The Institute of International Education (IIE) is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education organizations. Our mission is promoting closer educational relations between the people of the United States and those of other countries.
IIE's fees for our service are competitive and fair. As a non-profit institution with a mission of international education and mutual understanding we remain true to our reputation for excellence and integrity in all our services.
Undergraduate - Degree Program
IIE works with the full range of accredited U.S. academic institutions to provide appropriate study opportunities for international applicants. Secondary school seniors or recent graduates from participating countries are carefully selected by bi-national screening committees based on academic excellence and leadership potential. These students come to the United States for up to four years of undergraduate study leading to the completion of their bachelor's degree in various fields. Students who have completed no more than four semesters at their home institutions are also eligible to apply for this Program as transfer students.
Most students have limited finances at their disposal and, therefore, each application is submitted to several U.S. institutions for either partial or full awards. Universities and colleges that accept students in this program provide F-1 visa sponsorship.
Undergraduate - Visiting Student Program
IIE administers programs for international undergraduates who seek admission as visiting students at U.S. institutions. Students in these programs are funded by governments, foundations and/or personal sources. Undergraduate study is a key formative period in a person’s life. IIE believes that this is the most appropriate time for an individual to have a significant learning experience abroad. Such an opportunity develops concrete skills, opens the mind, expands students’ academic and career horizons, and can be a life-changing experience. Taking advantage of a variety of opportunities, including workshops, cultural events, internships and community activities, students in these programs gain first-hand knowledge of U.S. culture, society and education, after which they return to their home countries to complete their degree.
U.S. institutions provide cost-sharing in the form of partial tuition waivers. For most students IIE provides J-1 visa sponsorship and administers funding for round-trip travel, insurance, books, a settling-in allowance and a monthly stipend. Independent students who have completed high school, or who are currently enrolled in undergraduate study in their home countries are also eligible to apply.