The U.S. offers a wide variety of lifestyles, cultures, cuisines, cities, historic sites, and more. To help you and your students learn more about the different areas of the U.S., each month we will be featuring a different U.S. state where students are placed, and tell you what life in each state is like!
This month's feature is Michigan - the "Great Lakes" state!
Quick facts about Michigan
Featured school: Clarkston High School
Clarkston High School has a large variety of activities - something for everyone! Throughout the year, there are 28 sports teams that play, a 10,000 seat football stadium, full-featured television broadcast studio, 700 computers, 1,000 seat auditorium for plays and more.
Christina, a world languages teacher at the school, says, "Clarkston High School embraces the culture that international students bring to the academic environment. International student experiences are highlighted throughout the school year with special events and celebrations of the diversity that they bring. Additionally, students in Clarkston High go above and beyond to include these international students in their day to day activities, helping them to feel like a regular part of our community. As an ESL teacher, I love learning from the exchange students and hearing about their different perspectives on the world, especially education. Plus, seeing excited international students watch snow fall from the sky for the first time NEVER gets old!"
CIEE students feel the same way!
Download our fact sheet about Michigan to share with your students & families!
New England is the northern-most region in the United States, and is comprised of six states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Students who attend school in New England have the chance to experience a myriad of activities throughout four distinct seasons: from lighthouses to mountains, beaches to bustling urban centers - all within a short drive or train ride of each other.
New England is full of American history and elite private schools, colleges and universities, including Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Boston College, to name a few. But, most of all, New England’s small towns and families are eager to welcome international students to their homes and communities.
Don’t be fooled by the stereotypes of our big cities, this region offers the best of both urban and small town worlds. While most students choosing a school in this region will live in a suburban small town, where high school kids can be found in local pizzerias after a football game and school faculty know every student by name, big cities and urban experiences are easily accessible by a short bus or train ride.
CIEE Local Coordinators in New England have over 25 years combined experience working in international exchange. This group coordinates activities for students, including participation in local events, touring New England's leading colleges and universities, organizing group dinners and weekend trips, and ensuring both students and host families are supported through every phase of the program.
To see the extensive network of schools that are available to your students in New England, visit our school catalog, and learn about the variety of schools you can find in the Northeast.