The Consortium for International Exchange, Leadership, and Opportunity (CIELO) at UMass Lowell has the expertise and infrastructure to provide high-quality and high-impact exchange programming for international teachers, school leaders, college professors, university administrators, and community educators. Our CIELO leadership team has managed $4 million in federal grant awards. Collectively, we have served more than 300 exchange participants from more than fifty countries and territories, including the following:

Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank, Yemen, and Zambia.

CIELO members have designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated a wide variety of academic and professional development workshops, cultural exchanges with friendship families, and field experiences in schools, colleges, and community agencies. We have well-established partnerships prepared to host on-campus and virtual programs during the academic year and summer months.

Recent projects led by our CIELO team include the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, the English Access Microscholarship Program, and CIVITAS. Our faculty experts and field practitioners have led rigorous academic and professional development workshops in such areas as the following:

  • Data Analysis and Education Quality
  • Leadership and Change Agency
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • English as a World Language
  • Pedagogy and Assessment
  • Instructional Technology
  • Gender and Education
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Civics Education