Each summer, the high school team holds several weeks of orientation in New York City. Orientation serves as a soft landing for international students who will soon embark on semester- or year-long cultural exchanges in the U.S. Students are met by CIEE staff at the airport and escorted back to the orientation hotel, where 150-250 international students meet, socialize, and get some well-deserved rest.
The next morning, students enjoy breakfast with CIEE staff before participating in orientation meetings and small group activities. The small group activities help students connect with each other while also providing the opportunity to ask questions, practice English, and discuss program expectations. Then students hit the road for a tour of NYC. This tour includes Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, and more. After students take their photos and get a feeling for the city, they enjoy dancing and a buffet dinner as they cruise down the Hudson River, around the Statue of Liberty, up the East River, and back again. There’s no view more stunning than New York City’s skyline at sunset!