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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  • 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.

    Photos:
    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.
  • Allyson Norris
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Baltimore, Maryland
    University of Maryland
    Go Czech out Prague!
    10/14/2014

    I very much enjoyed my study abroad experience with CEA in Prague. I studied in Prague over the summer, and the city is just amazing! Prague is incredibly beautiful and the Czech people are extremely understanding and patience when dealing with non- Czech speakers ( trust me). My day to day activities in Prague included shopping at the farmer's market a block away from my apartment, taking lovely walks around Old Town Square, and finishing the night at one of Prague's very lively clubs. Prague has a great night life and amazing bars! Plus, the beer is super cheap! Just make sure you always have your metro pass with you because you never know when the metro police will be lurking in the station!

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish the program had more travel opportunities outside of the Czech Republic.

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  • Nena
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Richmond, Virginia
    Christopher Newport University
    Independence and Fun in a Growing City
    10/10/2014

    I searched forever to find the right program for me, Studying abroad has been my dream for years so I was careful. I knew I wanted a summer program but I didn't like the idea of only going for a few weeks. And then I came across CEA and Prague. I could enroll for eight weeks and could earn up to nine credits. All in all my experience was unreal, Prague is an up and coming place, there's tons of nightlife and history and always something to do. CEA set me up with an apartment close to the center of the city, a ten minute ride and twenty minute walk from our school. The apartment was clean and simple, not luxury by any means but good for students. I shared the apartment with five other girls, each of us sharing room. We also had a kitchen/living room, two bathrooms, and a washing machine (don't expect a dryer, they're not around much in Europe.) We also shared the building with two apartments of guys in CEA.

    In terms of classes I had a two week intensive course and then two six week courses. The two week one can be a bit much, four days a week, but none of my classes were too difficult. I took International Journalism, Digital Photography, and Holocaust and the Jewish Cultural Destruction. You are enrolled in the Anglo American University just like any other student, most of my classmates were in CEA as well but we did have some scattered international students. The teachers were flexible about missing classes, they all knew why we were there.

    For free time I managed to take four trips during my eight weeks, to Vienna, Krakow, Berlin, and Amsterdam. Prague is really centrally located so its easy to accomplish some trips. Vienna and Berlin were each less than a four hour bus ride away. I also had friends who took trips to Budapest, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, even Dublin. Those ones are a bit more ambitious but are still doable. But there's plenty to do in Prague itself. If you like going out this is a great choice, we went to clubs and bars at least three or four times a week. The beers are cheap as can be and the clubs are usually amazing. The public transport at night also makes it was to get back to your place. During the day you can check out the Prague Castle, Old Town Square, the Funicular, the fortress, Charles Bridge, the lock bridge, the John Lennon Wall, the many musuems, honestly you don't get bored in Prague. CEA also facilities excursions in the city and out. They take you on trips to a monastery up an enormous hill that is also a brewery. They also offer trips to several of the smaller towns in the Czech Republic which are stunning and a weekend trip to Berlin.

    Drawbacks and words or warning? Not many honestly. I truly enjoyed my time. Let's see if you come for the summer pack some warm stuff anyways. We had so much rain those first few weeks and we were all freezing. The food is good but simple and hearty so if you're looking for a food based trip you might want to look around more. Czech is a really hard language so don't elect to pick it up easily, it's not really a problem since everyone speaks English but take note of that.

    I high recommend this trip and program. I only did the summer but I'm sure a semester would be equally amazing. Prague is a lively, safe, and vibrant city full of things to do and learn. CEA takes good care of its students so you can enjoy your independence but still have a safety net if you're nervous. I wish every day I could go back and I'm sure you will too!

    How could this program be improved?

    I would say that the apartments could sometimes be problematic, we had some electrical issue but they were easily solved.

    Photos:
    The view from our tour the first day
    The famous clock in Old Town Square
    The Vltava river
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