn’t as simple as flipping through the pages of an online “catalog” of student profiles. Our personalized approach ensures that you are placed with an international student who not only shares your interests, but whose personality complements your family dynamic.

As an interested host family, you will participate in the selection of your student with guidance and advice from your CIEE Local Coordinator. Together, you’ll discuss what’s important to your family along with the interests and characteristics of each member of your household. With this information in mind, you and your Local Coordinator will select the student that best matches your own family's lifestyle.

By contacting us and expressing interest, you are under no obligation to host a CIEE student. This is the first step in a process of discovering if hosting with CIEE is right for you.