There are many options for Study Abroad and we are happy to serve in an advisory role to provide information. Contacting the various programs, completing applications, and seeking financial aid are family-based decisions. CMS does not place students abroad, but we encourage and facilitate opportunities for students to graduate college and career ready by pursuing part of their high school education in other countries.


CSIET- The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) is a not-for-profit organization committed to quality international educational travel and exchange for youth at the high school level. CMS is a member of CSIET (www.CSIET.org) as a provider of sound information and advice on travel abroad companies and regulations.

Approved Programs by CSIET for the 2016-2017 Academic Year



Study Abroad Brochure



10 Steps to Study Abroad Infographic



Study Abroad Scholarships

Study Abroad Interest Form



Study Abroad Transcript Prior Approval Form



Study Abroad Information Session Fall 2016




Study Abroad Parent Information Session
South Mecklenburg High School - Media Center
Monday, October 10th, 2016 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Attend the first information session of this school year to learn about important scholarships available to high school students to study abroad, for the summer or the school year!


North Mecklenburg High School - Media Center

Monday, February 6th, 2017 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Attend the second information session of this school year to learn more about summer programs and scholarships available to high school students.

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Scholarship Programs

National Security Language Initiative for Youth - The U.S. Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in a summer, semester or academic year through international immersion programs. The application deadline for this program is in October. Learn more at www.nsliforyouth.org

CIEE GLOBAL NAVIGATOR SCHOLARSHIPS: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools students are especially invited to apply to this scholarship. These summer study abroad programs are offered by CIEE, a leader in international education. CIEE has more than 65 years of experience in international exchanges, handles all aspects of the program and travel, and offers start-to-finish support—insurance, great attention to safety, and 24/7 support lines.

All programs feature top-notch academics and cultural immersion, combined with exciting activities and travel in one of 16 amazing destinations around the world. There are three types of programs:
  • Language & Culture – Whether your teen is interested in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese,German, Japanese, Italian, or Arabic, language and cultural immersion programs are the best way to build language fluency and cultural competence.
  • Service & Leadership – In community projects in the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, or China, students help to make the world a better place and develop lifelong skills that will serve them as global citizens. Projects focus on Children’s Rights, Education, or Public Health, and students earn a certificate for 45 hours of service.
  • Content Studies – Students explore a personal interest in Botswana, Bonaire, Spain, or Ireland and may even get a head start on a career! Programs include Communication Arts, Environmental Science,Global Entrepreneurship, or Marine Science.

Students graduating in 2017, 2018, or 2019 are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Funds will be awarded based on merit and on financial need.
Students may apply online at: http://www.ciee.org/high-school-summer-abroad/scholarships/

Congress-Bundestag (CBYX) - CBYX offers 50 merit-based scholarships to provide American students the opportunity to live and study abroad in Germany for an academic year through joint sponsorship by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. The application deadline for this program is in December. Learn more at www.usagermanyscholarship.org

Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) - The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
Program is an innovative high school exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This public diplomacy initiative builds bridges of international understanding, especially between Americans and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Learn more at: www.yesprograms.org

The National Geographic Student Expeditions Scholarship Program provides financial support for students seeking educational summer experiences who could not otherwise afford them. Last year, they awarded full scholarships to 20 students from all around the country. They traveled in ten different countries on 13 different programs, focusing on Photography, Wildlife & Conservation, Community Service, Archaeology & Ancient Cultures, and Creative Writing. The National Geographic scholarship program generally considers U.S. and Canadian students whose parents’ combined income is less than $50,000 and who have few assets. Learn more about this program at: http://ngstudentexpeditions.com/about/scholarships/

Dustin's GreenHouse plants seeds of hope and opportunity in the lives of North Carolina students. Innovative travel, academic and mentoring programs as a means of enabling under-served and under-recognized students to invest in their personal, educational and professional potential. Applications are due in October. www.dustinsgreenhouse.org

SYTA Youth Foundation

The purpose of the Foundation is to create ongoing awareness and assistance programs for the direct benefit of youth. The SYTA Youth Foundation acts as a vehicle for the many volunteer resources and funding capabilities available from SYTA members, the student & youth travel industry, the educational community, and the public.

