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Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

This page outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated CIEE programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your published CIEE materials and requirements for the most current information and instructions.

Feel free to contact Krista Bethel if you have any questions not addressed in the sections below.

  • Deposit

    After you are accepted to a CIEE program, you will be required to pay a participation confirmation directly to CIEE  to confirm your place on the program. This deposit is your responsibility to pay; Northwestern cannot pay or waive study abroad program deposits for students.

  • Northwestern Invoice

    Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your CIEE program fee and the NU study abroad administrative fee. You can find your estimated NU-billed charges and other expenses on your program page; refer to your CIEE program materials for the most current cost information.

    • CIEE Participation Confirmation:  If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your NU account after CIEE has confirmed the payment.
    • CIEE Scholarships:  If you were awarded a CIEE scholarship, it will disburse to your NU account after the funds have been sent to Northwestern.
    • NU Financial Aid:  If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your NU account.

    If you are enrolled in the Northwestern 9PAY payment plan, you may still use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but the amount you owe each month may be different. Contact Krista Bethel just before your study abroad term for a billing estimate to calculate your 9PAY payments.

  • Other CIEE Charges

    Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from CIEE for your program's tuition, housing, or CIEE insurance. You may be responsible for obtaining your own student visa; please refer to your program materials and contact CIEE directly if you have any questions.

    Additional fees may apply for certain courses, meal plans, housing add-ons, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to CIEE.

  • CIEE Scholarships

    NU students are encouraged to pursue outside scholarships for study abroad, including those offered by CIEE. Contact CIEE directly with any questions about applications, requirements, or deadlines. If your application requires a financial aid certification, send it to Krista Bethel in the financial aid office.