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CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Why choose CEA CAPA Education Abroad?

With 22 destinations across 13 countries, CEA CAPA Education Abroad offers an ideal balance of academics, internships, and adventure to more than 4,000 students each year. Click on “Visit Site” to explore our study and internship opportunities and find out just out how far international education can take you.

Why study abroad or complete an internship abroad? You’ll gain cross-cultural experience, take your learning beyond the classroom, and develop new interests all while staying on track for graduation. As you take courses abroad and explore career options through an internship, you’ll build an international network, develop marketable skills, and prepare to stand out in the job market.

Since 1997, CEA CAPA Education Abroad has provided high-quality international academic programs and services. At CEA CAPA, we support you from the moment you apply to the day you return home. Our team is here to help you meet your academic needs and make your study abroad dreams a reality.

Scholarships

CEA CAPA Scholarships and Financial Aid

CEA CAPA is committed to increasing access to study and interning abroad. We offer more than $2 million each year in scholarships, affiliations, and grant programs.

Value
$100 - $5,000

Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

CEA CAPA provides, in conjunction with Diversity Abroad, Destination Guides which provide resources and tips for Black/African-American students, Latinx students, Asian American students, and all other students of color.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Through our personalized advising, CEA CAPA takes steps to understand the needs of a diversity of student identities like the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to diversity and identity training, CEA CAPA leadership engage in continuous department level project work to identify and revise policies and practices using the appropriate Justice, Equity, Diversity or Inclusion lens as a frame to reduce bias and barriers that impact students, faculty, and staff. CEA CAPA is intentional in elevating diverse student voices and providing a platform for a broad array of identities to share their experiences abroad. The CEA CAPA World Blog promotes stories and personal experiences from the perspectives of diverse student bloggers and vloggers.

Neurodivergent Support

CEA CAPA is willing and able to assist students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Students are requested to disclose disabilities through the application health forms as part of their application and in discussion with their application advisor or program manager. The earlier CEA CAPA is made aware of learning or physical disabilities the better we can work with the student, institution, and overseas team to tailor an Individualized Education Program if necessary to support the student.

Impact

Sustainability

CEA CAPA makes a conscious effort to create study abroad experiences that leave a positive impact on host communities. Each location implements a variety of strategies to support the local community and promote sustainability. Examples include:

Use of recycling bins in Study Center locations and in CEA CAPA housing

Signage in CEA CAPA housing urging students to limit water and electricity usage

Students are often given reusable bags and water bottles upon arrival to limit single plastic use

Students are provided with instructions for acquiring transportation passes to promote use of public transportation rather than taxis

Reviews

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Valeria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fall 2023 Study Abroad

I honestly loved studying abroad and recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it. Aix was a beautiful small french town that is a completely different scene that Paris. It gives that European town movie scene feeling. There were so many places to meet and whatever is said about the French in Aix they are very friendly there are people from all over the Mediterranean. Academics wise I enjoyed it the teaching is more lecture and you really get to know who is in your class and your teacher because you are conversating. Rather than heavy exam. I had the opportunities to travel to other countries on the weekends as well as attend events that CEA hosted such as pottery class, cooking class, weekend in the French Riveria. It was a great experience and I would definitely do it again.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get to know the town ! even though it feels small there are so many things to do whether it is exhibitions being hosted or activities in surrounding areas.
Pros
  • Food
  • Walking/Enjoying the European town
  • Art (I saw pieces by Pablo Picasso, Mucha, Paul Cezanne, Granet)
Cons
  • Still $$ but not as bad as Paris
  • Distance if you live far
  • Nightlife
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Makena
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Buenos Aires, the city I fell in love with

Studying abroad in Buenos Aires for the fall 2023 semester was an experience unlike any other. From the vibrant culture to trying new cuisine, Argentina's capital city offered a kaleidoscope of experiences that left me in love with the city.

One of the highlights of my time in Buenos Aires was immersing myself in the local art, markets, and dance! During the weekdays, I spent my time in classes at a local University with other international students. I spent weekends exploring the city's rich history and architecture, visiting museums and every possible artisan market I could! The locals couldn't been friendlier and patient with my Spanish. At night, friends and I would grab a bite to eat and go to a local milonga where people would dance tango to live bands.

