CEA Study Abroad

CEA Study Abroad

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With 22 destinations across 13 countries, CEA Study 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 Study Abroad has provided high-quality international academic programs and services. At CEA, 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.

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Studying abroad will change your life, improve your employability, and enhance your global competence. That's why we commit more than $2.0 million each year to our financial and scholarship programs.

Value
$400 - $3,000

Reviews

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Michael
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Finding family in the French Alps

While studying abroad in Grenoble, France, I was blessed with three younger siblings for the first time in my life. My host parents were beyond wonderful, cooking classic dishes from the French Alps and making me genuinely feel at home while I was farther from home than I had ever been before in my life. Still in touch, they reach out over what's app regularly, as do I, and although I have missed seeing my little siblings grow in person, I look forward to seeing them again someday in the future. However, these weren't the only connections I made there. The point person for CEA in the French Alps is beyond wonder and exceptionally talented at her job. She was great at accommodating the many unique personalities of the students

Pros
  • Meeting and becoming a part a French family
  • My professors and classmates were exceptionally wonderful. We even got dinner together as a class with the professor after exams!
  • UGA campus is incredibly cool with fantastic libraries, athletic facilities, and niche opportunities (such as the Parkour class I took)
Cons
  • Learning how to use trams was hard. I walked home many time because I missed the last tram, and I was also ticketed for not using it properly.
  • There were some areas of town which I crossed daily that felt potentially dangerous especially after dark.
  • The time change was hard to work with while navigating a long distance relationship.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Michael! Thanks for sharing your kind words and feedback about your experience with your host family in France. It's incredible how homestays enhance the study abroad journey and you make lifelong connections along the way! SO happy to hear you felt at home with them and CEA onsite staff.

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Cole
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Finding myself away from home

CEA's Rome program allowed me to go further than continuing to gain credits for my college degree. In the past four months, I have found out more about myself than I could have imagined. Leaving my home university to study in a foreign country was challenging, but the opportunities that came with it have been invaluable. I have made plenty of new friends from all over the world, have been inspired to travel more around Europe, and have greatly strengthened my adaptability and communication skills. Academics at CEA leave some to be desired, as the professors are very qualified for their respective studies, but sometimes struggle to connect with students and teach the material effectively due to language barriers and international education differences. Administration and included activities at CEA are by far their strongest advantages. I know by name each department head, and no matter if the problem was something broken in the apartment or roommates issues, CEA was always there to help the best that they could. You can really tell that they care about the student experience because of this, and because of the near-weekly cultural excursions and activities that they have available for students at no extra cost. I'll never forget sun-tanning on the beach of Capri and having traditional pasta in Florence, both of which completely set up by CEA!

Pros
  • Exceptional amount of program-sponsored excursions
  • 24/7 staff support
  • Small classes and program, individual attention common
Cons
  • Limitation of class options
  • Less than desirable experience with professors
  • Roommate personality matching is very limited
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Cole! Thanks for sharing your feedback about your CEA Study Abroad experience in Rome! We're so glad you were able to see beyond the challenges that come with study abroad by strengthening your global perspective with enhanced communication skills and the ability to adapt in new surroundings. We truly do care about the student experience and appreciate your thoughts. Best of luck to you moving forward!

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Serina
4/5
No, I don't recommend this program

Review

My experience here was very fun and I was located in a great area. The housing could have been better, our kitchen was very small for 6 individuals. The schooling was harder and not really clear, but at the same time easier. There were not place to do homework, had to do it in a cafe, were I had to purchase something, which it made it difficult. If there were common rooms, or a library where students could do work this would have been very helpful. CEA did offer many field trips that were free and fun.

Pros
  • Location
  • Fun
  • People
Cons
  • Academics
  • School Support
  • Kitchen Space
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Mariclaire
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA

Studying abroad was an even better experience than I could have ever imagined. I had the best roommates who have become my close friends. CEA was very helpful and having Fridays off was super great because we were able to travel around to see other areas outside of Rome. The location of housing was super convenient and close to many of the attractions of Rome and also as a plus near CEA. There was amazing food as well as people. Always something fun and exciting to do. The weather is good most days.

Pros
  • Organized
  • Great location
  • Amazing food
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Mariclaire! Thanks for sharing your study abroad journey with CEA. We're thrilled you were able to make the most out of your experience by making new friends, traveling to new places, and enjoying Rome's attractions, food, and people. Good weather is always a plus too!

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Sophia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best study abroad experience I could have asked for

I got to meet so many people who were passionate about the same things I was and they are now some of my best friends. The school taught me a lot that I don't think I would have otherwise learned in classes at my university and my host family was so kind and made me feel welcome in the culture. The weather was great and traveling to places around the country was very easy. The program was not that expensive and worth every penny. The food is delicious and it is a fairly safe area to be before dark.

Pros
  • On the less expensive side
  • Easy to travel to surrounding parts of Costa Rica
  • Educational
Cons
  • Puerto Viejo beach is not safe, do not go
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Sophia! Thank you for sharing your feedback about your CEA Study Abroad experience. We're so glad you met people with similar passions and made new best friends. When you study abroad, the world truly becomes your classroom and it's great you discovered that. Best of luck to you as a CEA alum!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Thania Inoa De Jesus

Thania Inoa De Jesus

Why did you choose this program?

I chose CEA because immediately after reaching out they were great to me. I was treated with respect and all my questions were answered. They are very organized. I was able to go to a program where I could take classes for both my majors and my minors. That was an incredible thing because other programs could only over 1 or 2 of the 4.

The price was also more reasonable than the others.

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

My program provider helped me out with choosing the correct program for me. They accommodated bills as well because I was in a bit of a struggle. They are also affiliated with my school so it was a lot easier to get things done and understand the process better.

They offered to get my visa for me. They went to the Spanish consulate and mailed me my passport to my home just in time so I did not have to. That saved me time and money.

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

I believe I was very well informed about my program and everything being offered to me. I had a clear understanding of what to do and what not to do. I encourage future abroad students to do your own independent research and also know how the host university works and how the school system would differ from your home university. Some schools might just have you in the class as if you were a local with no accommodation to the cultural and educational shock.

Also, do not forget to have fun. Take all the trips you want to take. Time flies and before you know it your program comes to an end.

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

SO much to do all the time. I lived a 10-minute walk from the beach so I spent some time there. While it was warmer, we participated in a lot of activities organized by the director and coordinator.

A day for me, after taking the train to school and going to two of my classes, I met with the coordinator to take the bus to a waterspouts school where we learned to kayak, paddleboard, and sail. I had to film or photograph the experience and share it on my IG. We take a bus back to a location close to everyone.

After getting home, I would usually cook dinner and head to bed a few hours after getting my work done.

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 being alone. Traveling alone on a plane for 8 hours. That was the first challenge.

The second was being placed with students whom I would not get along with. After moving in with them, it was the complete opposite we hit off and we are very fond of each other. They are now my friends for life. I am very glad to have been placed with them.

Go somewhere you might not heard of. OR go to a country where you know you have roots in.

One of the many reasons I chose Alicante was because I preferred a smaller city and did not want the stress of living in Madrid or Barcelona because they have so many people all the time.

I also found family in Alicante I did not know about. That was a beautiful experience for me.

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.