CIS Abroad Nominated for Two GoAbroad.com Innovation Awards
We are thrilled to be recognized as finalists for these awards.
GoAbroad.com's Innovation Awardsacknowledge institutions, organizations, and individuals moving the field forward, and commend leaders in the community for their efforts to go beyond the conventional. They showcase the best in innovation, originality, creativity, and exceptional ideas in international education.
CIS Abroad is proud to be nominated as finalists in two GoAbroad.com Innovation Award categories this year: Most Innovative Student Video and Most Innovative Intern Abroad Program.
Most Innovative Student Video
Japan video by Mikey Johanson, Semester in Tokyo - Toyo University
This award recognizes a student-created video that captures the true essence of an international education program. Videos should demonstrate highlights of the program, an understanding of global awareness, and active student participation. Unlike the other Innovation Awards, the student video is selected based on the number of votes it receives through an online poll. Nominees will also be evaluated on the quality of video content, creativity, and artistic merit.
Intern in Chiang Mai with Working Across Culture Micro-Credential
The Intern in Chiang Mai program is an incredible opportunity for students to take part in a meaningful internship and apply their classroom knowledge to real work experiences, all while immersing themselves in Thai culture in a historic and beautiful city. This program shines due to its location, affordability, cultural immersion opportunities, and because students enhance their career readiness through the Working Across Cultures Micro-credential.
Location & Affordability
Available during the summer and semester, with program fees from $4,390 - $5,690, this program offers 6-12 week placements in education, environmental sustainability, health, NGOs, and nonprofits. A few sample placements are a health educator at a government-run clinic, environmental protection intern in a Thai village, or an NGO support intern at a local equal rights organization. Chiang Mai is a medium-sized culturally rich city surrounded by greenery, mountains, and small villages. Whether students want to stroll through the local markets, explore historic temples in the Old City, go on trekking adventures, or easily travel to other destinations in Thailand, Chiang Mai is truly a special city.
Two hours of Thai language instruction is included each week as well as CIS Abroad’s Local Life cultural co-curriculum designed to help students engage with the local culture. Students enjoy a day of friendly appreciation of elephants at one of Thailand’s most respected elephant sanctuaries. They learn about the sanctuary’s role in the protection of these great creatures, and usually get to take a swim with them! Students also do a trekking excursion to visit the mountains and national parks surrounding Chiang Mai. They have the chance to visit hilltribe villages in person and in a respectful and sustainable way. Students also take a Thai cooking class where they visit the market, learn all about Thai fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and then make a few dishes of their own. Students in more rural areas stay in a warm and welcoming homestay five days a week (with meals included) and travel to the city of Chiang Mai every weekend, staying in a guesthouse. This enables them to meet the other interns and participate in excursions. Interns with placements in the city will stay in an apartment.
Working Across Cultures Micro-credential
Students can earn internship credit as well as a Working Across Cultures Micro-credential. This micro-credential documents that participants have developed certain key competencies that NACE has designated as being essential for new college grads in the areas of critical thinking, equity and inclusion, professionalism, and technology. Students are able to add this micro-credential to their resumes and LinkedIn profiles, enhancing their employability. To qualify for the micro-credential, students must successfully complete the online curriculum, complete internship hours, receive a positive evaluation from their supervisor, and submit an elevator speech, final LinkedIn profile, and a video, blog, or similar creative deliverable which presents the outcomes of the internship experience.
Hear what students, interns, and alumni have to say
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Get to know your Irish classmates; you can learn about the country and culture from them. I have met people from around the world and from around America. Many of them I still stay in contact with them because we had become close friends and learned a lot from one another. These friendships would not be possible without CIS Abroad.
One aspect I enjoyed the most was the freedom that I had to be a student and visitor. My site director was the best at guiding me and always being there in any circumstance, yet I still felt like an adult.
This program changed my life in many ways, but most importantly it taught me how to be adaptable. I thoroughly enjoyed the intern mixers that allowed us to meet others in our program.
Come in with an open mind, make friends, and don't pass up an opportunity to explore. I now want to go on more adventures and feel more cultured.
Edinboro University of PA
I will forever have a respect for all cultures and people. My favorite aspect of the program was the weekend trips and weekly activities planned for the students.
University of Arkansas
The excursions included in the CIS Abroad program were amazing. The site directors chose awesome tour guides for our excursions and made it a great experience. Both the site directors and the tour guides were extremely caring and knowledgeable about their job. I felt safe at all times.
I stepped outside of my comfort zone and met so many friends while studying on the Gold Coast, which has allowed me to stay in contact with people on almost every continent. Being a marketing student, this diverse network will also benefit me on a professional level.
CIS Abroad created a comfortable and eventful atmosphere. This program opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to grow comfortable in my own skin when placed in new surroundings.
Colby Sawyer College
This experience opened my eyes to the beauty of the world and showed me how small my problems really are. It showed me that I can be whoever I want and do whatever I want and that money isn't everything. Lastly, it introduced me to my CISabroad family.
Keene State University
Going abroad with CISabroad was one of my best decisions. I really loved how CIS created a family through orientation, excursions, Facebook posts, rooming assignments, etc. There was never a moment where I felt alone or helpless. I've made friends that I'll have for the rest of my life.
University of South Carolina
This program made me realize how much I want travel, culture and adventure to be a part of my life forever.
One of the best aspects of the program was my site director, who is one of the most wonderful people I've ever met. The difference between my experience and my fellow students' experiences in other programs was very noticeable.
Loyola University Chicago
Studying abroad enhanced my Spanish-speaking skills, gave me deep friendships, and positively challenged the ways I viewed my own family, culture, and country. I’ve become a better student, sister, daughter, and friend. I can never see the world through the same lenses again. To that I am forever grateful.
Point Loma Nazarene University
This program gave me so many opportunities to learn about the Irish culture and took us on trips with locals to get the full experience. I was extremely prepared through CISabroad and was never nervous about any plans. I mostly miss the amazing people and culture of Ireland.
Boise State University
The best aspect of the program was the amazing people I met, the different culture, living in the city, and experiencing new and exciting things everyday.