CEA Study Abroad

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Since 1997, CEA has maintained one simple philosophy: To provide high-quality international academic programs and services. For you, that translates to personalized support through each step of your study abroad experience, from the moment you first apply to the day you return home again.

Along the way, you'll learn to adapt, to communicate across cultures, to broaden your perspective. You'll earn credits toward graduation while gaining invaluable skills that boost your resume and enhance your employability. You'll make new friends and expand your network. And you'll learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible. Simply put, study abroad will shape the rest of your life.

Because studying abroad is more than just an academic experience -- it's a life experience. With destinations in 22 cities across 12 countries, we offer a balance of academics and adventure to more than 3,500 students each year... where will your learning take you?

CEA Study Abroad

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Program Reviews

  • Katie
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Lincoln, Nebraska United States
    University of Nebraska- Lincoln
    Adventures in Alicante
    05/17/2015

    I loved my study abroad experience in Alicante. I chose Alicante because I wanted a new experience living by the sea and CEA offered all levels of spanish courses, and I needed a beginning level. I absolutely loved my host family. They were some of the kindest people I have ever met and very patient with my language skills. The onsite support of CEA Alicante was amazing. We visited many different villages in the surrounding area and I felt like I really got to know the Valencian region. I enjoyed the classes at the University. They were helpful without being too challenging. The amount of time you spent in class each day was about perfect. Overall I had an amazing experience and would recommend this program for anyone looking for an encounter with a new culture!

    How could this program be improved?

    I would make the program length 4 months instead of 3. 3 months seemed just a little too short.

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  • Nicole
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Colorado State University
    Alicante Experience
    05/16/2015

    I enjoyed living in the city of Alicante because it was easy to get around and everything was close by. The community is very beautiful and there are nice things to do on the shore line! I enjoyed exploring the area but it can be challenging to get to other areas in Europe because of how far south it is. The program organizes fun events around the city and a couple of farther excursions.

    How could this program be improved?

    More coordinated experiences in the city for volunteering/being involved in the community. Also, more challenging course work and a better variety of courses.

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    Response from CEA
    05/18/2015
    Thanks for your feedback about your experience in Alicante! We appreciate hearing about your time abroad; this information is valuable for us as we continue building our programs for future study abroad participants.
  • Melanie
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    New Jersey
    Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
    Prague is wonderful!
    04/14/2015

    Prague, Czech Republic is a clean, safe and FUN city! I had a fantastic time exploring Prague's restaurants, museums, and nightlife and enjoyed traveling to other cities in Europe as well. I had a larger apartment than I expected and felt that it was in a clean and very safe neighborhood. Czech people are friendly and it's super easy to make new friends abroad. The college in Prague, AAU, had a lot of international students and classes at AAU transferred to my home institution without any problems! I would highly recommend going with CEA. The CEA staff members were very helpful and provided weekly itineraries of current events in Prague. Additionally, they were always available to answer any questions and made the process of getting acclimated to Prague a breeze!

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  • Sarah
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Newport, Rhode Island
    Salve Regina University
    One Drop in an Ocean
    11/10/2014

    As an independent person before ever stepping off American soil, I never had a difficult time blending in with the crowd. I could go to the cafe and the park, and take solo walks without feeling lonely or insecure. But for the first time in my life I truly felt small. It's sobering to think about, but I feel more like a citizen of the world for it, I embrace it.

    How could this program be improved?

    There was not a lot of opportunity to get involved with local Parisian students. My social activity was always with other international students which was great, but I did not meet a lot of locals.

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  • Karli
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Kailua, Hawaii
    Salve Regina University
    CEA Barcelona
    11/04/2014

    **WARNING**** If you are not careful you will fall in love with Barcelona and never want to leave! The CEA program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to help you live and experience a different culture while earning college credits.

    Classes are based out of a safe and monitored building that is right in the center of Barcelona and some of the most beautiful sites you can ever see. Las Ramblas, a popular road for it's shops and restaurants, is right down the street and only a few miles away is the beautiful beach and amazing artistic creations such as the Gaudi House and La Sagrada Familia. The teachers and staff of the program are amazing and really care about the students but also understand that it is a study abroad program and integrate fun ways to learn and live the Catalan culture. Depending on where you live, wether in a home stay or an apartment with other students, you have the option of either walking or taking the metro.

    While commuting to school there are many amazing bakeries and small restaurants where you will taste the best paella you will ever have. Some of the must tries are the churros and hot chocolate, which is more like a hot chocolate pudding that you dip your churro into, the sea food paella, and the many tapas that are available such as croquets.

    Barcelona night life has something for every type of person. Loco Lunes "Crazy Mondays" are a big night out where you can go to small urban bars such as The Dow Jones, to salsa dancing clubs, or night clubs with dj's and dancing such as Opium.

    There are many ups to moving to Barcelona for a study abroad but there are also downs. There is a big time difference compared to the US which can make it difficult but not impossible to skype or call family members. Jet lag is also hard to get used to after arriving to Barcelona so getting on a normal sleep pattern early in your experience will do you a lot of good. And obviously one of the biggest adjustments to be made is living in a Spanish speaking country. As long as you are willing to try and speak Spanish people will be kind and they will work with you and in turn probably want to practice some English with you.

    My biggest advice for you is to always have a smile on your face because people will be more inclined to be patient, help you, or approach you to talk. Be grateful for your time there because it does not last forever and it goes by fast. Do as much as possible, don't sit at home if you are homesick get out there and explore! And last but not least have some Sangria, you will never find Sangria as good as Barcelona's.

    How could this program be improved?

    If I were to change the program I would add a meal plan somehow to the program. Depending on your class schedule you may not be able to get home during lunch and eating out every day can be expensive. If the program could make a deal with a local cafeteria or small restaurant and include the cost into our tuition that would be great.

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    Barcelona Stadium! Going to a UC Barcelona game is a must! Tickets are cheap and can be bought through the CEA program where you sit with other students and cheer on the pros.
    Montjuic overlooking the city of Barcelona. Montjuic is one of the tallest points in the city and at the top is a castle where you are able to stand and get the best view of the city.
    Barcelona coast line. Barcelona has some of the most beautiful beaches right on the edge of the city and are easily walkable from the CEA class building and apartments of the students. Don't be surprised though if you see some people sunbathing nude!
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    Response from CEA
    01/21/2015
    Thanks for sharing your positive experience in Barcelona with us! Please feel free to reach out with any additional comments or questions you may have.
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