Ripley Hunter World Is A Classroom Essay Contest - Scholarship created for Secondary School Students grades 9-12 who wish to share a special travel experience in the form of a written essay. To learn more about the application process or download an entry form click here.

Road Scholarship - The Road Scholarships awards funds to youth who, for various reasons are unable to afford the cost of their group's educational travel. Click here for complete details.


YFU Full Scholarships
The James Bradley Peace Foundation Scholarship, formerly known as the Sons of Iwo Jima Scholarship program, provides academic year scholarships to Vietnam or China. This program is open to all U.S. high school students. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Previous participants on a YFU exchange are not eligible. Only U.S. citizens may apply. There is a cost of $75 application fee. The remainder of the tuition is covered by the scholarship. Deadline: January

Kikkoman National Scholarship- Summer in Japan, open to high school students with freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior class standing at the time application is submitted. Only US citizens may apply. Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship to Japan are not eligible. There is a cost of $75 application fee. The remainder of the tuition is covered by the scholarship. Deadline: January.

Skylink Travel House: Fall semester or year program to several Latin American countries. Open to US high school students with freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior class standing. Students must hold a 3.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale. There is a cost of $75 application fee. The remainder of the tuition is covered by the scholarship. Deadline: January.

Employee Scholarships for students who are dependent of full-time employees of: Sony, Mazda, Epson, Toshiba, Johnson & Johnson, C. R. Bard, Inc. and Mitsubishi. These full scholarships vary in length and destination (review YFU webpage). Deadline: Starting January.

Finland-US Senate Youth Exchange Program: Summer program opportunity open to high school students nationwide with sophomore or junior class standing at the time of application deadline. Students must hold a 3.2 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale. Only US citizens may apply. No prior foreign language study is required. This scholarship requires a $500 student contribution towards the program tuition plus an additional $75 application fee. The remainder of the tuition is covered by the scholarship.Deadline: January.

More information and applications for YFU scholarships at: http://yfuusa.org/american-students/scholarships.php


AFS Merit-based Partial Scholarships
Global Leaders Merit Scholarship $3,000 merit-based scholarship towards the cost of select AFS programs. A number of scholarships available for students interested in participating on a year program to China, Egypt, India, Turkey or Russia departing summer/fall of 2016. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for their desired program. The application deadline is in February 2015. Go here(http://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships/global-leaders-merit/) to learn more about this opportunity and the application process.

Vaya a América Latina Scholarship: Explore Latin America for Half the Price. These merit-based scholarships cover half of the tuition cost for a summer program to Costa Rica or Argentina departing in 2016. The application deadline is in March, 2015. Go here (http://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships/vaya-a-america-latina/) to learn more about this opportunity and the application process.



Federally Authorized Placing Organizations
  1. AFS, Intercultural Programs - (formerly the American Field Service) is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, nonprofit AFS Organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board. Learn more about its mission, volunteerism, hosting and sending programs at www.AFSUSA.org .
  2. YFU- Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Youth For Understanding is one of oldest, largest, and most-respected foreign exchange organizations. With more than 40 national organizations and more than 2000 U.S. volunteers, they share a common mission and vision for the future: to prepare young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world. For more information contact an Admissions Counselor at 1.800.TEENAG (800.833.624) or at admissions@yfu.org. More available scholarships are posted in their webpage: http://yfuusa.org/american-students/scholarships.php
  3. Rotary Youth Exchange Program- Each year, Rotary Youth Exchange provides about 8,000 young people the opportunity to experience the cultures, problems and accomplishments of people in other countries. Through this program, students are given the opportunity to grow as individuals returning with a broader view of the world and a deeper understanding of themselves. Rotary's Youth Exchange program is a powerful force in the promotion of world understanding and peace. Contact: Karen Steffens – karen.steffens@bankofamerica.com. Website: www.ohioerie.org; Rotary International: www.rotary.org: Long-term outbound application is at http://yehub.net/OER-obapp
  4. CIEE, a leader in international education. CIEE has more than 65 years of experience in international exchanges, handles all aspects of the program and travel, and offers start-to-finish support—insurance, great attention to safety, and 24/7 support lines.http://www.ciee.org/



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