Overall, my semester in Buenos Aires was an incredible adventure filled with new experiences, lifelong friendships, and unforgettable memories. It's a journey that has left me with a deeper appreciation for the richness of global culture and a longing to return to the city where every street corner feels like a dance waiting to happen.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be afraid to talk to the locals! Everyone asks everyone for help, and they are happy to!
Pros
  • Big city with a lot to offer
  • Rich history and architecture
  • Safety
Cons
  • Not a lot of flavor in the food (no spicy food!)
  • The accent was hard to adjust to
  • Airports are a little bit of a mess, and never expect your plane to be on time
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Lindsay
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA Capa Seville

The CEA Capa internship program in Sevilla, Spain was a wonderful experience in personal growth, academic and professional experiences, and cultural immersion. Through my time with CEA, I took one class on global communication which was an eye opening view on how to approach cultural differences in a variety of setting. I also had an internship in which I got let into the stress free atmosphere of the Spanish workplace. CEA also organized events to highlight an area of Sevilla's culture. My host mom was the sweetest (so was the cat) and engages me and my roommate in cultural conversations and showed us her favorite places in Sevilla (we ate at her favorite restaurant 6 times). It was a great program and I great way to experience life in Sevilla. Everyone was kind, warm, accommodating, and excited to share Sevilla with us.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moments was when I went to meet my internship supervisor in person for the first time. It was a thirty-five minute walk on the hottest day so far and I was so nervous mostly about what to wear. I wanted to make a good first impression to start our relationship on the right foot. I knew that Spain was a more relaxed environment than the U.S.'s strict hierarchal workplaces and kept thinking about how warm people had been to me so far and not to stress. To my surprise, when I showed up, my supervisor was wearing an ACDC tshirt and a baseball cap. We had a laugh about it and the friendly nature of your 'boss' was very surprising but very comforting.
Pros
  • Cultural immersion
  • Professional internship experience
  • Helpful and caring staff
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Jordan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Abroad with Ease and Fun!

I have CEA CAPA to thank for a wonderful experience! It indeed was the most fun I have had! I don't think that there is another way to travel that beats studying abroad with CAPA! It gave me so much freedom while making me feel safe and cared for.

I could not recommend more!

Also, the numerous activities and experiences that were provided by CAPA made it easy because so many things were planned by them, and all you had to do was join in if you chose to! It made it super easy to have a few fun things to do that you didn't have to plan yourself! Which for me meant I could spend a lot more time planning certain things I wanted to do!

Pros
  • Variety of classes to choose from
  • Transportation was taken care of in advance - and all you had to do was swipe your pass!
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Danielle
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Semester Ever!

I studied and interned abroad in Sydney last year. It was an incredible experience and I made so many amazing memories. The staff was so kind and I enjoyed every day I was in Sydney. I learned so much from my classes and excursions to my own adventures around the city and living in a new country. The Center and accommodations are in the heart of the city with easy access to wherever you want to go. Sydney is expansive, so take advantage of that and explore! I fell in love with Sydney immediately and hope to go back as soon as possible.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Dennis Cogan

Dennis is a junior studying psychology and sociology at Fordham University. He virtually interned in Paris through CEA during the Spring 2021 semester
Dennis Cogan

Interview

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program for two reasons. The first reason was that I wanted to gather valuable work experience in the field that I love. Due to the pandemic, I was unable to have an internship last summer. Also, I wanted to get somewhat of an abroad experience. I was unable to study abroad due to the pandemic, so I thought this program would be a great way to get an international taste.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

CEA was very helpful in placing me with the right internship. They listened to what I was looking for, and they worked their hardest to find the best fit for me. CEA did a great job in teaching me how to be a good intern and how to succeed in the workplace whether that be through the internship seminar or through the weekly group meetings.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My primary piece of advice is to not be afraid to share your ideas. Being an intern can be intimidating at first, but you will get the most out of your experience if you are open to growth and new ideas. Also, it is okay if you do something writing. Being an intern is a learning experience; do not be so hard on yourself!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day as a virtual intern truly varies. It is up to you on how you want to divide the internship work. However, throughout my internship, I found myself doing a little bit of work at a time. I would not recommend cramming all your work into one setting. Time management is a key aspect! However, over the week, you spend about 15 hours or so on internship work.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was that it would not be fun. I used to hold this viewpoint that work cannot be fun and that it is just strenuous and busy work. I quickly learned during my internship that this is not the case. Finding fun in work comes from within. It stems from being yourself, sharing your ideas, and being grateful for your experience.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Sara Ferrero

Job Title
Student Services Advisor
Sara has a degree in Media Studies from the University Carlos III de Madrid and studied abroad in California at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) for her junior year. She loves traveling, learning new things and working with students.
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Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

I studied abroad in California at CSULB. My first interest in studying abroad came from wanting to improve my English. Moreover, I have always been really interested in America, its culture and the many beautiful places the country has to offer.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

After visiting America, my new obsession is Australia. I would love to be able to spend some time there and discover all the wonderful landscapes that it has.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

Being able to speak other languages is crucial in several aspects of your life; it is a key factor for everyone's professional career while, at the same time, it is a personal challenge that brings joy and confidence when achieved.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown both professionally and personally since I started working for CEA. As my first job, working for CEA has taught me how to manage myself in a professional environment, how to take responsibility, and how to react while working under pressure.